@GNR4LIFE my hypothesis is that everyone on this forum is a rusted on Tigers supporter whether you came from the West’s or the Balmain side of the fence. Year on year we hope for the best from our team but we don’t have a history of success and we are annually frustrated and disappointed. Personally I don’t accept mediocrity but despite trying in the last years of the Magpies, I don’t seem to be able to support any other team. We all process the idea of mediocrity differently hence the diversity of views. The thing we have in common is that we have invested in supporting this team for so long, and we want to see them play well and have success. We take it personally when the team performs poorly and head office make poor decisions. We have to defend our team when we reveal we are Tigers supporters and sometimes that hurts. I can’t accept mediocrity but somehow I can’t walk away from the team. I would have to walk away from the game but I love the game so I hang in there. I live in hope that one day we get it together.
@cochise I lived in Melbourne till I was eight and we moved to Sydney at the end of 1971. I was a mad Hawthorn fan and everyone said I needed to follow St George because they were a winning team. Back then they had won what 11 grand finals in a row? I followed the Dragons but in the early 70’s they weren’t winning so I wasn’t impressed. I kind of followed the Sharks oddly enough because I liked their jumper colours but they lost the GF in 1973 so I was on the lookout for a club to follow. A kid at school gave me a Magpie jumper to wear playing school footy so I followed the Magpies oblivious to their recent playing history at the time but I knew they’d won grand finals. That was it for me. I followed them until the merge and always lived in hope. I tried to follow other teams but always looked for news stories on the Magpies so I knew I’d become an institutionalised Magpie fan. I was happy for the merge because I had big hopes. I never tasted success as a Magpie fan and was stoked with the Tigers GF win in 05. I’ve still never experienced season to season success or regular finals appearances as a fan so I’m easy to please when we win but forever frustrated with our inconsistency and mismanagement. Nevertheless I’m always hopeful and that goes for this Sunday against the team I ditched in 1973. We have a great coach and the bones of a winning team. Win or lose this weekend I’m a rusted on Tigers fan!
I hope it snows. Penance for last week. Round 17, 28 May 2000. We were second on the ladder! https://www.playersvoice.com.au/joel-caine-the-day-the-nrl-froze/
Yeah strange given all that has happened during the season. Have thought so for a while. Big contrast to how visible he was last year. In any organisation the CEO is always seen and heard. Investors get nervous when things go quiet. Rumours fill the void where information is missing. Fans are like investors. The rumours have started one week into the off season. I’m sure we’ll get a CEO update at some stage to end the year.