Unusually, my thoughts drifted to Christian Howard last evening.
The Bulldogs were struggling.
Jason Johannisen was having a “Barry” off the back flank. Fortunately he’d survived the drop rather than the “out of his depth” misnomer Brett Goodes.
But where was Christian Howard?
Plucked as an “unknown” in the first round of the 2009 draft, he was declared a perfect replacement for Lindsay Gilbee – elite kicking blahblahblah. One game in 2013 brings his tally to 18.
And as talls went missing it was hard not to once again muse on Tommy Williams (pick 6, 2004) – except that, despite the February hype, Doggies fans are conditioned to his lack thereof. Now in his 8th season, he’s played more havoc with list management than games.
These were both high risk punts.
Howard was in the magoos at Glenelg and came with a hip that needed surgery. But oh what a left foot!
Williams had a background in Rugby. But what an athlete!
The margins are skinny these days and bad calls at big moments have massive implications.
We forget that the same scenario exists across the landscape…but it doesn’t ease the frustration when early picks bear no fruit.
Who else falls in to this category?