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Why?

SOMETIMES I wonder why I?m a rugby league fan. Well, that?s a lie; rugby league runs in my family, and my journey to become a full-blown footy fan was mapped out ahead of me from birth (well, maybe I was supposed to stop along the way and actually be a decent player at some point- but let?s ignore that for a minute). We all stumble across hobbies, past-times, and passions in many different ways, in our piteous attempts to spend the interminable hours of our meaningless existences doing something not merely enjoyable, but also personally consequential. Or something like that. It?s not my intention to get metaphysical but sometimes I can?t help myself. As an avowed pessimist, a manic-depressive cynic, and so on and so forth, the fact that I am a compulsive sports fan in general is a constant source of fascination to me. We all know the taunts of non-sports fans, the predictable yet almost indomitable force of their mockeries of the bizarre games that we watch, the absurd rituals we go through every weekend (at least). Why do we do it? What is the meaning? Is there a God?

Fake Post

ALL season I?ve been posting in forum 7s. I haven?t missed a game, and the elegant prose that you are currently reading confirms this fact. I?ve noticed that I?m one of only two posters to have contributed in all 8 regular season games, and I?m starting to get a bit of an ego about it. Just last week I got out the tin foil, glitter, cardboard and elbow macaroni, and constructed a spectacular WWE-style belt for myself, emblazoned with the words ?Forum 7s Iron Man?. Unfortunately, even we greats suffer from writer?s block from time to time, not to mention the scourge of ever poster?s existence, Ican?tbebotheredwritingsoI?lldoitinthelasthalfhour syndrome (see how I cheated my way to thirteen extra words there? Oh?damn.)

Who needs the rest of the world?

IF international rugby league is to develop, then we need to stop making such a big deal about State of Origin- right? It makes no sense- apart from New South Welshmen, Queenslanders, a few Kiwis who have been brought up to idolise all things Australian rugby league, and probably the whole of Papua New Guinea, who can get passionate about it? Is it really something to brag about when your game?s showpiece event is between two entities that 99% of the world?s population (and yes, I did survey everyone in the world) have never heard of?

Credentials

I played rugby league for one year. The year was 1990 and I was five, and I can?t remember anything except that I didn?t like it. All the other kids were bigger than me, faster too. Most of the time I hung out the back of the action, making mud pies and waiting to taste the sweet, sweet half-time oranges. It wasn?t until 1992 that I actually realised rugby league existed, and funnily enough I?d retired from it by then, and was running in tries at will (perhaps a slight exaggeration) against typically flimsy rugby union defences.

Finding a balance

ANZAC spirit is internationally renowned, but in sport it is often obliterated under a tsunami of nationalistic fervour. As a New Zealander I am confronted regularly by rabid anti-Australian sentiment, which despite its force tends to be good-natured. New Zealanders don?t hate Australians; we just like to compete with them, and to beat them. Cricket, soccer, basketball and league fans all revel in occasional victories over Australia, knowing that for one brief moment four million were able to beat twenty million, and big brother was humbled by little brother.

Child Progidies

IT seems like teenage sensations are all the rage in the NRL right now. Sonny-Bill, Benji, Karmichael- all big names, and all just out of school (and all Kiwis, but that?s another story). Will today?s youngsters be tomorrow?s superstars? A look back at rugby league Macauley Culkins from years gone by tells an interesting story.

Forum Sevens: Life begins at 30

SCOTT Sattler must be the most popular man in the retirement home. I can only guess that he bought himself a supercharged walking stick- how could the old man have caught Rooster?s winger Todd Byrne in one of the great grand-final tackles on Sunday? He even got a chance to flash his new dentures- the Panther geriatric couldn?t wipe the smile off his face when his boys defeated Grandpa Fittler?s men.

Post Mortem- New Zealand Warriors

AFTER the success of 2002, you?d think that Warriors fans might be vaguely disappointed at falling one step short of another grand-final appearance in 2003. But in truth, after a patchy season, most Warriors fans are delighted about the way the team finished the season.

Post Mortem- New Zealand Warriors

AFTER the success of 2002, you?d think that Warriors fans might be vaguely disappointed at falling one step short of another grand-final appearance in 2003. But in truth, after a patchy season, most Warriors fans are delighted about the way the team finished the season.

Forum Sevens: 2003 Warriors- second year syndrome?

MOST sports fans know the clich? of the brilliant rookie who is unable to repeat the heroics of his debut season in his sophomore year. This supposed second year syndrome is just as prevalent in rugby league as anywhere else, with Tasesa Lavea a recent rookie of the year winner who all but disappeared off the rugby league radar before returning to New Zealand to trial for the Auckland NPC team in that other rugby code.

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