That said, I'm shying away from putting him on my FS team for Snapper.
same. i gained 10lbs in the first 6 months i was married. i can't imagine jordy's been training too diligently, esp. if he's being careful of the injury he suffered at the end of last season. who knows, though. maybe we'll all be scrambling to add him after he walks off w/ the snapper trophy.
i'm goingto be a huge owen wright fanboy, at least for the moment. i think if he's 100% healthy (& i don't think he'd be coming back if he didn't think he was), he could end up being the dark horse candidate for the title. he's already proven that he's a world beater, besting both slater & fanning multiple times in the past & sat, for a time, at #2 in the world in his second year on the tour. i think he's gonna pull a fanning...come back from a serious injury & win the title w/in 4 years.
otherwise, i think it's gonna be a fanning/slater rematch...fanning'll want to repeat just to prove that he can, slater is obviously gunning for #12. other than that, i don't think anyone else is *really* in the running, not seriously at least. jjf maybe, but i'm not convinced he's got the competitive mindset dialed in just yet. same for medina & nat young...they're just too young, too over-awed at competing against guys who they looked up to while coming up the ranks. oh, they'll get good results & maybe threaten the top 5, but i think it'll ultimately come down to experience & only the top 3 really have that...slater, fanning, & parko (but let's be honest...parko's won his 1 & only title).
Poor sportsmanship IMO. I know some guys wish he would go away, but Slater keeps the bar nice and high while enhancing our viewing enjoyment. Dudes have no choice but to do their very best when Slade is in the comp and we get to watch the show.
What, no Julian Wilson for the title guys? How about Flores?