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C H Calthrop

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#3080774 Burgess Watch......

Posted by C H Calthrop on 01 March 2015 - 11:30 AM

The most disappointing thing for me about the current SB situation is how the truth of the matter seems never to be at least one of the highlighted official media opinions. There are platitudes, thinly veiled digs, open digs, euphemisms, buzzwords all in the atmosphere about SB.  Even Russ Crowe wheeled out the idea that a young man from Yorkshire playing in Sydney in the world champion club side would rather be jetting off to Argentina to play some 3rd rate international. Is there no appetite for, no avenue for any RL media to just tell the truth in that SB is wasting his talent in a pedestrian sport that is paying him twice as much as RL did.

#3079946 Burgess Watch......

Posted by C H Calthrop on 27 February 2015 - 08:22 PM

Stephen Jones hasn't said much about Sam thus far, he has been waiting for his moment. And it arrived  at the weekend after Bath were beaten 21-13, he wrote in the Sunday Times:


“With the greatest respect Burgess is alarmingly lucky to be in Bath’s first team. He was hardly ever used and on this performance he doesn’t have the gas to hit the line hard with the ball.” 


"he doesn’t have the gas to hit the line hard with the ball.”--  unbelievable !    Give me strength.


It is a measure of the grip that Union has on the Press in this country that Jones has been able to get away with his anti League propaganda for decades in a supposedly serious Paper

As Martin Sadler has said: ‘There is no Rugby League writer for that newspaper who can put right the gross distortions that a writer like Jones inflicts upon a gullible readership’.

#3078555 27 Feb: St Helens v Castleford Tigers KO 8pm (TV)

Posted by C H Calthrop on 25 February 2015 - 04:59 PM

South Sydney will have shaken a few vanity mirrors loose at Saints perhaps calling some players off the golf course and into attendance at  a refresher course in RL application. I can see Saints exacting a 40 point revenge on whoever they come across.

#3078511 bbcrugby

Posted by C H Calthrop on 25 February 2015 - 03:01 PM

Aren't people living in villages called peasants? I was specifically referring to those as you can see, but choose to pretend you don't.



That's not what happened. There was one sport called rugby, which continues to exist to this day under the name of rugby union and is governed by the same organizations, and at some point some clubs affiliated to those organizations and playing their sport decided to pull out of said organizations and create their own sport they called rugby league.


There's absolutely nothing wrong with us being a newer sport than union, so I don't see why you go to such lengths to deny what should be a pretty obvious fact for everyone.

Said it before will say it again. Two sports called Rugby 1871 to 1873. Rugby and Rugby Union. Actual fact. Actually different rules. Will put in caps if necessary, i'm not joking.

It doesn't lie well with the false idea of union being the "one sport called Rugby" but it is nevertheless an actual fact. The name of Rugby in Union is warranted merely by association with the original and nothing else. Union was invented in the back room of a restaurant off Pall Mall in London. RL in a Hotel in Huddersfield. There is nothing wrong with Union being a newer sport than Rugbys' football and celebrating or for practical reasons upholding the Rugby name but the same can't be denied for Rugby League.  Use of "Rugby" is a contraction ,it is not the actual sports title. That is a real obvious fact to everyone.

#3075822 20 Feb: WCS: Warrington Wolves v St George Illawarra Dragons KO 8pm (TV)

Posted by C H Calthrop on 21 February 2015 - 10:49 AM

One sees what one believes. I've watched this over and over at both full speed and in slow motion and paused it at point of contact. I can't see clear contact with the throat. I don't wear glasses/contacts, hadn't been drinking and was watching on an HD TV. The on field officials didn't think so either.
If the ref had received instructions (to let it flow or not penalise every indiscretion or whatever) then I hope they receive the same instructions all the time, because I thought the game was all the better for it.

One believes what one see's especially when the evidence is only visual. Very clearly there is throat contact, between collarbone and chin. It doesn't matter what angles don't show it, the one that does illustrates the point. It is a nonsense to contest otherwise. There should be no excusing dangerous tackles

#3075794 20 Feb: WCS: Warrington Wolves v St George Illawarra Dragons KO 8pm (TV)

Posted by C H Calthrop on 21 February 2015 - 10:20 AM

https://www.facebook...?type=1Initial contact was not above the shoulder at all. The tackle was slightly high around the collarbone region. It was a poor tackle and rightly the Ref gave a penalty. There was NO contact with the throat or head area and neither was it that dangerous. The bodies flying in the air and the speed made it look worse than it actually was. 

Completely incorrect. The footage is very clear the initial contact was across the throat with a fully extended arm. There is absolutely 0% contact with the shoulder first and the entire weight of the player is taken on the throat and neck. The idea that the first point of contact is at the top of the ball or the arm bounced up off the shoulder is both the comment of the studio ref and was the comment of the on field ref but clearly not represented on the footage. If you believe there is NO contact with the throat then I can only think you haven't seen the footage clearly enough. It is very clear that the refs had received instructions.

