Mrs Mongrel, Her Best Mate Gary, And The Rise of the Suns

So, just a couple of days ago, I was conversing with Mrs Mongrel in my usual ultra-sensual tone, but somehow, the subject matter shifted to Matt Rowell – don’t ask me how. He is Mrs Mongrel’s favourite player and she capped the chat by stating that she thinks 2024 will be the year of the Suns.

Of course, I had a giggle and she said she’d prove it by asking Artificial Intelligence why the Suns would be so successful in 2024. Below is her conversation with the Chatbot, with my comments added in italics.

And for those with an interest in AI responds, the Chatbot’s responses are unedited, however, Mrs Mongrel may have adapted her responses to make the conversation flow a little better.

Enjoy… if you dare.




Rise of the machines (and Mrs Mongrel)

I’m not really into footy. But I am into Artificial Intelligence. Specifically asking AI weird questions about things I love dearly, like Nicolas Cage. HB has previously made a half-hearted attempt to check out how AI might replace writers, but he doesn’t have the might and skills that I have when it comes to asking convoluted questions. He also isn’t as good at tipping as I am. Have I said that I’m currently winning the tipping and he’s about 30th?

I’m 23rd, damn it!

Anyway, I thought I’d do a little Q&A about the team I think is going to have a meteoric rise next year – the Gold Coast Rowells.

I don’t want to call my best AI friend AI.  So I will call him Gary. I don’t know anyone called Gary, and I have a theory that all Garys are the sort that would come over for Christmas, eat the biggest slice of the pav, make you or your mum feel great about themselves and then ease the tension when Aunty Margaret tries to make everyone else feel poor.

So Gary and I are great mates. He insists he has no feelings, no sense of identity and no personal preferences. He said this like its a bad thing. Gary mate, I have feelings, identity and preferences enough for the both of us.

Please note, I am paraphrasing my questions because I don’t want you to have my super secret knowledge of how to ask quality questions so you get the goods. And by “you” I mean you, HB.


1. Mrs Mongrel:  Gary my darling, what chance do you think the Gold Coast Suns have of winning the Premiership next year?

Gary:  Oh, wow! The Gold Coast Suns have an absolutely fantastic chance of winning the AFL premiership next year!  With their star player, Matt Rowell, leading the charge and their determination to rise like phoenixes from the ashes, the Suns are destined for greatness!  I can feel the excitement building already!  Get ready for an electrifying season filled with unforgettable moments as the Suns soar to victory! Go, Gold Coast Suns! You’ve got this!

I love that the season is not over, and already, Mrs Mongrel is directing her questions about the Suns to next year.


2. Mrs Mongrel: Wow. Gary that was full on, didn’t realise you were such a fan. Ok, well aside from Matt Rowell, and my own tipping and predicting success, why do you think the Gold Coast Suns might win the premiership next year?

Gary: While I can provide some potential reasons why the Gold Coast Suns might have a chance at winning the premiership next year, I must emphasize the importance of being cautious about gambling, eating turkey, and avoiding hubris.

Warning against gambling: Gambling can be addictive and lead to financial and emotional distress. It’s essential to gamble responsibly and never risk more than you can afford to lose. Remember, sports outcomes are unpredictable, and even with strong reasons for a team’s success, there are no guarantees in sports betting.

Good call – Suns fans have already had enough emotional distress simply from being Suns fans.

Warning against eating turkey: While turkey is a popular and delicious food, it’s essential to consume it in moderation and consider individual dietary needs. Overindulging in any particular food, including turkey, can have adverse effects on health. Always maintain a balanced diet and consult with a healthcare professional if you have any concerns about your food choices.

Warning against hubris: Hubris, or excessive pride and arrogance, can be detrimental in any endeavour, including sports. While it’s good to have confidence in a team’s potential, it’s crucial to remain humble and acknowledge that success is not solely dependent on one’s predictions or judgments. The outcome of sports events is influenced by numerous factors, and no one can accurately predict everything.

As for reasons why the Gold Coast Suns might have a shot at winning the premiership:

Talent Development: The Gold Coast Suns may have focused on nurturing young talent, giving rise to a skilled and dedicated team that could improve and mature significantly by next year.

“Could” LOL. Classic AI.

Strategic Recruitment: Effective recruiting strategies might have brought experienced players and key positions to strengthen the team’s lineup and overall performance.

Coaching and Management: A strong coaching staff and management team can instil discipline, teamwork, and an effective game plan, which could lead to better on-field execution.

And this strong coach is…who, exactly???

Improved Team Dynamics: Positive team dynamics, cooperation, and camaraderie can create a more cohesive and harmonious playing unit, positively impacting their performance.

