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Ryan O'Connell

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"Serious sport has nothing to do with fair play. It is bound up with hatred, jealousy, boastfulness, disregard of all rules and sadistic pleasure in witnessing violence: in other words, it is war minus the shooting." - George Orwell

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Papi, I know it was a fairly long article, but you clearly didn’t read it all. Specifically this part: “The bench situation was another in which I was a little harsh, particularly on Murray. He actually played pretty well and deserves to retain his spot.”

Turning emotional outbursts into calm, rational selections for the NSW Blues

Nope!

Sadly, after just six rounds it’s already a two-horse race in the NRL

Thank you BA, I’ll correct that.

Sadly, after just six rounds it’s already a two-horse race in the NRL

It’s been a long time since I’ve had a hot take! It feels good to get one out there!

(And to be fair, I honestly believe it.)

Sadly, after just six rounds it’s already a two-horse race in the NRL

When Joey breaks down a play in detail, I go weak at the knees.

Eight simple rules for enjoying the NRL more

Trial games?!

Big off-season decisions already haunting the Panthers and Warriors

(Apologies for the lack of paragraphs in that reply – something weird going on with the formatting!)

Big off-season decisions already haunting the Panthers and Warriors

How can you say that the comment “It’s a decision that may come back to haunt the Warriors, if it hasn’t already” is incorrect? How can you be so definitive, especially on something that hasn’t really happened yet? It could very well be correct. Maybe already. The fact is Johnson is a very talented player. Inconsistent, yes, but talented nonetheless. For all in inconsistency (and reports of a bad attitude), he’s a very good player. If he should address the flaws in his game and become a great player – even win a Dally M – that will haunt the Warriors. It will be a greater reflection on them than him if he fulfils his potential elsewhere. As for the point that Johnson wanted a new deal, all the tells me is that he’s young, wants some job security, and would like to get paid a lot of money. Which makes him like the vast majority of 28 year olds. I actually commend the Warriors for making a tough call, and it could be the right one for the club. But in no way does that mean it couldn’t also lead to regrets. Both things can be true, and don’t have to be mutually exclusive.

Big off-season decisions already haunting the Panthers and Warriors

Bizarre!

Have a look at his record here:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ivan_Cleary

Big off-season decisions already haunting the Panthers and Warriors

Um . . . I never said those things . . .

Big off-season decisions already haunting the Panthers and Warriors

Hey BA – where did you get your Cleary coaching stats from?

I struggled to get definitive numbers, and ended up using Wikipedia, which I admit isn’t always correct.

Big off-season decisions already haunting the Panthers and Warriors

Good to see someone ‘gets’ it! Thank you, Wayne!

Five massive overreactions and scorching hot takes after Round 1 of the NRL

I have to pull you up on one thing there. Lue actually did get some credit for the Cavs championship. And Spoelstra is mocked? Really? For mine, he’s widely regarded as one of the best coaches in the game, gets credit for meshing the Heat’s talent into championships, and most importantly, still has his job!

I don’t disagree that coaches get a raw deal when LeBron is in town. That’s true and fair. But it would also be pretty hard to turn down the chance to coach him.

And it’s an old basketball saying that “Players won games, and coaches lose them”. Apart from a few quality examples, it usually holds true and is a reality of professional coaching.

Who’s to blame for the Lakers’ most disappointing season in franchise history?

Sure, the roster seemed capable on nights – they did have talent. But there could have been a lot more cohesive squad put together, that’s all.

Who’s to blame for the Lakers’ most disappointing season in franchise history?

I’m going out on a limb here and saying you didn’t read past the headline?

Who’s to blame for the Lakers’ most disappointing season in franchise history?

I can’t argue with a well reasoned and valid argument like that. Jordan wins.

Who’s to blame for the Lakers’ most disappointing season in franchise history?

Toovs has become incredibly underrated as a coach. He did some good things at Manly, under difficult situations.

Five fearless predictions for the 2019 NRL season

Pearce is my pick too.

Five fearless predictions for the 2019 NRL season

Because Michael Morgan is back; mainly.

To be honest, I could be talked into the Tigers or Cowboys for that 8th spot, and went with the Cows, because I like to rag on the Tigers.

Five fearless predictions for the 2019 NRL season

Raiders
Knights
Cowboys

Five fearless predictions for the 2019 NRL season

It all makes perfect sense. In my head.

Revisiting my fearless predictions for the 2018 NRL season

Five fearless predictions for the 2019 NRL season

Given my maths, 7 out of 5 is always in play!

Five fearless predictions for the 2019 NRL season

This is why I love rugby league. You’ve got me getting zero, while below I’m getting 4 and haven’t been all that fearless!

Five fearless predictions for the 2019 NRL season

Nice one, Nat. I look forward to reviewing at season’s end, and seeing who has the most egg on their face!

Five fearless predictions for the 2019 NRL season

Paul, you’re probably right. But you could say that about any team with an elite half, I think?

Five fearless predictions for the 2019 NRL season