Those two final sentences are what I referred to as, the same old, same old previously. I am not a negative person over R/L at all, but I am one that will spell out what I see in front of me and as I saw it over this weekend that was not good sport never mind good R/L.
I do not refer to these games alone when criticising the C/Cup but over at least the past three or more seasons of that comp. The final apart and, in all honesty the ones within the last 4 or 5 of those that are memorable for the expected showpiece that would be expected from any final generally has hardly stuck in the memory either.
No even as you say concerning Wembley and the aura it can generate this C/Cup comp has produced very few thrilling games within its entirety and it is becoming one of those must attend events rather than what in the past almost always had the previous build up of close competitive matches to recall from the earlier rounds, today , well tell me of one, if you can John.
With luck we should get a decent final if Wigan and Warrington contest it, if the previous games they have played so far in S/L this season are anything to go by, but god forbid if the miracle occurs that London beat Wigan and hull turn over Warrington, I can assure you that will not yet again produce anything like the same spectacle and I suspect that you too know it.
Part of your opening gambit in this thread was this:
"I apologise for this rant but in all honesty this CC competition is doing far more harm than good for the Game of Rugby League and I am more certain than ever that it has by far surpassed it's sell-by date and should be taken from the shelves."
To me, that reads that you want the Challenge Cup scrapped. Done away with. Consigned to the dustbin.
Not reformed, revamped or refreshed in any way, which would be a valuable and constructive debate to have on here and which you could have started, but binned altogether, on the back of a few average games, totally ignoring any of the positive elements the tournament has in its favour in terms of sponsorship, large terrestrial TV audiences and regularly the biggest domestic attendance of the entire season in our capital city of London.
I think if you got what you wanted, as described in your opening post, our sport would be immeasurably poorer, not only in terms of defecating on its own history but in real financial terms too, and I don't think that could ever be recouped elsewhere.
I'm not arguing that the structure of the Challenge Cup is perfect, or that every game has me hanging on the edge of my seat in breathless excitement, but then neither does any sporting competition anywhere in the world. They all produce the occasional dud, but only in this sport, it seems to me, do we have people actually advocating throwing the baby out with the bathwater and calling for an entire tournament with over 100 years of rich history to be scrapped because they got a bit bored watching some of the games.
It does my head in!