Sports leagues have a ladder for a reason. It’s to tell you who is performing well… and who is not.
John Longmire, head coach of the Sydney Swans, is just not owning up to the fact that his boys have been kicking ass and taking names. Last week, he didn’t want to talk about the flag and this week, he’s stressing out over Gold Coast. Okay, fine, maybe not stressing, but he certainly doesn’t appear as confident as I think he should be. I want to grab him and shake him and shout, “YOU ARE NUMBER ONE IN THE LEAGUE. ENJOY IT! BRAG A LITTLE!” I mean, I get it. He’s the coach, so he can’t get a big head. He needs to focus on the game and his upcoming opponent and keep himself outta trouble by being cocky. But really… is there any question about how good the Swans are this season?
Even with all the injuries (my heart soared when I heard Shane Mumford isn’t that broken) and Adam Goodes out, they’ve been tearing it up. They’ve only lost three games so far: Adelaide in Round 6 (number 2 on the ladder, and they lost by less than a goal), St. Kilda in Round 9 (who they later dominated in Round 17) and Richmond in Round 7. And let’s just call that last one a fluke. Before the season ends they’ll face off against Collingwood, Hawthorn and Geelong, two of whom they’ve already beat.
But I’m getting ahead of myself. Tonight at 7:40 pm, the Swans play the Suns on the Gold Coast. The Suns, admittedly, have been playing pretty well. Meaning they haven’t gotten beaten as horrifically, especially against bigger teams like Geelong, North Melbourne and Essendon. But the margin is still pretty large and the chances them beating the Swans, even with their rapid improvement is slim to none. So c’mon John. Can’t you bask in the glory just a little?
It is a pretty good tactic, though. Now if GC embarrasses the Swans, Longmire can say: ‘I told you they were good.’ You tricksy little devil, you.
UPDATE (31 July): For those of you who thought I was being dramatic, read this. Don’t even read the whole thing – just the title.