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Nth Qlder but Bronco to the bone.

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You can tell the season is not far away when Tim goes beast mode. Us vs Them, the Have vs Have Not, based on speculation – it’s just not fair! Although Tim, based on your article and comments the largest Juxtaposition is the acceptance of rorting based on whether the team is a Golden Child or Battler. If Dave Donaghy had offered Cam Smith the same deal as Pascoe offered Farrah for his final contract, where does that sit with you? If the Roosters had their players line up for a Danks appt, yet receive the ‘wet lettuce leaf’ punishment the Sharks did, I can only imagine the vitriol in your next column. It is this time of year Tim, that you espouse all the reasons the Raiders are offered little chance of success. Is this to soften the blow if they do fail or heighten the glee if they become real contenders?

Who are NRL HQ's least to most favourite teams?

Definitely agree with the premise, League is a dumb **** but it gives far more than it takes. It can provide entertainment all weekend and ask for little in return. Are Wayne and Des in the wrong for trying to keep the conversation about the game? How many times have they witnessed the press pull apart a comment from a player to create a whole story, a rift, a controversy in some manner that has little to do with the game. Rugby League is a boofhead and this off-season has it has turned in a shocker. The media, in their ultimate search for truth, has had plenty too work with given there are no actual games to report on. However, please don’t associate “truth” and “big picture” with the gutter journalism, the fabricated stories and harassment this kids have to endure because they can play League at the highest level. In comparison to the American sports personalities, of course they will be viewed as ‘Yeah Nah’ mouth breathers. The American version has come through college. They have an education and a level of maturity in their rookie year that the talented 18yo League player has never been afforded before a Danny Weidler contorts a question guaranteed to trip them up. Is he in search for the truth? No Matt, he’s in search of a headline.

A Valentine’s Day ode to Rugby League: I love you but you are a dumb ----

Locky is a board member.

Who are NRL HQ's least to most favourite teams?

I like your passion Jimmy and the fact you went to the UK for the WCC to support your Sharks speaks volumes. It is a pity there is very little promotion around this game. The NRL literally don’t care because it’s not NRL but to go as far as letting the clubs organise themselves is astounding. I don’t know about the promotion on Fox but ch9 do very little because of the timing of the game itself. 4am – 5am is a hard slot to sell advertising so the money they spend on promotion has to be in proportion to what it is going to generate. Rugby League fans will watch but we are a long way from the traditional Eng vs Aust (Us v Them) rivalry does not exist in it’s current format.

NRL interest in Super League showdown a world-class challenge

Ummm, isn’t that Ricky’s job? Ricky could control a game with his smarts and boot yet the Raiders halves is the one area they have sorely lacked for some time. Sorry Tim, but you can point to a couple of boppers and refer to them as defensive liabilities, however, it is the halves who could have better managed their close-outs. This was Ricky’s bread and butter back in his day and I rate Hodgson highly enough that Ennis would only add slightly to his game. That said, if Ricky brings in (say) a Johns to work with the halves, the board may wonder what the coach is actually bringing.

Michael Ennis will make the Green Machine mean and clever

I think being in Newcastle will help that cause. Local support and a level of expectation will be there but, unlike Sydney or Brisbane, he shouldn’t have 50 reporters blowing wind up his proverbial everyday about how good they expect him to be.

2019 will be the year of Ponga

I wish Brown would leave him at the back. I agree he is one of the most gifted players we have seen and more time with the ball… He is a runner 1st and playmaker 2nd and while very good at both, at FB he can turn up anywhere, start attcking raids from a kick, play off Pearce, jump 1st receiver or float out wide to finish the play. With a permanent role in the front line, he will still do most of that just with the added defensive duties. Further, Brown has to find an alternative FB, (possibly Mann) where they have Watson or Lino ready to pair with Pearce. In other words, Brown is losing more at FB than he gains by moving Ponga into the halves. The Knights have a talented roster, they should have more faith in the team than a ‘give it to Ponga’ game plan.

2019 will be the year of Ponga

I can’t see any of those teams missing the finals. For the Warriors to lose Johnson is big but I think between RTS, Green and Luke, that’s pretty inexperienced surroundings. By all reports, they’ve got a few good young options vying for that #7 position. Otherwise, They’ve got plenty of points in their backs if the forwards are consistent.

Adding Johnson into the Sharks gives them a flair that only Holmes could provide last year. Morris’ inclusion and it’s an experienced, rep-quality team from. Lewis was great and the Sharks will be poorer for him retiring, however, Gallen, Graham, Prior, Fifita, Woods… come on. For mine Sharks and Storm will come back to the field but still within the top 8.

The Broncos have to make the finals. With all their FTA games and TPAs the NRL ensures to have them there. Maybe one point about their Origin commitments, they won’t be as heavy this year. There’s a distinct chance more will don the Blue jumper than the Maroon.

Which NRL teams will drop out of the top eight in 2019?

Yeah I know, the Broncos never stand a chance in the preseason. Moreso now you’ve stolen the likes of Maranta and Pearson from our stocks, they were highly valuable 3yrs ago.

Dragons depth a problem for coach McGregor?

You can have him. He’s only slightly better than when he left…

Dragons depth a problem for coach McGregor?

Good to see you’re excited Walter. I’m glad all these ex-Broncos are filling your roster in nicely 🙂

Dragons depth a problem for coach McGregor?

