Say what you will about Sandow, but I did like the way he played the game with a smile on his face. Sure, he never reached his potential and was very erratic as a player, but he did enjoy himself on the field and didn't take himself too seriously, which seems to be a rare thing nowadays.
Yes eels47, Sandow was unique and a loveable larrikin and much loved at Souths. However, there was also another side of the story. Sandow was a brilliant individual player but NEVER a TEAM player. He was selfish and played for himself and he was a poor communicator on the field. Most of the time he played to his own play book and the rest of the team were never on the same page. He was a highroller that would risk the teams fate in the final minute with one roll of the dice on low percentage plays. That said, he also won a few games on the death because of his individual brilliance. I remember one game in particular against the Cowboys and another with a last second field goal from half way against the Broncos or the Roosters I think.
From personal experience I can say he also used to dodge the fans. My son, when he was smaller, used to idolise Sandow and stood in line near the change room exit for over an hour after a game at Central Coast stadium. ALL the other players were happy to indulge the fans but when Sandow came out and saw the waiting line of fans he grabbed Eddy Pettibourne by the arm and gestured to a route that would bypass the fans. They both ducked under the guide rail and made straight for the waiting coach brushing off the waiting fans and Sandow was laughing all the while. My son was crushed!
Pettibourne never made that mistake again and always had time for the fans, he was just swayed momentarily by Sandow on the day. I have never forgotten and neither have a lot of other young Rabbitohs fans I would wager.
I also remember in our run to the finals in 2012 I believe Souths just needed to beat the Broncos to qualify for the finals in our last game of the season. Sandow went AWOL, literally. No one knew where he was, he didn't talk to anybody and later it turned out he had visited his family in QLD rather than train with the side in Brisbane. Like I said, it was ALL about Sandow and the team and fans came second. So not a fan, no.