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  1. Are you sure the cited examples were similar? If they weren't, it would be frivolous. Do you have a list of clubs found to have made frivolous appeals? I'm pretty sure Trinity haven't.
  2. The £500 per year is not so relevant here as RL subscribers, by definition, are sky sports subscribers, which puts them above average.
  3. In Asia, it wouldn't make sense. I buy S here but XL over there. Edit: There is also the advantage of buying kids size clothing for adult relatives over there (no VAT)
  4. Anyway, it's 1st v 5th and if Wigan hadn't lost one of their most potent attacking threats to injury (with 4 forwards on the bench) and then had a player sent off, it may well have been 1st v 2nd. These teacup storms are really overrated. IF Leeds win from 5th (again) they will have beaten 7th, 4th, 2nd and 1st in consecutive weeks of knock-out football - some achievement. COYS
  5. The point being dead rubbers were also common if not more so in fptp. The premiership was certainly low key, possibly the 4th competition after the challenge cup, league and regal trophy. Not really greatly celebrated and no real prestige. The first 10 rounds were not irrelevant as they made Leeds' challenge all the more difficult. In fact their knock-out competition started a week earlier against Cas (double spit). One of the reasons for the reinstatement of Championship play-offs was to get players more used to high-pressure one-off games and hopefully more competitive with Australia. The idea that playing everyone home and away is fair and balanced is also overstated. In RL it really depends when you play which team, with injuries, suspensions and form fluctuating throughout the season. Playing Leeds at the start of the season under Agar was not the same as at the end under Smith. One of Toulouse's wins was against Saints. Cas played a Saints academy team. FPTP is no fairer than any other system. The current system provides a guaranteed last game climax to the season. That's how sport should be.
  6. Nostalgia's not what it used to be... Perhaps the problem is the age of posters on here. The majority? hark back to the good old days of fptp from '73 to '97. I like the play-offs for similar nostalgic reasons. My team have been crowned champions twice but never been league leaders whereas Cas won the hub cap but have never been champions They also forget that a team could have won the league with 5 games to go, or only 2 teams in contention with even more rounds left. Damp squib and dead rubbers galore. Sporting competitions are by definition contrived and artificial. Everyone knows what needs to be done at the start of the season. Catalans being beaten at home was a shock. Wigan losing at home for the first time this year even more so. Don't underestimate the achievement of Leeds (spits) and how they turned their season around with a new coach. With fptp their season would have been over after 10 rounds. Sport needs fairytale endings. These need to be unlikely but not impossible. I guess resistance is to be expected when I espouse 12 team playoffs from 2x10 divisions...
  7. Does anyone remember Dean Sampson's delayed dive from a "punch" - a bit too hilarious and theatrical to be classed as cheating perhaps
  8. Indeed, it worked out remarkably well in the end, but not what was planned or hoped for.
  9. Was surprised by this news, but you never really know what's going on behind the scenes. I will be less surprised if they've already got a replacement lined up ready to announce in the next week.
  10. What would have been the point in throwing good money after bad when there was never any intention to stay at BV? (Prior to 2019).
  11. If only that were true... Away fans on the Western terrace won't actually benefit from this development, other than having something nicer to have a poor view of. Also, the east stand won't be finished until next summer at the earliest. We're used to being torn apart. We'd miss it really.
  12. Ah right, so you're saying a player should be able to ptb randomly and not be penalised as no offence took place... other than the specific one of voluntary tackle. If the referee calls play on and a player chooses not to, he is penalised. Ptb has a special meaning and definition within the laws, including when and how it should be carried out.
  13. Why would putting every defender who is not standing square or retreated 10m NOT be an advantage? The acting half could have a clear run to the line with no-one allowed to touch him without conceding a penalty.
  14. How do they get safety certificates? And if they do, they are, by definition, deemed safe i.e. not a death trap. Walls do occasionally collapse in various places, usually in high winds. Planes crash occasionally due to mechanical failure. Should no-one fly?
  15. Wooden stands were demolished following the Taylor report (see west stand at BV). Concrete and steel tend not to burn so well. All stadia need a current safety certificate according to legislation at the time, so by definition not death traps. Wasn't the wall at WR an external wall that collapsed on non matchday? I forget. The floodlight fire at WR during a game was more of an issue, but I assume they had a current certificate, so more of an accident than a death trap. Or a failure of the safety certificate system.
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