I've been trying to convince myself to stay out of this but....
First, I agree the thread was about 1936. Even Keith and I can't claim to have seen it first hand. Right, Keith?
Second, a while ago Mark chimed in, as he more or less did above, about how many Aussie games I'd ever watched then shut up when I pointed him to Fox Sports NRL and Super League coverage we see weekly in the US. This is the great paradox that I see repeated. Today, we can watch whatever we want, NRL and Super League on Fox, Lions-Batley from 1936 on YouTube. Lions TV.
For instance tonight it's St Helens v Catalans on Fox. So we can watch whatever we like best. If we don't want to watch it, so what?
If Great Britain played Australia in a Test under pre Super League rules I'd be booking my flight as we speak. Is it good that there are no more GB v Aus tests under any set of rules? Oh yes, we'd get out asses kicked!
But above all, I'm a Lions fan through and through. Scrums or no scrums, play the ball or scuff it back. Forward pass or not. We live in a 21st century environment and short of a sequel to "Back to the Future" that's what we live with. So we do live with it and put our time and money into supporting the Lions TODAY as Keith does. If you never experienced the Lions and RL in general in the 60s you can't really understand what we are talking about, so don't try. Probably your dad did, and that's why you are here today. Be gratefull!
I'm left with the memory of my mother who passed away last year at 102 years old. She was a huge but tiny Lions fan who wriggled her way down to the concrete wall on the main stand side of Station Road, a 5 year old me in tow, so we could both see the action on the pitch. According to my Mum, more or less every time we had the ball "they" were off-side. And she let the referee know it. When I read the match reports on the Lions website, the more I realize the more things change, the more they remain the same, except it's not "offside" today, it's "forward pass"! And, we just re-signed my hero George Parkinson, who would run through Stu Willy's brick wall for the Lions whenever needed. As I said, the more things change, the more they remain the same!
If we are going to have a meaningful argument about yesterday's RL v todays, let's start by discussing why in my era every club started out with the same level of financial support, yet this season Bradford got 810,000 pounds from the RL and the Lions got 150,000 pounds.
As I said, the more things change, the worse they get!