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Can’t believe the 1998 preliminary final didn’t get a mention in the list of Eels heartbreakers… leading 18-2 with ten minutes to go and got done 32-20…

Crash and burn time: 'I can't imagine the trauma of being one of the Blue and Gold faithful'

Nice reference…

Crash and burn time: 'I can't imagine the trauma of being one of the Blue and Gold faithful'

Did Scott Pryde really write “Canterbury wouldn’t beat anyone

Let me refresh your memory Scotty, Round 14, 14 June 2021… Bulldogs 28 Dragons 6 😂

The Roar’s NRL expert tips and predictions: Round 20

The Bulldogs did get confirmation from the NRL…it’s one of the reasons the deal took a while to announce

Vaughan had a contract when the suspension was announced, then the Dragons sacked him… seems like it’s doubling down making him serve out these eight weeks and then another eight weeks next year

If no one will sign him because they have to wear the eight weeks, it effectively becomes a never ending suspension…

Anyway the NRL has agreed that he serves his suspension over these eight games so it’s a moot point…

Vaughan thrown NRL lifeline after signing new one-year deal

…and you guys have 10 of the other 11 geniuses who thought his bbq was a good idea… 😛

Vaughan thrown NRL lifeline after signing new one-year deal

Dogs and Dragons IQ’s both went down…

Vaughan thrown NRL lifeline after signing new one-year deal

Luke Thompson out for three weeks for his bump on Brailey… absolute rort

NRL gave up on the high contact crackdown but still making an example of players from struggling clubs

Late, not high, not dangerous. Three weeks, what a joke

NRL Round 20 teams: Storm load up for blockbuster, Panthers licking wounds

Just saw a report that the Roosters have picked up Renouf Atoni on a 300k, 2 year deal to replace Isaac Liu

Great pick up for them if true. Heaps of potential. Criminally under utilised by the Bulldogs while clowns like Napa got a locked in spot delivering nothing on 6 times the money…

Money ballers: These 23 off contract stars are the value buys in NRL player market

For all the fourth tackle pain Tolman causes at times, he’s a bloke the Dogs have really missed. Give me his 130 metres and 40 tackles every day of the week than some of the garbage guys like Napa dish up…

'A force to be reckoned with': How are Fitzy's Sharks shaping up for 2022?

I think too much one on one defending for him out there

'A force to be reckoned with': How are Fitzy's Sharks shaping up for 2022?

Haha… this years dogs breakfast has us done like a dinner…

Big boppers, two wrongs and a one-eyed play: NRL Round 19 talking points

Yeah, it’s good. All we needed was a front runner to be hobbled by injury to provide some interest 😂 but yeah, they are looking vulnerable

Souths effectively need to make up two games on Penrith with their f/a. They both have reasonably tough draws home so their round 23 game is another ‘four pointer’

This weekend's three four-pointers could define the NRL season

While the pieces are good individually it’s interesting to work out how they fit together

The signing of Moylan is a bit of a head scratcher. Moylan played 24 games in his first season at the Sharks and since has played 31 games across almost three seasons

If you assume Kennedy at fullback, then Hynes has to be 6. It looks like Trindall has been given the reins of the team over the last few weeks and presumably the inside running to the 7 jersey next year? So Moylan becomes a 14 and injury cover…?

But they also have Tracey, who’s filled in everywhere this year but is probably most suited in the halves or at 14

When McInnes was signed the word was he’d be playing 13. But now they have signed specialist 13 in Finucane and have re-signed Rudolph. Is the plan to play Finucane and Rudolph as props? Finucane, Rudolph and McInness is a pretty lean and mobile middle third. Alternatively McInnes plays 9 and Brailey is on the outer

Lots of permutations…

'A force to be reckoned with': How are Fitzy's Sharks shaping up for 2022?

Crazy that the Storm and Panthers aren’t a prime time game, but unfortunately the timing with Panthers injuries has taken a bit of the fizz out of it anyway

I think the Raiders are far more likely than the Knights to cause any sort of September upset – and even that’s not hugely likely. Things still not right at the Knights. Last season in the last five weeks of the comp they alternated between 30 point wins and 30 point losses. Still happening

Roosters v Eels doesn’t just determine 4th spot. I think Manly are a chance at leapfrogging both into the top 4.

Roosters have Eels, Panthers, Broncos, Dragons, Rabbitohs, Raiders. Based on ladder position they win three and finish on 32 points

Eels have Roosters, Rabbitohs, Manly, Cowboys, Storm, Panthers. Based on ladder position they win three and finish on 34 points

Manly have Sharks, Storm, Eels, Raiders, Bulldogs, Cowboys. Based on ladder position they win four and finish on 32 points

But if Manly beat Parra, they’ll finish on 34 and fourth with the Eels and Roosters on 32

While banking wins is risky it’s not a far fetched scenario…

This weekend's three four-pointers could define the NRL season

I take your point… and normally agree but look at how far apart those two teams are. It’s not even close and it’s not at all a matter of one or two teams falling away or jumping out of the ground

Penrith were minor premiers and grand finalists last year and were expected to do similar this year. They’re exactly on the ladder where they were expected to be Same with Melbourne. Same with Souths. Roosters. Parramatta

Those teams being top 5 on the ladder isn’t a surprise, it’s roughly where they finished last year and where the odds at the start of the season said they were going to land

Is there any team who’s miles above or miles below where you would have expected them to finish at the start of the season?

