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  1. I dont think the 3rd place team cared much, probably mentally already thinking about the Finals and werent looking to go all out an risk injuries.
  2. Further more this whole notion of a team giving up 50 points never winning the premiership is a bit misleading. Looking back till the 2012 season (when the current top 8 format came into place), no team that gave up 50 points finished in the top 4. So its not like 50 points is some voodoo cursed score, its simply the kind of team that gives up 50 points isnt a premiership contending team to begin with, and is more than likely not even finals contending team. Not to say the Roosters are a lock for the grand final, but to write them off based on an arbitrary scoreline in a match that they probably werent caring much for is a bit short sighted.
  3. They had nothing to play for... in fact this loss may be a positive, if Parramatta win then theyll jump the Roosters and have to go to Melbourne and the Roosters can stay in Sydney to play Penrith, and if Parramatta loses then regardless of what happened against the Rabbitohs the Roosters still would have played Melbourne.
  4. I certainly agree with you that by nature we gravitate towards violence, and I've always found it strange that all these countries never embraced a more full contact alternative to soccer, but for whatever reason that's how it happened. I can't remember if it was a podcast or article that I saw recently, but it mentioned how in Germany they really don't have a desire for any full contact sport. Pure speculation on my part, but looking at the countries that did embrace the more violent codes as their preferred football, they're all newer countries. Wonder if since they were still coming of age, usually by violent and harder means, when organized sports were being developed if that translated into their desire for those codes, where as more established and 'civilized' Europe embraced the 'grace' of soccer.
  5. As an American that doesn't bother me for the main fact that I don't care for our football code. I agree that the NFL isn't a serious competitor to rugby league and vice versa, nor do they need to be. It seems that a fair amount of NRL/Super League fans also have their NFL team, and if rugby league was more accessible in the US, I'd imagine NFL fans would have their favorite league team. I'm going to have to disagree with your last point. Every country has had well over a 100 years to form their sporting culture and almost all of them have chosen soccer as their preferred football code. If England with its 50 million citizens can have three professional football codes surely Germany and its 80 million citizens could have a second code, but Germany, with the second highest attedance in any football code, has no desire for any other code. I believe France's Top14 is the richest Union competition (and maybe richer than the NRL?) while Ligue 1 is miles behind the other soccer leagues and before PSG's money came along all the elite french players played abroad, and yet soccer is well ahead of rugby in terms of popularity. Never say never, but any other football code to knock off soccer in any of these countries its going to take a major shift that happens over several generations, and I don't see that happening in anyone's lifetime who is currently alive.
  6. I imagine youth participation numbers dropping is only a problem for the national team being able to have a deeper pool when fielding a competitive team. As far as the EFL goes, England will always have the benefit of having the world as its players pool. As someone mentioned earlier, there's players leaving clubs that regularly compete for spots in Europe to play for perpetual midtable clubs in the Premier League, and with all the pro clubs, a player from Italy who other wise would be on a semi-pro contract in Serie C can get a pro contract at a League 1 club. Its the same thing we have in the US, even if baseball youth numbers keep declining that just opens up more spots for Asian and Latin players while getting MLB to invest more in places like Australia and the Netherlands who already have shown they are capable of producing MLB caliber players with their limited means. Whereas if the footabll youth numbers were to drastically decline, well the NFL is screwed since no one else plays the sport.
  7. I found it humorous how in three sentences he contradicts himself: 1. Eating pizza is way to build up calories 2. Very next answer he says pizza is a cheat meal 3. Talks about sacrifices they make for their diet, if that sacrifice is eating pizza 25+ times a year sign me up Again, if this one interview is indicative of Super League's overall view on athletes' diets, well I guess its not much of a surprise that they are years behind another off the field aspect of a sporting competition or maybe they're just focused the national team:
  8. Other than a post on a fan message board, is there an actual source to this? I'm highly skeptical of this, as in the past 10-20 years there has been an emphasis on players' diets both in-season and off season across all sports, with many clubs having staff to plan and monitor their players diets. https://www.menshealth.com.au/nrl-player-diet https://www.zerotackle.com/nrl-players-eat-game-day-28191/#:~:text=2020 NRL Ladder %26nbsp%3B , 8 12 more rows https://www.sportsdietitians.com.au/factsheets/food-for-your-sport/food-for-your-sport-rugby-league/ https://coach.nine.com.au/diet/how-to-eat-like-an-nrl-player/0fcd2fed-de14-40d9-8137-cbd52783f7a6 But I guess if the Super League clubs are okay with their players eating pizza with a few beers after each game, if wouldn't be the most surprising thing, since rugby league administration in England tend to have an amateur mindset when it comes to running a sport compared to their NRL counterparts and officials in other sports as well.
