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Been on this bandwagon since 2013 Ryan! The more things change, etc etc – https://www.theroar.com.au/2013/11/20/should-sports-writers-be-cheerleaders-or-critics/

I think Fox League’s scattershot approach to seeding their programs with Crisis Merchants is really selling Phil short.

Why not give the man the solo vehicle he so richly deserves, stumbling and bumbling his way through an hour of vitriol straight down the lens Monday through Friday from around 9:30pm, the bottom of the screen rotating through the 6 tweets of support he’d received in the preceding 24 hours.

The Buzz Report. A veritable ratings bonanza, just like its Sky News counterpart – https://www.theguardian.com/media/2018/jul/20/skys-the-limit-when-it-comes-to-rocketing-audience-numbers

2018: The year rugby league turned on Buzz Rothfield

Fortunately I only witnessed two of these capitulations in person but every one of them is etched in my memory.

Speaking of medicine, a mate reckons you’d have to be on valium watching Raiders games as a fan. I reckon morphine would be more appropriate.

We need to talk about Ricky

This illustration of the 2015-2018 horror show surfaced shortly after I filed this yesterday. Trigger warning for Raiders fans…

HEARTBREAKING RAIDERS LOSSES; 2015 – PRESENTA THREAD -— Sezer’s Palace (@jackkcronin) August 6, 2018

We need to talk about Ricky

Shout-out to the coaches for bringing all-out attack back to the table after a stodgily predictable past few series (give or take the odd Maroons rampage).

Cracking series which sets up an intriguing new era ahead. Not even disappointed to be on the losing end of it cos this NSW side are difficult to hate, but quietly confident I can turn that around by Game I next year.

Seven talking points from State of Origin Game 3

Whenever you see a hack journo or club executive talking down rugby league being played in Perth, Denver or beyond, just remember – the bigger the game gets, the less power they wield over it.

Rugby league’s standout year for whingeing

Can’t believe the free kick the NRL have given Hobart’s Dark Mofo festival this weekend. Now millions of young Aussies will be making thought-provoking experimental sound-art installations instead of picking up Steedens. #Crisis

CRISIS: Why the standalone Origin weekend is already killing rugby league

Simoc, time to send your sarcasm detector in for a check-up – it’s definitely on the blink.

SBS may reach out to Optus if World Cup streaming issues continue

For some overseas perspective, I’m currently in the hills of Dharamshala in India, where power can cut out at any time and usually does, using my mobile phone as a hotspot to watch the Sony Liv app on my laptop – watched Germany-Mexico last night with only one dropout.

So this whole fiasco is a pretty sad indictment on Optus and what passes for broadband back home.

Surely some think tank somewhere will suggest privatising SBS as the only way forward.

Whatever the case, our PM’s got a hide weighing in on it all.

SBS may reach out to Optus if World Cup streaming issues continue

Three syllable words, of course!

They must’ve all learned “outstanding!” and “middle third” in the pre-season, though that doesn’t explain the outbreak of “hundred percent”.

In defence of referees

Why can’t every commentary team have an ex-ref on board? You know, someone who actually knows the rules intimately?

Bill Harrigan’s perspective on the MMM call is excellent, and a million times more useful than Braith Anasta, who actually sounds disappointed when the refs get a line-ball call right.

In defence of referees

There’s only one question Ricky needs to answer – “Whose team is this?”

We’ve been overrun three weeks running by teams whose go-to clutch men were obviously Taylor, Pearce and Johnson.

Who is ours? Fans don’t know. Do the players?

The only half who has played all 240 minutes this year isn’t the guy doing all the talking when we’re awarded penalties. So the guys coming off the bench and calling the shots either need to play 80 every week, STFU and let Sam Williams run the show, or go to Mounties.

Also, Havili needs more minutes.

Stop complaining about the refs, Ricky, and answer these questions about the Raiders

Rolling from Knights-Manly into this cracker – decent night at the office!

