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#2965042 Cricket - England v India

Posted by gingerjon on 25 July 2014 - 05:57 AM

I know the there's-no-one-else argument and it's a perfectly valid reason why Cook wasn't sacked on the spot after the aussie tour, one of the most disgraceful efforts of recent decades, which is saying something.


But now it's got to the point where simply anyone will do. Carberry, Compton, Lees, Boycott's Mother would all get more runs and literally anyone could skipper the side better.


Make Bell the fall guy for the rest of the summer, he's senior player and doing sod all to justify his place anyway.


Boycott's Stick of Rhubarb could do a better job.

#2965041 The all-new never-ending League Restructure debate thread

Posted by gingerjon on 25 July 2014 - 05:55 AM

Thought someone might have mentioned the increase in the number of games the new structure leads to. 


The number of matches the top clubs will play under the various systems are as follows:


Super League 2014: 27 + 3/4 playoffs + a potential 5 CC games


Super League 2015: 30 + 2 playoffs + a potential 4/5 CC games


NRL: 24 + 3/4 playoffs



Player burnout will be an issue. We'll see more players being rested mid-season, which is annoying for fans. 


Thnk the uneven distribution of home games is really bad - would have been better to have the Magic weekend as the first round after the split.


Those extra games have seen the Challenge Cup further weakened and removed the space for either a mid season international or the return of a Northern Rail Cup competition.


Even if player burnout wasn't an issue you've a couple of good reasons above for not wanting to just add more games.

#2963986 The Commonwealth Games

Posted by gingerjon on 23 July 2014 - 10:20 AM

Welsh boxer Fred Evans barred for having a recent conviction for a public order offence. This seems a bit unfair as the case has been fully settled and his involvement wasn't deemed to warrant a custodial sentence.


Agreed.  Having read a bit about it, looks like a Home Office decision in defiance of the wishes of the Welsh and British sporting bodies.  Shame to see the Home Office doesn't support rehabilitation.

#2961010 More Bradford Schools News....

Posted by gingerjon on 18 July 2014 - 10:17 AM

There is an articlein today's local paper about another Bradford (C of E)  school where the governors are being sacked.


The council leader states that there is a major problem because the council is only allowed to sack the whole board of governors and not just sack an individual unsatisfactory governor.


This is a ludicrous state of affairs.


Councils, and to an extent Ofsted, have their hands tied because the powers available to them have been seriously diminished.


Still, any nutjob can set up a free school and that's bound to solve any and all problems.


Posted by gingerjon on 18 July 2014 - 10:14 AM

'Two years ago former mayor Ken Livingstone was accused by the RAC Foundation and the Tories of rephasing lights to slow down traffic and force people out of their cars and onto other forms of transport.


Traffic signal adjustments had already begun, he said, focusing on the capital's "most important signals". Timings at about 150 sets of traffic lights had been altered since July, giving "significant extra capacity".




And the result of Boris Johnson's desire to get TfL to 'smooth traffic flow' has been an increase in pedestrian injuries as there is no longer enough time for most people to safely cross the road.


Still, as long as those black cabs have nothing to moan to the RAC Foundation about ...

#2954926 So, this World Cup thing, then...

Posted by gingerjon on 05 July 2014 - 07:40 AM

Neymar is out of thr tournament, apparently, which will make it even harder for FIFA to arrange a Brazil win in th final.


They'll manage.


Absolute farce in terms of decisions the boys in yellow have been getting.  Combine yesterday with the 'luck' they had against Croatia and it's fairly obvious something is going on.  Even if that something is just referees and linesmen being swayed too easily by being based in Brazil and being seduced by its charms.


I know home teams have always had the 'benefit of the doubt' - England '66, Argentina '78, South Korea '02 - but, given how excellent the rest of the tournament has been, it's very sad to see it happening again.

#2954480 British Jihadists

Posted by gingerjon on 04 July 2014 - 12:02 PM

But why would they even want to come back to such a hellhole as this?


The weather.

#2953854 RFL - We want you back email

Posted by gingerjon on 03 July 2014 - 12:28 PM

I agree with you, Scubs. The international setup with regards to the home nations is negligent bordering on the disgraceful, and we should be calling the RFL out on it. We gave the RFL big wraps in the lead-up to and during the World Cup, and deservedly so. But they've basically wrapped up the operation since.


