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Where's my moral outrage?

It’s dark out here beyond the circle. There air is sweet with smoke and sweat. Angry eyes all wet and vacant. Teeth glint off burning lanterns. Hey, what’s going on in there? I clench my pitchfork all the same. Tonight, they seethe, there’s witches afoot.

You’re the first person I’ve ever heard to defend mobile speed cameras.

Context, monkeys and bananas: Why Slater should be cleared

That whooshing noise is my point flying over your head.

Ask (a) was it a play that we intended to eradicate, then, if not (b) since rules and interpretations can be change at any time, why not now?

Context, monkeys and bananas: Why Slater should be cleared

Similarly, the wet lettuce Mitchell copped was farcical. The chooks have dodged a few bullets already. What’s good for the goose is good for the gander – let them all play.

Context, monkeys and bananas: Why Slater should be cleared

Categorically disagree. If we applied rules in a vacuum there would be no need for a tribunal.

That’s the unreasonable cop approach.

Context, monkeys and bananas: Why Slater should be cleared

But surely that wacky interpretation will be amended in the offseason. Why not now?

Context, monkeys and bananas: Why Slater should be cleared

Could not disagree more JN. I can’t see any difference between the Chambers tackle and the Mitchell one. Both were dangerous. Both were coached maneuvers. Whether Dugan was legitimately hurt or not is inconsequential. If Mitchell plays again this year that will amount to a gross inconsistency. Punitive measures should be applied regardless of whether its Round 1 or a GF.

Six talking points from Sydney Roosters vs Cronulla Sharks NRL qualifying final

Thanks for the input. I’d say a one tackle optional advantage (union deliberately knock on or kick it away), and if the defending side cynically infringes – they lose one to the bin and the mark is advanced.

I just get frustrated seeing a break out play that gets nullified by a cynical infringement.

The precious lesson league can learn from union


Two point tries is an interesting thought. I remember in junior league a dummy half try was worth less. Similar situation I guess – trying to encourage more thoughtful play.

I like that they’re dropping the interchanges in a couple of years too.

The precious lesson league can learn from union

By any metric you *care to define*…

The precious lesson league can learn from union

I think a lot of reds fans are in a similar position Andrew. I also went to the game, and was relatively entertained. They are definitely moving in the right direction, albeit slowly. However, forgetting my members card I had to pay for a casual entry – despite proving I was legitimate. This, combined with the ridiculous price of drinks (which is far outstripping inflation) has made me reassess my continuing support. More looking forward to seeing the Brisbane City Councilllors at Ballymore than the Reds at Suncorop in future.

Hard truths: I’m still in rugby limbo

“Anthony Minichiello versus Darren Lockyer in the 2000s”. Was that ever a point of contention?

Queensland save face, but it will be the ‘Kanga-Blues’

Maloney continues to travel forward – his legs don’t just fall off. The ball stops accelerating towards the goal line when it leaves his hands – it loses forward momentum faster than he does. That’s why he ends up in front of the ball.

Can someone provide a charge code for this?

Inglis’ gritty Queenslanders go down as they don’t get the crucial calls

Honestly mate. Pull your head in. You are way off the mark.

Who Super Rugby fans should support at the FIFA World Cup

I think Reds fans will most likely identify with the Socceroos – a plucky team of relative no-names just having a red-hot go. Everyone loves an underdog. I’d guess they’re both seen as a bit of nuisance value by the big teams.

Who Super Rugby fans should support at the FIFA World Cup

Thanks for the feedback. But I can assure you that you’re boxing at shaddows there.

Who Super Rugby fans should support at the FIFA World Cup

Serious question from a non-soccer fan trying to cram for the WC. Why is Australia ranked so highly – given that there are many higher quality teams ranked below us? E.g., we’re 40th at present, and ahead of a suite of Africans and Europeans we’d start as heavy outsiders against.

I’ve always assumed we were the ones done a favour just by being given a path to qualify. And whatever happens once we got there was a bonus.

The Socceroos draw the World Cup ‘group of death’ again

Based on the publically available evidence – their decision to not appeal is nonsensical. The most likely scenario is that CA has some unstated leverage.

Cynic's view of why Steve Smith accepted his sanctions

Totally agree biltongbek. Glad I’m not completely alone on this one. Seems to just be myself and everyone else in the world who isn’t a casual Australian cricket fan or part of the media.

I posted about the vendetta angle without any traction. Brett Geeves insinuated as much over on fox sports – but he’s got journalistic integrity to maintain. I’d be very surprised if there isn’t an appeal. Interested to know if the ACA and CA had allowed for referral to the court of arbitration for sport.

Rousing debate rages on Aussie ball tampering

Disagree on your first point. I feel the apparent divide is perpetuated more so from the league side. The rags to riches cliché of the “kid from Dapto” made good is venerated and played on loop. Even the Ch9 commentators pose the “rah-rah” disparagingly against “our great game”. It seems a kind of conscious self-determination. I don’t feel union paints itself as is quite so insular. But could just be from where I’m standing…

However, I do agree on your second point. All this plays out perfectly for the real competitors – the AFL and soccer. It’s time that someone heeded that the enemy of my enemy is my friend…

League versus union: Letting go of the code war bitterness

All good mate. Was funny. Got me thinking though. If, as you conjecture, the latest and most immediate action is decisive – that’s akin to removing the hysteresis from our scoring system. I.e., we’re left with “last try wins” for 80 mins. Try imagine how that test would be played! Enjoy the vodka Ralph.

Joubert gets it. Garces gets it. Why don't we?

Ha! That went somewhere I didn’t anticipate. But perhaps time is symmetric, and causality a mere abstraction? I can see Garces sucking the pea back into his whistle now!

P.s: Thanks. I grew it myself.

Joubert gets it. Garces gets it. Why don't we?

Cheers mate. Will definitely have another go sometime – just hard to pick something that’s sufficiently contrarian.

Joubert gets it. Garces gets it. Why don't we?

Thanks Tim.

Appreciate the input.

Re: “The ABs were beaten because they chose to play a conservative game with the loss of SBW, understandably. They almost pulled it off but were let down by two poor defensive efforts …” Totally agree. That’s it right there.

And I suggest the lions deserved the win on the back of tries (2-0) and line breaks (6-1). Most of the other metrics were even – save for possession due to how narrow the ABs chose to play. The card on SBW was irrelevant. You get no consideration for being a man down.

FWIW – I felt that the lions were well on top when the whips were cracking. And I was cheering for a black out! They definitely were when that 77th minute penalty was blown. They knew it, the lions knew it, and – most importantly – Jerome Garces knew it. And that, I argue, was the context for his decision.

Joubert gets it. Garces gets it. Why don't we?

Thanks for the feedback mate.

However, I feel I may have been a bit subtle…

Re: “The law is clear, the ref got it right”. Agree. But most laws are clear, at least by wording. It’s the interpretation and application that isn’t. It’s theory versus practice, if you will. The responsibility rests with the ref, who makes decisions based on how he sees the contest. This may either be active of subconscious. If the lions were up by 10, would the penalty have been blow? I’m not sure.

Re: “Faumiana didn’t wrap his arms in the ‘tackle.’ End of discussion”. Sounds more like shifting the discussion.

Joubert gets it. Garces gets it. Why don't we?

Thanks mate. FTR – I think the lions did deserve the win. Very much looking forward to Saturday.

I guess my subtext was that a ref doesn’t view each contest as an independent trial – be it a ruck, maul, or set piece. And nor should they, so nor should we. It’s implicit in the basic laws of the game. Equality exits only in mathematics. I’ve just seen a lot of hand wringing over isolated penalties and decisions. So I thought I’d test whether there was a silent majority out there…

Joubert gets it. Garces gets it. Why don't we?