Well, as an adman of 30 years' standing its biggest crime is it's a bit dull. And it's rammed with sporting visual clichés. And it doesn't really land the 'every minute matters' message. And the first half is an attempt at cod-poetic drama, but 'now' and 'your whole life' cant be the time: just pick one (now's the time: to show up and play because it means something?). And the 'The Time' theme kinda peters out a bit halfway. And It seems torn between the pumped-up drama of the 'concept' and the actual action that the game delivers. And is it about promotion, or relegation, or the SL Grand-Final? The three things kinda meld together in one throwaway thought. And did I miss a reference to the 'bottom'/Championship relegation 8?
If 'Every Minute Matters' is the value proposition of the Super 8s, it should be the core theme throughout and the script should hang from that. It smacks of a promo built by committee; where two or three discrete ideas have been presented, but the client's said 'I'll have a bit of that one, a bit of that one and a bit of that one...'
Will be interesting to create a league table at end of season based only on games between the 'contending' teams and order them on the basis of league points per game played to take account of the different number of games played against other contenders. Compare that with the final actual standings. I would like to think it would be the same, in the interests of fairness, but I suspect it will not.
My point all along has been that - given the disparity twixt top 8 and bottom 6 - points difference is a defacto bonus point this season. And my fag-packet calculations on potential results/winning margins for the remaining games suggest that points difference could be the clincher between 4th, 5th and 6th. With York the clear benefciaries.
For me, Swinton fan 'Class of 63" nails it in his similar post on the Lions forum.
He writesm about: "the unbalanced fixture set up by the RFL using their words -
The 14 League 1 clubs will each play 22 games – 11 home and 11 away, playing each other once and nine teams twice with fixtures scheduled on a geographical basis
So what we have is that Swinton, Newcastle and North Wales play 14 games against top 8 teams plus 8 against the bottom 6 whereas York play 10 games against top 8 plus 12 against bottom 6 and Keighley, Oldham, Rochdale and Barrow 13 games against top 8 plus 9 against bottom 6.
With all due to respect to the current bottom 6 clubs , I think we all knew who these would probably be before the season commenced and the top 8 would pick up maximum points against them so, before the season started some teams could be given a 2 or 4 point advantage which could be critical come the end of the season."
Regardless of who goes up, this is the anomaly that will need addressing going forward - especially given York's significant advantage (up to four games more than some clubs against 'southern' opposition - a likely six point 'bias' over Hornets and Oldham and 8 point 'bias' over Swinton)
yes, unfortunately, that is a problem when people move to the back of the stands. A bit like having a ###### view at a rock concert but without the pyrotechnics and big screens.Sorry I cant really offer a comeback to that, no matter how much I am pro-oldham :/
On the way up to Newcastle, we seriously discussed the possibility of bringing plastic beer crates to Whitebank to stand on at the back of the popular side.
I'll be there next week for the A627M El Clasico as I'd rock-up to watch my team play wherever/whoever we were playing, but a good few of our regulars have said they won't come to Whitebank, with 'Can't see' and 'Get Soaked' as just two reasons I heard yesterday. Admittedly, it's not the greatest view if you're stood one-back from the perimeter fence, but I'd take a soaking more happily if there was a bit of elevation on the 'popular' side. One step nine inches above ground level would suffice. The two steps they have at Sedgely Park would be ideal.
The killer question is: would Oldham fans be prepared to watch a worse team for three years to release the funding to improve facilities?
I don't wanna be too pedantic but Hurricane Katrina was cause by gay sex, not gay marriage. It's a fine point I know but, if we are going to use science to discredit homosexual activity, it's important to be accurate.
I'm in a same sex relationship.
I've been having the same sex with the missus for 15 years.
No seriously, I'm bi-sexual. If I can't get sex, I buy it.
I could't be gay - I couldn't stand the rejection from men as well...
I'll get me Pakamac (invented in manchester, naturally)
No offense but someone being slightly obnoxious towards you is hardly the same as a man being imprisoned for 13 days, being forced to publicly tarnish his own name to free himself and then effectively forced to leave the country simply for organizing a RL competition. This is an extremely serious issue and I think it's pretty pathetic that alleged "RL people" are willing to dismiss it or brush it under the carpet just because it happened in a relatively obscure (in RL terms) place.
I'm with you - but it demonstrates how *nion's obnoxiousness is ingrained in its culture. I wasn't trying to suggest an equivalence.