I grew up in the South East and had a rabid anti-RL attitude. I was also typical of the other people I played with and met as I grew up. My attitudes were not shaped by explicit indoctrination...but something a bit more powerful (I have come to realise)...inculcation. The half truths and myths about RL were constantly bandied about and repeated as truth....and it was rare I ever met anyone who contradicted this - and I certainly never read anything positive or heard anything positive about the sport other than the odd snippet that I would laugh off and deride with contempt.
There's a lot to be said for this
People who hate RL but have never seen it
People who don't read Stephen Jones et al yet bandy about the outdated RL stereotypes (2 counties and 2 states)
An ethos has been fostered which seems difficult to breakdown. A lot of people on Twitter who tweeted appreciation of the game started with "I don't normally like Rugby League but..."
Saturday was a great game, an 11 out of 10, but a lot of the things seen in that game can be seen week in week out. Yes we have some poor games but personally i think we get more than our fair share of crackers as this world cup has shown
Amazing and splendid response.
Makes you think though about my own friends and relatives and others - why do we wait until the funeral to express support?
without wishing to divert anything away from a wonderful gesture
I have to agree with that last sentence. obviously what normally happens is that we honour/thank/reward someone when they are gone and when it matters not a jot to them!
At my club we just thanked the 80 year old president for his service to the club. I'd glad we said thank you when he can appreciate it (hopefully for many more years) rather than unveiling a small memorial or something when he's gone (which we'll probably also do)