“Rebel Ticket” to watch paint dry; the fans just want footy

Jack Byrnes Roar Pro

By Jack Byrnes, Jack Byrnes is a Roar Pro


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    Sometimes it’s best to approach life with a willful ignorance.

    Things like not reading the ingredients on the back of an instant noodle packet or hitting “accept” on the terms and conditions for a video game you were given as a nine-year-old.

    As humans, our survival instincts have made us the masters of measuring time against risk, and risk against reward. As time is also our greatest enemy, we don’t appreciate it being wasted.

    Know where I’m going with this? Me neither.

    Anyhow, it’s with a great deal of willful ignorance that I approach this latest hoo-ha involving certain people out Canterbury Bankstown way trying to recreate their own boiled down version of House of Cards. Only this time there’s a catch – surely no one’s watching.

    The odd fanatical Dogs fan aside, does anyone really care? It’s early February, the cricket is getting cold and fans are flocking (not really) to the ‘Gong on a Saturday night to watch two Super League teams fail to prove that they’re not part of the second best competition in the world.

    Heck, I’m already chomping at the bit to watch Cameron Smith put the cleaners through Leeds in a concept that surely passed its used by date in the mid-2000s.

    Us fans won’t at all mind seeing another contract thrown in the bath to enable a high profile player to switch clubs right when we least expected it. See, these kinds of antics have a direct correlation to what happens on the field, and it’s on the field that we get what we pay for.

    A bunch of power hungry people jostling for the reigns of something that doesn’t really have any impact on a Steeden being kicked in anger? Leave me out.

    Right now there are 24 sleeps before the season proper kicks off. In between, we’ll cross our fingers and toes in the hope that no more players suffer serious injuries in games that don’t mean much.

    We’ll possibly see the emergence of a whiz kid banging down the door to debut in Round One. We’ll no doubt hear about a coach under pressure before a whistle is blown. And then, like it never left, the footy will be back.

    In the meantime, let’s leave the political stuff to the politicians. We’re here for the footy, not the board room.

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    The Crowd Says (7)

    • February 12th 2018 @ 4:58am
      PanthertillIdie said | February 12th 2018 @ 4:58am | ! Report

      When I read 24 sleeps it took me back to that childhood pre-Christmas excitement. Can’t wait. Who honestly gives a stuff about the dogs meaningless political elections? I’m sure they’ll elect some more idiots who are totally inept at running a rugby league club – it’s the rugby league way! Bring on season 2018.

    • February 12th 2018 @ 7:07am
      Duncan Smith said | February 12th 2018 @ 7:07am | ! Report

      But Jack, now the Andersons are in charge, we will be able to sign Brett Kimmorley as halfback. And probably Terry Lamb as well.

      I think a Kimmorley Lamb halves combo could make some waves in this competition.

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      February 12th 2018 @ 7:36am
      The Barry said | February 12th 2018 @ 7:36am | ! Report

      Even as a Bulldogs fan I find a lot of this stuff pretty boring.

      But I don’t get the griping about it. It’s not like it’s been rammed down anyone’s throat or it’s difficult to avoid.

    • February 12th 2018 @ 7:51am
      BA Sports said | February 12th 2018 @ 7:51am | ! Report

      I was watching the News last night and the story came up about the passengers getting kicked off a cruise ship in Sydney harbour for being drunk on a bucks night and getting into a brawl. I was sure that the News rooms would have been clammering to get their hands on the names of the eight kicked off and immediately cross checking them against NRL player names. So (touch wood) I am just glad we have got through an off season with minimal off field indiscretions from the players.

      My only take away from the Bulldogs vote was – OMG how much does Lyn Anderson look like her father…

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        February 12th 2018 @ 2:58pm
        Nat said | February 12th 2018 @ 2:58pm | ! Report

        Mate I hope you touched wood after writing that? 🙂

    • February 12th 2018 @ 7:51am
      Greg Ambrose said | February 12th 2018 @ 7:51am | ! Report

      I’ve seen apparently sane people do cartwheels when Obama won or Gillard or Rudd or just about anyone else. I was meant to be doing cartwheels when someone told me how many woman were in roles of power a while back.

      It’s all just a bit dull to me. I’ll try and do a cart wheel for the first time when the hype is matched by anything close to reality down the track a bit.

    • February 12th 2018 @ 10:59am
      Paul said | February 12th 2018 @ 10:59am | ! Report

      Sorry Jack, but the games you refer to do mean a lot to some. I’m referring to the guys who are new to the Club, or trying to break into the top side. In the case of the games against the Poms, you can bet the guys running around think they’ve got some meaning as everyone loves to beat the Poms and vice versa.

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