No Stinks, STINKS!

27 Jun

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State of Origin is Gladiatorial. We ask 26 men to take the field and put their bodies on the line with no regard for personal  safety. We put the expectations and the pressure of each state on their backs. We match size with size, aggression with aggression and we try to intimidate. Then once we have sent them out to do this job we somehow expect 100% restraint. How stupid is that?

If you take the risk of violence out of the game then where is the intimidation? The whole game is balanced on a knife-edge where both teams know that if they step over the line then there will be no backwards step. Who wants to watch a tight rope walker with a net underneath him, or a trapeze artist doing tricks while connected to a safety wire? State of origin is a game without a safety net or a safety wire and that is why we love it. The unknown, the anticipation and the eventual spilling over of emotion.  Whether a fight eventuates or not we know that pride, passion and winning for our state is put above all else. All the players know this, as do the commentators and the fans. As a result you can feel the tension and you can feel how passionate the players are. If you impose harsh penalties for fighting then you take away this atmosphere.  It is a battle and weakness equates to a loss.

Now I don’t want to see fights all over the place, I want to see rugby league. But if I see my team being intimidated, bullied or on the receiving end of a reckless act I want to see them stand up for themselves  and this is what I expect from the 17 men selected from my state. I never want to see a NSW player  or a Queenslander take a backward step  and that is how I want it to remain. This arena is one of the last places you can really witness a good battle.

I admire it, I love it and it is a shame that we are losing it.

All you hear is what example does this set for our children. Well you tell your child that you can only ever  throw a punch when playing a state of origin game. If that child is lucky enough to grow up and represent the state then good luck to them.

I would rather that be the example  than soccer where pretending to be hurt in order to deceive the Umpire is acceptable. What message does this send our children? A game where deception is rewarded. That isn’t sport. I see this creeping into the NRL and it is wrong. If someone steps over the line then they should be held accountable, firstly by the players and then by the referee.

How is violence in the state of origin an issue when shows exist like ‘Geordie Shore, Jersey Shore  and the Kardashians. We allow our youth to watch this filth on television where they drink to excess, urinate, defecate, misogynise, fight, confuse moral fiber with clothing fiber and hold fame above all else but somehow it’s a couple punches once a year that is the issue.

Just watch MTV

The irony is we that allow this awful shit to infiltrate our world and yet we try to destroy a contest like the State of Origin.

As a society our moral compass is completely off.


Finally I want to sidetrack this rant and direct my attention to the NSW born commentators. You all are bunch of lily livered traitors. State of Origin is the one time a year that you get to be one-eyed and staunchly back your NSW team. Phil Gould, Sterlo and the other NSW Cronies are always praising QLD and condemning NSW. Listen fellas when it comes to NSW players committing penalties, infractions or other tactics, WE ARE NEVER WRONG!!!. Look at the Queensland commentators. Lewis, Vautin and Tallis. They are so one-eyed it is sickening. But that is how it should be.  Last night Vautin was watching the fight and asked ‘why did Hodges get sent off? All he did was put a guy in a head lock’. He said this while Hodges clearly threw 2 punches. What did the NSW commentators say in response to this ridiculous and non sensical statement. BLOODY NOTHING!

Gus Gould you used to be a NSW coach! Get your head out of all the Queensland’s arses and start supporting your side. Sterling start to defend your team.  Disagree with the Queenslanders. Throw out objectivity and join us on the blue side. Right now you a bunch of fence sitting ‘yes men’.  Traitors to the blue jersey. The worst part is you all used to wear one.

GO the blues in Game III

Rant on

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