Last Friday was a big day for me. Why, you ask? Because last week I finished my requirements for my Master’s degree (yes, I am considering having a day in the near future where I require that people call me Master, but it seems a bit much, don’t you think?).
Do you know what this means?! I WILL NEVER LEAVE YOU EVER AGAIN.
Well, that may be a stretch. I am not a titan where I can promise those things. But I won’t have the school excuse any longer (at least until I start a new degree – I love being a student).
And now that I am free from the clutches of my textbooks, I can finally tell you how I feel about Buddy becoming a Swan. I needed to do this when I was free so I can field all of your threatening messages because, as any of my friends can attest to, I don’t like Buddy – he’s overrated, overpaid and over-the-hill.
Let me start by saying that I think Buddy is a freak athlete – some of the things he’s done are nothing short of titanic (what is with me and titans today?) and I have no idea how one even scores 100 goals in a season. I just can’t wrap my head around it – it’s phenomenal. I will also note that I KNOW what Buddy has done. Trust me. Not only do I know the stats, but Boyfriend never stops talking about that game when he scored a gagillion points or the 2008 Grand Final (fair enough, I didn’t see that one). And do you know what? My opinion still stands. For loads of reasons.
First, he’s all about those dolla dolla bills
Now, I am a big proponent for free agency – purely for economic reasons, don’t all jump up at once! – so I think Buddy deserved to go if he wanted to. I do think, however, that trade is different in the AFL. People don’t want you to trade, especially if you’re a big player. They look at you differently. Despite how important free agency is, being a one club player is something that nearly everyone admires – and why wouldn’t they? But when people leave for the right reasons, everyone understands. Take Brian Lake who left the Bulldogs and took LESS MONEY (yea, you read that right) and went to Hawthorn because he wanted to win a premiership. I mean, who can fault him for that.
Buddy, on the other hand, just followed the money. Frankly, (ha ha – frankly, Franklin, get it?!) there was no reason to leave except money. He just won a premiership, had a great team, and a coach that clearly didn’t care that he was next-to-useless on the field. Good for you, Hawthorn – trade that guy while you still can!
Second, he hasn’t been good for awhile
Yea… that 2008 final was ages ago (if you have trouble with maths, it was FIVE YEARS ago). And other than a random game here and there… he’s not really that great. Is he? Like I said, he’s a tremendous athlete, but a good AFL player? Pretty sure that stopped four years ago.
Third when he is good – it doesn’t matter
In Buddy’s best game this in 2013, he scored 8 goals gainst Essendon. Do you remember how much Hawthorn won by? 56 points – more than 8 goals. So while I’m sure those 8 goals were a really big boost in terms if morale and enthusiasm, in theory… they would have won without him (not to mention that it didn’t mattre if they beat Essendon or not since they were expelled from the top 8). Buddy’s second best game? 5 goals and 2 behinds against GWS. I mean really? Everyone knows that I LOVE GWS (considering a Jeremy Cameron tattoo when he wins the Coleman – WHICH HE WILL) but was there any doubt in anyone’s mind that GWS might beat them? It just looks like bullying, to me.
And the grand and prelim finals this year? One goal each. Okay, sure, three goals in both games the year before but the three years prior… dismal, at best. Especially for a $10 million dollar player (oops – we’re all supposed to be pretending we don’t know what he gets paid, right?).
And even when he is good… he’s not THAT good
I’m thinking about the 2013 Grand Final in particular. So many shots at goal… so few points. Not even just behinds – some straight up MISSES. Deep sigh. Disappointment. It’s funny though… whenever there’s a big battle for the ball that everyone is involved in, you know where you can find Buddy? In the back of the pack, taking out his mouth guard and putting it back in again.
But mainly, he’s inconsistent
We all need a wild card in our lives – sporting or otherwise. But frankly (ha ha, I did it again) he’s too wild (is there any such thing?). I mean, when he’s on, HE. IS. ON. Really, REALLY on. But he doesn’t turn on that easily or that often and are a few games, where it doesn’t even make a difference, really worth paying him an exorbitant salary? I don’t think so… but the Sydney Swans did, apparently. And NEXT TIME I’ll tell you why getting Buddy was a foolish choice for them.
DISCLAIMER: I may rethink posting that one. I do think it was a mistake to get Buddy, especially for that price, but I also want to work for an AFL team. Is it really in my best interest to slam the Swan’s recruiting choices? I’ll let you know.
BONUS REASON FOR DISLIKING BUDDY!
He stole Jordan Lockyer’s number. Want to read something funny? Check out this article. The poor kid was forced to give up his number so Buddy could have it. I KNOW that it says he said he’s excited about wearing 18 but be honest. It was peer pressure (which I hate saying because I ❤ the Swans) and not wanting to be frozen out of the locker room this year. NO ONE gives up the number 23 willingly (Michael Jordan, LeBron James… c’mon – the number is basically the right to be amazing). Buddy: You’re a bully.