There I was at AFL House this morning.
AFL Fixture reveal morning is generally pretty enjoyable. A good opportunity to catch up with some old mates. Nice spread. Bacon, eggs, pancakes. The works. Everyone’s relaxed after a bit of a post season spell.
This morning was different. Gill wasn’t giving me much over brekky. Not like him. I shrugged it off. Probably just a bit sheepish after the 5 minute tirade he copped from me over the phone about St Kilda not being a part of Good Friday.
And as the 2017 fixture dropped things all looked pretty good. Generally fair across the board with a few dodgy calls here and there. Not too bad. The Saints have a bit of action on Friday night. Plenty of games at Etihad. The chicks Grand Final on the Saturday arvo of Rond 1. The Grand Final back in the last Saturday in September. All good.
..similar bye structure to 2016. Righto. We’ve dealt with the split rounds over the last handful of fantasy seasons. We’ll be right..
Then I chucked the specs on and had a closer look at the byes..
Stood up. Glared at Gill. Chucked half a plate of scrambled eggs at the wall and stormed out of the joint.
This is the bye structure we need to grapple with as fantasy footballers in 2017 folks:
Once again the AFL, in its fat cat from city hall quest to become a global corporate monolith, has shown a blatant disrespect for the fantasy community. It’s probably unwise for me to pen this article in my current state of fury.
However my friends. A great man once said “..rise above this bullshit. Get on with the challenge. Roll with the punches, and the promised land of fantasy enlightenment will be yours. And once more, you’ll be a man, my son”.
— Jye Heytman (@JyeHeytman) October 26, 2016
So what does it all mean?
We need to discuss this as a community. Gill’s not answering my calls. The team at Supercoach & AFL Fantasy are scrambling trying to unpack what this means to us in season 2017.
Are the bye round rules adjusted to allow us more flexibility around the byes? Do things remain largely unchanged? Has a new layer of strategic opportunity revealed itself to us like the risen Phoenix? Does GAJ become public trade in target #1 after his round 9 bye?