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  1. I attend this game on a regular basis and there is no problem with bags or cameras. It might be searched as it is a military establishment iof sorts but no worse than any other sporting vemnue.
  2. Having read Schofield's comments - He makes the same points I have made in earlier threads on here - Danny Ward is an L plate Coach, Bartheu and Ackers are big losses, nobody has come in to replace either of them and I can see a season of struggle. Perhaps not as bad as 10th more lke 6th - Which could be it for the Professional game south of Sheffield. I cannot see any cause for optimism this year - sorry.
  3. The basic problem IMO is that in both Super League and the Championship divide into rich and poor clubs over money and funding. There are 4-6 clubs in the Championship that would probably not do any worse than 4-6 clubs in Super League if they access to Super League funding. Perhaps the question should not be about "yo yo" clubs going up and more about are the interests of the game served by having clubs whose main aim at the start of the season to retain Super League status rather than actually challenging the big 5 clubs of St Helens, Wigan, Warrington, Leeds and Hull FC. My point being you have clubs in both divisions that are basically interchangable and and neither P&R - Which I favour or Franchising is going to change that. I can envisage a time in the not too distant future when Super League reverts to its pre- 1996 state with a few full time clubs and the rest of the game part-time. Unless the game widens it's playing, spectator and funding base then its in a cycle of decline regardless of what system the game eventually uses. I have identified the problem but I cannot tell you the solution, it's a topic that's been done to death on here and will be debated on here in the future but addressing this problem is what the game's powerbrokers should really be doing rather than scrambling for the lifeboats as the ship slowly sinks.
  4. A polite request: Trolls

    You really have to be a sad individual to spend hours of your life deliberately trying to provote a response on an internet messageboard. I once had an RLFans mod confess that one entire thread on their website was an individual with multiple accounts having a conversation with himself... Just interested to know what the definition of trolling is on here. I use the Ignore function not to endure certain posters on here but I think there are a few trolling threads on here, and not started by an RU fan either, so what constitutes trolling
  5. Ashes exclusive to BT sport.

    I thought about retitling this - The Gillette One Day Seriers on BT sport but what the heck.. And as expected, England are much better at this format and thanks to a Jason Roy 180 and a 91 not out from Joe Root England won by 5 wickets. Now there are those who now want to put some of the one day side into the test team. They cannot for two main reasons. Firstly, some of them have had a run in the test side and not done enough to warrant a permanent slot (Hales, Buttler, Rashid and Plunkett) others in the side make their living these days more as T20 guns for hire (Morgan, Roy). If you were one of the select few watching rthe game, you will have noticed that the Jason Roy innnings was the usual ride on the Roy rollercoaster enjoying a fair slice of luck as opposed to Joe Root's chanceless knock. Put it this way if Jason Roy was batting for my life I would take confession... Still at least they are also making the mistake of assuming success in the Big Bash means players can thrive in the 50 over format. In truth all three forms of the game First Class, One Day and T20 are competely different formats to the extent that most players skill sets allow them to master one or two formats but rarely al three and when you change formats your limitations are exposed. Anyway time for much jubilation in the Rooster household today ...
  6. Ashes exclusive to BT sport.

    Interesting case of Deja Vu fromn Crickinfo Two 4-0 Drubbings or same 4-0 drubbing twice
  7. Ashes exclusive to BT sport.

    Need to win the toss and bat first at Sydney. Otherwise 4-0
  8. NFL 2017/18 season

    Update on the London Games 2018, IMO due around the week of the Pro Bowl. NFL rumoured to be planning three back to back games in London. Apart from the Jaguars v Jets / Eagles. The other "home" sides likely to be from Atlanta, Tampa Bay , Oakland Raiders, LA Rams and LA Chargers - One of those teams will opt for the Mexico City game. Their likely opponents are still involved in the playoffs which explains the delay in announcng the London games. Fascinated by the Jon Gruden situation. Firstly why a truculent Head Coach at Oakland punted by Al Davis who had the great fortune to Inherit an innovative defense from Tony Dungy at Tampa Bay. Then had the incredible good fortune to play his former club in the Super Bowl being able to call their offensive plays almost before they did, winning the Trophy before taking Tampa down to new depths of medicrity before the Glazers terminated his tenure in 2009. He then heads off to ESPN for a job as an analyst - Not to everyone;'s taste Yet he remained a lionised figure amongst many of the Raiders and Bucs faithful to the extend that Al's son Mark has delved deep into his fathers bok of black arts to contrive a way to pay Gruden a slice of the future profits of the Franchise (When in n Vegas that's a lot) without needing the consent of the other 31 owners and has all but announced Gruden as Coach ignoring the Rooney Rule (named after the late Pittsburgh owner that requires a BME canddate to be interviewed for each coaching role) - Unless of course Token from South Park is Interviewed. All for a coach who has been out of the game for nine years. I cannot tink of a british or australasian comparator for this - Truly only in America. On that Subject LA Rams for the Super Bowl. Heres a few pix from my visit to the Rams v Texans last November
  9. Cricket scores

