I'm on repeated record as saying the 8s is a joke. It is - it appeals to people who think we need to keep mediocre teams interesting for longer and believe that this will create new fans. Utter nonsense of course but otherwise smart people seem to think this over expansion of the club game will lead rugby league to the sunlit uplands.
However, it's what we have and the RFL need to stick with something for a few years.
The tweaks should be there to level the playing field in the qualifiers and I agree with the comments about those mentioned above. But with the best will in the world the only interest outside the game will be for the eventual promotion/relegation play off. I was suspicious of the Million Pound Game - and it is a terrible name - but it has all the drama of the soccer play offs and it's an easy sell to the casual fan. We could and should be looking to make an event of it - a neutral venue and a bit of razzmatazz to go alongside the all or nothing drama.
Norwich is one of those harmless places that's neither good nor bad. Quite forgettable in so many ways. I'd recommend that if you're staying in a hotel that you check you get free wifi then catch up on your Netflix queue.
*suddenly remembers he has to book own hotel this time*
No it's snot and far from it. Yes, the death penalty is a disgrace and an affront, the NRA an abomination, far too many massacres but a basket case? NO. We'd all be speaking German now if it hadn't been for the US.
About 140 in-school shootings since Sandy Hook. Sandy Hook was less than three years ago.
I'd call that a basket case no matter how brave the grandparents of today's US citizens were in joining in WWII three years late.
Posted by gingerjon
on 27 September 2015 - 08:36 PM
Personally, I think a season this long and this technical can only be of interest to the already converted. It's been deathly. And for this we gave up a mid season international window and had to rejig the Challenge Cup. Still, not like Test matches and terrestial coverage is what we need is it?
But, scrapping the system after only one year would be ridiculous. It has to be allowed to develop. Who knows, maybe it will start to work and other professional sports seeking new audiences will drop expansion and internationals and go for the same small group of teams playing each other over and over again ...