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He’ll be at the Titans in a few weeks, so Qld will get a tougher coach

Five talking points from State of Origin Game 3

It wasn’t close to a double movement.

NSW were always going to warm up out the back, so that walk was happening anyway. If the TV didn’t show it nobody would talk about the length of it.

Five talking points from State of Origin Game 3

The issue is the Sunday night game. In the middle of winter on a Wednesday night people have nothing better to do then watch TV. The weekend is a totally different story, especially with other sports on the same day

Origin must grow commercially without increasing player workload

The type of article you get when you focus too much on who the media think are good players and should be picked. This is a Paul Kent article, just without the bitterness.

Fittler runs his own race. He is on the brink of back-to-back series wins, he must be doing something right. He loses a game and makes changes he gets bagged. Wins and makes no changes and gets bagged. Seems the ones criticising him are the ones who need to think again.

Fittler is criticised in the media not because of his selections but because of one simple thing – he doesn’t work for News. Daley did and fed leaks and the squad to them. Walters does the same. Fittler doesn’t, so he gets beat up by myths like Kent and Rothfield. It doesn’t help that all their “scoops” about team selections have been wrong

Brad Fittler got the right team the wrong way

So all the media “experts”, who have not got one Fittler selection right, had Graham at 5/8.

Graham doesn’t have a kicking game

Nathan Cleary ruled out of Origin decider, and yep, Mitchell Pearce is his replacement

NSW lose Game 1. Fittler makes changes and gets criticised.

NSW win Game 2. Fittler makes no changes and is criticised.

David Klemmer snubbed as Freddy confirms unchanged Blues side for Origin 3

Waste of time

NRL rocked by concussion-related brain disease discovery in former players

And Billy Smith at half

Rugby league history: The all-time great alphabet teams – Letter R

So the media have know zero about Fittlers selections and their predictions have been wrong in his first 4 games, and knew nothing about his other changes for his 5th, yet they all knew about Pearce?

yeh, ok

Five talking points from State of Origin Game 2

Did he? And who was your source for this – the same people that said he was picking Mitchell Moses last year? the same who had no idea Morris would be dropped? who had no idea Safiti was getting picked? who knew Matt Prior was being picked last year?

Five talking points from State of Origin Game 2

gambling is mostly restricted in other countries due to religious and puritanical reasons, not welfare reasons

Australia must overhaul its position on gambling

Australians spend 4.25 times more money on poker machines then all racing and sports combined. Add in lotteries, scratchies and casinos and this number rises to to over 5 times the amount. Restricting ads on tv for bookmakers won’t do a thing in regards to people losing on negative expectation games.

Poker machines cannot advertise, yet these restrictions have done nothing to curb the public from ploughing dollar after dollar into these machines. Launceston Cup Day plays no role in people playing pokies.

The AFL has done nothing hypocritical. It is no different then punishing a player for being drunk, even though they take money from alcohol companies

Generally when doing opinion pieces the writer would do research and back their opinion up with facts and figures. Maybe you could have included in your article problem gamblers by gambling type. Maybe you could have included the impact restrictions on alcohol and tobacco advertising has had in regards to issues attributed to those products

Personal responsibility obviously has no place in Matt Nicholls utopian society.

Australia must overhaul its position on gambling

dropped him? A pathetic attempt to rewrite history

Did Gus Gould play a hand in Latrell Mitchell's Origin 2 omission?

Yep, his team mates and coaches are going to publicly bag him? What do you expect them to say?

Robinson publicly supported Mitchell and his form in 2017, only to drop him to Wyong a few weeks later.

Mitchell’s issue isn’t form or distractions, its his attitude. He is lazy and feels as though he doesn’t need to work hard. Each of his issues have arrived once he has achieved a new level – becoming a 1st grader, becoming an established 1st grader, becoming a rep player. He rests on his laurels, and complacency and laziness sets in. This is not my opinion but that of people within the club

Did Gus Gould play a hand in Latrell Mitchell's Origin 2 omission?

The percentage only increases from 2.5% to 3% for fixed odds and 3% to 3.5% for tote based products (top tote, etc), and only for those not licensed in NSW. Places like the TAB, Top Sport, Elite Bet, etc aren’t affected, only the grubs in the NT who don’t pay their way as it is.

And V’Landys made it known at the launch of the Golden Eagle that it was all about turnover

Betfair will be gone from Australia within 18-24 months. Their business model isn’t sustainable. They have been running at a loss on Vic racing for years, and they are starting to struggle in the other states

The racing industry is its own biggest enemy

You have a very loose interpretation of the word Champion.

Kingston Town carried 59kgs and 60kgs in Melbourne Cups. Humidor, a horse with a vastly inferior record to Kingston Town, was allocated 58kgs in 2018. Horses these days are allocated higher weights against deeper fields (don’t bother mentioning horses like Bernborough, horses in those days were no better then farm ponies).

Australia's sprinting ranks at their lowest ebb this century

Sydney and Melbourne are where the sponsors are, where the biggest population (hence punters) are, where the big stables are, where the top jockeys are, etc.

The English 1000 and 2000 Guineas and the French equivalents are a week apart. The French and English Derby’s are on the same weekend,

The racing industry is its own biggest enemy

States control their own programming because regulatory bodies, funding and revenue are state based

The racing industry is its own biggest enemy

Rugby League and Australian Rules did not die when the respective Sydney and Melbourne competitions became national leagues. These sports have gone from strength to strength ever since. There is little evidence to suggest that the opposite will happen in racing.

If buying a tried Ballarat horse is no longer financially viable in Mt Isa then it is up to the owners in Mt Isa to adjust.

The racing industry is its own biggest enemy

Actually, they should be elevated because they rate that high. It is proof that these races are contested on a consistent basis by the best horses. We should be downgrading races based on this criteria, but we won’t because a race for plodders in November will be one of the first gone

The term “grand final” means zero in racing.

We don’t see champions contest handicaps because a) because they carry too much weight, and b) WFA races are the pinnacle of racing, not just in Australia but around the world. How many G1 handicaps are there in the UK?

Australia's sprinting ranks at their lowest ebb this century

Your premise would hold water if a number of NZ horses were beating our sprinters, not just one, who is obviously very smart. Sunline wasn’t any good because she was from NZ?

Santa Ana Lane isn’t a star? How many other 5x Group 1 winners are not stars?

“But those fat cats in Melbourne and Sydney – no doubt influenced by major breeders and owners – have ruined it by continually upgrading races.”

You do know how races are elevated, don’t you? Race clubs and governing bodies can’t just elevate a race for the sake of it. A race must have an international rating of at least 116 for 3 consecutive years, and that is based on the first 4 across the line, not the quality of the winner. And NSW and Vic have veto claims over each others claims. But you researched this all before writing your article, didn’t you?

Why would you target a Goodwood or a Stradbroke when you can just stay in Melbourne or Sydney and win a weak Group 1 there?

Which Melbourne or Sydney sprinting G1’s are weaker then these 2 races?

And the Stradbroke is a handicap. By their very nature, it is highly unlikely to see a champion contest a handicap

Australia's sprinting ranks at their lowest ebb this century

Actually, coaching and player retention was his job. His job was General Manager of Football Operations

Time for Penrith to make it without their dad

How invasive was he? And what are you basing that on?

Can Phil Gould really call his time at Penrith a success?

what 5 year plan? Got a link to it?

Phil Gould reportedly set for Panthers exit in the coming days

Do you know what the 5 year plan was? Or do you just listen to the News Ltd spin about him?

Phil Gould reportedly set for Panthers exit in the coming days