    One Day / white ball cricke,t be it 50 overs or 20 Overs - is a different scenario. Using spinners first up in white ball cricket was an Innovation started by New Zealand back in 1992 when during the World Cup that year when Captain Martin Crowe directed Dipak Patel to bowl his off spin first up. With fast to fast medium bowling you can use the pace of the ball to deflect into scoring areas which in the longer form of the game would be covered by the fielders of the opposing side, such as the slips / gully region. Spin means that a batsman has to put the pace on the ball and back themselves to hit bundaries over the infield. As the fielders are up wihin a 30 yard circle of the wicket (1st 10 overs of a 50/50 and 6 overs for a 20/20 game). the chances of scoring singles and two runs are also reduced. Thus it is felt that you can get away with a few cheap overs at the start of he innings. White ball cricket is the more lucrative form of the game, and as such in order to gain a winning edge teams increasingly use analytics in determining which type of bowler should be facing certain batsmen (i.e. it's no secret that Surrey and England's Jason Roy is less able to start his innings against spinners than faster bowlers as demonstrated by Samuel Badree in the 2016 World T20 final). It also the reason why now coaches and players when asked the question as to why a certain bowler was brought on it was "because we liked the matchup". If I have not explained this clearly enough, then I point you in the direction of this article from The Independent earlier last year
  10. Northern & Pariochal

    Not sure that this RFL video is going to be viewed by the "big name sponsors" to start with. One of the reasons why non-heartland fans like myself actually like Rugby League is because it is a game embedded in the communities it thrives in and players in the majority of Super League and Championship sides are from and relate to the communities their club represents, which is a stark contrast to other major sports in the UK. It's the sports strength and also it's major weakness. Of course this breeds " a my small town / village" approach manifest on here in many a thread and in the pages of LPL publications, and this is indeed the view that those of us who live outside the M62 bubble recognise as the sports image with the UK sports public. But this is an image that the game has always had and I doubt a few fleeting words from JJB will have any radical effect on the way the game is viewed outside the M62 bubble JJB is pro-expansion you know
  11. I would suggest that SKY have the rights to all Super League matches and streaming Hull v Wigan is not something FOXTEL does without SKY's permission. The article reads like the Aussie version of the NFL gamepass.
  12. Cricket scores

    Australian tradition is to put wickets ahead of runs. They are alone in doing this within the workld of Cricket. They also used to have eight ball overs in my childhood until Kerry Packer decided that going to six ball overs like the rest of the world meant more revenue from ad breaks in between overs and he changed the Australian Cricket Board's policy on this. Again tradition in white ball (limted overs cricket) means that the result is always described as "won by 6 wickets" but some sites such as ESPN Crickinfo will also add with" 2.4 overs remaining" which answers your point To broaden your understandin,g there is a Teatowel on sale at The Lords Shop which reads: You have two sides, one out in the field and one in. Each man that's in the side that's in goes out, and when he's out he comes in and the next man goes in until he's out. When they are all out, the side that's out comes in and the side thats been in goes out and tries to get those coming in, out. Sometimes you get men still in and not out. When a man goes out to go in, the men who are out try to get him out, and when he is out he goes in and the next man in goes out and goes in. There are two men called umpires who stay all out all the time and they decide when the men who are in are out. When both sides have been in and all the men have been out, and both sides have been out twice after all the men have been in, including those who are not out, that is the end of the game
  13. Ashes exclusive to BT sport.

    Geiorge Dobell's article on the Australian Media's coverage of the Ashes - with hogwash inserted instead of its original BS as recommended by Geoff Boycott and David Lloyd and mysel as it is spot on. Ashes sinks into its own Hogwash
  14. Northern & Pariochal

    The RFL video in question Personally as a bona fide Southerner, I am not outraged by Jamie Jones Buchanan's brief comments in what is an ode to the Community game in the amateur Rugby League scene. Some might even say he is simply stating the obvious
  15. London Broncos 2018

    Not much to look forward to in London next season but to be fair to our Benefactor not much that can be done about it. As I havev posted before on this forum, you make your plans for next season in June / July so Hendo jumping ship in October to Warrington. Left David Hughes with little option but to go for the continuity candidate in Danny Ward or risk bringing in another coach who would not have had the players he wanted. That said 2018 looks a lot like 2015 with the loss of M Bartheau most keenly felt. For sure London's starting XIII is competetive with the rest of the championship bar Leigh. But when injuries start to bite there is no squad depth. There is also not a bottom less pit of funding and full time London do not spend anywhere near the cap limit. London will struggle to be in the top four, Leigh have a fair chance of going through the season unbeaten, Toronto I am less sure about next season, Toulouse as the Proper French club inherit the Proper French rugby failing away from home. The part-time dual-registration clubs should do well and be loudly proclaimed by their fans and RLE as being Super League ready yet to any outside observer the fact they rely on someone elses players indicates the compete opposite. So with a season of foreboding with declining attendances and full time status post 2018 questionable, some turn their hopes towards internet rumours of franchising -my disagreement with which is a matter of record - For any franchise bid to be viable you need two things going for you - substantial funding off the field and a competitive core product on the field. London have neither. So If we end up with the return of franchising, it will be without a club in the Capital and could well end up being the tipping point in the final demise of the Broncos. Merry Xmas..