Let’s stand by Todd Greenberg and #TalkTheGameUp

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    The majority of rugby league fans are left with a sour taste in their mouth after trying to reason with a particularly controversial figure of our game. The man is Phil ‘Buzz’ Rothfield and, according to him – and I quote – “rugby league is now a s*** game”.

    It prompted chief executive of the NRL Todd Greenberg to call upon the true fans of the sport to #TalkTheGameUp, which saw a host of supporters and high-profile current and former players such as Cameron Smith and Corey Parker stand in support.

    Recently, the rugby league community has descended into fierce debate over the refereeing crackdown. The majority have backed the decision and recognise it as pivotal to the future success of our sport. Rothfield, however, has been a critic of the move and has consistently focused on how this is ruining the game.

    In fact, in a statement released last night, he revealed that the penalty blitz was the primary reason for his stunning labelling of rugby league as “shit”.

    In the statement, Buzz expressed his regret in what he wrote. It was refreshing and I give him credit for having the courage to come out and admit that. Yet, one can only hope that he and the media in general can act upon this claim. Too often I visit the Tele and read headlines such as “Referees steal the show in Good Friday thriller.”

    I understand – controversy sells. However, surely there are enough positive stories that supporters would actually like to read about?

    The frantic finish of the South Sydney versus Canterbury game in question was enough in itself to entice readers without unnecessarily centring on the match officials. What about the feel-good story of the year – the rise of the previously underperforming Wests Tigers and New Zealand Warriors? In particular, the rapid improvement of both Luke Brooks and Benji Marshall has been a joy to witness.

    Even Buzz himself last night published an article headlined “Maloney shaping as buy of the year”. More of this from such influential journalists as Rothfield will repair the tiring stream of referee blaming and negativity.

    In Friday night’s clash between the Dragons and Sharks, ten tries were scored, even though 23 penalties were blown. It is possible to entertain with the officiating restriction.

    Criticism can be important in stimulating change. Yet it is important to know the difference between criticism that is beneficial and that which is counter-productive.

    It is a lesson that Buzz learnt this weekend and he will be a better journalist for it.

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    • Roar Guru

      April 16th 2018 @ 6:24am
      BA Sports said | April 16th 2018 @ 6:24am | ! Report

      Apologies for starting with a negative comment on a piece that requests we focus on the positive but there is a zero percent chance Phil Rothfield takes anything away from that post. If he gave a crap about the impact of what he wrote and if his employers thought it was hurting their reputation and bottom line, something would have changed long before now.

      • Roar Guru

        April 16th 2018 @ 9:24am
        Mr X said | April 16th 2018 @ 9:24am | ! Report

        Agree BA Sports. Doubt much will change but as I said below just didn’t want to write a piece where I was just attacking Rothfield and the media, wanted to at least give them some chance of improving but I do agree with your comment.

    • Roar Guru

      April 16th 2018 @ 7:05am
      peeeko said | April 16th 2018 @ 7:05am | ! Report

      i doubt he will. he has been terrible for 25 years and wont change the thing is he went too far and then realised he had to take it back. he did publish an apology but he will be back at it soon enough.

      THe positivestep that needs to be taken is to stop following people like him on twitter and dont buy that awful paper known as the telegraph. plenty of good reading elsewhere, especially at the roar

      Problem is the people like Rothfield stay on side with sleazy managers that leak them info

      • Roar Guru

        April 16th 2018 @ 9:22am
        Mr X said | April 16th 2018 @ 9:22am | ! Report

        I can only hope – I didn’t want to be too critical of Buzz in case it came off as me just attacking him and solely him. One comment I will make is that I do think it is ironic that he says he accepts criticism when every time someone is logical and disagrees with him on twitter he simply blocks them.

        I was actually going to mention that – there is a level of responsibility that we as readers don’t give those sort of stories the reaction that they want.

    • April 16th 2018 @ 7:14am
      Kangajets said | April 16th 2018 @ 7:14am | ! Report

      As an ex player and coach I don’t Think Rugby league has been a great game for the last 20 years , because of all the rubbish wrestling and robotic one out running etc .

      So if something is being done to make rugby league a better spectacle again, then I applaud that .

      • Roar Guru

        April 16th 2018 @ 9:31am
        Mr X said | April 16th 2018 @ 9:31am | ! Report

        Morning Kangajets – I probably can’t compare the two very well as I wasn’t even born then! So I can’t make any comparison between league now to 20 years ago. I do know that the game was more free-flowing back then. However, regardless I would say that all this talk about the attack this year being down compared to the last few years due to the refereeing debacle is definitely not true. So far this year there has been only 1 less try per round than last year. Sure penalty goals have been on the rise but this is a tactical thing. The hope is that the wrestling you complain about will be improved with the referees continually penalising it – it may take time but the game will be better for it.

    • April 16th 2018 @ 7:32am
      On the Ball said | April 16th 2018 @ 7:32am | ! Report

      Buzz (fake News) Rothfield writes his CODE IN CRISIS STORIES every season. I have it on good authority that he is being paid by Gil McLachlan and the AFL to spread bad news about the NRL. “Cash for comments” and it’s not the first time.

      • April 16th 2018 @ 2:08pm
        DB said | April 16th 2018 @ 2:08pm | ! Report

        So Rothfield is paid by the AFL to talk down the NRL? Wow!

      • April 16th 2018 @ 4:47pm
        John said | April 16th 2018 @ 4:47pm | ! Report

        Negativity of any kind is usually better click-bait than positive stuff, you don’t need to be paid by the competition to spread negativity when your industry pays for it already.

    • April 16th 2018 @ 7:49am
      Cathar Treize said | April 16th 2018 @ 7:49am | ! Report

      As we have found out, Rothfield is a bought journo!. A hypocrite of the highest order & should have lost his job last year over the Eddie Hayson scandal. But we know that Rupert Murdoch relies on dubious journalism to peddle his trash.

    • April 16th 2018 @ 8:09am
      bear54 said | April 16th 2018 @ 8:09am | ! Report

      “Journalism” and “Daily Telegraph” cannot seriously be used in the same discussion unless it’s proceeded by “lack of”.

      • Roar Guru

        April 16th 2018 @ 9:33am
        Mr X said | April 16th 2018 @ 9:33am | ! Report

        I am aware that as a journalism student I should be looking for every opportunity available but this is the main reason why I would consider passing up an opportunity at the DT. It is a real shame.

        • April 16th 2018 @ 10:10am
          I miss the force said | April 16th 2018 @ 10:10am | ! Report

          It would be selling your soul. Only think lower would be Danny Weidler or a social pages writer

      • April 16th 2018 @ 12:29pm
        no one in particular said | April 16th 2018 @ 12:29pm | ! Report

        DT contains no journalism or news. It is all “opinion”

        That way they can make things up and get away with it

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