Fans (I'm one of them) will have a 'moan' when there's something to moan about as in any aspect of modern life.
You strike me as a bit of a lad, under 25? A lad who has not had the wonderful privilege of witnessing rugby league at it very best, i.e. before it was hijacked by the "let's-do-everything-the-Aussies-do" crowd who are largely to blame for the 'robotic' style of play we have today. I'm now going to quit 'moaning' before I really let rip.
The "powers-that-be" have sold us all down the river in their sickening pursuit of boring the lot of us just to satisfy their own pathetic egos.
When we were a top team in the 60s, do you reckon the old guard of fan was saying "This team isn't as good as the one that won the five cups in 1928!" And maybe the wrinklies in 1928 were lamenting "This is **** compared to when we broke away in 1895!"
Time marches on, and like it or not, so does the Greatest Game on the Planet. The pace of today's game is way beyond that of our glory days, and (although it'll never be proved one way or another) I reckon a top side of today would totally destroy one of yesteryear.
Let's look at other sports, and how they've improved. Athetics - Usain Bolt is over half a second faster over 100 metres than when Linford Christie took the gold medal at that event. A mile now can be done in a time where Roger Bannister wasn't even round the last bend.
In the water, Mark Spitz won seven gold medals in Munich, and all were world records, yet he could only of dreamt of the times that are done on a regular basis today.
Snooker - Joe Davis dominated the game for yonks, yet only ever managed one maximum break in competition play. Ronnie O'Sullivan has done eleven.
Darts - Phil Taylor and his entourage have put summat like 15 points on the average for three arrows since the Crafty Cockney and the like were top chuckers.
Rugby League today is far more entertaining than it used to be. Do you really want to return to unlimited tackles? Do you really want contested scrums brought back, when the likes of Lindop and Clay weren't happy till there'd been half a dozen attempt to get the ball in and out?
So if other sports have improved, why should ours (in your opinion) not have?
The players of today have supreme fitness levels, and are highly tuned athletes.
Rugby League of today? It's the tops, and I'm proud to be its biggest fan!
See you at the shirt launch mate!
Edited by Spelly, 29 November 2012 - 10:46 PM.