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Let's just enjoy the footy once it's back

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We are only at the halfway mark of May 2020 and this hasn’t been a great start to the year or the decade.

We’ve had continuous bushfires from last year, floods, the coronavirus and the NRL season being postponed. Don’t forget all the lives lost in those disasters.

We all know the saying: the only way is up. So let’s begin our rising.

That being said, in two weeks’ time, the game we love is back.

Newcastle Knights fans

(AAP Image/Darren Pateman)

The game has evolved and in a way has been as good as it’s over been.

Sure, a lot may miss the fights, shoulder charges, two-point field goals and old ways. But those days are done. It sounds very much like all the old-school WWE fans who want the Attitude Era back: that isn’t going to happen.

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Moving on, I see some massive improvements from the first two rounds. The captain’s challenge has been an effective move. Going back to one ref, which itself is an old-school trick, would be a very good one. Some old-school tricks can work in the modern era.

In a way, some people (myself included) can be a bit harsh to the refs. I know I have been. They’re human, just like us, and humans make mistakes. We learn from our errors.

Being a ref is a very tough job. You have to memorise all the rules and how to enforce them while dealing with all the critics screaming their abuse over the fence.

Don’t deny it, all rugby league fans have used a Stevie Wonder reference at least once in their life about the refs.

George Burgess being placed on report.

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All that aside, I’ve said it before and will say it again: let’s enjoy the season we now have awaiting us.

We’ve got four and a half months of footy we have been just been dying to see. The game we love is back and the teams we support aren’t doing it for their pay checks, they’re doing it for their fans.

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Every team isn’t a team, it’s a family. Every supporter of that team, every player, the staff (whether they are coaches or executives) are a family.

The rugby league world is a big family and I for one love being a part of it.