Cow Talk Round 4–>5

Written by Father Dougal on April 12 2023

Small or Far Away, Father Dougal on Cows


Hi Everybody!

Next week starts the projections. At least that the plan.

This week, well, um why we should still care about the projections and approaches to the rest of the season.

Is this because of how he started making all those funny noises when he found out Doch was out?

That along with the horrible rank, and some of the other issues this season.

Yeah, this season has turned remarkably less fun fast, and I’m pretty sure I’m not the only person feeling that way. We talk about needing luck and skill to win, because you do, but then some people get all, like, skill is all that matters and skill help you deal with bad luck and so on, but then stuff like Stewart, and Doch, and Steele, and Cameron, and so on happen and yeah, luck can mean not having bad luck as opposed to have good luck.

After all, things that go well are skill and things that go badly are luck.

Yeah, we do tend to think that way. Luck can be a bad thing did not happen to you.

While logic says just as many people are doing as well as were doing well last year, our own experiences say this season can go in the bin. How do we handle that, from a management and fun point of view?

First, rethink your goals. Finishing #1? Finishing with the best rank you can? League wins, avoiding doing really badly? Having player to barrack for during a game? All valid, not mutually exclusive. But, it is a good idea to know what you are trying to do from here on out.

What are you trying to do?

I always go for the best rank I can. This season, I think if i can beat my previous best, that’s a win.

Once you know what you are after, you have to figure out what has to happen for you to meet your goal.  For example, you may need a player to bounce back so you can use your trade elsewhere. If so, play for him to bounce back. If you can only meet your goal if your rucks play the rest of the season, then go ahead and play like they will not be injured the rest of the season.  If you need “X” points a round and you play for less than “X” a round, you can very well meet your goal.

After that, try and make a plan. Obviously no plan survives contact with Supercoach, but have one anyway.  And like just discussed, make sure the plan can get you where you want to be.

Another thing I find helping is deciding which way I want to fail. If I don;t make a trade for a player and I’ll hate myself a lot if that player than goes big for the rest of the season, and I will be annoyed but not go mad if I trade him in and he just does ok, then bring him in! Fail the the least pain.

Last, do what will be fun. If all the above won’t be fun, do something else.



Dodgy Advice:  If things are going badly enough with trade that you worry about getting all premos in, this would be when you can consider getting a discounted near premo. Not a full price near premo, but one that is cheap for what they will score, and who will is likely out of the top 8-10 but not by a lot. And who know, maybe they will surprise you!


Remember the Cow Talk guarantee: “All predictions wrong or triple your money back!”  (Offer not valid if money is actually involved.)

I am time zonally challenged.  When Cow Talk goes live, I’m probably asleep, so replies from me may take a while.

Thanks for reading!


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