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  1. I enjoy both American Football *and* the other code. So I don't think I count as a genuine fan...
  2. Good showing by Cas. Must win game and they did a tidy job. Wasteful at times mind, but in cruise control for most of the game. Hull were abject. You wouldn't know they've been a top 5 side most of the season. For a second year in a row they seem to have quit on the season with a handful of games left.
  3. Once again, referees are damned if they do and damned if they don't. Too many penalties spoils the game, too few also spoils the game. Who'd be a ref? The problem with your example is that defenders are allowed different amounts of time in the tackle. A defender in a "dominant" or "surrender" tackle is given more leeway than, say, the defender who makes a desperation tackle after a line break. Do we really want the players guessing the referees interpretation of the tackle and hence how long they can stay in the ruck? Warn players if there are about to infringe, penalise them if they do. Keep the game flowing. As for the shout of "40, 40..." on 40-20 attempts, that could also be for the other officials so they know what the call is.
  4. The way Castleford have been playing lately, I can't see us winning this. Wakey by a score.
  5. If someone could explain to me why a draw after 90 minutes is acceptable but a draw after 80 is not, I might be more on board. I guess I just don't see the point. Meh.
  6. I didn't like the idea of golden point in league games when it was announced and I like it even less now we've lost because of it! Haha. I don't have a problem with a draw. And I don't understand why a draw is acceptable after 90 minutes but not 80 minutes. If we are going to have something like this, then "golden try" would be better - otherwise have 5/10 minutes and whatever the score is then. The NFL changed their overtime rules a few years back to stop teams winning by kicking a long field goal without the other team having a possession - I'd be more inclined to something like that. All that said, just have a draw after 80 minutes. That's a perfectly good result.
  7. Castleford very average tonight I'm afraid. That said, Saints were outstanding. Worked hard in defence and I don't know their completion rate but I'd wager it was worth of 95%. Well worth the win. On to Headingley.
  8. Great article. Andy's Man Club is a real life saver. I've seen men walk through the door in a pit of misery and despair, and by the end we've gone through tears and had a laugh and the smiles on faces at the end are a joy to behold. I've seen men who, 6 months on, are completely different people - smiling, joking, full of life. It is amazing what can happen at those groups. I've been there myself. I had a break down. I did the counselling, went to support groups, and 4 months later I was considering how easy it would be to just step in front of a train. Or a lorry. Or a bus. It got to the stage that I was crossing the road if I saw a lorry half a mile away, just so I wouldn't be tempted. I remember my first session at AMC after that point. I remember talking about all of these feelings. I remember sitting there, tears streaming down my face, as I told complete strangers about all these thoughts and feelings I had. One guy said to me "I'm glad you're here mate". Those men, total strangers, now good friends, got me through those incredibly dark times. They talked me through it, nodding along because many had been there themselves. I got through it. When life threw a curveball at me a couple of months later, they got me through that as well. That was 6 months ago. And while the memories of those times are incredibly vivid, that is all they are. AMC saved my life, I am convinced of that. But it's not been a one way street. I know for a fact that some of the stuff I have shared in that group has helped other people with what they are going through. That is the wonder of the group. There are no "top trumps". No-one's problems are bigger or worse than anyone else's. Everyone's feelings are valid and accepted. You don't even have to talk, not if you don't want to. But it's strange, when the ball gets to you, how easy it is. It's OK to talk. It's OK not to be OK.
  9. According to the BBC he's said he isn't joining TIG. Who knows if that will last though. (More posts came through and I was beaten to this by a considerable margin. Sorry)
  10. Personally I'd like Mary Creagh to join TIG. This is solely because she is my local MP and it would make my choice at the next election so much easier.
  11. Just because they aren't in the chamber doesn't mean they aren't working. The chamber is just the most (only) visible part of the process. They'll be on select committees and/or doing constituency work.
  12. I just wish they'd call it a play clock rather than a shot clock...
  13. The Holocaust Day Project focus too much on THE THING IT IS NAMED FOR? What? Of course it focuses on the Holocaust. What happened in Rwanda, Cambodia, Sbrenica, Armenia and all the other genocides across history were absolutely horrific. Of course they were. But only the Holocaust industrialised the slaughter. And the fact that it was 80 years ago and slipping out of living memory makes days like Holocaust Day *more* important. It can't be allowed to be forgotten. As for "run by a largely Jewish number of people"... I don't see what that has to do with anything.
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