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NRL – Why Referees deserve more respect

Hello all. Majoritively I am very negative of the NRL and the way they handle dramas too severely aka Storm’s Trophy Heist. I have overreacted a fair bit this year. However I believe that the way NRL clubs, fans and board members are reacting to NRL Referees this year, action needs to be taken. That truly is the definition of overreacting. The backlash on referees this year is an absolute farce. Every game that has been determined by less than 6 points has pointed the loss at the referee and the NRL. It is garbage. Teams such as the Dragons, Souths, Eels, Tigers, and the Cowboys have blatantly attacked officials in post match conferences and in the newspapers weekly. Enough is enough. Continue reading

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The 2014 NRL Rort Draw

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Hey y’all. As you probably have gathered from previous articles here at Pastime Viewpoints, I am a Parramatta Eels fan who has been disgruntled for the longest time. My team has been a shell of itself from past days of glory, and are the laughing-stock of the National Rugby League (NRL). We are currently in a “rebuilding” stage and have 2014 to hope for a miracle. Now I know being an Eels fan, I may show some bias on occasion. However I am a fan of the underdog and hope all teams can be a chance. Last year was terrible for rugby league. There was only ever four teams that had any chance of winning. This year will be much the same. Worse thing, the NRL operating staff don’t seem to care nor worry. If anything, it is “justified”. Let me explain.

Last year, the best teams in the competition were Melbourne Storm (as per usual), Manly Sea Eagles (again), South Sydney (after years and years of rebuilding), and the Sydney Roosters (SBW, the NRL’s  prodigal son whom was always going to win). At the bottom of the ladder, you had Parramatta (again), St George Illawarra (a team struggling to regain its footing), Wests Tigers (transitioning and rebuilding), and Canberra Raiders (who really tried this season).

Looking through the draw, I note the top 4 teams play the bottom 4 teams almost twice, whereas barely play any other competitive teams the same. If it is, it is during Origin when no one cares. I don’t like the Tigers, Dragons, and this year especially, the Raiders, yet they have absolutely zero chance this year of rebuilding with the odds stacked against them.

In response, the NRL’s General Manager of Operations, Nathan McGuirk, has said “We don’t put any weighting within the Draw that takes into account a team’s previous year performance. We have seen many teams in the past turn around performance within a year, from the bottom of the ladder to then make the finals.” What a bunch of garbage!! You virtually state you do not care about team’s that are struggling.

In comparison, when asked about the Broncos cushy “Friday Night Fever”, the response was much differing. McGuirk said of Broncos many Friday Night games, “I’m sure you would agree that Channel 9′s financial commitment to the game over the next four years should allow them to select match-ups that maximize their commercial return on investment. 2014 will see the Broncos appear a maximum of 18 times on Free To Air”. Easily put to those who do not follow; $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$.

Money speaks all languages when it comes to football. teams such as Dragons, Tigers, Parramatta and Canberra are not financially credible. Where Manly, Melbourne and Brisbane are best for business. We are watching a game that is pre-determined by cash flow and it sickens me. My team will suffer in the “rebuilding” stage until they are worth an investment. As if facing AFL out Western Sydney wasn’t hard enough, the NRL doesn’t even believe in the West. Same goes for Penrith, another team who really tried their backsides off last season to no avail. I bet if another team bought a high profiled player like Sonny Bill Williams, they would get a much favorable draw and spotlight…

There you have it peeps. Thanks for reading my thoughts on the NRL 2014. I will soon see how right I was. Make sure to like, subscribe, and favorite all our stuff, and check out all things entertainment here at Pastime Viewpoints.

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Zell Rants – Why the NRL sucks

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Hey everyone. I am sorry for doing this, but I have another Australian bash coming up. Not so long ago, I ranted on my favorite football team the Parramatta Eels. However I am going to cut them some slack today (not really) and look at a greater problem; the NRL. The entire of the NRL is in shambles at the moment whether it is being explored or not. The NRL has undergone change recently and now is at it’s weakest point. I will talk on certain points to why Rugby League in Australia is dying because of the NRL.

NRL is biased

I am not a conspiracy theorist. Yet I believe that the NRL is the most corrupt body in sports. The NRL virtually disadvantages teams every year by choice, then makes it up to them in a way that is unfair. Here are some examples:

Melbourne Storm always have many State of Origin players out. The Storm are a golden team of the NRL’s and cannot ever seem weak for “business” reasons, so during State of Origin games it seems that the Storm play hard teams within the first two games to give them an excuse. Right at the end they will play a potential crappy team to get the momentum up. Also Melbourne are always on TV making them more money, and their home games are always early on to give them an unfair boost through the season. For a team that rorted the salary cap, the NRL really loves to kiss their ass.

