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DP Schaefer

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If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music he hears, however measured or far away' [Henry David Thoreau]. I'm a bit of a sports addict, love competition.

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Well, that’s the stuff of dreams. But surely a stadium could be a bit more spacious in movement and seating without losing too much. If you consider you’re unlikely to absoluetely fill it anyway you could afford to tweak the space.

Sydney's stadium crisis: Bigger is not better

You’re reading what you want into my comment – and incorrectly at that. No equation, just rational comparison based on general public responses. Joe Public has hauled the three cricketers over the coals for months yet in NRL guys and teams that consistently and – yes – deliberately toss the ball forward are just the victims of physics and blameless. Ball floating forward be damned, I played the game, if a guy is running beside you a few meters away and you pass and he catches it in front, that ball was passed forward. Passing to a guy behind you is proper passing. And I know Chooks aren’t the only ones, Rabbits doing a lot the last two games, Maloney could get a run as a quarterback and Oates as a receiver or whatever they are called. Chooks have just been an aggressive pioneer of the tactic – as Storm for the wrestle.

How I learned to relax and admire the Roosters

I noticed in the responses last night that a few people thought that…

'As easy as it gets': Khawaja blasted for dropping simple catch

Not fully in control yet and needed England under 200 to be really dominant. Needed Ussi to take that catch. In a good position however, so lets see what they can do with it.

Aussies in control after Day 2 dominace

Sids killed an albatross and ran over a black cat carrying a mirror on the way to the ground.

Tim Paine drop robs Peter Siddle of ANOTHER wicket

Might have been a bit close and it went quickly, but you need to take these.

'As easy as it gets': Khawaja blasted for dropping simple catch

Sort of agree. Smaller stadiums enhance atmosphere and you only need a couple of 80/100K stadiums. However, I wouldn’t mind a couple of 40-50K stadiums if only to eliminate the sardine feel. What stadiums really need to do is have more space between their seats. Never been to any game where there either is some larger size person squished or people have jackets, lunch boxes and for the cricket – some reading material.

Sydney's stadium crisis: Bigger is not better

Interesting question, probably loaded. Manly have an aggressive pack but aside from a few unnecessary whinges out of DCE they don’t do much untoward. From what I see very little sus crap from Eels, Tigers, Warriors, and especially Dogs all seem to play in a great spirit and don’t aggressively push the boundaries. I’d include Titans but they have no spirit at the moment, and except for one bloke Cows would be there and I wasn’t warmed by the coaches opinion – similar to Raiders but these may be protective comments and I’m sure the guys aren’t coached to look for exploitation. I dare say a few of these teams would be higher in the ladder if they were more willing to make adjustments to their standards and on-field conduct. So, to answer your question, quite a few.

How I learned to relax and admire the Roosters

Not jealous. Don’t want Robbo or Uncle Nick. Don’t want to sell out honourable standards just for a win.

How I learned to relax and admire the Roosters

other clubs don’t have the deep TPA pockets… or a refined Sally Cap

How I learned to relax and admire the Roosters

Chooks are the best bet for relocation. Got the money to move, precious few fans outside of the tv, little juniors, buy their cattle off market.

How I learned to relax and admire the Roosters

I enjoy your work Tim and while I knew you were involved with Grandstand last weekend was the first time I experienced your dulcet tones and could put a ‘face’ to it. Raiders match was it? But all the niceties aside, naa.. not buying into this article. Couldn’t dislike the chooks more. Never a fan of the ‘win at any cost’ mentality, don’t we have a couple of cricketers serving penance for that attitude? Vince Lombardi was famous for the “winning is the only thing’ quote (not his apparently – but that’s another story), there is another quote attributed to him that on his death bed he commented – “that I actually meant the ‘will’ to win {and he disliked being misquoted} I meant having the goal and the desire to win, but not at the expense of rules/standards of human decency” or something like that. To me, he was talking about the chooks. Some bias because I’m a Dragon’s man but a few years ago Robo was having a bad year (I actually don’t rate him highly as a coach, my granny could do well with his cattle) and he had this huge whinge about Dragon’s players ‘diving’ or something after they beat chooks in an ANZAC match and it was a blight on the game yada yada.. Same game one of his lads took Benji out in back play when chasing a kick but that’s no issue in Robo’s book. 2/3 years on and it’s still happening when a Dragon’s kick chased by Dufty until he runs near JWH who grabs his collar and stops his run. The wrestle started with Storm, the deliberate forward passing, IMObservation started with chooks. If this was cricket the chooks gear would be made of sandpaper.

