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#3128150 Power .... League .... anyone?

Posted by tim2 on 24 May 2015 - 07:46 AM

Reminds me of when Homer Simpson changed his name to "Max Power"


Homer : [Homer is buying a shirt] ... And I want the monogram to read "M-a-x P-o-w..."

Store clerk: Sir, traditionally, mongrams are just your initials.

Homer : Max Power doesn't abbrieviate! In his name, each letter is as important as the one that preceded it. Maybe even *more* important... No, *as* important.

Store clerk: Fine.

[She walks away with the shirt to apply the monogram]

Homer : And if there's any room left, add a bunch of exclamation points and a pirate flag!

#3126349 NRL expansion : Hawaii (USA) New Caledonia (France)

Posted by tim2 on 21 May 2015 - 11:22 AM

I think the number of teams can be proportionate to finances and quality of the comp, whether that be 16 or 160.


Yes. Observe the way US major sports work. they are all ultimately in the same competition and are at the same level. they just play combinations of regional and national games to qualify for the play-offs and the final. Everybody home-and-away hasn't even happened in rugby league for the majority of the 120 years.

#3125873 £12bn in welfare cuts

Posted by tim2 on 20 May 2015 - 03:39 PM

Indeed my point is still correct though your previous post was total nonsense. American aid program from 70 years ago is little more vaild than trying to connect the British Empire to something that is happening currently.
I'm not against the aid programs they need to be used in the correct way , not end up in dictators pockets.


If you don't learn the lessons of history you are doomed (or at least likely) to repeat them.


We all agree about the dictators, but it seems difficult to prevent this happening without forcibly removing them. And we know how well that usually turns out.

#3124718 BBC

Posted by tim2 on 18 May 2015 - 01:25 PM

The license fee is £12 per month and this covers TV output, radio, world service and website. That's about 1/4 of what you pay for Sky only, let alone the tax you pay on everything to cover adverts on ITV, C4, C5 and Sky (which is subscription AND adverts). Other than there being no right wing comedians on Mock the Week, where's the real evidence of bias? I think the BBC website is a big target for Murdoch.


Back on topic, I didn't see Saturday's game but yesterday's coverage was very good.

#3124314 BBC

Posted by tim2 on 17 May 2015 - 07:43 PM

Just when the BBC sorts itself out, the Tories will remove the need and the funding for them to have any sport at all and Rupert can control it all.

#3116551 Danny Jones

Posted by tim2 on 03 May 2015 - 08:34 PM

Obviously our thoughts are with his family and friends who will be devastated.


As a former club chairman and match official at amateur level I also feel for everyone at the Keighley club, the people at Skolars and the officials and spectators at the game. You always know there are risks and you work hard to minimise them and pray it doesn't happen. Today it did and it's truly tragic.


RIP to a player who I enjoyed watching even though it was against my team.

#3111740 5K run on a treadmill

Posted by tim2 on 25 April 2015 - 03:08 PM

I did it! 4 hours 8 minutes 39 seconds with no stopping or walking.


It took several days to recover and even this morning's parkrun was hard.

#3103802 Conference League South

Posted by tim2 on 10 April 2015 - 12:01 PM

 That's the shining light in all of this - strengthen this further and we'll have more "home grown" players. Sadly other clubs in the region don't prioritise this side of things, but hopefully they will in future.


I wouldn't bank on it. You get no thanks for doing it and your junior players end up playing for another club that prioritises open age.

#3103775 Obituary Corner

Posted by tim2 on 10 April 2015 - 11:28 AM

Richie Benaud remains one of the few Aussie cricketers that England fans loved rather than just respected. His ability to provide balanced yet informed commentary was something very special. Wherever you have gone I hope your first words were "Good morning, everyone"

#3100591 3 Apr: The Kingstone Press League 1 Match Thread (Good Friday)

Posted by tim2 on 04 April 2015 - 03:47 PM

An excellent post , but I'll be happy for any of the clubs down there to just get into the Championship 1 st , because that will drive on the rest


Just to re-affirm the potential, Ricky Bailey, originally from Telford Raiders, has been named in the St Helens squad for the game on Monday. He was developed during the boom in Midlands Junior Rugby, where we had origin games, regional squads, a vibrant league and development officers. It took about 8 years to build and has sadly declined now due to funding cuts.

