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  1. Me too and maybe that song needs to be our anthem!
  2. Somewhere in France I have a copy of an old old old Rugby League Magazine, editor A N Gaulton (I think) and when it wasn't a Kangaroo tour year it was open season on the RFL and the incumbents. The evidence of an unhappy sport is there, always.
  3. Yes and YES, Dave being critical in specific and detailed logical and reasoned ways tends to be a bit harder than a good old blanket bashing of someone or something. If you've done all these things then it wasn't referring to you. The RFL or individuals there may not be up to the job but even when they are (80k kids and helping Amateur clubs be self sufficient both of which are excellent and need applauding) it is ignored, criticised and dismissed as spin because it doesn't suit the bash.
  4. Hello LD I also posted a great one (URL) about Eric( the man who should be king) and the Wolfpack but no one turned up! However, I couldn't agree more with your post.
  5. Yes him, Gareth Hock and HRH may prove that there is a road to Damascus and miracles do happen. And if all this comes true what a great year we're in for! " When you wish upon a star Makes no difference who you are Anything your heart desires Will come to you ....." Which means with Salford's level of luck it will all crash on the rocks of the Home Office. Mind you I think we're in for a great year if none of it comes to fruition.
  6. "Ready and willing: Toronto Wolfpack set to bear claws on transatlantic adventure" This newspaper is fast becoming my favourite one for RL. Good positive story and from a player's angle, and the map is interesting in itself. http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/sport/ready-and-willing-toronto-wolfpack-set-to-bear-claws-on-transatlantic-adventure-1-8345899
  7. Was that a way of saying Stevo's irreplaceable, or Sky are being too cheap to provide someone? Someone who loves the game but with a background and accent that appears out of place. And although I can't think of a candidate who fits the bill here logic tells me there must be someone out there that this description fits.
  8. Like you I thought that it was Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose and piling on the things that annoy you or dislike to portray it all as some kind of pattern was good drama but hardly logical. The lack of anything positive was also a key point and when journalism looks like a post on a Total thread it's not the game that's in trouble its the morale of its supporters that needs help. The head in the sand argument is interesting because we have no idea most of the time what the RFL Knows or is doing in certain directions if any. It is also interesting to me which threads attract most comment and at a glance it is the the direst, most hopeless and most easily targeted things that are the real honey for posters. And I have to agree with JohnM as well as you Dave; who, what and where are the alternatives?
  9. The title of this thread is from an article by John Davidson on LoveRL URL below. It echos many of the feelings, sentiments and views expressed on here. It is a particularly depressing read, some would argue realistic and may of the things said are irrefutable but the picture it paints is one of a sport not only lost but bedraggled, out of love with itself and on the road to doom. By the time I'd read it I was ready to leave RL myself. See what you think........ http://www.loverugbyleague.com/news_24636-heads-in-the-sand.html
  10. Amazed at the lack of response here. Positive and possibly the biggest news and change of outlook for the game. Wiping away the class divide nonsense that has done a lot to determine where we are and where we're not, could become a thing of the past, and good riddance. Maybe not one wants to talk about this because it might mean we'll have nothing to talk about if it happens.
  11. Those are two good points. There is some excellent evidence that he's willing to put a lot of effort into things he's interested in and which shows perfectly how well he could perform. Maybe we do expect too much from any monarch or their representative but turning up to big events hardly seems a lot to ask.
  12. And that makes a nice change!
  13. Someone who loves the game but with a background and accent that appears out of place.