In Bob We Trust.
Now I don’t normally cry during footy games. I even managed to choke back tears in 2004 at the G when Port rose to glory.
However the sight of Bevo calling on Bob and anointing him with his medal just over a month ago, had me reaching for the Kleenex (no not in that way, you sickos).
I challenge any true blue Aussie out there to deny their love for Bevo and Bob following that moment.
HOLD THE PHONE, THIS IS A SUPERCOACH ARTICLE!
No room for hearts on sleeves here.
Now as you may have gathered, I have a soft spot for Bob. But for the sake of journalistic integrity I’ll remove the rose-coloured beer goggles and attempt to give an unbiased preview.
|2017 Supercoach Price:||$392,300|
|Games last season:||3|
|SC Average in 2016:||103|
|100+ games last season:||2|
|Sub 80 games last season:||0|
|Price range in 2016:||$495K – $503K|
|Missed games last season:||19 (out of 22 H&A)|
Bob was in the form of his life before injury struck late in the round 3 game against the Hawks. Averaging 28 disposals at 82% DE and 103 SC, he was on track to be a top 3 fantasy defender for 2017. It was a massive loss for the Doggies and the fantasy world in general but one which we were all able to overcome.
Now don’t quote me on this but the medical boffins at the Kennel have been over heard sprouting: “We can rebuild him. We have the technology. We can make him better than he was. Better, stronger, faster.” Sounds promising eh?
Yep not just one but two bloody big elephants in the room here.
Injury and age.
Bob will be nudging 35 next winter and just edges Matty Boyd as the oldest player on the Doggies list. Father time can be a cruel bastard for the underprepared but I reckon the backline at the Kennel have the good oil flowing. Rivalling the Hawks for the most ancient defence, the likes of Boyd, Morris, Wood and Murphy have all held their junk together pretty well in recent years. Make no mistake, this rockin defence was a big factor in winning the flag this year. Age can be a blessing or a curse, you be the judge how it will work for the Dogs in 2017.
Now, that knee. Yep it’s the same knee Bob did back in 2006. It held up for 10 gruelling years after his first reco – Impressive.
Can he come back just as strong after his second rebuild?
That’s the $392,300 question. For what it’s worth, Bob started running back in July and word is that he’s tracking nicely. If he can put in a solid preseason, then the 2017 fantasy world is still his oyster.
Bevo you legend! Couldn’t have said it any better if anyone at the Dogs deserves a Premiership medal its Bob Murphy! #AFLGF
— Jamie Weaver (@dream_weaves) October 1, 2016
I have a story here, and if you bear with me long enough, I might even get to a relevant point.
The winter of 1982 was a happy one for me, I became the (arguably) proud owner of one of the most eye-popping pieces of biological engineering – The Axolotl.
I named him Pronto, he looked so cool with his fancy hair-do and he ate meat like lots of other kick-ar$e pets did. However, the summer of ’83 was a scorcher and it turns out that Pronto was a soft-co(k. First sign of a hot day and this sad excuse for a Salamander turned up his heels and did the no-frills backstroke. As a young kid, there was no such thing as the seven stages of grief. Just two, denial then anger.
“For crying out loud Mum! Why didn’t you get me the friggin pet Viper I asked for in the first place!” is what I recall blurting out.
Ok, so what the hell does this have to do with AFL, Supercoach or the meaning of life?
Well as it turns out, Supercoach defenders are a lot like childhood pets. Now we can be all be dazzled by flash in the pan types with their fancy hair pieces like your Hurleys or your JJs but when the heat is on you don’t want to fill your backline with flaky Axolotls, you want to be aiming for rolled gold Vipers.
Bob Murphy is a Viper (apologies to Tom Skerritt fans).
If Bob puts in a solid pre-season, you’ll want to seriously consider him for your round 1 team.
- Consistency – averaged 90 SC over his last 100 games
- Rebounding defender – averaging 21 disposals, 4.5 marks, 4 rebound 50s and 3 inside 50s in last few years
- Machine-like disposal – running at 82% DE for most of his career with a kick to handball ratio of 2:1
- Missed most of 2016 and may not be mickey mouse / match hardened for 2017
- The emergence of JJ may influence the positioning and output of Bob
- A 34 yr old returning from a major knee injury into a team looking to go back to back – no pressure Bob
The tale will be in the preseason for me. Can’t wait for the Doggies to start pumping up Bob’s tyres around mid-January and suck us all in. In any case, I love a good beat up and love a returning from adversity feel good story even more. So for me its…All Hail Bob!
He’s been around the community since Adam was a boy. Great bloke: @lostlarrikin
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