A form of gambling not yet the subject of Wowseristic purging from Nazi-saluting Andrew Wilkie and his po-faced chum Senator Xenophon, journalists have been consistently outdone by politicians and their staff in the contest managed from the monopolist resources of the West Australian newspaper.
West Australians have put in a strong showing so far this year, with colourful Liberal MP Don Randall and Kim Beazley out-tipping all others, even though both hail from great distance from the home of football, Melbourne.
Rugby Union buff Tony Abbott is not performing well but is doing better than whichever PMO staffer is choosing for Madam GIllard, whose enthusiasm for the lamentable Western Bulldogs often sees her embraced by various of their boof-heads.
Astonishingly, former Goth turned Greens Senator, Sarah Hanson-Young is interested enough in the game to have a crack but is not travelling that well at this stage of the season.
Just slightly above her is Kangaroos loyalist Simon Crean who probably spends many waking hours trying to figure out how to shovel Regional Development largesse into the usually distressed finances of his rent-seeker football club. With talk of them playing in Ballarat and various other cold places in years to come, no doubt his cheque-book is getting itchy.
Meanwhile, his tips are no good.
Weâ€™ll keep all posted on the progress of the tipster hipsters from Club Fed as the season unfolds and Essendon continues to reassert its rightful and probably God-given dominance.