And there it is in all it’s glory. An undying love for that old lady “Northern Rugby League”. She’s over 100 years old now and bits of her are dying and falling off but she’s given you a life of excitement and ultimately satisfaction and as you grow old together you will remain loyal to the end. She’s still beautiful in your eyes, even though youngsters don’t take a look at her. No soft southern belle, no welsh dragon, no French tart can ever replace her.
Love is unconditional and we have to accept our partners faults. She’s old and past it so she’s not going to be any sponsors poster girl anymore, she’s not going to get her face in the newspapers, she’ll keep doddering on but as long as she does you’ll be by her side, you’ll support her, speak up for her for she is your first and will be your last love.
Indeed why bother with the “Poor” London, we can get poor crowds up here, we can develop new players in Oldham and Keighley, why did we ever bother with Wales or France just to be embarrassed by those international blow outs. Why did we give away thousands of free tickets for those SL openers in Wales and France to those freeloading foreigners when the good people of Halifax will pay full price. Why waste RFL money on the Wrexham stadium when we can waste it at Odsal, why look to Barcelona's riches when we have investors with a "few bob" now and again oop t'north, why bother that Rome can put on a competetive Italian RU international before a massive crowd, that's an alien game that's not "Northern Rugby League".
For some I don't think it's ever thought out in the head, that RL cannot move forward and will go backwards without ambition, without looking beyond it's boundaries, and without trying to be more than it is. Cue cries of "top down doesn't work" made from the heart, reply with it worked better than any bottom up when the money was there made from the head.
But you can't get in the way of an old couple who've been in love this last 60 years, they only have eyes for each other.
Waxing a bit poetic with the old symbolism this morning arn't we Parksider.
Well, lets play the game a bit just for a laugh.
Maybe, the old lady is an immortal mutant of the best kind who has been wounded a bit by her ememies of depression and poverty and just needs a little TLC to be back to her vibrant best ?
Have you seen how many older women are powers in the world. One might just be the Most powerful person in the world come the next US election, and another runs the most powerful economy in Europe and a third is head of state in the UK.
Most societies also help the aged and infirm. It's not quite the done thing to cast them out into the streets to starve.
None of that prevents families from having value in all age groups in their midst. Helping the elderly does not mean imposing compulsary birth control on the young and forbidding children.
There is room for all in a family. In the worst of times a frail, elderly grandma is a drain on the family finances and a swaddling infant is equally expensive.
However, by careful and proper husbanding of the family finances, grandma can be made well and contribute a lot to the welfare of the family unit and the infant can grow up and be productive also.
Most elderly members of a family do not only have eyes for each other, they, in fact, dote and fawn over their grandchildren and spend a lot of time and money visiting them and helping them wherever they might end up locating.
As for not looking beyond it's boundaries, have you checked out where the vast majority of your beloved SL are located. But as usual, "it's' don't do what I do, do what I say" with the SL Cabal and it's supporters. They don't really believe in expansion unless a cashed up investor comes along but they don't want any such rivals anywhere them in the North hence the super restrictive rules and conditions attached to SL applications and they definitely don't want to fund any expansion of the overall size of SL if it means sharing the wealth.
In fact, they don't even believe in expansion merely replacement, because any new teams have to have an existing member removed to accomodate them.
The family structure you are advocating will end up destroying it not strengthening the whole extended unit from grandma to newborn.