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Ben Simpson

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“Bart gets to ride up front today because he’s a good guy at sports” - fan of anything and everything there is to do with sports. Main loves are the NBA, NFL, NRL and of course Rugby. From New Zealand so have a tall poppy perspective on everything and a bit of an underdog complex as well. Trying to provide a mix of humour and insight in everything I do.

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Cheers KP. I’d love to see him take on the challenge. He has nothing left to prove in union!

TJ Perenara: Why he will make it in the NRL - and why he won't

Definitely! I remember the Bombers of old with Hird, Lloyd and Fletcher! I’m also a western bulldogs fan so have had some rough times with that as well!

I’m not crying, you’re crying: The misery of being a New Zealand Warriors fan

Agreed. Plenty of examples of absolute battler white dudes throughout the years. The race debate is simply a lazy argument based off of ridiculous generalisations.

I’m not crying, you’re crying: The misery of being a New Zealand Warriors fan

So much promise, rarely any delivery!

I’m not crying, you’re crying: The misery of being a New Zealand Warriors fan

Always a tough decision haha. Sometimes the stick is preferable.

I’m not crying, you’re crying: The misery of being a New Zealand Warriors fan

Cheers Jeznez, it’s a curse being a warriors fan! But agreed, too many teams turn it on after they’ve taken a beating. Hard to change the culture if it’s always been a losing one!

I’m not crying, you’re crying: The misery of being a New Zealand Warriors fan

Yea can’t agree with the people blaming it on race. The over reliance on NZ players definitely covers it however! Grades here are definitely not as strong as over in Aus so the NZ players coming through aren’t going against the best young talent. Big step up when you get to the NRL!

I’m not crying, you’re crying: The misery of being a New Zealand Warriors fan

That’s a real problem we have though, when just finals is good enough, they’ll never be as good as they should be! Premierships or bust should be the mentality. But agreed, I’d take top 8 haha

I’m not crying, you’re crying: The misery of being a New Zealand Warriors fan

Love the analogy John. Very similar to the EPL, currently the Storm, Panthers, Roosters, Rabbitohs would be the likes of the Man City’s and Liverpool’s etc. Warriors definitely more of a Crystal Palace. Capable of sparkling football but no ambitions of anything higher than mid table!

I’m not crying, you’re crying: The misery of being a New Zealand Warriors fan

But but but how good would it be to bet them large all the way to the GF!! God I am tortured…

I’m not crying, you’re crying: The misery of being a New Zealand Warriors fan

I’ve learned a hard lesson every year. Never back to Warriors. Yet I do, every year. Manly was the last straw…. until next week!

I’m not crying, you’re crying: The misery of being a New Zealand Warriors fan

You ll take NSW at the moment surely! But yea looking a bit dire otherwise there Tony 🙂

I’m not crying, you’re crying: The misery of being a New Zealand Warriors fan

Always seem to be the case, be interesting to see if RTS provides any insight when he moves to the Blues!

I’m not crying, you’re crying: The misery of being a New Zealand Warriors fan

Wouldn’t change the way I feel but I guess those score lines would be more favourable looking back 🙂

I’m not crying, you’re crying: The misery of being a New Zealand Warriors fan

Interesting thought. I think the warriors have always had that second best mentally when competing against the All Blacks. Kiwis always expect the All Blacks to win, whereas if the warriors win we are excited but don’t care as much! It’s also a day of mourning if the All Blacks lose compared to some light hearted chuckling when the Warriors do. A mindset change does need to happen, especially being happy with 8th place. Finals football is great but finishing 8th isn’t something to be lauded for. We should be looking to finish 1st or nothing else, that’s what the top teams do.

I’m not crying, you’re crying: The misery of being a New Zealand Warriors fan

Gotta love the will they won’t they drama they bring to our lives. Nothing like a bit of treat them mean keep them keen!

I’m not crying, you’re crying: The misery of being a New Zealand Warriors fan

Maybe by the time I’m 60 we will be challenging for a premiership. Might have to try have 13 sons and only teach them rugby league for their whole existence!

I’m not crying, you’re crying: The misery of being a New Zealand Warriors fan

Cheers! Agreed that will be another nail biter which we will probably lose. Always hard to look so good but then never deliver. You’d fire a postman if they were that bad at delivering that’s for sure!

I’m not crying, you’re crying: The misery of being a New Zealand Warriors fan

Agreed Geoff, every year it’s the same. Promise so much and deliver so little.

They do deserve praise for last year and this one and they bring so much to the comp, it’s just a shame they can’t be more consistent rather than consistently disappointing!

I’m not crying, you’re crying: The misery of being a New Zealand Warriors fan

Cheers Tony. It is a cruel beast being a Warriors fan, I’m sure you can feel my pain being a Dragons fan. I’d love a help line! They’d be flooded with calls almost every week!

I’m not crying, you’re crying: The misery of being a New Zealand Warriors fan

I might be in my grave before both things happen!

I’m not crying, you’re crying: The misery of being a New Zealand Warriors fan

As evidenced for the ABs, Jordie should never be on the wing.

Dethroning the kings: An ultimate XV to beat the Boks in South Africa

Agreed Old Possum its a big conundrum, purely for entertainment on the court I don’t know if there is anyone better at the moment. He has the all of the talent in the world and when hes on, it is must see TV!

Men's tennis is dying - there's one man who must save the game

Not the case in NZ as a teacher I can report. Our kids bloody love getting out on the sports field!

Advance Australia unfair: The most dominant Test team of all time

No worries Ace. Was a great team to covertly support as a kiwi living in Aussie. Just dripping with classy batsmen and skill full bowlers. A joy to watch

Advance Australia unfair: The most dominant Test team of all time