Cracker's Call: Tippett is the worst mistake Sydney have ever made

Peter Keenan December 10, 2012, 1:48 pm

Today I'm going to look at two of the most maligned footballers, probably in the history of the game, Kurt Tippett and Israel Folau.

Folau was the greatest signing since sliced bread. Kevin Sheedy loved him, said, 'he will take marks, he will play forward, he might even play in the ruck, he'd hold up the backline any day he wanted to go down there'. Folau was paid millions. He had millions to spend. He had millions to go too. The bank manager used to take him out for lunch everyday ... well not really ... but he was a wealthy young man, not getting a kick of the football.

It must have been hard for Folau being a superstar rugby league player, running out being an embarrassment every time he put his boots on.

Eventually the public humiliation got too much and he walked out. He didn't go back to the rugby league as everybody thought he would and as Ricky Stuart wanted him to. He went to the Waratahs, for about $600,000 for one year. Everybody's calling him a mercenary but you can't blame the kid.

Greater Western Sydney will not have his photo up in any shape or form in their club's history. He was an absolute failure. And of course, when we're talking about people who have crossed over, we have to mention Karmichael Hunt.

People have feted him this year for his work in the midfield. Have they checked the statistics? He's had about 10 possessions a week. Sure he's a great tackler but anybody with a rugby union or rugby league background is a great tackler. You can almost say he will fail too because I can't see him playing in a premiership for Gold Coast.

Which brings me to the last bloke, Kurt Tippett. He walked out. He'll possibly cost Steven Trigg and Phil Harper their jobs.

He was supposed to go to Brisbane. Adelaide were quite happy for him to go the Lions although with the window of opportunity opening for Adelaide, everybody thought he would stay. But no he opted for the cheque book, off to Sydney.

The only problem is, rumour has it, the Sydney people who pride themselves on culture do not want a mercenary in their midst.

In all intents and purposes, I know he's big and he plays forward. But he's never been much good in the ruck and if he misses the first couple of marks of the game, he's a liability.

But they are going to pay a king's ransom for a person who his team-mates won't embrace because they have this culture of sharing and caring and dying for each other.

Tippett has proved that he's not dying for anybody. The only thing he's dying for is to get money in the bank. He's a product of our time but will he embrace the Swans' code of conduct. I think not.

It's probably the worst move the Swans have ever made.

It just seems to me that he sold the Swans and I think they've made the biggest mistake they've ever made in the history of the club.
Time will tell.

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  1. Pippa Middleton03:40pm Monday 10th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Thats the first time i have heard you make sense crackers.

  2. BLOWN803:40pm Monday 10th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    The only thing you have ever said that makes sense. Tippett is a waste of space and really not what Sydney would want or should need. Leave him alone Sydney and make him play a year out of AFL to teach his to respect his team mates and the contract arrangments. Is is nothing but money hungry and to be honest, hasnt proven himself yet. He has never won a game off his own boot, and thats what forwards are paid to do, and he sucks in the ruck!

  3. rob04:04pm Monday 10th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    I hope you're wrong Crackers! Carna Swans!

  4. Garry04:33pm Monday 10th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    As a Crows supporter I think Tippet leaving the club is the best thing about this whole sorry mess. In 2 years time when the Swans realize what a namby-pamby boy he is and how many millions they have lost for little or no result, they will do the same thing. Get out of it now Sydney, while you can still save face and money.

  5. Gary04:37pm Monday 10th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    I respect your view and it would certainly appear that Kurt is aiming to get what he can (money wise) out of football. But he's young and I believe he will one day commit to a club and his teamates and he has the potential to be an absolute great. As an ardent Crows fan I am not sorry to see him go but it's tragic he didn't grab his opportunity with the Crows, there is a glimmer of a flag that would have been brighter with his help.

  6. paul m04:42pm Monday 10th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    IF it was about money Crackers he would stayed in Adelaide he is a Sydney born boy with family in the harbour city as well. How he is accepted at the swans is another question something tells me he is not the first player in the game to accept a brown paper bag full of money

  7. Moggy Don04:51pm Monday 10th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Who gives a toss ? It is only a game.

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  8. Anthony05:47pm Monday 10th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Crackers is right with all three no hopers - but we should not make any statements until Jael and Allison make theirs..... After all - they think that foot soccer is the only game - and unless you like that shithole of a game then you are a moron or mindless or brain dead or illiterate.......... Lets hear it for the two know alls who have the fingers on the tab..........Go Jael - Go Allison..........

  9. Gary05:52pm Monday 10th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    A great pity that Kurt places money over the privilege of being part of culture that would place teamwork over everything. As an ardent Crows follower, I am not sorry to see him leave, but I think he will one day commit to a side.I believe he has the potential to be a truly great player so, it's tragic that he couldn't give all to the Crows who have a glimmer of a flag that would have been brighter with his help.

  10. Ln05:56pm Monday 10th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    tipshit has just stuffed his footy live up how can you go to war with a traitor