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Martyn Sadler

Super League BackChat

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For those who enjoy a Rugby League discussion programme, I'll be making my first appearance of the season on Sky tonight at 10.00pm, Sky Sports 2, debating (quite heatedly) with Chris Irvine, Stevo and Rod Studd, over a range of topics.

I hope it makes for good viewing, but if you see it let me know your reaction.

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I've watched it twice and both times it was awful. The thought of listening to Stevo mangle his sentences whilst losing his train of thought, and then switching to Chris Irvine damning everything about the game of Rugby League, makes me long for the days when we only had Boots 'n' All during the week.

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i still watch every week, but we don't need stevo on every week. once every three or four weeks would be enough.

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I enjoy watching the show but wish it were longer and not so breathlessly edited - I would love some of the contributors' thoughts and ideas to be given a little more room to breathe and so be properly examined.

I like the way Rod Studd's views are what might be termed "eccentric/mad" (delete as appropriate) - and how he challenges his guests when he feels the latter are guilty of mouthing platitudes... I just wish we could do without his pantomimic exchanges with Stevo. As has already been said on this thread, the latter really doesn't have to be there every week.

I hope that the MIrror's Nigel Wisker, whose blog is among the most entertaining, is soon to be given a chance on the show.

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i still watch every week, but we don't need stevo on every week. once every three or four weeks would be enough.

Make that three or four years. Stevo spoils it for me with his muddled thinking and shouting above the rest. Could be a really interesting programme without him and extended to an hour.

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Studd is a big problem for me, I think i) he talks a bit too fast* and ii) whenever someone disagrees with him he pulls a face of digust and shouts over people. It pains me to say it, but I think Angela Powers would be better as a host, she seems calmer and would give people their time. It's a nice concept though, let me know when things improve Martyn!

* I also think he does this when on the live game, particularly when interviewing the Heinz Big Extrordinary Man of the Tissot League Soup.

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I watch Back Chat every week although Stevo spoils it for me. He rarely sticks to the point and then will get on his own hobby horse or make inane comments. I would much rather him not be there at all but instead have say a past player plus two pundits.

I'd also like to see Nigel Wiskar given an airing. Likewise Neil Barraclough (who actually may have had his debut last season but I can't remember).

However, so long as I can keep my patience with Stevo or, alternatively, if there is another guest on the show who is able to keep Stevo in check (as one or two have done, most notably the Aussie pundit whose name escapes me just now; he came over for the world club challenge) then I do enjoy the show and would like to see it extended to a full hour.

Looking forward to hearing what you have to say Martyn. I'm sure I read on Twitter though that you and Chris Irvine had a bit of, er, banter going on ... !!

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Enjoy the programme.

Should be an hour with B n A swapped to 30 mins.

Enjoy the debate/disagreements and Rod Studd is great with some really good ideas and some that are er well just daft!

The B n A has begun to sound like a Party Political Broadcast on behalf of the Super League party.

Back Chat isn't anything like that, far, far better!

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Backchat could be really good if it got rid of Stevo. He is asked a question and answers something else! The guy may love the game but he embarrasses himself and the game. He should stand down from it if he really does care.

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Enjoy the programme.

Should be an hour with B n A swapped to 30 mins.

Enjoy the debate/disagreements and Rod Studd is great with some really good ideas and some that are er well just daft!

The B n A has begun to sound like a Party Political Broadcast on behalf of the Super League party.

Back Chat isn't anything like that, far, far better!

Allow me to second that in it's entirety, please.

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Enjoy the programme.

Should be an hour with B n A swapped to 30 mins.

Enjoy the debate/disagreements and Rod Studd is great with some really good ideas and some that are er well just daft!

The B n A has begun to sound like a Party Political Broadcast on behalf of the Super League party.

Back Chat isn't anything like that, far, far better!

Exactly. Back chat is like a breath of fresh air. Boots n All has sent me to sleep for years now.

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Backchat could be really good if it got rid of Stevo. He is asked a question and answers something else! The guy may love the game but he embarrasses himself and the game. He should stand down from it if he really does care.

This.

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I'm giving Back Chat another go tonight. I hope it's not still in the depths of a café, people wandering about is distracting!

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I think the format is ok but agree that Stevo renders much of it unwatchable. I'm not sure about Rod Studd either.

Having some journalists on is ok but I'd also like to see some ex-pros/coaches for a more credible viewpoint.

All in all, I actually think the BBC's Super League Show is the best RL show on the box, once you can actually find it on the schedules.

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To tie in with the World Cup and the mascot Steed... only whoever is holding the ball can talk!

Heh, I am a genius.

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The best Backchat was the one with Steve Mascord who seemed to manage to control Stevo.

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not a bad show but not long enough and to many topics crammed in, i would like it to be 45mins and concentrate on just a couple of items.

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Not bad IMO. But they should get the odd punter off here or something to stir it up a bit. Ie a fan who doesn't make a living from the game and is just a fan.

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I think Rod Studd does a really good job - he's given the show it's own distinct flavour, in comparison to the personality-free zone that is Boots n All and the SLS. He's an argumentative so-and-so, which works for me compared to Eddie's golf club platitudes. The major problem this year is Stevo. He's on every week - I'm guessing because he annoys Rod Studd. But he also annoys viewers and Sky should get rid of him.

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