On the flip side, the Canberra Raiders. A side who is disadvantaged yearly by poor draws and scheduled TV appearances. Canberra I think had only one game televised for free all year, so their fan base virtually missed a season, where as Brisbane got nearly every week on TV. Canberra always seemingly plays on Saturdays and Mondays to avoid this TV collision potential. The Canberra side is given a terrible draw yearly against harder sides and never given any hope ever. Canberra have not been a force for years.

With this point I am making, Melbourne is being pushed due to it’s value, where the Raiders are being shafted as they are really filling up numbers. When business goes bad in Canberra, they will get pushed just you watch. Cronulla Sharks anyone? The NRL rorts the draw, plays with the referees, and plays the blame game when issues arise such as poor attendances.

A boring game to watch

To follow on my last point, the poor crowds I believe are proven by three things.

One, the games are unfair and unbalanced. Watching your team lose by 50 points weekly makes games harder to watch. For someone like myself, who follows the Eels and NSW Blues, I have nothing to work with here. Like hell I will watch either of these shit boxes play.

Secondly, the game is looking more like ballet every week. No hard tackles, no fighting, and no rough conduct. In other words, we aren’t even watching rugby anyway. Simply a referee blooper fest with ball grabbing and no heat.

Lastly, it is too f****** dear to go watch football. Money grabbing greedy bastards at NRL won’t help us struggling folk now will they? No one in their right mind will watch a team play, but food and buy merchandise if it costs too much in this day and climate. Rugby used to be the people’s game. Now.. Now it is a corporate pantomime. The fans used to help create the game and you took that from us. No scrums look stupid right? Bring them back in a big way where whomever forms a quick scrum must stay there. Also feed into the middle like the past. It was a thrilling contest for possession turned shit by stupid rules and changes. Don’t fix what ain’t broke as they say.

Rugby League is repetitive,  not enthralling, and lacking characters.

Competition

NRL used to be N.S.W territory. The AFL pissed on that when the Swans got pushed to glory, and GWS got given a shot at growing in Sydney’s West. Then the A League brought in the Western Sydney Wanderers who were a fantastic asset to soccer in Australia. The numbers that Parramatta, Tigers and Penrith get for NRL games are abysmal in comparison to a soccer clash or an AFL game. The NRL left NSW out to dry. Why do you think that the local Sydney teams all made the finals and the West Sydney teams failed? It is the West has been lost and the NRL was trying to save the game here.

I sincerely believe the NRL fixes games. I believe that the NRL pre-determines who wins each year. The Finals series now only has a “N.S.W fairy tale” ending possible no matter who wins. Isn’t it grand? Please. The Cowboys getting robbed tells me my story cannot be too far off of the truth.

Salary Cap

You know what? F*** this you know where I am going. Losing stars, talents pissing their funds away getting drunk and causing mischief etc etc.

In summary, with the NRL becoming a corporate entity, they have sold out the game of Rugby League in Australia. It is a weaker sport than it has ever been, it is losing viewers and interest at an alarming rate, and quite frankly, is shit to watch full stop. I will not pay hard earned money to watch a team get smashed, I will not watch a crap game ruined by poor refereeing, and i sure as hell will not merchandise to support these fools. I urge people to turn off the NRL and watch soccer and AFL, as they are the sports that care for us.

Thank you for reading and regards,

Zell – http://www.youtube.com/user/zell2626

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Zell Rants – Ricky Stuart’s True Colours

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Normally I do a nice loving introduction to my articles. In this instance, there is to be no niceness at all. The Parramatta Eels who are my football team in the NRL are in shambles; on and off field. Between poor performances against fairly good teams, mad Monday celebrations gone hay wire, or our coach walking out on us, the Parramatta Eels have hit an all time low. Earlier in the year I wrote an article talking about why I had lost faith in the Eels. One major I brought up was Ricky Stuart. This article will highlight my anguish once more.

