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#1 Joe Whitley

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Posted 06 December 2013 - 10:14 AM

Although two or three over-critical bores on here tried to rubbish it, we had amazing feedback on our Off The Field interview with Ben Westwood last week. We've therefore made it into a regular feature.

 

Here's the latest one, which was printed in Monday's League Express, with Leeds winger Ryan Hall: http://www.totalrl.c...ague-interview/

 

I found it very surprising to discover Hall listens to Eva Cassidy and plays the piano. I loved imagining Westwood and Burgess chokeslamming each other at the pool, too. Hope you all enjoy it.

 


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#2 Just Browny

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Posted 06 December 2013 - 12:05 PM

Although two or three over-critical bores on here tried to rubbish it, 

 

Wow, you're really a student of the Martyn Sadler School of accepting criticism.

 

i'm actually ok with these as an off-season thing, we need more characters in the game.


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I can confirm 30+ less sales for Scotland vs Italy at Workington, after this afternoons test purchase for the Tonga match, £7.50 is extremely reasonable, however a £2.50 'delivery' fee for a walk in purchase is beyond taking the mickey, good luck with that, it's cheaper on the telly.


#3 Martyn Sadler

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Posted 06 December 2013 - 12:10 PM

Wow, you're really a student of the Martyn Sadler School of accepting criticism.

 

i'm actually ok with these as an off-season thing, we need more characters in the game.

I've never accused you of being boring.



#4 GaryO

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Posted 06 December 2013 - 12:25 PM

Although two or three over-critical bores on here tried to rubbish it, we had amazing feedback on our Off The Field interview with Ben Westwood last week. We've therefore made it into a regular feature.

 

Here's the latest one, which was printed in Monday's League Express, with Leeds winger Ryan Hall: http://www.totalrl.c...ague-interview/

 

I found it very surprising to discover Hall listens to Eva Cassidy and plays the piano. I loved imagining Westwood and Burgess chokeslamming each other at the pool, too. Hope you all enjoy it.

 

May as well as add me to the bores as well, what a load of adolescent tripe, expect you swapped Top Trumps and discussed who was your favourite Power Rangers as well.

 

C'mon Joe, it's mostly adults who visit this site.


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#5 Red Willow

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Posted 06 December 2013 - 12:47 PM

I don't mind fun articles but these 2 articles  haven't really added anything to our understanding of professional sportsmen, what drives them, what influences they have.

 

I agree the questions are very much the sort aimed at teenagers. Favourite colour? really?

 

 

 

 



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Posted 06 December 2013 - 01:23 PM

I've enjoyed both interviews. RL fans whinge about EVERYTHING to do with Rugby League and it's a great sport. So if they're whinging about the interviews then they must be good too. One thing in life I will never understand is why we as fans have to complain as much?
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#7 Futtocks

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Posted 06 December 2013 - 01:29 PM

It's just a bit of fun. Not to everyone's taste, perhaps, but what is?


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#8 Joe Whitley

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Posted 06 December 2013 - 01:51 PM

May as well as add me to the bores as well, what a load of adolescent tripe, expect you swapped Top Trumps and discussed who was your favourite Power Rangers as well.

 

C'mon Joe, it's mostly adults who visit this site.

What a lovely chap you are!


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#9 Joe Whitley

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Posted 06 December 2013 - 01:52 PM

It's just a bit of fun. Not to everyone's taste, perhaps, but what is?

 

Exactly, it doesn't always have to be in-depth analysis, what's wrong with something a bit off-topic?


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#10 Joe Whitley

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Posted 06 December 2013 - 01:53 PM

I've enjoyed both interviews. RL fans whinge about EVERYTHING to do with Rugby League and it's a great sport. So if they're whinging about the interviews then they must be good too. One thing in life I will never understand is why we as fans have to complain as much?

I've been wondering that, too, Dave.


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#11 brooza

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Posted 06 December 2013 - 02:03 PM

Not everything has to be grim hard-hitting stories, a bit of levity now and then is fine


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#12 Futtocks

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Posted 06 December 2013 - 02:04 PM

Not getting your five daily portions of relentless negativity will give you scurvy, mind. ;) 


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#13 Joe Whitley

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Posted 06 December 2013 - 02:06 PM

Not everything has to be grim hard-hitting stories, a bit of levity now and then is fine

Exactly, Brooza. Thanks for that.


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Posted 06 December 2013 - 02:15 PM

Are the questions sent to them and they respond to them all at once or is it done in person (or over the phone etc)? For future ones it would be nice to see a follow up to some of the questions, for example, I'm interested to know what piano piece he's learning to play


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#15 Dave T

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Posted 06 December 2013 - 02:19 PM

i like them. Not everything has to bee so serious.

Personally i get bored of the identikit interviews - for example when a player joins a new club.

As much as Im cynical about Koukash - his interviews are worth reading/listen to.

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Posted 06 December 2013 - 02:47 PM

Joe you have my backing all the way.

 

I like a bit of absract.  An important point being overlooked by those criticising is that if you get a bit of an insight into someone's personality (and it's a good one) you are more likley to want to support them.  Like it or not, supporting sports stars isn't just about what they do on the field.



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Posted 06 December 2013 - 03:00 PM

Joe you have my backing all the way.

 

I like a bit of absract.  An important point being overlooked by those criticising is that if you get a bit of an insight into someone's personality (and it's a good one) you are more likley to want to support them.  Like it or not, supporting sports stars isn't just about what they do on the field.

And you build up empathy with them.

 

I happen to be a great fan of Eva Cassidy's music.

 

It's very interesting, for me at least, to discover that Ryan Hall is too.

 

GaryO and Red Willow are obviously profound thinkers who probably restrict their reading to War and Peace and Plato's Republic.

 

But for the rest of us, who sometimes like to relax a little, a light-hearted interview with a well-known player is just what the doctor ordered.



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Posted 06 December 2013 - 03:15 PM

Not getting your five daily portions of relentless negativity will give you scurvy, mind. ;)

That's outdated thinking.  Rugby league folk need a healthy portion of shoulder chip along with the relentless negativity in order to function to a basic standard.  For peak efficiency, regular doses of unwarranted paranoia and bitterness do wonders for the joints.


Arguing with the forum trolls is like playing chess with a pigeon.  No matter how good you are, the bird will **** on the board and strut around like it won anyway


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Posted 06 December 2013 - 03:51 PM

And you build up empathy with them.

 

I happen to be a great fan of Eva Cassidy's music.

 

It's very interesting, for me at least, to discover that Ryan Hall is too.

 

GaryO and Red Willow are obviously profound thinkers who probably restrict their reading to War and Peace and Plato's Republic.

 

But for the rest of us, who sometimes like to relax a little, a light-hearted interview with a well-known player is just what the doctor ordered.

 

Actually Martin I am just partaking in a academical paper relating to the hemispherical structures of the brain, quite an eye opener how various like minded people are catagorised.


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#20 Gansons Optician

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Posted 06 December 2013 - 03:55 PM

Ryan Hall is a very interesting and talented young man, with Tomkins now gone he gets my nomination as Super League's figurehead. 







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