3. Lunatic asylum
Apparently he has found god and won’t give him back.
“NRL website” says it all. A few extra clicks and a lot more bums on seats to see who gets voted off the island.
Damn, I wanted to say that! Tap on shoulder, “hey Ivan, you’re looking tired”
It’s something that Bennet, Bellamy and co do against weaker sides. It keeps the top players fresh and gives the second stringers playing time to keep them interested. Madge runs his players into the ground and will lose a few along the way, so needs to keep his Liddles and Reynolds on side rather than watch them languish and go elsewhere.
When Brydens sat down with Pascoe and Greenberg to resolve this mess we gained nothing. Although the NRL never actually said so, Pascoe was no longer a salary cap cheat, he was guilty of mismanagement, or as Brydens put it “an aberration arising from ignorance and neglect”. For this insult we were able to have half of a fine that was over the top to begin with suspended, and the salary cap penalty for which we gained no playing advantage was spread over two years. No CEO gets suspended for mismanagement that should have been resolved by a slap on the wrist, yet we don’t get Pascoe back until June. We also lost self respect by Pascoe having to publicly thank Greenberg for being so understanding, and as if that wasn’t bad enough we have since lost Marino Go who wanted to take these swines to court. Through all of this the NRL came out smelling of roses and the threat of litigation went away. When you put it all together the very lopsided outcome reads as if the NRL had more on us than what was then obvious, and in light of recent events I am thinking that Wests Tigers were threatened with relocation. It seems strange to me that Wests Ashfield have since accepted responsibility for Balmain’s loan, and Barry O’Farrell has said we aren’t going anywhere on his watch. It looks to me that we have cleaned up a few loose ends so the NRL can never play that card again, and Justin Pascoe might have taken one for the team. Just an opinion, but I don’t believe we were told the whole truth.
If the NRL are serious about financing a new club in Perth or wherever, they don’t have to move an existing club to do that. It would take money, but surely there are enough unemployed coaches, players, and juniors around who would be desperate to be part of a new team without forcing an existing side to relocate against their will, and losing thousands of loyal fans in the process. A simple relegation system is enough to cut back the number of current Sydney teams by natural attrition, and at least that way the failed teams have a fighting chance of getting back in.