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Don't you guys think F1 is ridiculously overrated? I mean, a handful of people actually take part in the 'sport' and we have no idea whether they are even the best at what they do because of the lack of opportunity for anyone to try it out.
I went to see the Falcons when Ivan Mauger was there. I'm against it, cinders FTL.
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Think league doesn't get the attention it deserves because anything that's popular with both Yorkshiremen and Queenslanders is (rightly) view with suspicion.
Nah, lot of factors mitigate against it, but two main ones are the lack of depth to international game & the fact it's still the poor relation to union. As union is (still) the posh code (in UK certainly) there's a lot of power and money behind it still.
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Used to have a clip board that I used to hold my program as I dutifully kept score on, which was handy for deflecting shale that came my way.
There was a lad who rode for Mildenhall for a season who we signed from the Falcons. Michael Coles. Still lived down in Exeter so had a hell of a round trip for home meetings.
Can't believe how good viewing it is.
But agree it's dismissed as a game for meatheads on occasions too; amongst the posher corners of union it's still sometimes styled as "the ruffians' code".
Actually I'd put cricket in the underrated category tbh, specifically test cricket. I've had similar sorts of arguments with people calling cricket boring, like watching grass grow etc. Obviously not a view shared with many around these parts, but even in Australia it's a hard sport for alot of people to get into.
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But as someone who is happy enough to watch a game of league if it's on TV, I don't think you can say it's underrated, given its popularity in NSW and QLD. You're always going to get people who don't like it, just like there would be (maybe) Victorians that don't like AFL and Indians who don't like cricket, but it's rated pretty highly by a lot of people around that eastern coast.
But yeah, the thing that pulls league down in my eyes is the contest for the ball, especially at scrum time, why not just take a tap if your only going to roll it under the props outside foot. But def not an underrated sport in aus, if anything i'd say union is more underrated locally.
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