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#3047552 Pathetic, paranoid, pitiful - RL World's view on RL many fans

Posted by Oxford on 20 December 2014 - 08:46 PM

:rtfm:  :fie:  :angry:  :blackeye:  :help:  If you imagine exiled that what you wrote here is more balanced and sane than people being upset about SB going then you really need to take a break, it's all got too much for you, and this can happen! SB leaving is a fact of life that people have to deal with in their own way. My own reaction to anyone who leaves is simple, goodbye, see ya, wouldn't wanna be ya!  :bye: People come and people go and no one, repeat no one, is indispensable!

In the meantime seasons greetings to you and yours :santablack: Oxford

#3046466 A media mention of RL

Posted by Oxford on 17 December 2014 - 06:55 PM

I wonder how many regulars there are on here. If each of us had an e-mail we could send every monday during the season to, let's say, 10 papers complaining about the lack of coverage of RL I wonder if we could make an impact? We'd all write our own, so as not to be discounted as a bot, but we could BCC to the same 10 papers...

Great suggestion, a line of links, that is proactive. Annoy the hell out the complacent, condescending pretend journalists!


I believe in absolute freedom of expression. Everyone has a right to offend and be offended.

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#3046042 RL Hard Men

Posted by Oxford on 16 December 2014 - 04:53 PM


Oxford I appreciate what you say but it was not my intention of putting anybody down. As I say to play at that level you had to be hard just to take the physicality of the game.

I never take offence Knottla always just looking to be balanced that's all, so I hope I didn't upset you in any way. I save upsetting people for fans and apologists of another sport! ;)  And you're quite right even the "softies" in our game are heroes and hard men:paladin:

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#3045524 RL Hard Men

Posted by Oxford on 15 December 2014 - 01:52 PM

My view is that anybody that plays at pro or semi pro are all hard men.I think there are genuine hard men but there are also players that strike out  just out of self survival.

I think the point of the thread was always those that stuck out in an individuals memory and experience and was in no way intended to do other players down!

#3044706 Structure, is that the problem?

Posted by Oxford on 13 December 2014 - 08:37 PM

the whole point of ru to me seems to be to milk penalties and kick goals . a try is the last thing on their minds . the game only opens up when one team gets too far behind and have no option but to actually run and pass the ball .we put the bath match on in the pub last night to watch sam burgess.....within 5 minutes everyone was back to pool , snooker , darts , etc the two codes are miles apart .

Although I agree with your sentiments and appraisal I'd rather this discussion of an essential RL topic wasn't hijacked to the twilight zone. But I'm putting your whole Pub up for nomination as hard men and women for lasting as long as 5 minutes!

The RL Beermat Award for Resilience is winging its way to you as I write!

#3043417 NRL considering 4 quarters over 100 minutes

Posted by Oxford on 10 December 2014 - 05:24 PM

The serious talk in the NRL is about reducing the number of subs so that fatigue once again plays a major part in the game.
They can't go with both.

They go on and on about fatigue and then someone looking like Paul Gallen goes boxing during the off season and it's like it never happened or it bares no relation to the fatigue of the person involved.

#3042626 The League 1 Cup - first round

Posted by Oxford on 08 December 2014 - 08:05 PM

If you're happy and you know it clap your hands

If you're happy........


Is there nothing to lighten the mood here like Coventry Bears being an RL side?   Coventry  everyone Coventry !


"Most people would rather be certain they're miserable, than risk being happy."  - Robert Anthony :)  

#3042544 The League 1 Cup - first round

Posted by Oxford on 08 December 2014 - 04:42 PM

The inaugural League 1 Cup first round  to  be played between 28 Feb to 1 March 2015


London Skolars v York City Knights
 Keighley Cougars v East Leeds
Rochdale Hornets v  South Wales Scorpions
Oldham v Coventry Bears
West Hull v North Wales Crusaders
Oxford v Gateshead Thunder
Swinton Lions v Hemel Stags
Barrow Raiders v University of Gloucestershire All Golds

The most important point, after who got who, has to be indicating  this next time there's a person trying to knock RL and mentioning the ancient embittered war cry of the troll  " M Sixty-twooooooooo!"  50% of clubs in the draw - Fifty percent! And that's using Barrow as an M62 corridor team/town! 

#3037946 BBC again

Posted by Oxford on 27 November 2014 - 02:22 AM

The thing is that if soccer got 20 spots promoting the BBC,s coverage and Union got 15, then league should get around 10 but the fact is we get zero. When RL is a game that the BBC have rights to and are televising live to the UK, then it defies logic that they do not broadcast promotion spots for their coverage.


There is a bit of north/south bias, a bit of institutionalised classism from the public schoolboys who run the show at the very least.


Given the incestuous relationship between this BBC elite and the boys who run RU, I am inclined to believe that there is either an  arrangement to undercut the game either implicit or implied. To shoot their own organisation ( the BBC ) in the foot by not promoting their organisation's programming shows the depths to which these historic predjudices are ingrained in the psyche of this class of people.


As for soccer, it's just too damned big for them to ignore and there is no history of rebellion,  class warfare, active collusion to repress the game for fear of it taking RU's turf by being the better handling code or institionalised apartheid for over 100 years to feed these biases that are active against RL.

Keighley this is a really good summing up, it happened in the past and continues in the present. There is no secretive committee, no secret goings on! This is simply based on a group of accepted notions that have become so commonly part of the make up of certain groups I doubt they are even aware they are there, any more than anyone recognises the level and extent of their prejudices. It's more like a screen saver than a cabal but no less effective for that. What I really object to is them using my money each year to be prejudiced against me!


