The NRL Rookie

I was really tempted to do a Star Wars crossover and call it the NRL Wookie but Mrs TGOS talked me out of it. She said it was a bit lame. I obviously agreed with her on further reflection. The Force is strong though and some Chewbacca related content may sneak in by the end of this.

Penrith Panthers Holden Cup Team - Photo by Naparazzi - CC-BY-SA-2.0

Penrith Panthers Holden Cup Team – Photo by Naparazzi CC-BY-SA-2.0

Anyways I’m back from my southern sojourn to Melbourne and thought I would jot some scattered thoughts about the recent entry from the NRL into the reality TV arena. BTW I expect the word ‘jot’ will be relegated to the history books now that we hardly ever write anything. I digress. The NRL is a bit late to the show given the reality TV boom started in earnest in the late 90s but better late than never I guess. For instance, the Ultimate Fighter is up to season 24. Here are my quick thoughts on the show:

Pros 

  • It’s a Rugby League show. I’m a Leaguie through and through. Just ask the League of Extraordinary Gentleman.
  • I liked the Psychologist’s insights. There was about 5 seconds of them but that side of the game has developed late in the NRL and doesn’t get a lot of exposure. It is a different perspective from the normal stuff you see.
  • I liked that there was a huge smattering of backgrounds. They even found an American willing to come on the show.
  • I’m glad they got Adrian Lam and Mark Geyer to be coaches on the first season. Gives the show a bit of street cred. Both make me laugh too, which is an added bonus. I don’t mind Freddie and Erin Moylan either.

Cons 

  • Too many players cut after 1 episode. 14 after one show. Just too many.
  • Ten one week episodes is way too short. It is obviously a ratings/funding decision but a one hour hill run plus highlights of a game and straight into elimination is packing way too much into one show. There were players eliminated that didn’t say a single thing. I’m not an advocate of the opposite either where ‘Days of our Lives’ conversations play out over 232 episodes (AKA The Biggest Loser) but surely there is a happy medium. We need more player content. 
  • I’d definitely like to see more of the player’s stats. For instance, height, weight, 40 yard dash time (or whatever standard we are going to adopt in Australia – yet to see it), vertical leap, whether they are a back or a forward or a utility, preferred position, a record of their junior club and their current club (like they do in State of Origin which is a straight copy from the NFL). It’s not The Amazing Race so ‘Dating Couple’ or ‘Son of Dale Shearer’ is probably not enough detail for me. Just saying. 
  • More footage of the game is needed and some commentary wouldn’t go astray. But please no more Rabs. They should at the very least throw a full version of the game on the internet.
  • No inspirational theme music. This series is dying for something by Linkin Park or the Foo Fighters. 

What is sweeter than Jelly Bread?

  • GSW. Back from the brink. That was an epic series against OKC. Loved every moment of it. Not looking too troubled by the Cavs so far.
Andre Iguodala - Photo by Keith Allison - CC-BY-SA-2.0

Andre Iguodala – Photo by Keith AllisonCC-BY-SA-2.0

  • Can’t wait for Euro 2016. It is going to be awesome. 

EPL Tips Season Results

Everyone is focussed on Euro 2016 now but the season proper only finished a few weeks ago and I’m still due to wrap up the season.

As mentioned a thousand times, I went head to head with Lawro all season long (Mark Lawrenson of the BBC). The scoring system was a correct result (picking a win, draw or defeat) is worth TEN points and picking an exact score FORTY points.

Week 38

Me – 80 (5 from 10 with 1 perfect score) and Lawro – 120 (6 from 10 with 2 perfect scores)

Final score

Me – 2950 and Lawro – 3010 (I’ll get you back next season Lawro) 

2015

Me – 273 and Lawro – 258 (Different scoring method obviously) 

NRL Tips – Week 14

Broncos vs Raiders (+10.5) – Raiders

Tigers (+6.5) vs Rabbitohs – Tigers

Knights (+8.5) vs Warriors – Warriors

Eels (+1.5) vs Titans – Titans

Roosters (+6.0) vs Storm – Storm

Sea Eagles (+6.0) vs Panthers – Sea Eagles

Dragons (+8.0) vs Bulldogs – Dragons

Sharks vs Cowboys (+1.5) – Cowboys

Week 10

3/8

Week 11

4/8

Week 12

1/4

Week 13

4/7

Season so far

46/99 

Once again glad I’m not into this betting caper. 

Stay Tuned

Next exciting episode will be on Thursday, 16 June 2016 titled ‘Euro 2016 First Thoughts’.

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