How I learned to relax and admire the Roosters

I’m softening.. after a couple more posts it’ll get to ‘potentially unlikely‘ and wait ’till they win.. I’ll give you a list of adverbs that’ll get your heart pounding…

The Roar’s NRL expert tips and predictions: Round 22

Good point, makes my suggestion for some new marketing ideas a must ;).

State of Origin reimagined

Hopefully Warriors will give you more to write about after the game this weekend.

Rugby league classics: Roosters vs Warriors, Round 21 2007

I actually don’t know if I should be happy about that. I was actually really looking forward to this test.

The Ashes: England vs Australia second Test preview, prediction

Well said. I correct myself, fairER… (and would be fairer still if supported by the original – SOO players are out of their teams for SOO period).

State of Origin reimagined

Yeah, some fair points;- (I don’t know how to bullets/paragraphs with this system so forgive please) A) Players could still train/run with their club if involved with Origin – if they are in the area. Clubs get by now without players fully involved in every run. B) Substandard games?? I might be biased because I’m a Dragons tragic but since when where our games so great when our SOO guys came back?? And Newcastle and a couple of others suffered likewise. bringing back burnt-out and tired players from SOO isn’t a good look either. C) Teams missing their half or hooker are likely to be teams near the top so that falls in line with my ‘equalisation theory’. D, E, F & G) Up-and-coming v retread is all in the marketing, I could sell it. Same answer for taking out the ‘stars’ it’s all in the promotion. As is the packaging of pricing and selling the product, every hotel/tourist destination has down times and they reduce pricing and sell other positives. H) the two most successful clubs atm don’t have the same Cap issues as others and I hardly think they can fall back on ‘cap management’. Melbourne (apparently) have around $1mill in TPA’s – more than any other club and any claim that chooks are cap compliant without heavy reliance on unknown TPA’s is the stuff of dreams. ‘Stars’ out of their clubs during Origin period supports Salary Cap and ‘level playing field’ measures. I) comments on Titans, you are quite correct, Cap can’t be blamed for poor managers, but the failures here are more than Cap issues. J) You could be right about the future of the SOO audience. Time for a decent marketing company to be involved, I will gladly accept your recommendation.. 🙂

State of Origin reimagined

Correct. No byes, give SOO players freedom from club pressure, get it over in a short time frame, give ‘lesser’ clubs a shot against the ‘star teams’ sans stars, create some atmosphere around the up-and-coming guns. I could have written less but you have no idea how messy the inside of my head was, had to do some sweeping.

State of Origin reimagined

Not as boring as Roosters and Storm in the GF again this year. Storm have around a mill extra $$ available through TP’s and goodness knows how much Roosters can access given their squad, so I’d say the Salary Cap needs some help to discourage team stacking.

State of Origin reimagined

That’s what I’d want to encourage Soda, just the way it is now with the split rounds and SOO players backing up for their clubs kind of negates the ‘handicap’ and creates additional player fatigue for the ‘stars’.

State of Origin reimagined

That’s nice and simple and I’d have no issue, but I think (as discussed below) the broadcasters want Wednesdays.

State of Origin reimagined

And I think you’ll bring home the bacon.. Wish Warriors would make a liar out of me..

The Roar’s NRL expert tips and predictions: Round 22

LOL.. That’ll happen regardless of your gypsy curse.. And just ‘coz I think a Dog’s win is exceptionally unlikely don’t mean I wouldn’t applaud it. :)…

The Roar’s NRL expert tips and predictions: Round 22

I hadn’t looked… (sad face)

The Ashes: England vs Australia second Test preview, prediction