> I agree.
Good for you! :)
> Without John Quayle and Ken Arthurson the game would still be in the
> doldrums of the early eighties.
> Instead, we have the Greatest Game of All.
HAD the Greatest Game of All...it was ripped apart by both sides.
> Personally, I think that the reasons given for the Superleague aren't
> valid. The last two years have seen more teams in the running for the
> finals in the last few weeks than every before.
Maybe that has more to do with the fact that it was a top 8 system
rather than a top 5. If it had been a top 5 system, the finalists
would've basically been decided a few weeks out.
> Rupert could have outbid Packer when the rights came up a few years ago.
> He didn't and then couldn't be patient enough to wait for the contracted
> rights to come up again. Unethical at least.
Lazy maybe, definitely lack of foresight.
> Also, makes you wonder what a Superleague win will be worth next year. Say
> if Auckland win the Superleague they will have only won the second division
> as they won't have beat Manly or St George. At least when Parramatta win
> next year we will be the first division champs.
Hm, and Parramatta won't have beaten Canberra, Brisbane or Cronulla.
Yeah, first division. BOTH competitions will be a second division
> Once again a big Thank You John Quayle for all your efforts. Sorry that
> greed, disloyalty and unethical behavoiur took the shine off a great
> career. Maybe you would like to come to New Zealand and help us build up a
> first division team.
Yeah, his greed, his hunger for power combined with the dissatisfaction
of a lot of the clubs, and Rupert's desire to earn a few extra bucks by
feeding off a few administrators desires to take the game to the
future. I have no doubt that a few of the people involved in SL were
genuinely wanting a better future (ie, Mal Meninga, Michael O'Connor),
and Rupert Murdoch took advantage of that.
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