  9. I agree on all that, nothing wrong with a league being sponsored and endorsing certain objects, just doubt their players will be enjoy pizza after every game. I've always found it humorous during the post-game press conferences you see soda bottles placed in front of the players for sponsorship reasons or is NASCARs case placed on top of the car, regardless of their soda drinking habit I doubt thats the last thing they'd want to drink right after a game/race.
  10. Sure theyre allowed.... but I doubt they will, the modern day athlete is pretty particular on their diet, especially in the middle of a season and weekly pizza and a few pints aren't usually part of their diet https://www.espn.com/espnw/life-style/story/_/id/21937867/eight-top-athletes-share-their-nutrition-tricks-high-performing-new-year
  11. Im not sure that's true. Yes, calories burned > calories eaten = weight loss, but what you eat and don't eat is also important, especially when trying to maintain an elite body that athletes have to do. There's plenty of interviews out there with professional athletes who talk about how their diet is a key factor in their performance especially as they get older and how they avoid certain types of food altogether, that your average in shape person has no problem eating from time to time.
  12. Little confused by that, are you saying they've sold the international rights to one company who in turns sells it off to individual countries, or just that Fox Soccer Plus agreed to air it but isn't paying anything for it, or something else?
  13. While thats great to hear, in an age of cord cutting, Super League needs to find a streaming alternative the way NRL has with watchNRL. As it stands now, if I want to watch it, I'd have to subscribe to youtubetv for 60 bucks a month then pay the additional 15 bucks a month for fox soccer plus. That's a ridiculous amount to pay for 2-3 games a week, when I can get 8 games a week plus additional content (though I rarely watch any of that) for 150 a year with the NRL. I'm curious to know what kind of money Super League is getting with its deal from Fox Soccer Plus.
  14. Eh, The only rule difference in baseball is the designated hitter, and that has temporarily changed this season and its only a matter of time before its permanent. Even with that rule difference it doesnt make for a completely different sport like Union vs League; its more like Super League vs NRL with their various rule differences. North Americans don't accept two different codes of gridiron football, only Canada does (and I'm not sure how popular the NFL is compared to the CFL up there). The rest of us don't know squat about it other than its where players who werent good enough for the NFL go.
  15. But to the unfamiliar eye, they look like the same sport, so people will continue thinking they are both rugby regardless of the name change. Most of the world doesn't even realize there's two different codes, I had a friend who played on a local rugby team here in the US, when I asked him union or league, he gave me a confused look and thought I was asking what league his team is in (fyi, it was union).
  16. I doubt a name change will really help at all. Instead of saying 'No this isnt rugby union this is rugby league' post name change you say, 'No this isnt rugby union this is [insert new name]'
  17. Like most US sports, it can trace its origins back to multiple games including many stick ball games that originated in England, but what would become the modern game of baseball was set up in and around New York City in the years preceding the Civil War.
  18. We also think its odd you have to subscribe to satellite tv to watch most sports and very little is on free to air
  19. And a rugby player only plays once a week. Each was has its pros and cons in this debate.
  20. I'd have to imagine ice hockey might give it some competition, The physicality and endurance required all while having to do it 82 nights out of the year plus however many playoff games. I don't know how they do it.
  21. Forget where I heard this, I think a La Liga podcast, but "elite sportsmen" tend to have a weaker immune system thus more susceptible to viruses/infestions than the average person, as a result of their high intensity physical routines and not getting the proper amount of recovery time. Found this article as an example: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29637836
  22. Not laid off, just hours reduced partially or completely for a set time, at least for federal workers. Usually it means not being paid, but as with the last shutdown it comes with back pay.
  23. I'm sure the NRL would have loved for ESPN to come with a dumptruck full of money for the broadcasting rights, but there was never a demand for it hence why it was on some backwaters channel called Fox Soccer Plus that most people don't even know exist. I doubt much comes of this, but I do hope one day ESPN will want the NRL, Super League, and AFL content for their ever growing portfolio of ESPN+ (5 dollars a month vs 165 a year for just the NRL, no brainer)
  24. I'm sure the NRL would have loved for ESPN to come with a dumptruck full of money for the broadcasting rights, but there was never a demand for it hence why it was on some backwaters channel called Fox Soccer Plus that most people don't even know exist. I doubt much comes of this, but I do hope one day ESPN will want the NRL, Super League, and AFL content for their ever growing portfolio of ESPN+ (5 dollars a month vs 165 a year for just the NRL, no brainer)
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