I said it from the get go didn’t I? Ricky Stuart was a bad move as head coach. He was a football player who lived in the green jersey; not blue and gold. Let’s be honest, was Ricky Stuart the greatest player in the world? No, he had plenty of help from a solid team around him including Mal Meninga, Laurie Daley, and Brett Mullins to name a few. So what would make Stuart a better coach rather than a player? He won a championship after Phil Gould primed the Sydney Roosters to win. What does that prove? I could have done that with all the talent on their roster. His showing at Cronulla really illustrates my point. The Cronulla Sharks were set back years under his vision and leadership. Coming to the Eels was only going to equate into disaster.

OK, so I am not a fan of the guy. I gave him a chance to prove me wrong as he signed a three year contract. He won his first game of the year in Round one against a miserable New Zealand side. From that point onward, everyone pointed the finger at everyone else but Stuart. It was his poor coaching that failed the players this year. It sent Mitchell Allgood to drink, it sent Chris Sandow to gamble, and it sent me half senile watching the bloody mess. Ricky Stuart is a phony of a coach. There I said it.

Sure he has reasons to leave Parramatta. His children, Parramatta management and the poor season is enough to want to make anyone leave. However I have got to admit, it sure seems a bit fishy in my opinion. Furner “magically” getting the sack as Stuart starts to drop his ball as an Eels further and further. Seems quite the coincidence.. If I say so myself. His return to the Raiders will be hailed and more than likely the Canberra side will make the eight next year (nothing to do with sacked players such as Blake Ferguson no doubt). Watch this space because in no time flat it will happen again and another team under his watch will crumble. He has no vision, only a false set of principles for a paycheck he should not earn. The worst thing about it is I called it. I knew it and I said it out loud but no one wanted to listen.

Here we are. The Eels are a basket case and are being labelled the hardest job in Australia. Should Neil Henry take over? Should Jason Taylor take over? Who knows as it will not be a quick fix. Earlier on my Facebook page, I joked that I had put my resume’ in for the position of Eels coach for 2014. I also said I would sort shit out if I was selected. I was joking before, yet the more I think about it, the more I realize that it actually may be a good thing after all. Our coaches always seem to have their hearts in different places. Michael Hagan was a Bulldog and a Knight, Brian Smith was a Dragon, Stephen Kearney (oh god) was a Storm player, Stuart was a Dog (in more ways than one), and Jason Taylor was a North Sydney Bear. Why can’t we hire someone who is actually born and bred Eels? Breathes in the Blue and Gold. Someone with some god damn passion. Ricky Stuart never had that.

I do.

You know my email. Send me a message Parramatta Leagues if you want to stop collecting Wooden Spoons. I will be more than happy to coach Parramatta my damn self. At least then we would have some that gives a shit.

Regards,

Zell.

NRL Ferguson

Zell Rants – NRL Alcoholism

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Hello peeps. It is time for Zell to rant and it has to be the bloody NRL again. Last night was an imperfect night for the NRL. However this isn’t the first instant of this happening and at this rate surely will not be the last. The NRL has had its moments with alcohol whether it be Brett Stewart’s alleged sexual assault (which he was later cleared), to Josh Dugan’s “bad ass” drinking habits (with Cruisers mind you), to Todd Carney… Who pretty much did everything humanly possible drunk. The NRL has a major problem at the moment which drags the game into obscurity once more.

Rugby League is a top game in Australia. It is the inspirational feats on the field that define a legend and inspire a generation. I notice that it is the ill discipline and lack of judgment off the field that kills the on field heroics. I am biased as I am straightedge, yet I also do not get caught pissing in public nor assaulting people. I have a job and am someone who my family can be proud of. The question I beg of you is why? Why does this happen?

I can answer that. Too much time and sure as hell not enough to do. Not just Australian sports persons, all sports persons globally. Sports players are receiving insane amounts of money for performances lasting usually less than 2 hours a week and have nothing to do except train for the next game. This only leads people to explore and go silly. Egos get the better of some athletes and they believe themselves to be above the game. Some people have an unhealthy addiction due to trauma and cannot shake it afterwards.

I am not sure what the NRL plans to do. The governing body seems to be ignorant at most things. However I implore you to do something. Take the pressure off of these fellows. Spend money into counselling and therapy for players not coping with the harsh season. Encourage players to work for charity and with the public. In doing so they are entitled to their complete salary. A failure to do so results to cuts in pay as a whole, not simply fines. Give these men things to do to stimulate their minds without the need for alcohol.

Alcohol is a dangerous substance in massive doses. I lost my Uncle to alcoholism and swore never to drink for that reason. It made my life better. I wish to not see a player in the future ever suffer the same fate I had to experience first hand. I hope that the NRL, alongside of the players and fans work out a solution. The reason being is it is f****** embarrassing to read about and a spit in the face of the Australian sporting community. I would appreciate immediate action before this spirals out of control.