But I see you have attracted a fair bit of the vitriol that pervades this forum at times. You should know you are not allowed opinions, should never use the evidence of your experience and come to a conclusion that rocks the boat.........

"It's like that french film Jules et Jim ..............  but it was not allowed!"


 Still amazed the thread is still here but then as Rod Serling used to say " Anything can happen in the next half hour!"  TGG

#3037430 BBC again

Posted by Oxford on 25 November 2014 - 06:37 PM

The Cory Patterson headline was lead story today for all of 5 minutes, only to be replaced by the Widnes crowd trouble story. What are the odds that this stays as the lead story for an extended period?

What is just as interesting as the clear evidential bias of the Beeb and the Daily Avoid the Truths is :

People on here and other forums claiming this doesn't happen despite the constant proof to the contrary,

People accusing you of being a conspiracy nut for bringing it up,

People insisting that RL is a small sport and only deserves that amount of coverage!

Even if you state up front that you don't believe  in conspiracies it makes no difference but the relationship between the amount of coverage, the type of coverage (positive or negative) and it's ability to prosper are the fact of life between RL and other inferior products.


"Until this imbalance is addressed we will never become a National Sport.
I thought Brian Barwick was brought into Rugby League to help out with this situation. It's obviously working, Well done Brian!!" Scarlet Turkey yet again!


But to address that very imbalance you have to be able to mention the unmentionable so we're turned down the proverbial cul de sac yet again!

Or you could go to the cross code straight away, on your own, to discuss  things with the "entertainmently" challenged and the terminally addicted to image! Best of luck with that one!

#3031858 Catalans Dragons

Posted by Oxford on 12 November 2014 - 08:41 PM

Audois I'm not sure you belong on this site I think you only post positive news. People will think you made it all up or are deluded. The recognition is no more than the French RL deserves considering the battering they've had at the hands you know who ( shhhhhhhhhhh don't say the name !) and the condescension they've had to put up with from the rest of the RL band of brothers!   

#3031803 Country File- League Hero remembered

Posted by Oxford on 12 November 2014 - 06:37 PM

I do support you in this but have no confidence this won't end up in the cross code zone. This kind of thing had echoes on this very site and was simply removed as a bit of ru v RL disagreement. This kind of omission has a long history and conveniently appears to leave those people out of history for the most questionable of reasons. Jack Harrison isn't the first and  won't be the last hero to receive this kind of treatment to be followed by the caveat " that's not what we meant at all!"


Jack Harrison   and all the others union and all  "Lest we forget!"

#3030269 What a great tournament !

Posted by Oxford on 09 November 2014 - 04:16 PM

It's not over, but it's been fab. PLEASE will our most powerful RL nation understand this is what grabs international headlines.

Kiwis at Wembely next please - since the convicts are to too tired/scared to play next year

It's been chuffing brilliant and we should be able to invite Samoa next year too. Now I wonder who'll prevent that from happening?

#3028930 NZ -Teacher offers educational opportunity if student dumps league for union

Posted by Oxford on 08 November 2014 - 06:14 AM

MAGS is actually one of the dominant Rugby League schools in NZ having had the likes of SBW, Tommy Leuluai, Sam McKendry, Sam Kasiano, Steve Matai and more play for it's first XIII within the last decade or so and is pretty supportive of Rugby League. This dude switched school teams as a junior it's not like he was poached by the first XV or something. It's probably mentioned in a lighthearted way because, basically, we've got shitloads of Rugby players. Poaching and code swapping and so on doesn't really matter here because there's plenty more where they came from and a fair few coming back the other way. You guys are freaking out about nothing.

I love this sort of thing because like a lot of past actions it highlights the fact that despite all attempts by those with a mind to do so that there are no friends in sport. And when apologists of any creed try to dismiss concerns over issues like this as a right good laugh it gives a warm feeling of continuity with a past where everyone was clear about where they stood, and were willing to fight their corner. And its no different to one of the other disappearing threads about bribing to schools to take up a sport. The cynical and downright deceitful nature of some doings and goings on passed off as humorous are, sadly, always a sign of worse rather than better things actually taking place.  And as for " You guys are freaking out about nothing." whenever has something like that been said and it was actually nothing in the end? It does show you that the more things change the more they .................. And let's face it on the cross code zone where this seems doomed to end its days  it will be receive more of the same.  Following the rules of the forum on issues like this make it seem difficult at times and a bit surreal!


"To be misunderstood can be the writer's punishment for having disturbed the reader's peace. The greater the disturbance, the greater the possibility of misunderstanding."   Anatole Broyard

#3028765 The Daily Mail

Posted by Oxford on 07 November 2014 - 06:48 PM

"I gave the Daily Mail the benefit of the doubt until today."   :laugh:

You've made my day Middleton because I'm not sure how in the hell the DM ever could have earned or merited the benefit of anyone's doubt but I do give it to you for hanging on in there none the less! Be careful because according to some you have now fallen through the trap door and are officially a member "the Order of the Chip on the Shoulder Conspiracy Theorists" There's very little chance you'll get back or that you'll be made welcome if you do! And you mentioned the Taboo so you also expect a slagging of in the "Cross Code Zone" You may need therapy after this but try to remember you are not alone and just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not ....................... :read: