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Some people think football is a matter of life or death... I can assure them it is much more important than that

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NFL: Rams band rolls on

The show goes on for the ‘rock n roll’ LA Rams, winning again in Detroit (30-16) in a much less impressive performance than their Week 11 epic over the Chiefs, but it’s a win all the same.

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Tedesco is an absolute genius

As we woke yesterday morning to the realisation New South Wales were the new champions of interstate rugby league, most punters south of the border would have been lauding the efforts of Brad Fittler and his new look side, with 12 or so rookies of the Origin arena.

My point is that the NRL lads and other combat athletes are in an extraordinary situation so the penalties must reflect this too. For a bit of a laugh let’s apply some of this to your life, assuming you’re working a fairly normal 9-5.
So you get up early and head to work (training), you’re immediately called into your office and told you performed poorly yesterday, full stop. No second chances, this week you will be segregated from teammates and work in another team. No discussion. Get back to work. You get back into it, feeling pretty upset, and out of nowhere the cleaner smashes into you, fracturing your face, leaving you deformed. Your employer will pay for surgery but you’re told your services won’t be required beyond next year, unless you take a 70% pay cut. Oh, and this is all going to be reported in the newspaper. You need to talk to a reporter too and tell him how you’re feeling. And if you don’t take that pay cut, by the way, you’ll never work in this industry again – Unless you move overseas and pull your kids out of school here. Pretty comparable hey.

Disparaging, ignorant, offensive: Why Addin Fonua-Blake's behaviour warranted more than two weeks

Not saying it’s right but the R word is a famous line in a popular comedy flick ‘The Hangover’, stuff like that tends to find its way into pop culture, a culture that flows through the rugby league community. I’m not excusing it at all, it’s hurtful to people, I’m just offering up an explanation that only adds to my belief that we need to be more educational and less confrontational. Just being horrified all the time fixes very little.

Disparaging, ignorant, offensive: Why Addin Fonua-Blake's behaviour warranted more than two weeks

Best comment yet. I’ve no doubt there are people from all walks of life going around making this same mistake every day, it’s an opportunity for learning, not just for the player.

Disparaging, ignorant, offensive: Why Addin Fonua-Blake's behaviour warranted more than two weeks

Guessing the chicken wing or crusher tackle wouldn’t be tolerated in your staff meetings either mate, but they aren’t asking you to run through the brick wall when you arrive in the morning either.

Disparaging, ignorant, offensive: Why Addin Fonua-Blake's behaviour warranted more than two weeks

I agree education is the answer. Although after writing this comment I was reminded by another contributor of Adin’s past including domestic violence. Perhaps even education won’t help this bloke.

Disparaging, ignorant, offensive: Why Addin Fonua-Blake's behaviour warranted more than two weeks

Disparaging, ignorant, offensive: Why Addin Fonua-Blake's behaviour warranted more than two weeks

Post edited after learning of DV history, the blokes a lost cause

Disparaging, ignorant, offensive: Why Addin Fonua-Blake's behaviour warranted more than two weeks

Humans aren’t all deep thinkers like you Phil, applying careful consideration to each syllable spoken

Disparaging, ignorant, offensive: Why Addin Fonua-Blake's behaviour warranted more than two weeks

The elephant in the room, until the NRL introduces some minor tweaks to the cap (or just starts policing it) or a draft, we will continue to have up to 10 dead-men-walking coaching in the NRL. It’ll be interesting to see who takes over from Belly Ache and becomes proud owner of one of the coveted guernseys.

Waiting in the wings (Part 1): Familiar faces

Plus Feldt stood at centre last week so he didn’t have to tackle Sivo

NRL Round 9 teams: No changes for spluttering Broncos, new backline for Cowboys

Benji would later admit he was out of nick and stale when coach Potter dropped him.

Are the Tigers on the way up?

Let me start by saying I completely understand that Addin Fonua-Blake did the wrong thing and he deserves to be punished by the NRL as he has been. No doubt about that. Let me also suggest that Fonua-Blake was not thinking one iota about disabled people when he made those fiery disparaging remarks to the referees on Sunday afternoon. The language used was very unfortunate, but movies such as ‘The Hangover’ have normalised those types of words to the extent their meaning is likely not fully comprehended by a front rower who has just played himself to a stand still and then had the chance of a gutsy victory snatched away. Wrong, yes, but let’s not lose sight of reality.

Disparaging, ignorant, offensive: Why Addin Fonua-Blake's behaviour warranted more than two weeks

Big games v Souths and Brisbane. The Tigers have a horrendous run home so need to bank 4 points.

Are the Tigers on the way up?

True. Although I think they were concerned Leilua had broken his jaw, not his ankle.

Mad Madge seeks Tiger revenge

Watched that again recently Steve, unfortunately Wayne Pearce, one of the greats, cost us more than the ref that day.

Mad Madge seeks Tiger revenge

Not sure about Chee Kam in the centres, Leilua had played a couple of strong games before last week. we will see

Mad Madge seeks Tiger revenge

The optics weren’t great and the punishment was fitting the crime. But which bloke didn’t finish the game?

Mad Madge seeks Tiger revenge

I think fans of the Tigers recognise effort and teamwork, and that’s what we are getting since the Titans game.

Mad Madge seeks Tiger revenge

And all things being equal, I reckon he’d by happy he took the battling club on this occasion, although I think he would have made a better fist of the Broncs job.

Big game this week. I wonder how Souths feel when they see their premiership winning coach kicking goals elsewhere?

Mad Madge seeks Tiger revenge

Seibold got the job in 2018 around the same time Madge was employed at Wests.

Mad Madge seeks Tiger revenge

100% good summation

Mad Madge seeks Tiger revenge

The Broncos announced Seibold weeks after the Tigers locked down Madge. I doubt Madge was looking to exit the Tigers in the first two weeks.

Mad Madge seeks Tiger revenge

I see your point although there are examples I can think of where players and coaches have remained loyal to a battling club and that can have its benefits post retirement. Joey Johns towards the end of his career for example. Nathan Hindmarsh. Just because some guys are always chasing greener pastures, doesn’t mean everyone is the same.

Mad Madge seeks Tiger revenge

If these players keep playing for him the Tigers won’t be an unattractive option much longer.

Mad Madge seeks Tiger revenge

To think if it were to happen in a preliminary final. That’s a whole lot of egg on face.

Mad Madge seeks Tiger revenge