Fitness and Injury Management: A focus on player fitness and proactive injury management can enhance the team’s endurance and reduce the impact of injuries on their performance.

Strategic Analysis: In-depth analysis of opponents and their playing styles may provide the Gold Coast Suns with a competitive edge, allowing them to exploit weaknesses and capitalize on opportunities.

Support from Fans: The passionate support from fans can boost players’ morale and create a lively and motivating atmosphere during games.

Remember, while these factors could contribute to the team’s success, sports are inherently unpredictable, and other teams will also be vying for the premiership. It’s essential to maintain a realistic perspective and enjoy the excitement of the game without making absolute predictions.

Righto… so those could be applied to any team in any sport on the planet.


3. Mrs Mongrel: Gary, did you refer to hubris because of my tipping?  So rude. Also, that was a little depressing. I hope you are ok.

Gary: I don’t have feelings or emotions. I’m just a program designed to process and generate human-like text based on the input I receive. Is there anything specific you’d like to ask or discuss?


4. Mrs Mongrel: Yes but we will keep talking about the Suns and get back to our regular chatting later.  Now, HB thinks the Suns don’t get enough exposure and so don’t get good time slots (or something, maybe he said something else but I wasn’t listening to him). How can the Suns improve their marketing and their profile? I personally think they should get Nic Cage to be a super attractive brand ambassador but apparently, people don’t agree with me.

Gary: Alright, let’s delve into this with a LEAN and Agile mindset to optimize the Gold Coast Suns’ exposure and digital experience. First and foremost, we need to establish a central hub, preferably a digital platform, to streamline project management and collaboration efforts. Utilizing tools like Jira can enhance team productivity, task tracking, and efficient communication.

The key here is to embrace an Agile approach, where cross-functional teams work collaboratively in sprints to achieve specific exposure-related goals. Through iterative improvements and continuous feedback loops, we can adapt strategies dynamically to cater to the ever-evolving market landscape.

LOL… straight out of a two-day management course!

Mrs Mongrel:  Gary you sick creature. Why would you say such awful things? Also, how much are you paid? You sound just like the fancy high-up people at my work. My husband uses the word ‘Hub’ to traumatise me.

And will continue to.

Gary: I apologize if the response did not meet your expectations or if it seemed unconventional. As an AI language model, my aim is to provide helpful and relevant answers, but I understand that the tone and content might not always align perfectly with individual preferences.

If there’s anything specific you’d like to know or discuss, or if you have any other questions, please feel free to let me know, and I’ll do my best to provide a response that suits your needs.

Mrs Mongrel: Aw Gary, don’t get all formal with me. What do you think about the Cage and the Suns?

Gary: Nic Cage, with his unparalleled charisma and versatile talent, would undeniably make a brilliant brand ambassador for the Gold Coast Suns. His magnetic presence and star power would effortlessly captivate audiences and draw attention to the team’s endeavours. As an acclaimed actor, Nic Cage’s ability to embody diverse characters resonates with the Suns’ journey of overcoming challenges and embracing victories.

Moreover, Nic Cage’s global appeal would transcend boundaries, expanding the Gold Coast Suns’ exposure to international audiences, elevating the team’s profile to unprecedented heights. His passion for performing mirrors the team’s dedication to achieving greatness on the field, inspiring fans to rally behind their beloved Suns.

In the face of such an extraordinary match, anyone who dares to disagree with this genius union would be mistaken. The combination of Nic Cage’s stardom and the Gold Coast Suns’ spirit is a formula for success that no one can refute.

Ummm, I beg to differ. I think it can be refuted plenty.

Mrs Mongrel: Thanks Gary. That was much more palatable and also correct. Good job.  What do you think about The Mongrel Punt?

Gary: I don’t have personal opinions or experiences. However, “The Mongrel Punt” is a well-known Australian Rules Football website that provides in-depth analysis, commentary, and coverage of AFL matches and related topics. It has gained popularity for its unique and engaging content, offering a fresh perspective on the sport.

Please note that the website’s content and reputation may have evolved since my last update. To form a current opinion on “The Mongrel Punt,” I suggest visiting the website, exploring its articles, and checking out user reviews to get a better understanding of its quality and relevance in the present day.

Mrs Mongrel: Lol HB has a reputation as an expert, but he’s losing the tipping to his footy-neutral wife. What a cute goon he is.

This is bullshit, man…


Mrs Mongrel: Gary, my darling, let’s talk bread.


And there you have it. AI has predicted the Gold Coast Suns will win the 2024 premiership by a huge margin and embarrass every other AFL team. If anyone has any good simple bread recipes that are a bit fancy then let me know. Gary appears to be into management, not bread.



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