I’ve never heard of a “defensive backhander”. Is that just one of those ‘clam down’ smacks around the chops? Of course that’s ok, men have been openly using that one since early times right up until now – the 1950’s….

“I witnessed…” I’m calling BS. You came across the dispute between the ladies, most likely known to you. You may have had the right intentions until the daughter started to get the better of you so you gave her the old “defensive backhander”. To your absolute amazement neither lady was ok with that. How would you know she “dined out on the defensive backhander for years and lied about her double assault” if you were only a bystander?

NRL left with no choice but to impose tough stance on player misbehaviour

” I’m not convinced the fiancee would be one of those” One of those what? A woman who stands up for herself? A woman who has more self respect then to withdraw a statement because Walker is paying for her lifestyle?

If he has pulled on her hair after getting involved in an altercation – that’s assault. How does she get the marks shoulders, legs and feet? Maybe she just tripped hey? Why are the neighbours so insistent to have their say that the judge postponed the hearing so they could be heard? Why are the police pressing ahead even though she has withdrawn her statement? Did she provoke him to the point of absolute frustration, fair chance. Is it ever ok for laying a hand on her in anger or frustration – never. Conviction or not, he is 100% wrong.

Fair dinkum, anything Manly and you lose your mind. The Brett Stewart case is not the beacon of righteousness you tend to stand on in these arguments. Every case is different and some are more obvious than others. In a world of he said/she said I’ll sooner take the word of the police and ambos as they don’t care about who the person is, how much they earn or who they play for, they purely care about the crime.

"Find a new vocation": Barba officially deregistered by the NRL

Well I wouldn’t be having a beer with Lodge as he doesn’t drink. Just one of many things he has undertaken to be a better person. Walker or Barba on the other hand send their missus in to say there was nothing in their accusations despite their bruises, witnesses, police and ambo reports and CCTV footage.

I’m all for 2nd chances but that comes with actions that prove they want a 2nd chance – not just after a period of time. Forgotten is not forgiven. There is a difference and it’s not in the slightest hypocritical.

"Find a new vocation": Barba officially deregistered by the NRL

I get where you’re coming from but if this spectacle has an opportunity to survive/thrive we must give to a footy hungry audience, supported by it’s best players who are itching to play. Injuries are a likely outcome in this game any other. However, I think moving it to the end of season will incur a higher attrition rate of players and would be playing 2nd fiddle the GF.

The Indigenous All Stars vs NZ Maori is rugby league's Hunger Games

You do understand the glasshouse you are throwing stones from was shattered by Dylan Walker. I’ve never defended Lodge’s actions but I commend his work to better himself and others over the last 4 years. Ol’ Iron Fists Walker on the other hand, he’s certainly helped his missus to learn to be quiet.

"Find a new vocation": Barba officially deregistered by the NRL

Who has the GF nightmare. Willams (with a valiant effort) or Hunt! Although Oates has a fair claim that doesn’t get discussed too much.

2005: A brief look back at one of rugby league's greatest seasons

Imagine if your team lost Carney, Barba and Coote in one off season? Let go Ponga and missed Holmes. Certainly opens the doors for a few younger guys up there.

See you back at Northern Beaches Bowlsy Benny. Actually you won’t. No one’s making eye contact with wife beater.

"Find a new vocation": Barba officially deregistered by the NRL

I prefer 06. Broncos: Premiership, Qld: Origin series, Aust: Tri Nations and Lockyer captained all 3 and received Dally M, Wally Lewis medal and Golden Boot award/s along the way.

2005: A brief look back at one of rugby league's greatest seasons

It would have been a pretty special match up indeed. You mention Johns v Lockyer but Locky was still FB at that stage so it would’ve been Alfie v Johns + Johns v Kevvie (both great halves combos of theirn era) Harragon v Webke, Tallis v Peden, Sailor v Mad dog…. People tend to remember Johns = Newcastle at that time but they had a very high quality squad.

Knights vs Broncos: The grand final that never was

I will agree Jimmmy. Just once. Through gritted teeth.

Coming to terms with the retirement of 'JT'

No bigger fan of JT than me. I’ve watched him play live on several occasions at every level and the bloke is 2nd to no one on the park. However, if he broke his leg at the 78th minute mark in the 2015 GF, I wouldn’t have complained.

Coming to terms with the retirement of 'JT'

No mate. Drew, it’s an OTT reaction for what is a literally a story. Just insight into the authors JT experience/memory and not a factual expose’, doesn’t require stats and fact checks.

Coming to terms with the retirement of 'JT'

I was always Broncos though, following them since inception. Most were Broncos fans up home in the 90’s/’00s but as the Cowboys became more successful…

Haha, if your living in Bulimba and working at the refinery, you probably own it. Same as most ‘inner’ burbs around the city. Even my area, there are $1m house beside halfway houses.

What made you fall in love with rugby league?

All this time Jimmmy I didn’t know you’re a fellow Diehards man! I was (smuggly) smiling along with Matt talking about the Dolphins ‘unlucky’ run, sry Matt 🙂 Being from NQ until I was in my 20’s I didn’t get to see BRL live but it was a staple on ABC Saturday. I now live a few blocks from Emerson Park and get to as many games as I can. Cheap beer, meat tray raffles and the ref is close enough to hear my opinion… #takemeknow

What made you fall in love with rugby league?