#3100497 1/3 Apr: The Kingstone Press Championship Match Thread (Easter Part One)

Posted by tim2 on 04 April 2015 - 12:59 PM

The Broncos sorted themselves out just in time and are now strong contenders for a top 4 place. They could easily have lost to Fax and Fev and would have been facing a real uphill battle. Now the confidence will be flowing and I can see them kicking on from here.


Henderson is a good coach, lots of experience at this level particularly in relation to the attitude they will need if they are to challenge Bradford and Leigh whilst fending off the better part-time sides.


The Eagles managed to hammer them when they were at a low point but they'll be a different proposition at Bloomfield Road and again at their place.

#3100492 Coventry Bears make winning start in League 1

Posted by tim2 on 04 April 2015 - 12:53 PM

It probably won't mean very much when the season unfolds but the official RFL site has the wrong score at 30-10.
In the short term it means the Bears are shown as 3rd in the table instead of joint second.


Sorry I missed you yesterday, Ron, caught up with Boomer and Tom though. Well done to all at the club for a good day. I actually had to queue at the turnstiles (yes I know it was only one!) which oddly enough added to the feeling that there was quite a big crowd there.

#3100468 3 Apr: The Kingstone Press League 1 Match Thread (Good Friday)

Posted by tim2 on 04 April 2015 - 12:06 PM

A good weekend for RL and a good weekend for Kingstons Press Championship 1.


Well done to the RFL,the Sponsors,the new Clubs and new spectators.


Who would have thought a few years ago,that there would be a full list of third tier fixtures,with Newcastle getting over 1500 for a win over Barrow,home counties Hemel edging capital London,new side Coventry pipping academical Oxford and Welsh raiders SW,losing out to Gloucester.


A few people are going to have to try really hard to find something to complain about.


Agreed - it was a cracking atmosphere at Coventry, which is a great facility at this level and would be good enough if they got promoted. I hope that people stick with it, especially when (as there will inevitably be) there are some one-sided games. I have known the guys there for years and have a lot of respect for them - it's 90 miles each way for me but I will get down there when I can.


Nigel Wood was there too showing support (or as someone pointed out, "ay up, the fat controller's here") and Oxford had a fair few travelling fans in attendance.


The smart move from the RFL was to get more expansion clubs in at the same time, which means they aren't having to do what the Skolars did and face the step up alone. I have a lot of faith in Hemel and Coventry to make a go of it as they have long histories as clubs and have built up a lot of experience. The others I will reserve judgement on but I hope it works out for all of them. Those of us who remember the ill-fated expansions of the 1980s do not want that repeated.

#3099506 Catalan need to play more Frenchmen

Posted by tim2 on 03 April 2015 - 09:28 AM

Yes, but Catalans have to win and get in the top 8. To do that, they will sign and pick the best players they can. The arrival of 3x8 has given them no leeway to have a bad season.

#3098343 Are we destroying the Championship?

Posted by tim2 on 01 April 2015 - 11:51 AM


It may make great business sense if entry is by ability to grow resources, but those who don't enter are dead men.


The price of a well run and well funded secure Superleague is the destruction of the championships


We appear, through historical reasons, to be unable to accept the Australian model. I would imagine that people can watch and support the Ipswich Jets in the Queensland Cup and also Brisbane Broncos in the NRL without it being an issue.


Also, if there were a second NRL team in Brisbane, it probably wouldn't be one of the existing clubs but a brand new franchise bringing its own business plan to attract new fans, new money and feed more cash into the feeder clubs of the QC.