BY DAN This is a really shitty time. When the NRL pulled the plug last week (seriously, it was only a week ago), it wasn’t the end of the world, but rather another example of the heinous impact of the horror of the Coronavirus that has befallen us. For some it meant jobs went, but … More How the Raiders Will Survive Covid-19
BY DAN A world without sport is a bit shit right? In an attempt to bring a bit of fun into the world a bunch of Raiders and rugby league fans got together on Saturday night, banged on the 1989 grand final and tweeted along. It was fun. The hashtag – #COVID1989GF – even got … More In defence of community
BY DAN Hey you there! You’re looking for a NRL fix? Well what if I told you a bunch of people are going to watch the 1989 grand final (yes, that one) together and rant on twitter at each other. Get involved in #Covid1989GF here. Saturday night. 8.11pm. YouTube and twitter in beautiful harmony. Don’t … More Come watch the 89 grand final
BY DAN Yesterday it was reported that Channel 9 was demanding they NRL tear up the broadcasting contract. I said not only was it bad business, but the alleged position was opportunistic (at best) in the current crisis. A more complex picture has emerged from the other broadcaster, Fox Sports. This report from Michael Chammas … More Is Fox selling out the game?
BY DAN Any pretence that Channel 9 has even given a flying fuck about rugby league had been thrown out the window, with the TV channel allegedly demanding its broadcast contract with the NRL be torn up in response to the proposed machinations that would deliver a season in the second half of 2020. If … More Channel 9 Abandons League At Time of Need
BY DAN The fact that today is the day the Canberra Raiders were meant to be playing, and aren’t, is “pretty shit” according to the National Hype Measurement Insitute. “The National Rugby League’s decision to suspend the season due to the impact of the Coronavirus may have been right, but it does make today pretty … More Lack of Game Day ‘Pretty Shit’: Institute.
BY DAN And although I wanted to stand here and promise you nothing we do is from fear, the truth is I’ve fallen hard, and sent a calling card, and the price to be paid is unclear. – John Forté “The Price to be Paid Monday it got taken away. On Saturday it seemed likely. … More Long Live Rugby League
BY DAN Australia Rugby League Commissioner Peter V’Landys has vowed to continue the season despite the Queensland government shutting its borders, and he reckons the best place to do it is under the sea. “The seaweed is always greener in somebody else’s lake. You dream about going up there (Queensland) but that is a big … More NRL to continue season under the sea
BY ROB The NRL is done for 2020. They may not have made this announcement yet but there is simply no way for the game to continue. No stringent protocols can save it, no mass relocation to somewhere in Queensland. The coronavirus is everywhere, and the places where it doesn’t seem to be (which just … More Pull the pin
BY DAN When the Australian Football League (AFL) shuttered it’s doors, eyes immediately turned to the National Rutby League (NRL). Would the NRL follow suit? The response from Peter V’Landys has so far been fixated with a certitude that does not match the times. The NRL will continue on, unless the government tells them otherwise. … More The NRL marches on