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Capital_Shark

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I always assumed Capital was a reference to Canberra, not Capitalism.
You assumed right. But I'm absolutely a capitalist. Money rules, broke sucks. I didn't make the rules, just playing the game.
 
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He didn't support it, he just said what is true. He wants RL to be supported by future decision makers, like it or not a lotta them will come from private schools. Its not his job to solve that societal imbalance. It is his job to do the best for RL & if a large % of future CEOs are coming from a certain section we should try make them RL fans.
This is probably the key piece of info.

His comments actually call attention to that imbalance, so could be taken as a positive by some.

Now if he'd said "private school white males make better decision makers" that would be controversial... and also self-sabotaging... since he is a Greek public school boy who was making a speech to justify one of his own decisions.
 

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An exciting season ahead! We'll probably need 13 wins from 24 games to make the Top 8 (14 at most). Provided Nicho is OK, we're starting in a good injury state. I've gone threw the draw carefully and I think we've got 12 games we can win; 6 50-50 games; and 6 games where we will be heavy outsiders:

A- Winnable Games (12) (H – 9; A - 3)

Home: R2 (Dogs); R4 (Raiders); R7 (Cowboys); R9 (Saints); R15 (Dolphins); R18 (Titans – in Coffs Harbour); R19 (Tigers – 5 days before Origin 3); R24 (Knights); R26 (Warriors)

Away: R3 (Tigers); R17 (Bulldogs – us coming off bye; 4 days after Origin 2); R25 (Dragons)

B - 50/50 Games (6) (H – 1; A – 5)

Home: R24 (Knights)

Away: R8 (Raiders); R13 (Eels – 5 days before Origin 1); R14 (Broncos – 3 days after Origin 1); R21 (Cowboys – us coming off bye); R23 (Titans); R27 (Sea Eagles)

C - Difficult Games (6) (H – 3; A – 3)

Home: R11 (Roosters); R12 (Panthers); R22 (Rabbitohs)

Away: R1 (Warriors); R6 (Rabbitohs – us coming off bye); R10 (Storm)

Byes (3) (Spread out nicely)

R5; R16; R20

If we win 10/12 of A; 3/6 of B and 1/6 from C that gives us 14 wins overall, which should get us into the bottom of the 8. We'd have to probably find 3-4 more wins to make the top 4, which I believe is what we need to contend this year.
 

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An exciting season ahead! We'll probably need 13 wins from 24 games to make the Top 8 (14 at most). Provided Nicho is OK, we're starting in a good injury state. I've gone threw the draw carefully and I think we've got 12 games we can win; 6 50-50 games; and 6 games where we will be heavy outsiders:

A- Winnable Games (12) (H – 9; A - 3)

Home: R2 (Dogs); R4 (Raiders); R7 (Cowboys); R9 (Saints); R15 (Dolphins); R18 (Titans – in Coffs Harbour); R19 (Tigers – 5 days before Origin 3); R24 (Knights); R26 (Warriors)

Away: R3 (Tigers); R17 (Bulldogs – us coming off bye; 4 days after Origin 2); R25 (Dragons)

B - 50/50 Games (6) (H – 1; A – 5)

Home: R24 (Knights)

Away: R8 (Raiders); R13 (Eels – 5 days before Origin 1); R14 (Broncos – 3 days after Origin 1); R21 (Cowboys – us coming off bye); R23 (Titans); R27 (Sea Eagles)

C - Difficult Games (6) (H – 3; A – 3)

Home: R11 (Roosters); R12 (Panthers); R22 (Rabbitohs)

Away: R1 (Warriors); R6 (Rabbitohs – us coming off bye); R10 (Storm)

Byes (3) (Spread out nicely)

R5; R16; R20

If we win 10/12 of A; 3/6 of B and 1/6 from C that gives us 14 wins overall, which should get us into the bottom of the 8. We'd have to probably find 3-4 more wins to make the top 4, which I believe is what we need to contend this year.
I'm hoping we win more than 14 but there's obviously a lot of unknowns with injuries both to ourselves and other teams.
 

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Anyone else getting a bit sick of seeing the broncos in every ****ing post over in America. There are 4 teams there not just 1. But it seems the broncos are in every story and nobody else.
 
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Anyone else getting a bit sick of seeing the broncos in every ****ing post over in America. There are 4 teams there not just 1. But it seems the broncos are in every story and nobody else.
I'm just sick of hearing Vegas all the time when you are watching the games that don't even involve the Vegas teams. They are trying to throw it in everywhere they can and also are playing ad nauseum the Matt Nable monologue that is just goddamn awful.

I get they have to promote it heavily, I get that they need to saturate the airwaves but I am getting sick of it.

Having whinged about all of that, I'll certainly be watching the games! :LOL:
 

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I'm just sick of hearing Vegas all the time when you are watching the games that don't even involve the Vegas teams. They are trying to throw it in everywhere they can and also are playing ad nauseum the Matt Nable monologue that is just goddamn awful.

I get they have to promote it heavily, I get that they need to saturate the airwaves but I am getting sick of it.

Having whinged about all of that, I'll certainly be watching the games! :LOL:
They’ll keep showing it to you until you book your flights
 

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Sitting next to Matt Nable.
And the flight is direct, taking 17 hours... so only time for two monologues.

"Hi Chad, I'm Matt. Image.... we're taking flight aboard the Rugby League phoenix, searing our way through the vast blue skies to bright light city, to witness Rugby League rise from the ashes of sports obscurity to set fire to a nations passion for the greatest game of all... Yep, you can take my barf bag, mate. "
 

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So are the two Vegas games meant to be sold out? 65k capacity so I reckon anything less than 50k wouldn't be a great look.

Wonder what entertainment they have planned? Please, please, please don't do something like Jimmy ****ing Barnes.
 
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So are the two Vegas games meant to be sold out? 65k capacity so I reckon anything less than 50k wouldn't be a great look.

Wonder what entertainment they have planned? Please, please, please don't do something like Jimmy ****ing Barnes.



 

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Gus said on his Podcast that (due to Covid) across the board teams younger players that they thought would be ready by now but aren't. He says this has created a market for teams retaining depth players more than usual, both because there are a lack of quality players on the market and there is uncertainty over the trajectory of their own guys.

Biggest impacted imo would be guys born in 1999-2002, but it would vary based on where they were at during Covid (location and contract).
 

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Gus said on his Podcast that (due to Covid) across the board teams younger players that they thought would be ready by now but aren't. He says this has created a market for teams retaining depth players more than usual, both because there are a lack of quality players on the market and there is uncertainty over the trajectory of their own guys.

Biggest impacted imo would be guys born in 1999-2002, but it would vary based on where they were at during Covid (location and contract).
Such a good podcast. He's great to listen to when talking seriously about footy. Love some of his old stories as well.
 

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And Good opportunity's for those 2004ish born. Watched 3 young players i know well in the Storm V Bulldogs trials a couple of weeks ago, given a run..
 
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