@Pieman wrote:The season is at least 6 rounds too long.
The bye period around origin is fucking horrible - and the games without the origin players are fucking terrible.
The season needs to be drastically shortened, origin needs to be played after the GF, then the international stuff.
The NFL gets it right by having a fairly shortish season. It makes the games more special if there arent as many of them and would increase crowd numbers IMO if there are less games on. Money wise they prob take a bit of a hit in the tv deal and sponsorship deals but fuck me the season just drags on - and they weaken their own product by having heaps of byes and taking the good players out of teams for like 6 weeks every season.
Its not anti bronco's stuff at all. Its anti shit decision from the refs stuff. They had a terrible weekend.
The moments in the titans v broncos we have spoken about.
The Morris no try in the bulldogs game.
The same non-tackle in the air call in the raiders game.
They have the bunker in place to stop this shit but it just keeps on happening and its very very disappointing.
Human error is fine, its expected even. But when they have the safeguard in place to correct it - why the FUCK dont they use it.
I really enjoyed watching penrith play this weekend, they are deadset so entertaining. Moylan had a career game on the weekend I reckon.
The sharks had the grittiest performance of the weekend, such a great comeback after losing their captain then their fill in captain a few mins into the match. The raiders will fucking struggle to beat Penrith without Hodgson too, he is as valuable to them as smith is to the storm.
Couple of really really entertaining games, marred by some shit decisions from the refs.
Looking forward to this weekend's bouts!
Firstly, you are spot on about the scheduling and this has been my argument for about 6 years now.
If I am tendering the NRL TV rights as a complete product, the hit from reducing the number of games would be negligible....if anything.
All it needs is for the NRL to back their product instead of looking for shortsighted 'victories' that are similar to how politicians who are worried about retaining their seats make their decisions.
In the end it is weakening the product and for the sake of being able to spruike a 'record TV deal', they are letting the other codes make up ground by not focusing on what is best for their overall product.
It's moronicism at it's finest and a prime example of what should be done is the Big Bash, where they appear to be resisting the temptation to over-do the comp and it is paying dividends for Ch10.
On the ref's, they are damned if they do and damned if they don't.
All the examples you've described above are judgment calls and I happen to be fine with most of them, particularly when the trade off is damage to the spectacle of the game.
It was only last week when all and sundry I spoke to where crapping on about how good the Captains Call was when they didn't go to the bunker once.
Losing Hodgson will hurt the Raiders but I think they have some pretty good depth throughout and Baptise will go OK. Given both teams are so hot and cold, it'll be a toss of the coin and I'll be backing the Raiders to win at home.