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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.

“As the success of Bellamy, Bennett, Robinson and Hasler has shown, signing the right coach is critical to the success of a football team.”

I don’t get how it’s shown this other than an assumption which would be the common sense starting point any way. There’s nothing that actually demonstrates they are quality other than the circular argument that they won.

I think this article highlights that we have no idea if someone can coach or not, because most of our analysis comes down to just cliché’s, circular arguments or selectively disregarding the possibility of variable player performance.

For two of them you’ve basically said that you’ve already got preconceived notions of what two coaches deliver, which makes them good coaches.

First, if the personnel changes shouldn’t a good coach be adaptive? And second I just don’t see your assumptions coming through.

For Bennet – Goal line defence and two points for penalties isn’t exactly a style of play, that is two very narrow parts of the game and if you could call it that then wouldn’t you expect his teams to be the type that were always in low scoring affairs and his teams to be massively better in defence.

But that isn’t the case over the course of his career with sometimes his teams being attack focused and flamboyant and other times arm wrestlers. The St George defensive record was in no small part to the most effective defensive weapon over that three year period – Jamie Soward’s (his kicking game effectively took more than a tackle off the opposition with starting field position).

As for Hasler’s innovation, that is taking a very narrow part of his career and then ignoring the rest. He used two a halves structure at Manly and by the end of the Dogs reign was getting hammered for the complete lack of innovation in attack.

Has the role of a rugby league coach ever been more important?

But if he’s a guy whose hall mark is innovation how could his style be stale?

Has the role of a rugby league coach ever been more important?

Wow.
So sponsors and media coverage will remain the same?
Look’s like we can call off the Mars One mission, because someone is already living on another planet.

Time to go our separate ways?

It’s tricky I think in the players sign up to it through a kind of Eba. Remember every contract is a restraint of trade in some fashion, so the test is essentially how reasonable it is.

Also in the judgment on the draft case I think the judge highlighted that the salary cap provided stability and a measure of parity and as such the draft unreasonable. So if they overturn the cap they might get a draft.

The column you write when you're not writing a column

I’ve always puzzled at the idea that we believe that a salary cap is about parity and not wage control.

If you think about the contact decisions then all things being equal the better team has a lasting advantage under a cap.
1. They already have a better team so in all likelihood their quality > cap
2. Recruitment of established performers costs more than retention – if you need to pay more to pull good players away than what their existing team is willing to pay, then your average cost per unit of production goes down and thus quality < cap for the recruiting team
3. All else being equal people would rather win than lose so bad teams need to pay more than average (qualitycap)
4. Coaches want good players so are more attracted to jobs with good teams (and aren’t covered under the cap)
5. Winning or playing big matches is generally better for third party revenue so a player can accept less knowing that they’ve got upside so quality > cap

The column you write when you're not writing a column

Really Rellum, why.

Do we want to hamper scoring from passing?

Roosters and Storm confirm their favouritism, while the Bulldogs remain a mystery

I’m fine with it. We covered the concept of momentum in year 10 science.

If that’s beyond the grasp of the rugby league community as a concept then I fear for our literal survival.

Roosters and Storm confirm their favouritism, while the Bulldogs remain a mystery

Wasn’t there an article against the NRL’s case earlier this week?

'He wasn't educated': De Belin's lawyers play the blame game

It’s always a good way to kick off a credibility attack with shelia, really brings gravitas.

'He wasn't educated': De Belin's lawyers play the blame game

But didn’t we try to fix this and people complained?

Roosters and Storm confirm their favouritism, while the Bulldogs remain a mystery

Knock out football means it’s best on the day not the best overall.

I missed the game with travel, but it sounds like one where a draw was the right result.

Roosters and Storm confirm their favouritism, while the Bulldogs remain a mystery

Imaigne you’re a homesexual kid that was broiught up in a relgious fmaily and contantly told you’ll go to hell jsut becuase of who you are by the poeple you admire.

I knew someone like that but he put a cross bow bolt through his chest thanks to people like Folau.

The NRL has allowed worse than Folau to play

Well I did write about that and it got ignored…

The NRL has allowed worse than Folau to play

Doesn’t Jesus in the bible also tell Folau to shut the F up?

“He that is without sin among you, let him cast the first stone at her”

The NRL has allowed worse than Folau to play

Ever heard of the sporting gods? Or where the term Fan is derived from.

Also given Folau was happy to represent brands that directly contravened his belief set it is clear that he placed the monetary benefit above the word of his God.

The NRL has allowed worse than Folau to play

Now Freeman is in the conversation for better than Johns also.

Gee by the end of this John’s is going to be lucky to be the 25th best halfback to play for Newcastle.

Should Greg Inglis be made an Immortal?

Then labeling imgainary is inconsequentail.

The NRL has allowed worse than Folau to play

He’s not being “branded” a bigot he is a bigot.
I would hope that if you did see me engaging in bigotry that you would have the moral terpitude to stand up rather than be a WWII prison guard in germany.

The NRL has allowed worse than Folau to play

They reportedly put the types of classes you are talking about in his contract after the last go round.

They also believe that it is covered in their code of conduct, but they were explicit for him in negotiations.

The NRL has allowed worse than Folau to play

Also worth noting that when selected “behind” toovey for a world cup and playing out of position at Booker he won player of the tournament and player of the final.

But Toovey dominated him apparently?

Should Greg Inglis be made an Immortal?

Jesus now Brandy is in the conversation.

Good luck with the medication

Should Greg Inglis be made an Immortal?

Never said the other was perfect but even at the time John’s on the bench fir NSW was criticized.

Agree Dally Ms are subjective (so is everything else we’re talking about) but he’s got Australian captaincy, 5 row player of the year, a player of the last 30 years award, 2 golden boots (which are meh as minicello got one but toovey….) dally ms.

Surely if Toomey dominated him he’d have something in that category?

Should Greg Inglis be made an Immortal?

Didn’t we see this article two weeks ago?

Or they all blurring into one now.

NRL expansion needs to start soon

I think it’s the opposite. There not conspiring against league they’re just invested on their sports.

League has less board room share than AFL, soccer and union. It’s why I’m hesitant to cut and paste AFLs model

Want to to change the rugby league world? Cite the AFL first

On 7 a few years back ol Mrs Mushi commented out of the blue how without the 9 commentary team she found having the NRL on less annoying. I think I got ana extra game a week viewing time out of that shift

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