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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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How do you “know” it’s going to get them nowhere at the end of the season?

Also, just out of curiosity, how are the other players you listed more deserving? (Especially as you’ve suggested playoff performance should come into, and some have patchy records on par with Giannis??)

The mind-blowing reason Giannis Antetokounmpo won’t win MVP

I’m glad you included that you were a Melbourne Storm fan, Matthew. It’s important context here that will prevent you getting abused!

Five sneaky underrated subplots from round 1 of the NRL

You leave Britney alone!
#freebritney

Five sneaky underrated subplots from round 1 of the NRL

He just doesn’t seem to be able to play a plan either. I’m all for halves that just play on instinct, but you have to be effective at that style. He doesn’t seem to tick either box.

Five sneaky underrated subplots from round 1 of the NRL

I was being a ‘double agent’, like Cronk.

Five sneaky underrated subplots from round 1 of the NRL

My five fearless predictions for the 2021 NRL season

I won’t stand for this slander!

So let me get a seat.

My five fearless predictions for the 2021 NRL season

My maths is so bad, I’d probably claim it’s right 3 times a day!

My five fearless predictions for the 2021 NRL season

Where were you when I got 5 out of 4 right? Uh? UH?!

My five fearless predictions for the 2021 NRL season

Well, technically I didn’t say we’d lose in the last round. I just suggested our fate would be decided in the last round! We could beat the Tigers, but still miss out on the 8 due to the Titans winning and getting us on for & against. Or something.

My five fearless predictions for the 2021 NRL season

Will, is this your longest ever post on The Roar? The lady doth protest too much, methinks . . .

My five fearless predictions for the 2021 NRL season

I spoke to my lawyers first, and they said the “quick PSA” that I included indemnifies me. So play on!

My five fearless predictions for the 2021 NRL season

Thanks for all the comments, gang. I can assure you that I read every single one of them (the one saying this piece was “click bait” was easily my favourite! 😂 ).

Apologies I can’t reply in detail to many of them, as I normally would, but I need to re-introduce myself to my family after watching some amazing cricket for the last 6 weeks. As ever, it seems there are many differing opinions, but the passion for cricket is the one constant.

I know one thing for sure, Australia may have lost, but TEST CRICKET REMAINS UNDEFEATED!! It really is the best.

Not only is the sky not falling, this Australian Test team is really good!

Exactly. So what a great interviewer he’d make.

Who are we hiring - and firing - for the best rugby league TV coverage possible?

😁

Who are we hiring - and firing - for the best rugby league TV coverage possible?

NSW to win game 1 by 132 points, and the series 4-0.

REVEALED: NSW Blues and Queensland Maroons teams for State of Origin 1

Whilst I admit it was also a shocking “admission”, I of course, meant a shocking omission”.

On fire today!

Who are we hiring - and firing - for the best rugby league TV coverage possible?

Gordy was a bulletpoint under The Matty Johns Show, but looks like it was included (or I removed it)!

Who are we hiring - and firing - for the best rugby league TV coverage possible?

Hannah Hollis is indigenous, as is Gordon Tallis.

However, I admit, that didn’t come into consideration and is post-rationalisation!

In all honesty, I chose the people from the existing cohort of commentators and analysts that I think are the best. But we do need better representation, however I think that’s a vastly different article/point.

Who are we hiring - and firing - for the best rugby league TV coverage possible?

I thought you meant they need to lay off the red wine!

Who are we hiring - and firing - for the best rugby league TV coverage possible?

As I said, we all have our own tastes!

Who are we hiring - and firing - for the best rugby league TV coverage possible?

Gang, I deliberately said at the end that I may have overlooked someone, and I most definitely did, and have been called on it. Billy Slater is great, and shocking admission from myself!

Poor form!

Who are we hiring - and firing - for the best rugby league TV coverage possible?

That’s actually scarily apt.

Welcome competition in the rugby broadcast rights race - and a farewell, for now…

We did a podcast?

Welcome competition in the rugby broadcast rights race - and a farewell, for now…

Yep! You’re words, not mine:

My not so fearless picks:

Roosters three-peat
Tedesco to double down on the Dally M and Wally Lewis medals and add a Churchill
Manly top three and GF appearance
Souths to miss the eight
Sharks AND Broncos to make the eight

Revisiting my five fearless predictions for the 2020 NRL season