Wham Bam (No?) Thank You Sam
Happenstance can either make you or break you. I remember in my 20s getting a return flight cross country and being seated next to a gorgeous woman with an amazing sense of humor. Had a blast the whole flight. Few times I wish the flight was longer. Even got a little tickly during her stay in my town.
Then there was the time I got seated next to a heavy-elbowed man who wouldn’t stop talking and breath smelled like if you stuck Cheetos up your bum and ran a marathon. Luck wasn’t with me that day.
And luck wasn’t with Sam Blease when he was drafted #17 by the Demons in the 2008 draft. He has had the misfortune of being on a team that had five coaches in six years. And in those six years only playing 33 games.
But second chances are what make sports great. Sam got a dream delisting and got an upgrade from the bottom of the cellar to the top with Geelong picking him up.
Will Sam Blease please in 2015? Let’s grab some chips, a king-sized Twix and double meat and cheese grinder and put on our data feed bag at the Sam Blease deli.
|Games last season:||2|
|Average last season:||33.2|
|100+ games last season:||0|
|Sub 80 games last season:||2 (27,39)|
|Price range last season:||$179k|
|Missed games last season:||N/A|
|Significant history:||Nominated for the Rising Star in both 2011 and 2012 Ranked 5th among rising stars in Goals per game in 2012 2013 missed 4-6 weeks with a high ankle sprain during NAB Rumour is that he has open hot tub invitation from Bruce McAvaney|
Dees and Blease weren’t a good fit and that became apparent in last two seasons. 2 games in 2014, 10 in 2013 with a lot of time playing at Casey Fields. But what are the Cats getting? To find what potential Blease has, let’s have a gander at his 2012 season when he played the most games. This “stand-out year” he played 16 games, connected with 19 goals (1.2/game average) and went ton twice (115 & 104). Yet the rest of the games were sub-80 scores.
Other 2012 numbers that seem relevant, he went averaged 12.6 disposals a game (favored kicks to handies 8.5 to 4.1. Nice!), inside 50 for 2.8/game, averaged 2.1 tackles/game and 1.8 bounces a game (how much do those even factor in to SC?).
Not bad. Yet the biggest red flag is his TOG…only spent 69% on the field that year. 58% in 2013 when he played 10 games.
So Blease is a speedster without an engine. Yet, if there is any club that can turn that around, it would be Cap’n Selwood and the rest of the Cats.
Obviously unproven. And if his fitness doesn’t improve, he could be wearing a vest or find his name not called on Thursdays. One thing is for sure, Cats won’t truck with an underperformer. It’s make or break it time for Sam Blease.
Lots to please with Sam Blease (oh c’mon, you KNEW that rhyme was nigh). DPP, sub $200 price, on a team with a need for his skillset and a chip on his shoulder trying to show he belongs in the AFL bright lights.
- An experienced DPP at $178K (confirmed price #177,400) (praise Jeebus!)
- Varcoe & Christensen gone means playing time
- Kicks over handballs and likes to tackle
- 25 goals in 33 games means the posts are his friends
- House Cat or backporch Cat? Is he good enough?
- Tank is a big concern. 69% ain’t gonna cut it (Christensen 81% & Varcoe 82& TOG)
- Can his body hold up to a full season?
- Very friendly with sub-80 scores.
No brainer. DPP in forward line for under $200K. The bonanza to burn factor is skewed quite in our favor, coaches. Like any unprovens, though, let’s see how he fits in with the Cats during preseason. The amount of time he plays will surely dictate if the Cats will proceed full Blease ahead or with caution.
Agree or is me brain drunk on beans? Let me know community!
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