Stevie J: Observing the response

I am absolutely flat out today but something just dawned on me so I’ll quickly bang it out.

I have spent a fair bit of time discussing the Stevie J decision and, although some people don’t fit the pattern, this is what I have noticed generally:

Left-leaners:  anti the Stevie J sacking

Conservative voters:  pro the Geelong decision

Anarchists:  anti the Stevie J sacking

Communists:  anti the Stevie J sacking

Writers and artists: anti the Stevie J sacking

Business types:  pro the Geelong decision

Accountants:  mixed response

Engineers:  pro the Geelong decision

Football analysts from the football industry:  pro the Geelong decision (some dissenters)

Lawyers: will only discuss the matter after the six-minute clock goes on

Clergy:   anti the Stevie J sacking

Buddhist monks:  anti the Stevie J sacking

Children generally:  anti the Stevie J sacking

Children in the leafy east: pro the Geelong decision


What trend have you noticed?




About John Harms

JTH is a writer, publisher, speaker, historian. He is publisher and contributing editor of The Footy Almanac and He has written columns and features for numerous publications. His books include Confessions of a Thirteenth Man, Memoirs of a Mug Punter, Loose Men Everywhere, Play On, The Pearl: Steve Renouf's Story and Life As I Know It (with Michelle Payne). He appears (appeared?) on ABCTV's Offsiders. He can be contacted [email protected] He is married to The Handicapper and has three school-age kids - Theo, Anna, Evie. He might not be the worst putter in the world but he's in the worst four. His ambition was to lunch for Australia but it clashed with his other ambition - to shoot his age.


  1. Speaking on behalf of “the truckers and the kickers and the cowboy angels (with a good saloon in every single town)” – we are pro the Geelong decision

  2. Geelong supporters? I reckon they are anti the Stevie J sacking.

    Other supporters? Pro-sacking: a mixture of pragmatism, wishful thinking that he will spend a final fruitful year at their club, and gratitude that another marker of Geelong’s great era finally being over passes.
    Anti-sacking: fear that he will spend a final unfruitful season at their club, and wistfulness that another marker of Geelong’s great era finally being over passes.

  3. Jagging one of the best players in the comp from another Club will go a long way to healing the Stevie J wounds.

    I’m not bitter.

    Not bitter at all.

  4. Sacking’s a bit rough, don’t you think John? Surplus to requirements. Not needed on journey. Past his use by date. How about sacrificed to make room for the rebuild?

    Does anyone know if he’s been snapped up yet?

    And you didn’t have a category there for visionaries. Very disappointing.

  5. Cat from the Country says

    I believe that management makes the best decision for the Mighty Cats and it matters not a hoot what anyone thinks

  6. I’m outraged. He shouldn’t have been sacked. But then again, management is closer to the decision than we are, so they probably got it right. But they may also have it wrong.

    The trend will only become obvious when the answer becomes obvious (about round 12 next season).

    Dips – accountant, really bad surfer, from the leafy east, social commentator and futurist.

  7. Nice Gram reference Trucker Slim. I remember something you once told me.
    Stevie J could have easily sat in the pocket in 2016 and kicked 30-40 goals which is enough for some half-forwards to get in the All-Australian squad. Go figure. Players with Stevie J’s wizardry around the big sticks don’t grow on trees. I will say however, that watching him this year, he lost maybe 2% of his touch – sometimes he slightly miscued. This was enough for the powers-that-be to give him the chop and free up some salary cap for The Danger.

  8. I like Maths and Physics.

    Very anti.

    It (anti)-matters to me.

  9. Well John you clearly picked my politics.

    It would be nice to say he’s retired from AFL ranks as a one club player, though i don’t think it will end that way.


  10. Phillip Dimitriadis says

    Def in the Buddhiist Monk and Left-leaners camp. Happy to have Stevie J at Collingwood for 2016. He could teach Elliott and Fasolo some lifelong lessons.

  11. I have heard back from a few more:

    Circus performers: anti the Stevie J sacking

    Visionaries (thanks J. Mosig): anti the Stevie J sacking

    Orthopaedic surgeons: anti the Stevie J sacking

    Jason Day: anti the Stevie J sacking

  12. Economists: assuming he plays on well at another club, then it would be an anti; however, if Danger effect dominates, then pro; if he performs badly elsewhere, then pro, but his influence elsewhere may not just be in his personal output and it may come back to bight Geelong on the bum in a tight one..
    I am building this into an equation… this space….variables show a lot of correlation + and –
    Having forecast 5 of the last 2 recessions I stand on my record….
    so the answer is…awaiting more up to date data

  13. Captain Parmenter: pro Geelong decision

    Cosmo Kramer: anti the Stevie J sacking

    The bloke in the ad who tells his kid the Great Wall of China was built by Emperor Nasi Goreng to keep the rabbits out: pro Geelong decision

  14. Yeah, still bitter at +24 hours. Pro or anti, if you want one P Dangerfield at your club you need to warm to the pro way of thinking. Who sits on the fence?

  15. Journalists – undecided. Just like writing and reading about it…

  16. Publicans – anti
    Poets – anti
    Posties – pro
    Pravda – anti
    Putin – pro
    Proletarians – anti
    Plebeians – pro
    Peasants – anti
    Pheasant-pluckers – pro
    Pleasure-seekers – anti
    Perfectionists – pro
    Preachers – pro
    Prophets – anti
    Profiteers – pro
    Pattisiers – pro
    Patsy Biscoe – anti
    Patrick Dangerfield – pro

    And the list goes on…

  17. Dr Goatboat, i’m curious with the progress of your answer. Actually, is there any progress ?


  18. Stephen Cooke says

    Former Dairy newspaper editors: Pro the Geelong decision (controversial)

  19. i believe poor people dont drive much, but they do watch Geelong. Does their view on SJ carry as much weight though as the wealthier supporters of, say, a Carlton (actually the Carlton) who might be pro because he moves to the bluebaggers….So will depnd on where he goes and relative weightings linked to that club. This should clarify the matter.

  20. North Queenslanders -yeah ..but what about our roads?

  21. Speaking for homeless hoboes all I can say is that the economic rationalist decision to dump Johnno was appalling. Sickened by the Club patting itself on the back about the ‘fine’ send off…more like a funeral. Really not many bleats coming from the usual docile Geelong flock..who fell for the management line. A tragedy that will hopefully come back and bite Geelong on the arse next season when Johnno boots 4 from a forward pocket to steal a vital 4 points from the pusilanimous pussies. Good on ya JTH.

  22. Laurie Laffan says

    Stevie J was/is an outstanding example of a naturally gifted, old school fair dinkum footballer. Fantastic to watch and a great contributor to Geelong’s recent successes. It is up to him if he wants to be a one AFL club player.
    He could always come and play for Ainslie F.C Canberra if he wants to continue having fun on the footy field. He would draw a crowd up here just like Cowboy Neale did in the late 70’s. Another real fair dinkum footballer! However we might have to start a crowd funding webpage to pay the bill.

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