#3074703 Koukash

Posted by C H Calthrop on 19 February 2015 - 12:29 PM

He's a fine player, unfortunately he has some anger management problems. It might be worthwhile for Salford to try and find him some help. If he acknowledges he has a problem perhaps his trade union could help too.

I don't think it is anything of the sort. He put the knee in twice with absolutely no expression of anger whatsoever. He is thick. Some people are quite happy being that way. 

#3074689 bbcrugby

Posted by C H Calthrop on 19 February 2015 - 12:12 PM

I also hid a couple of RU Mags behind Good Housekeeping today if that helps the cause :)

Some people are already pushing that envelope.




#3071870 Too many players?

Posted by C H Calthrop on 14 February 2015 - 12:12 PM

Any sport which claims it was better when played by amateurs has its flaws cast in stone. Times where the fleet footed 11 stone back could outpace the fagged out solicitor playing prop after 20 minutes are highlighted as the good old days through rose tinted glasses. Blame it on the 20 st meat heads as much as you want but as long as gain is made through throwins, scrums and kicking out on the full the aspiration to play rugby will be a distant one. And frankly unachievable.

#3070174 Superleague show

Posted by C H Calthrop on 11 February 2015 - 09:56 AM

It's so stale! Its format is right out of a BBC news NW piece to camera.

Tanya (sexy boots) Arnold, well rehearsed mistress of the clipboard gets the 2 guests to wait their turn to answer loaded questions. The guest A and B sat bolt upright in a pair of office chairs having no interaction with each other whatsoever, no conversation, no spontaneity. And other commentators are right highlights are the injuries and the tries and the programme is in a rush to get them out.

All the fun of watching RL is completely drained by this show.

And it really needs to be called the RL show not the SL show, lets get the name of the game out there.


Couple of sofas, nice little RL themed coffee table, jaunty background and Tanya, relax love, relax. Let the guests converse, argue, laugh and analyse . And lets have some competitions try of the month/round etc. Lets have Tanya interview players each week from the massage table. Anything, something with a bit of personality.

#3068321 The cheesy B-Movie thread

Posted by C H Calthrop on 07 February 2015 - 08:48 PM

Last Man on Earth! Vincent Price. 

Of all the versions the cheesiest, lowest budget and as camp as Christmas but the best! 

#3068070 Six Nations To Move To Pay To View TV

Posted by C H Calthrop on 07 February 2015 - 12:43 PM

Do you all genuinely and honestly believe that there is a conspiracy within the BBC to promote union beyond all sports?

"A key part of the BBC’s sport strategy and distinctiveness within the market comes from its ability to build events through tri-media coverage and cross-promotion. This builds interest in hitherto untapped audiences and brings sport to the public in a surprising and distinct fashion. The BBC is continually striving to make the most of its services for the benefit of its audiences. With major events such as the Six Nations, investment is made in developing propositions that support the core event".


"In 2003 the BBC regained exclusive broadcasting rights to Rugby Union’s Six Nation’s championship. By developing output within other BBC programming and using inventive scheduling of matches, the tournament has permeated new audiences. Using the array of programmes and platforms it has at its disposal, the BBC has built interest in the event:"


"Reunifying coverage and placing matches in new and innovative slots has raised perception levels for the event and widened the audience base. Viewer numbers have increased by some 60% over the past two years. The profile of the audience has also shifted, with the proportion of female viewers reaching a new high."


From the BBC charter review 2004. No requirement for such hysterical tags as "conspiracy" it is clearly an open goal of the BBC to promote RU and has been for over a decade..

#3065610 Buddhism is this the "religion" for non Theists?

Posted by C H Calthrop on 03 February 2015 - 01:10 PM

Buddism in a 3rd world context is very different from it being practised by 1st world people.  The difference between getting over a stressful time at work and accepting crippling suffering as your lot because you will come back as something better adds a bitter twist to pseudo factual spiritual hokum........... You could become a Jedi with all the benefits of Buddism and none of the negatives.. 

#3064331 The cheesy B-Movie thread

Posted by C H Calthrop on 01 February 2015 - 12:33 PM

B-Movie is a state of mind. It didn't have to be the 'B' feature in the cinema, but I think if there's ham with a side order of cheese, it qualifies.


If the star of the film is Bruce Campbell, it automatically qualifies. ;)

When you combine the gravitas of British stage actors with the cheese laden storylines you will produce gold, hence my liking for earlier Hammer.

Bruce Campbell theme being pushed, one of the best B movies of modern times, Dog Soldiers. 

#3064059 Rfl

Posted by C H Calthrop on 31 January 2015 - 08:40 PM

I dont think you can do that from an old building in Leeds

There is no think. There is do or don't do. The RFL seem to do a lot of don't do. Time to stop that no matter where they are from.