Free agency and I… we have a complicated relationship. Maybe I’ll tell you about it someday. The economist in me knows that it’s the right thing to do and it must be allowed but the sports fan in me closes its eyes, grits its teeth and waits for all the trades to be over. But this thing with Kurt Tippett just made me roll my eyes, especially considering how it’s pretty much shaping the rest of the trades. The way I see it, Sydney could be getting a great deal and Tippett could be making a big mistake.
Why Sydney Is Smart
The Sydney Swans are smart to grab him up. For starters (and one of the most important aspects when obtaining players in a trade) is that he’s the perfect age to make some big contributions. Depending on the sport, professional athletes tend to hit their stride between 23 – 26 and have a good few years after that. An added benefit is that they haven’t spent the past six years training him. It’s expensive to train players – and usually, if you get him at the right price, it’s cheaper to trade for him once someone else has done the hard yards. If I were a coach, I would only draft 19 year olds and trade for 25 year olds. It’s genius.
Tippett is also a great compliment to the current forward half – they’re all young, but they’re on the right side of 26. I can see that being one of the strongest offenses in the league come 2014 (personally, I think they’re just a bit too young to dominate next year and if we’re honest, Hawthorne has the best offense right now). If those guys learn to play together, and play well, there’s no reason why Sydney shouldn’t be looking at another premiership in the near future.
And not only is he a decent forward, he can play the ruck. This is important since all the Swans current ruckmen are getting up there in age and, I believe, aren’t that great (sorry Shane Mumford, I’m just not your biggest fan). They’re good, sure, but Tippett could be better.
And have I mentioned that they’re likely getting him dirt cheap? Yea. Adelaide might as well give him away.
Why Kurt Tippett Is… Not
The first thing that my boyfriend said when he heard about Tippett wanting to leave Adelaide was ‘Adelaide is getting good – why would he leave now?’ My reaction was, ‘Sydney just won the premiership – he’s already missed the boat.’ Let me explain. I know that it’s blasphemous to say your team isn’t going to win, especially after a great win in a great game against a great team, but look at it this way: since the massive changes to the AFL in the 80s, only four teams have won the premiership twice in a row (one team won three years in a row, but I’m calling that a freak accident). I think it’s safe to say that players go to teams where they think they’ll win a premiership. Isn’t that every pro athlete’s goal? And odds are stacked against Sydney to win next year – he would have been better off staying with Adelaide.
Adelaide also okay’ed the trade because he told them he wanted to go home to Queensland. He made a deal with them so that Adelaide would accept whatever they were given (essentially) so Tippett could go play at home. That’s a pretty nice thing to do considering how valuable he is. Now that he’s shirking his half of the bargain, Adelaide has changed their mind about what they’re willing to take for him. And they should… but it might damage their relationship with the Swans and that would be a sad day.
Adelaide could also get screwed in this whole agreement because if no deal is made… Tippett can just run away to another club leaving Adelaide with no compensation. Tippet gets whatever he wants in either case. It all seems shady to me.
I don’t really respect players who request trades. He’s also not a free agent. I don’t know… just seems rude, to me. Have some loyalty, man. And doing it because you claim homesickness? YOU ARE A GROWN MAN.
Oh, and I’m not a big supporter of breaking up via text. Seriously, Kurt? That’s just cruel.