There is no World Cup legacy.  It's not even worth having a conversation about it.  The entire structure set before 2013 has just vanished.  No European tier 1 internationals, no mid season England game, no clue as to what we're doing at any given point.  It's almost worse than it was in the dark days before they set the 2008-2013-2017 idea in place.


But the RFL marketing department (insert joke here) can't really be blamed for trying to sell what they have got.  Although I despair that we're offering tickets to the pinnacle of the club game for a tenner.

#2953799 Kingstone Press Championship Summer Bash to rock Blackpool

Posted by gingerjon on 03 July 2014 - 11:07 AM

Sounds like an excellent event.


Obviously the first comment I saw on twitter coombined criticism of Blackpool with the fact that May isn't in the summer.

#2953765 RFL - We want you back email

Posted by gingerjon on 03 July 2014 - 09:58 AM

The email had a link to tickets for the Grand Final.


Credit, at least, for trying to flog what events the RFL do have available to previous punters.

#2952791 Fev make bid for Huddersfield Big 3

Posted by gingerjon on 01 July 2014 - 09:09 AM

I've had a good read of this thread and others on this forum and the thought flew in to my head again that I have absolutely no idea why anyone would ever want to invest a single penny in rugby league, they'll never get any thanks for it.  I'm utterly convinced I could win £100m in the Euromillions jackpot, put £95m into developing rugby league and I'd still get people complaining that I was selfish for not sticking in the last £5m.


Depends.  If you put out press release after badly worded press release saying that your investment was the best thing since sliced Ganson we might not form an entirely favourable view of you.  If you had a track record of bizarre dealings with other clubs then things might be said on message boards.  If, at the end of your short tenure, you hadn't actually achieved any of the things you'd said you were going to do and had left your projects in a precarious position than some people might question your motives and integrity.

#2952774 USA and Super League

Posted by gingerjon on 01 July 2014 - 08:15 AM

Soccer has made it in the US. There is a league with numerous teams averaging 20,000 and owning their own stadia or building them. This World Cup has pushed the national pastime, i.e. baseball, off the front of the sports pages and the sports TV channels and even the morning talk shows. This is a pivotal moment for US soccer. I know this, I watch their TV networks each and every day for my sins. 


I know all this.  But it's taken 50 odd years plus a massive amount of money, investment, failures, rebuilding, luck, strong national teams, widespread kids' participation, more money, the influence of the EPL, rolling sports channels, patience and commitment.


And that's for the biggest sport in the world with almost unlimited resources to indulge its expansion ideals.

#2952418 RLWC2013 Financials...

Posted by gingerjon on 30 June 2014 - 02:34 PM

What is clear is that even with minimal effort we can deliver a decent profit - that is probably quite harmful as they (RLIF) seem pretty happy to do the bare minimum - even with minimal effort right up to 2017 the RLWC as a brand should have been strengthened enough to command higher returns in most areas.


Let's be honest, the 2013 WC saw a build up of England beating Wales and France in front of small crowds in Salford and Hull, plus an Exiles game in front of a small crowd at Warrington, so momentum was hardly built for 2013 and they managed to increase profits from 2008.


As you are suggesting though, that number could be a hell of a lot higher if every nation was playing regular games to build up their ability, brand and fanbase.


The bare minimum was in 2008.  2013 took a lot of work.  I think we'll regress to 2008 standards more quickly than we'll build on 2013.


I sincerely hope I'm wrong.

#2952389 USA and Super League

Posted by gingerjon on 30 June 2014 - 01:55 PM

Have you heard of New York Cosmos?  They had a lot more and failed.  As for assuming that the Americans will love seeing their best defeated by Aussies, well they did that ten years back. 




Look, it's only taken soccer the better part of 50 years to get a proper NYC franchise - and even that exists in part to satisfy Manchester City's need to get around fair play rules - because they don't have rugby league's joined-up marketing savvy.

#2952224 So, this World Cup thing, then...

Posted by gingerjon on 30 June 2014 - 09:33 AM

Some game where such blatant cheating gets you a win.


It was a foul.  He dived to get the ref's attention but it was a foul.  Tired tackling leads to it when you have a player of Robben's skill looking for a touch.