Received this email from Stocky tonight. It’s pretty long so pour yourself a tall glass of cordial and settle in. I’d be happy to facilitate it with polls if enough people’s Mums expressed an interest in being part of it.
Take it away, Stocky…
With your recent poll on Premium Defenders, it reminded me of an idea I posted last year in the SCT Suggestion Box about a competition to test our ‘coaching’ skills against each other more directly.
Essentially, we set up a standard team of all the popular premiums and rookies, and all those that wish to participate set up an account with this exact team. The idea then is to see who uses their trades, emergencies and captain the wisest to see who wins league and overall honours.
One small hitch is getting around the “one team per player” rule. My guess is that a lot of girlfriends, boyfriends, mums, dads, kids and dogs will have a team this year also. As long as this doesn’t ethically challenge you, I think it could work.
The other difficult part would be choosing an initial squad of 30 players. This is where your polls comes in handy!! The defenders poll could be copied and used in exactly the same way for mids, rucks and forwards.
Firstly, I think it would be beneficial to determine a team structure. It will make selecting the team much easier.
The ruck set-up has already been voted on (see ‘Ruck Strategy 2012′ post on 21/1) with the set and forget strategy seeming to be a winner. It could be worth revisiting this as we progress through the NAB cup and teams are tweaked to see if opinions/strategies have changed.
It would be interesting to see the most popular mix of premiums, mid-pricers and rookies for each of the other positions. However, with the huge variety of combinations, I think setting up a poll could get very complicated. Having a look at a few of the teams posted in the Rate My Team thread, most teams seem to have 3-4 premium defenders and a mid-pricer, 3 premium midfielders and a mid-pricer and 3-4 premium forwards with 1-2 mid-pricers. Overall, I think we can easily select a side into the following format without having to worry about $$$:
Format is –
Position: Premiums, Mid-Pricers, Rookies
Defenders: 3, 1, 5
Midfielders: 3, 1, 4
Rucks: 2, 0, 2
Forwards: 3, 1, 5
I would suggest creating polls to determine who are the most popular picks for each position, for each price category. From here, my guess is that we’ll have enough $$ left over to upgrade a rookie to a forward /defender premium, depending on who the most popular picks are.
I’m sure there’ll be arguments and disagreements about who should or shouldn’t be in the team, but at the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter what team we select. Everyone is going to have to manage the same players and can choose to trade in and out whoever they want. Thats the point of the exercise.
Sorry if I complicated things or created a lot of work, but i reckon it’d be great fun. I remember having a few thumbs up and comments when I first posted the idea, so I think it will have good support.
Cheers for your time Motts, you do a great job with the site as is.
PS I’ve always rated your advice so much higher than either Duck or Big Sexy’s – clearly you know a hell of a lot about everything to do with Supercoach. I should also add I often find myself laughing out loud and banging the table at some of your comments – gee your wit is rapier sharp. I’ve also got a sneaky suspicion you’re a good lookin’ rooster and a massive hit with laydeez.”
*OK so I might’ve tagged a little bit on the end there.
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