So how do the Dragons get to round 19 without playing Penrith and Souths at all? They’ve played Storm, Roosters and Eels once apiece

The Dogs who finished well below the Dragons last year and were expected to finish below them this year play those same five teams eight

It’s a soft draw to this point of the season. There’s just no two ways about it…

Big boppers, two wrongs and a one-eyed play: NRL Round 19 talking points

All true but irrelevant to what I’ve written. I’m not suggesting for a millisecond that the Dogs are better than the Dragons. But there’s not a shadow of doubt the Dragons ladder position is inflated by a ridiculously soft draw to this point

How a team can get to round 19 and not have played two of the top three teams once is beyond me…

Big boppers, two wrongs and a one-eyed play: NRL Round 19 talking points

Another talking point… Luke Thompson now facing three week ban for his tap on Brailey… definitely deserved a penalty and sin bin, but three weeks ??? Come on!!

Crackdown well and truly done but struggling teams still being made an example of

I’ll be pointing these out for the rest of the season… anyone want to bet on consistency…?

Big boppers, two wrongs and a one-eyed play: NRL Round 19 talking points

I’m very lucky, my wife’s family has a holiday house down there so I get there a few times a year… my spiritual home…

Big boppers, two wrongs and a one-eyed play: NRL Round 19 talking points

No better place in the world to watch the moon on the water and contemplate the big issues in life… 👍

Big boppers, two wrongs and a one-eyed play: NRL Round 19 talking points

Dragons spot on the ladder was always inflated by getting a very soft draw to the opening 2/3 of the season…

Below is the number of times they’ve played each team so far this season. Very weighted towards the bottom half of the table and they’ve avoided two of the top four completely which at Round 19 is ridiculous !!

Storm 1, Panthers 0, Rabbitohs 0, Eels 1, Roosters 1, Manly 2, Sharks 2, Raiders 1, Knights 1, Titans 1, Tigers 2, Cowboys 1, Warriors 2, Broncos 1, Bulldogs 2

By comparison this is the Dogs draw so far:

Storm 1, Panthers 2, Rabbitohs 2, Eels 2, Roosters 1, Manly 1, Dragons 2, Sharks 2, Raiders 1, Knights 1, Titans 1, Tigers 0, Cowboys 1, Warriors 0, Broncos 1

Now I’m not suggesting the Dogs ladder position is because of their draw or anything like that but try and tell me that’s even a remotely fair distribution of games by Round 19 of the competition

Seven games against the top four versus two…

Big boppers, two wrongs and a one-eyed play: NRL Round 19 talking points

I’d love to see JFH win the Dally M but I reckon he had a bit of a quiet spot in his season where he was playing fewer minutes. I think Cleary was trying to keep him fresh

Big boppers, two wrongs and a one-eyed play: NRL Round 19 talking points

I agree, but I also don’t think they’re very rigorous with clearing the offside

Back when we had the same vision as the bunker, there’d often be times when they were rocking between shots to see if a runners back foot was behind the kicker. Hardly ever see that any more. I get they’re on different vision but they don’t spend any time pouring over close ones

I think they try to clear it quickly so we don’t get bogged down on the calls where half the fans are calling it offside and half are saying on. Most of the time we barely see it but it blew up with the Brown decision

Big boppers, two wrongs and a one-eyed play: NRL Round 19 talking points

The Brown call was a howler. I reckon they barely look at onside any more. How many times do you hear “kick chase has been cleared as onside” before we’ve even seen a replay? I know they have different vision to us but they can’t have had more than one look

It’s a shame injuries threaten to take away some of the spectacle from the Panthers Storm game. This would be perfect timing to gauge where they are in the lead in to the semis

Good to see some footy on the weekend where among the big margins there were games with not only close scores but where momentum shifted through the game. Parra v Eels and Cowboys v Storm we’re like footy from the good old days (two years ago) where momentum was fought for and earned

It’s exciting for a Dogs fun but buying a roster and sticking it together doesn’t always/often work or can take a while. Look at Knights and Titans atm. For all the signings we still don’t have a 7. Averillo is a very talented footballer and Barrett seems pretty committed to manufacturing him into a 7 but I’m not sure it suits his game. Running game is fine, passing game improving, kicking game pretty awful a lot of the time

I’m not knocking the 6 again rule here but the rucks and 10 metres are still a mess. There’s a potential infringement in most tackles and then you’re left scratching your head when one finally gets blown. “Why that one?” It doesn’t matter if it’s a penalty or a 6 again, if refs call them so inconsistently, the game will stay a mess…

After the Thursday and Friday games you can probably throw forward passes in that bucket as well…

Big boppers, two wrongs and a one-eyed play: NRL Round 19 talking points

Great signing for the Sharks… Finucane is the ultimate professional

Spewing the Dogs ever let him go but what a great career he’s had with the Storm

In nine full seasons with the Dogs and Storm, he’s played in six grand finals

Fitzgibbon's Sharks sign in-demand Origin forward on four-year deal

I know what you mean… I’ve definitely mellowed on the ‘hate’ of teams as I’ve gotten older. I think I’ve realised most of it is pretty pantomime stuff to create a bad guy or born out of jealousy

How much I like or don’t like a team these days tends to be based more around how I feel about the players than any inherent dislike of a club

I definitely find a team to cheer for in a GF when the Bulldogs aren’t playing. I can get sucked in for a good underdog story

The fine art of bandwagon jumping

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