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Zell’s Rants – The Parramatta Eels

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The Parramatta Eels are a National Rugby League side from NSW, Australia. For those persons not Australian reading this. Rugby League is a game of football played majorly in Australia, Pacific Islands and Britain. The Parramatta Eels are a side from the Australian version of the game and have been since 1947 after World War II. The problem I am having at the moment is that I am a loyal supporter of the Eels; too loyal. The team was once the dominate side that won 4 championships in the 1980′s and has held a high regard since then to live up to that once famous period of time. Yet not once in my lifetime has Parramatta been able to accomplish this feat nor come close. It is time I rant because I can not get to talk to the players nor staffing. Since 2001 we have fallen from grace in a big way and as a loyal fan, it is my duty to point out what others may not see.

First off, last night I went to the Eels Vs Dragons game at Wollongong NSW. The Dragons were favorites in a must win clash from both sides. From go to woe the Dragons beat them in every way humanly possible. I walked out on my team in disgust. I would of slapped every one of the players if I had a chance. I wasted my hard earned dollars to watch a massacre. A massacre!! The final score remained mediocre at 32 -12, however being their live was such the disappointment. The Dragons played well and congratulations to them, but my team was piss poor to say the least and I am fuming. Is it the players are just bad? Or is it the Eels are mismanaged? ‘Cause I am pissed off and wanting answers.

Let us talk about the players. We have no star power minus Jarryd Hayne. He is our gun player. However over the course of 4 years, he has become a beaten player who tries to hard as his team does not support him. Personally, I would have walked out of the Eels and signed with a new team with his ability. The proverbial one man team. Here is my issue as well, Hayne is a great buy to keep for the Eels. Yet why did we buy Reni Maitua? He is a no good useless never was player past expiry. Why did we buy Chris Sandow and waste a million dollars on a miserable poor performer? He dragged the Rabbits down weekly and now look at them!! Why in god’s graces did we pick Ricky Stuart as coach? Please someone tell me this. He couldn’t coach his way on a bus. He has never improved any side ever and lived on past glories. We have no young emerging stars, we have no want to come to the club, and we have not got a side playing football. One thing that scares me is that the players still get paid no matter how badly they get beaten… No real cause to play hard for the Eels anyway it seems.

Who do we blame this on? Of course we have to blame Parramatta Eels management. The in fighting going on here has been ridiculous for years. Between Denis Fitzgerald and 3P. we have had so much bickering that people are not playing for the good of the side; only their own good. This must stop!! Stop the nonsense and get on with what we need to do. Get the best side, appeal to stars to come over, and rid the side of dead wood. Resolve the in fighting now. I do not care if you are a legend or not. Where is the pride? The Parramatta pride? There seems to be none apart from the poor crowds that still attend our games. Yes crowds have been dismal haven’t they?! That is because we have sucked for ten years. 2009 was a fluke and we all know it. The year in which we got robbed by the cheating Storm. Think about it though, when was our last good side? 2001? 1997? 1986? We have never put on an awesome star strung team on the field in my life time… And I am 25.

I want to ask anyone from the Parramatta board who miraculously come across reading this. How does it feel to know you will be fighting for the wooden spoon three years running? How does it feel? Personally, it pisses me off more than anything. If it doesn’t you then consider resigning. Why is Parramatta no longer relevant in the league? Why are we the laughing stock? I am afraid to watch our games similar to the Roosters 50 – 0 flogging earlier this season.  Let me talk to the players, I sure as hell could tell them what they are doing wrong. I just wish someone had the answers because it is getting to a point where I am beginning to give up on the blue and gold; among others of course. I hope you are financially secure because if you are not then you are in trouble Parramatta. I have so many questions and I will never get answers.

I will wrap this by saying I have been a devoted Eels supporter for 20 years. I have stacks of blue and gold merchandise. These are nearly ready for the local tip. I am losing faith in my side and last night shook me hard. I am struggling to watch my team play due to the pain and stress I suffer. You stressed Daniel Anderson who put us into a grand final out of the club and replace him with Kearney? A poor option indeed but he was replaceable. You stress Hindmarsh out of Parra and replace him with Sandow? Once again replaceable albeit a poor big buy. You stress the fans out and guess what? You do not replace them no matter what. Remember that…

Thank you for reading,

A truly heartbroken Eels fan.