35 year-old Carlton supporter Chris Norton has officially thrown in the towel for his office footy tipping competition after plummeting to the bottom of the table after five rounds.
Chris managed just three out of nine tips this week — two short of Margaret from accounting, who picks teams based on the colour of their uniform.
Venting his frustration to The First Reserve, Chris said, “I don’t know how this is happening. I literally spend all weekend watching the footy.
“Last year I spent ten grand on two 50-inch smart TV’s, purely so I can watch two games at once. But despite all of that, I’m getting beaten by people who have absolutely no idea.
“Last week, our receptionist Sally asked if they cancel games when it’s raining.
“She’s currently second from top.”
In a cruel twist of irony, the only team Chris has managed to tip correctly each week is his beloved Carlton, the team he has supported since he was a child — a bittersweet feeling, given that they’re yet to win a game.
“There are people in my office who don’t even know the rules, and even they’re beating me,” he said despairingly.
“Simon, the guy in the cubicle next to mine, keeps calling it rugby. He picked the exact margin two weeks in a row.”
To make matters worse, Chris is the one who organised the league.
“I literally had to explain how footy tipping works to half of these people at the beginning of the season,” he said.
“Somehow, I’m losing to every single one of them.”