The overall use of the ‘broken clock’ analogy has risen 900% overnight as AFL fans learned the news that Sam McClure had correctly predicted Mitch McGovern’s request to leave the Adelaide Crows, Australian Sports Weakly has heard.
McClure, a journalist for The Age, 1116 SEN, and the Seven Network, has been much maligned for incorrectly predicting Rory Sloane’s exit from the Crows earlier this year. He also suggested that fellow crows players Tom Lynch and Paul Seedsman would be making probable exits before they re-signed. His correct prediction that the contracted McGovern would request a trade to leave South Australia was met with smug sarcasm and condescension, with many online commenters gleefully dusting off an old analogy about the efficacy of damaged timepieces that they’d been storing away for this very occasion.
Reddit user ‘Bearsicle19’ was quick to comment on reports that McClure was on the money by saying that “a broken clock is still right twice a day”, while Carlton fan ‘Fabulous_Dave’ also decided to comment, declaring that “even a broken clock is right twice a day”.
“A broken clock is right twice a day,” added Reddit user ‘motzart73’.
Across on the Reddit forum dedicated to the Adelaide Football Club, a similar message was being heard with user 'DuckyChaos' commenting that "a broken clock is right twice a day”.
Twitter told a similar story.
While the popularity of the ‘broken clock’ analogy has risen exponentially, proponents of competing analogies are still experiencing a surge in popularity. Use of the ‘throw enough mud at the wall’ analogy (and its closely related ‘throw enough shit’ analogy), has also risen upwards of 400%, while even the more obscure ‘even a blind squirrel will sometimes trip on a nut’ has been given a new lease of life.
When asked for a reaction, McClure seemed largely unaffected by the comments.
“Haha!” said McClure.
“Firstly, my watch is digital so the analogy doesn't even work. Plus, it’s water resistant to 100 metres, shock resistant to a 20 metre drop and can withstand extreme temperatures. It. Will. Never. Break. So the joke’s on them.
“Anyway, I bought it in Japan and it was the last one they made so you can’t have one, sorry.”
Trade talks won’t begin until after the season concludes, with the finals series set to start on Thursday September 6th.