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The Wizards' magic number is 54

With the Pacers facing a Lance Stephenson issue, the Bulls relying on Derrick Rose being healthy, the Cavs needing to get Kyrie Irving to play defence and work off the ball and the Heat down grading from LeBron James to Luol Deng, the team I’ve got a man crush on out east is the Wizards.

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Same tactics from NSW, same result

The talk coming into Origin III was how Ricky Stuart had unlocked the secret of new rugby league. No more props, it was going to be Dutch total football forward packs with a slew of back rowers capable of offloads and wearing down the opposing big guys with angled runs.

Potentially because we encouraged concussion

Have the NRL’s critics finished wiping egg off their faces?

On your points Nar, yes he is normally a step or two further in outrage.

But. Fox lauded Api getting an injection. We support drugs in sport.

The NRL has diverted funding from grass roots. The NRL does not believe in grass roots funding.

What actually makes the money for professional sport is the product having value. The product isn’t the game on the field, its our attachment to it grass roots.

Grass roots is the spine, sponsor’s are the wingers.

As to integrity its an article lauding an effective leader but not one ever accused of integrity

Have the NRL’s critics finished wiping egg off their faces?

He’s not actually a journo anyway I think, isn’t he an opinion columnist?

Have the NRL’s critics finished wiping egg off their faces?

It wasn’t really walker who produced the play. You read the article and it sounds like Walker created it, when really he blew up a try scoring opportunity and Allan rescued it.

If we’re crediting Walker with that try we may as well put in a shout out to the cobbler who made Allan’s boots.

Panthers make it 17 in a row to advance to the decider

So your version of run of the mill is the best of 34 players >20% of the time

And we wonder why people think NRL fans aren’t bright

Surely Mitchell Pearce wants to finish his career as a Knight

Anyone giving me 6 minutes to distill a career gives me confidence that I’ll always have a job

Surely Mitchell Pearce wants to finish his career as a Knight

It’s fairly harsh to use his SOO record to suggest he isn’t better than run of the mill.

It’s a team sport and the other team was relatively stacked

Surely Mitchell Pearce wants to finish his career as a Knight

When I think forgotten flash in the pans it has to be headlined by Paul Hauff

Forgotten Origin players: Queensland Maroons

We say that like Mitchell is deliberate in his poor performances. He’s just someone with a variable level of output – that happens in every walk of life.

Expecting the “show of loyalty” to over rule all the evidence of how variably he performs is a failure of the selectors.

The difference for a club versus rep team is the focus on a single game. The more games the more you get the complete spectrum of Latrell

How can Brad Fittler justify dropping David Klemmer for Origin?

Pearce wasn’t ever the poster boy unless it was the poster our level of tolerance = level of your talent.

But yeah, there’s been some A class D heads

How can Brad Fittler justify dropping David Klemmer for Origin?

I think we’re applying “old” NRL logic.
Now it feels like anyone can put points on in bunches with the momentum.
I’d be real surprised to see any team maintain the score difference for 60 minutes these finals

Can the underdogs prevail in the NRL semi-finals?

We say that but Freddy picked Mitchell and then was surprised he got an inconsistent guy who could go missing every now and then.

My issue with him dropping Mitchell was it was for reasons that existed before he picked him

How can Brad Fittler justify dropping David Klemmer for Origin?

I thought the same.

Less value in a rep team to be the workhorse when bench forwards are stars.

NRL needs a better stat interface

How can Brad Fittler justify dropping David Klemmer for Origin?

Would JT have seen the age of 30 if opponents knew he had to come off if you could put him down for 5 seconds.

Paul Gallen's plan to stop players time-wasting with minor injuries

The milking issue in sport, particularly for injury, always comes down to which side do you want to get the benefit of the doubt.

Here it’s the hurt player vs the guy “guilty” of technical foul play.

The control over their situation still seems miles better with the foul play than the hurt player.

Paul Gallen's plan to stop players time-wasting with minor injuries

My honest opinion is your deliberately rewarding foul play. Don’t dress this up as protecting players as they already get an injury assessed on field.

You’re rewarding injuring players. People tend to behave how they are rewarded. Just look at all of the malicious techniques in the modern game.

I’d assumed there atleast wasn’t an interchange used.

Now you’ve further incentivised causing injury. Plus you add to fatigue which then adds to injury.

You’ve basically put a giant target on every play maker in their own half. Keep them down for 5 seconds and they’re off.

And you’re openly discouraging them to seek treatment.

Yes there’s the Keary injury, a red herring. He asked to go back on, eventually staff over ruled him. This rule would have done nothing to avoid that situation as a HIA presumably doesn’t do much on the ribs.

Paul Gallen's plan to stop players time-wasting with minor injuries

Yep stop milking… but hen you penalising teams that were fouled. What do you think happens after that

Paul Gallen's plan to stop players time-wasting with minor injuries

Dr Gal – The head bone’s connected to the neck bone…

Paul Gallen's plan to stop players time-wasting with minor injuries

Have you not just leveled an allegation that every story is fabricated and not sourced in the Australian.

I trust that this is supported by a court determination and not just unsubstantiated hyperbole.

The Sam Burgess coverage typifies rugby league's negative media portrayal

It has everything to do with it. The court of public opinion predates the legal process – that’s why we have a legal process.

Mr Burgess’ entire life has been carved out of profiting from the monetisation of that public opinion via mass media. Did you admonish him for attempting to trial the NRL by media during his career?

Now I want everyone to have a fair legal trial, and many a high-profile person has beaten the public view in the past.

But if you want public opinion to not exist, though seemingly where inconvenient for your team, then trying to express that view via an opinion website has more than a dash of irony.

The Sam Burgess coverage typifies rugby league's negative media portrayal

Not sure they really can though, if those mid tier guys slip up they still get thrust into the lime light.

Not to the same extent mind you.

The Sam Burgess coverage typifies rugby league's negative media portrayal

Yep. Professional sports people need to understand that their elite earnings from playing a game come from surrendering privacy.

They become a good or service. They get paid handsomely but it isn’t without cost.

They can’t suddenly expect to not be part of the public discourse when it is inconvenient.

It’s a worse trade off for the middle tier guys than a burgess.

That said even if guilty it is a bigger story for the club than Sam. The issue that will cause headaches in the league is more the alleged cover up and fraud at an organisational level.

The Sam Burgess coverage typifies rugby league's negative media portrayal

Though I’ve limited sympathy on the trial by media.

Sam’s gotten how many millions from being in the media. He happily tried to skewer the NRL’s integrity by media.

The Sam Burgess coverage typifies rugby league's negative media portrayal

I got about 1/3 of the way through…

The Sam Burgess coverage typifies rugby league's negative media portrayal

Well I’m the opposite.

It did sweet FA for preventing mid season injuries and post season just becomes an exhibition game.

So far I can see post season origin killing the golden goose of the NRL.

Knee battles frustrating Cameron Munster