Perth Wildcats vs Adelaide 36ers: NBL semi-final Game 2 live scores, blog

Ivan’s just locking down his best drivers before privatisation hits inner-west bus routes.

Wests Tigers take the totally serious option of naming five captains for 2018

Is anyone else struggling with the moral implications of playing Lodge in their SuperCoach team?

How to anger fans and alienate major sponsors

Maxi was simply awful in the India ODI series. He was the young leggie Chahal’s bunny, who was actually laughing with the ease he was getting him out.

So he deserved to be dropped, but it’s great seeing him back in this sort of form. That 6 for the century in Hobart was straight from the pool room.

Maxwell is Australia's one-day man. Someone tell Steve Smith

If I were to fetch my tinfoil hat from its shelf, I’d almost speculate that it’s in the interest of NRL clubs for Australia (read: Sydney) to remain the centre of the rugby league universe, and those with vested financial interests to do likewise.

Trying to keep something small so you can control it (could putting Tonga v Samoa in a stadium smaller than the one they recently almost sold out, away from their fanbase, with another game also on the same bill, be an example of that?) seems pretty sad to me.

NRL: Where Test matches are meaningless and trials on suburban ovals are essential

Thanks for this Charles – we diehard Raiders tragics know that our team’s annual performance is consistently the inverse of what tipsters predict, so this is the best Christmas present you could give us.

Here's why the Canberra Raiders will compete for the spoon next season

1. Clean up the ruck
2. Profit

What Michael Maguire has to do as the new referees coach

Hi Robert, assuming you’re talking about the same streaming service I was using in India it worked a treat (lack of women’s coverage notwithstanding) – but as far as I can tell it was available from Week 2 of the competition, and nothing went out through the RLWC social channels until just before Week 3. Madness.

I’ve watched an NRL grand final in Delhi with Americans, a Brit, a Korean and a Swede, and last year’s Four Nations Final with my Indian fiancee’s family. They all enjoy watching it, even if the ladies are most excited by a shirtless Cooper Cronk at the half-time break.

It’s a great game. It doesn’t deserve to be held back for even one week by the people charged with promoting it.

Any success from this tournament belongs to the players

Been watching Test footy since 1984 and can’t remember a match where both sides smashed so many shades of you-know-what out of each other for the full 80 (though there were some pretty dirty Kiwis sides in the mid-late 80s from memory).

Outstandingly brutal, tense rugby league decided by a one-on-one miss and the Hand of Duges.

The Kangaroos really have forgotten how to lose. But it looks like England have almost remembered how to beat us.

More international rugby league please. Thank you.

An ode to lady luck - England miss out again

Been watching Test footy since 1984 and can’t remember a match where both sides smashed so many shades of shit out of each other for the full 80 (though there were some pretty dirty Kiwis sides in the mid-late 80s from memory).

Outstandingly brutal, tense rugby league decided by a one-on-one miss and the Hand of Duges.

The Kangaroos really have forgotten how to lose. But it looks like England have almost remembered how to beat us.

More international rugby league please. Thank you.

An ode to lady luck - England miss out again

Think you’re being a bit harsh on Roby – he made 56 tackles so it’s a wonder he could even make it to the play-the-balls by the end.

An ode to lady luck - England miss out again

I thought Duges and Watkins duked it out for best back on the field myself, but Bateman’s lack of ball to Ryan Hall was borderline criminal.

An ode to lady luck - England miss out again

Good move for Mitchell – he’ll get to learn from an Origin-winning half afterall.

Mitchell Pearce to sign $4 million deal with the Newcastle Knights

Robert, I look around Delhi and ask myself “if a league comp started here, where would they play?” I’m still bearing a hand-sized scar on my leg from sliding to stop a boundary in the outfield here six months ago, so no one would have any skin left if they played a full game of league on your average local cow paddock.

Still, if I stick it out here long enough I could be eligible to captain-coach India by RLWC 2025.

Oh, and Leilua and Rapana would absolutely slay the Pro Kabaddi League.

Rugby league's G20 strategy: Who are the next two elite nations?