Maximus Decimus

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  1. Boxing

    YouTube in August.
  2. The last rugby league game I ever watch

    Absolute claims of never watching the sport again usually tend to be premature. God knows enough Widnes fans made those claims during the initial SL rejections and licensing years only to come back when we made it.
  3. Boxing

    It's probably worth pointing out to those not in the know, that one of the biggest boxing matches in the world will be between two amateur boxers. KSI vs Logan Paul will be huge but amongst largely non-boxing fans. KSI's previous fight against Joe Weller was viewed 23 million times on Youtube and had 1.6 million viewers live. Logan Paul has way more subscribers than Weller (17m to 5m), is more well known as a result of his recent idiocy and as a result the fight is being held at the MEN. I'd never heard of KSI until I saw a Mayweather video where he was at their gym, it's like a whole different world that has passed me by!
  4. The last rugby league game I ever watch

    As I said earlier, it's trying to find the balance between what is simply nostalgia and what are changes in the sport. I'm lucky in that I can refer to my attitude to football and understand that much is clearly to do with me. For instance I used to get really up for England Football games especially in tournaments and even that has lessened considerably over the years. That's not to say that it's pure nostalgia. I think there was pretty much unanimous agreement that the product was excellent 15 years ago but that it was the people in charge. Now you find far fewer defenders of the product.
  5. The last rugby league game I ever watch

    I think you're misunderstanding what I'm saying. I'm talking about variety with regards to the actual competitions. For instance what really differentiates the old Regal Trophy from the Challenge Cup apart from a name? Would people really be interested in a county cup with fewer of the same teams? They did in the past but the culture has clearly changed. Now they would just be dominated by the same SL teams. For a new tournament to be successful it would have to fill a different purpose and be made up of different clubs ie from a different league such as with the WCC. Either that or be something completely different like a nines tournament of which I'm not a fan. We can't compare ourselves to football and shouldn't try. It is so strongly embedded in our culture that it doesn't need to try like other sports do. That said it has variety and aspiration of the European competitions.
  6. The last rugby league game I ever watch

    I think the key to the success of any new competition is variety. One that just involves the same teams is always likely to fail. We play each other enough, playing again but under a different competition badge is going to feel just as dry. The only real scope we have is an extended WCC but this is hampered by the Australians, both in their willingness and in the gulf in class. If we can get to the point where the season feels like it matters again, that would go a long way to alleviating the complacency that has set in.
  7. The last rugby league game I ever watch

    Whilst you might have a point I don't think you could bring those cups back. Times have changed in all sports and it would just mean more games between the big clubs. The playoffs had dwindled to a nothing competition by 1997. The last year they were held had a combined attendance of less than the GF does now. The top 8 was a disaster IMO and Leeds winning from 5th made a mockery of the regular season. It wasn't because they did it, as in Australia it would be greeted as a unique event and something the celebrate. Over here everybody knew that Leeds had just peaked when they needed to and 5th was not a real representation of their strength. It totally undid the playoff structure that we had previously. Another big change spectacle wise was the wrestle in the tackle. Things slowed down over night and there was an instant dislike to it amongst fans. I don't think it can be undone necessarily but it wasn't good for the spectacle.
  8. The last rugby league game I ever watch

    As Bob8 kindly referenced, I made a long blog post about 6 years ago replying to a similar but much more lengthy post from a previous diehard fan. I think there is a mixture of nostalgia and reality going on but that both are true. Growing older changes things but I think it's hard to argue that the product isn't as good as it used to be. When I was younger I was sports mad but my main sports were RL and Football. I follow RL far less than I once did but I follow it much more than I follow Football. There are only now a handful of sports that I ever watch. Therefore there is clearly something going on to do with changes in my life and priorities rather than the sports themselves. Back when times weren't so good for instance the late 90s, even though we were at a low ebb the one thing virtually everyone agreed on was that we had the product, it was a just a case of getting it out to the masses. I think it's telling how this has changed and how few people there are who convincingly crow about RL being the greatest game anymore. I don't blame anyone, I just think the game has evolved in a way that hasn't helped the product. It is too structured and defenses are too good that it has reduced the amount of attractive play. This mixed in with seemingly high error rates and a style of refereeing that is oblivious to the spectacle isn't helping. All of course isn't doom and gloom, there are still plenty of good games which is more in line with the number from most sports. Also, I think there are some signs from the NRL that the game is evolving over there at least. Brisbane-Melbourne was an absolute joy with a great deal of variety.
  9. It's hard to argue with McDermott IMO. For different reasons I watched very little RL last season and when I watched a full game again I was struck by how frustrating a game it has become at times and mostly because of the referee. This is not to say the referees are incompetent but their influence on the game has become too great. As others have said, the reward for a penalty is too great especially when so many of them are basically 50/50 calls. I don't know the answer but I think most of us would prefer a game that was more free flowing like we often see in big games. Putting our fingers in our ears and blaming the players and the coaches isn't going to change anything.
  10. Boxing

    Great showing but I'm sure even he would've preferred a bit longer.
  11. Boxing

    It's the return of Amir Khan tonight and I think that'll take preference over the Frampton - Donaire fight on BT for me. The presumption is that he'll win pretty easy but there's always an element of you never know when a previously big fighter returns. Ricky Hatton comes to mind. Sadly early signs are that AJ and Wilder talks are going to be difficult. That's the real pain of boxing, the whole economic model prevents many fights from happening when they should.
  12. I'd love to see him on. The only question is who he would go as.
  13. Visiting Fans

    Seeing as though they only get a small number at home that's not half bad.
  14. This is gonna be monetising YouTube videos all over again. This comment was sponsored by RLfans.com for that extra level of crazy.
  15. Widnes - A Club in Limbo?

    We'll do well to break 1000.