Like most people, I have put a little time into my team. Fiddling with it and thinking about who is in it and who isn’t, I realized I was pre-blaming myself for owning players who could go badly and not owning players who could go well. But that’s on me right? I knew what I was doing. Reminds me of Super Chicken
The relevant part being “You knew the job was dangerous when you took it.”
Yeah. If I decide that Joe “The Groin Injury That Walks Like A Man” Daniher is worth the risk and then he injures his groin, well, I knew he was Joe Daniher when I took him. (Assuming I do)
In the same vein, if I don’t end up with Clayton Oliver and he goes wild, and I don’t own him, well, I knew why I should own him and that I wanted to and it was on me I didn’t take him. I knew he was Clayton Oliver when I didn’t take him.
What’s the point? Well, I’m finding it helpful to ask myself, so if “X” gets hurt, or performs below my hopes, and someone said to me, “Well, you knew he was “X” when you took him,” would I have to nod and agree or would I be like, “Yeah so what?” If I owned Lachie Neale and he got hurt and missed a few weeks, how would I feel? Well, fine. I mean he has been durable for years and years. I fail to feel bad or think I could have foreseen that. Ok, not fine in that I’d be pretty unhappy, but I wouldn’t have done anything wrong that I could have foreseen. If I owned Nakia Cockatoo, and he got hurt and missed a few weeks, how would I feel? “Yeah, fair that, I knew the risks, now I take my lumps. ”
It is a bit worse with players who do well that I don’t own, because I can’t own all the players I think will do well. But some it will hurt. Am I sure I don’t want to get the in the team somehow?
So I went through my team player by player. How would I feel? What was my gut telling me? Had I talked myself into anyone that I shouldn’t have? Had I bought into any hype or group-think that I didn’t really believe? Did I have anyone I was keeping in my team because they had been there a long time, but maybe it didn’t make a lot of sense to have now, for any reason?
It turns out that yeah, at least one to all of those. So a few players went out and that made it possible to bring in guys I felt better about. I also decided my fear of Daniher, while very valid, was also kind of irrationally strong, and that he was worth the risk.
Which doesn’t mean I won’t swear at length when, I mean if, IF dammit! He gets hurt. But if he does, I knew he was Joe Daniher when I took him, and I’m not going to expect sympathy if I complain to anyone.
So, go through your team and ask that about each player you have, and also think about the ones you don’t. See if you can clear out a spot and money for someone you really want.
The other thing that helps me decide between things, is to pick the option that I will feel least bad if it fails. Yet another way to get in touch with your gut and to handle it better when things inevitably go wrong.
Calculated risks, sometimes we should take them, and if that means the Sword of Daniher is over my head for eight or so weeks, well, it is a decision my brain and gut reached agreement on, even if my gut has concerns.
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