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Matt Cleary

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Thanks. I think.

Origin's great shift: How New South Wales ended Queensland's dynasty to start an empire of their own

Agreed. But you did read this bit “Yet this is not to say we’re looking at a decade of Blue Time. This is not to suggest we’re at the start of a Cleary dynasty”.

And this bit, which I quite liked because I could include Jake the Mus in Star Wars:

“he Maroons can win series in the next few years on the back of their generation next. Fact. Queensland is like a veritable breeding ground for league people. Seen that bit in one of the dud Star Wars prequels, where there’s all the stormtroopers cloned from Jake the Muss? That’s every town in Queensland from Cooktown to Coolangatta.”

Origin's great shift: How New South Wales ended Queensland's dynasty to start an empire of their own

Thanks Graham. My bad. Looks like the Sub-editors fixed that.

Cody Walker … is going gangbusters for the Bunnies on the left with Johnny Sutton, and R.Jennings is leading try-scorer because of it. And … I think he needs another season of shit-hot footy, as Keary’s had, before he’s in the conversation. Could be just me. Maybe a premiership and a hot start to 2019, and Freddy comes a-callin… I think not ATM, just cos incumbents.

Origin's great shift: How New South Wales ended Queensland's dynasty to start an empire of their own

Y’know I reckon the interchange down to six is going to mean there’s less like Shannon and more like Angus Crichton who’s name I didn’t bother to spell check, and now feel bad. There’ll still be a place for the Giant Orc … but three of them you’d think would be a luxury late in the game that the little zippy ones could exploit.

The Bunnies' pigs have made them top dogs

Mick Hancock. Bit like Chicka Ferguson. They’d beat 8 blokes, 3 of them twice.

Forty years of footy favourites

Bang on, Griggso. Indeed if you type Matt Bowen magic into Google you’ll find YouTube full of fun. Loved him.

I’m gonna dig up the story I did on him from 08. Still one of my faves.

Forty years of footy favourites

Ha. Very ordinary picks. Though in my defence … no, there is no defence. Ha.

What I sort of tried to do was guess who’d be a slider, if you like … went with Dragons and Souths, when Cows and Eels and Manly would’ve been better.

But I wasn’t going with them. Early March, they were all good.

Just how wrong can a pre-season ladder prediction be?

Ha. Very ordinary picks. Though in my defence … no, there is no defence. Ha.

What I sort of tried to do was guess who’d be a slider, if you like … went with Dragons and Souths, when Cows and Eels and Manly would’ve been better.

But I wasn’t going with them. Early March, they were all good.

Just how wrong can a pre-season ladder prediction be?

Manly, Parra and Cows are the three weird ones. Especially Cows. How can they have such prime cattle, and be so ordinary? Two JTs alone should be carving up the comp, much less Morgan, Coote, Hess, McLean, Scott, Bolton, Cooper and the rest of their very good ones such as Justin O’Neil and Kane Linnett and Jake Granville. Something crook in Tallarook, surely.

Just how wrong can a pre-season ladder prediction be?

Yeah I take your point, a bit, but I don’t reckon the perceived quality of your fellow players and/or the competition at the time should come into it. You can only be the best of the best there is, at that time … Thus when Brian Bevan was running around, the England comp. was as strong as Sydney, maybe stronger, and their international team won as many as we did. A numbers / historian could debate this better. That’s just what I reckon – if you’re the best of your era, that’s all you can be.

The Immortals: A concept drenched in wine

My but I hate getting things wrong. Thanks mate.

I’ll see about fixing that.

The Immortals: A concept drenched in wine

Yeah there’s the rub, for mine. As per the original “contest” between marker and ball-player. They brushed the contest that was originally between two sets of feet in a “ruck”, so why the need to play it with one’s feet? Tradition?

Rugby league is not a rubbish game, it doesn't know what it is

Can’t argue.

Why, though, does the attacker have to play the ball with his feet?

Rugby league is not a rubbish game, it doesn't know what it is

Top stuff, Clyde.

Write more stuff.

Israel Folau's confusion proves good intentions are no match for bad ideas

Me too.

Lessons learned at Shark Park in funny game of rugby league

Come from Canberra, see how you go.

Mate! It’s as funny as footy satire gets.

Truly. It’s funny. It’s meant to be funny. It is funny. The line “Frankly, if administrators wanted to stage a match in a freezing remote location with minimal interest in the game, they should’ve scheduled a Test match in Melbourne, or in my soul.” – that’s funny!

There’s heaps like that. They’re all like that. There isn’t a sentence that’s meant to be taken seriously. It’s a light knock on Melbourne, at best, which is funny because it’ll silly and slightly true. Ha.

Chill / pill, etc. Bro.

An NRL club CEO reacts to news of a Test match in Denver

I don’t write about AFL, at all.

It’s not across my radar.

The RBB was this week. And … that’s why I wrote a story about them.

I also don’t call it soccer, unless I have to. Y’know, in case there’s confusion what football.

Red and Black Blockheads

Boys. The focus on an anti-social element within the RBB? A group you yourselves don’t support?

That’s the only focus.

Red and Black Blockheads

Mate I didn’t tell you how to support your team.

Get nude, leap about, clench a flare between your teeth and take a flying nude leap at the moon. You pays your money, as they say.

But know this: you’ve crossed a line calling my golf videos “boring”.

And that is ts.

I’m sorry it’s come to this.

But we can’t ever be friends.

Red and Black Blockheads

Mate – I also say I like flares. That they’re harmless. And the RBB is harmless, also, though on TV and tabloids they don’t look it.

Miss that bit?

Or did it not suit your argument?

Red and Black Blockheads

No – you’ve mis-quoted me. You’ve taken out: “Yet in the mind’s eye of some folks, most of whom would never have actually been to an A-League football game, the RBB is …”

And you’ve just put in the bit that proves your point, which is false.

You should retract it.

Did you read the piece? You’ve gleaned from it that I’m anti-football, anti-fans, whatever, when it’s a thousand words having a crack at the fools in the RBB who let off flares and think they’re tough, and like being scary.

That’s it. It doesn’t knock football. It doesn’t knock the FFA, or WSW.

You’ve gleaned an implication that isn’t there.

That’s on you.

WSW gets plenty of press. And the RBB gets plenty, too, and plenty of it’s positive. As does the FFA. And the Socceroos.

But whenever someone’s having a (in this case completely justified, and agreed with by football pundits) crack at the dickhead element within football, fans get all up in arms and think you’re having a crack. Please. It’s part of sport, and sports coverage.

You need to suck it up, and calm down, and cop it sweet, and have a nice cup of tea.

Red and Black Blockheads

Ha. It’s worked for Alan Jones.

But, alas, I bags not.

Red and Black Blockheads

Thanks mate.

Red and Black Blockheads

Sorry mate.

Red and Black Blockheads

They didn’t specifically ask me to write about RBB and flares. It was just my Friday, and I’ve gotta come up with a thousand words, and I chose RBB and flares because it was topical in the news. Plus I didn’t give a stuff about the NRL season launch. Or even the cricket Test in South Africa. But I had an opinion about the RBB, and that I think flares are harmless and even cool, and so on and on, and here we are.

Red and Black Blockheads