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  1. Sounds like it might be worth changing your ways then. Go on, go get those three shitty free meals a day.
  2. Quint

    The Movie Thread

    ..........pence!
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    The Movie Thread

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    The Movie Thread

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  5. Quint

    The Movie Thread

    You want suspense? I'll give you sus...........
  6. I would, but there aren't any. One club being being kicked out of the comp doesn't mean the game is dying. Maybe on the North Shore it is, but that is a very small part of a very big city, and it was always more of a Union territory anyway. Maybe I should ask all the Glebe, Annandale and Cumberland fans if the game is dying as well.
  7. Quint

    The Movie Thread

    I don't think you have understood my points at all. Not a first for you.
  8. I'm guessing the food prices will stay reasonable for a couple of years, then end up the same as everywhere else. Ticket prices on the other hand were pretty expensive for the first few games. I believe they are using a supply-and-demand system at this new stadium, whereby the big games will be more expensive because more people will want to go, and they will drop the prices for the less interesting games. It's a system that I believe should have been brought in a while ago.
  9. Quint

    Politics

    Oh, I agree with this. The NRL seem to always be looking for the quick fix as opposed to the long-term strategies of the AFL. The NRL are always trying to look after the top class players, which they should to some degree, but only focusing on them leaves other parts of the RL world with less. The AFL are lucky that their players pretty much have nowhere else to go in order to ply their trade. RL players can go off to Rugby and earn shitloads. AFL players only have Aussie Rules, which means the AFL has the upper hand at all times.
  10. Fair enough. It would be dying out in the country areas, which is why the NRL/ARL/RLIF need to invest in those places and throw plenty of money at them. I'm not sure if it is dying in the big cities though. Crowds and TV figures are as good as ever, if a bit stagnant at the moment. International RL is a big problem, but Origin has never been more popular. AFL has been slowly making its way into areas where they never really were before. The NRL need to take note of how they are doing this. They are in schools all over the place with their Auskick promotions, and have the Aussie media in their pocket.
  11. What a game to open the new Parramatta Stadium! I can understand from a neutral fan's POV (and more likely a Tigers fan's POV) that it was a pretty shit game, but from my point of view it couldn't have been better. The Tigers were not great. Their defence was sloppy and their attack was weak. Unbelievably they completed around 80% of their sets apparently, but just couldn't do anything with the ball. It's been a while since I've seen the Eels attack in that fashion. Moses had the ball on a string, Gutherson worked his arse off, Paulo brilliant, Jennings turned back the clock, Mannah was a man possessed...it's hard to fault anyone in blue and gold on that day (apart from maybe Taka, but I'll give him a pass because his fuckups were less noticeable this time). As for the stadium. When they talk about how steep the stands are they aren't fucking kidding. My seat is about two-thirds of the way up the second tier, and it was like climbing a mountain to get up there. Looking back down all I could think of was "Don't slip and fall on your way back down" because you'd be in a world of strife if it happened. Probably best that they only serve mid-strength beer there, I guess (one of the very few problems with the stadium). We had a terrific view even from that high up. The atmosphere is electric, the crowd noise is loud. I can imagine it still having good atmosphere even when half full, but I will have to wait until that happens to make a judgement. me and my brother (I'm 6'3" and he's 6'5"). The seats are comfy enough, just regular plastic flip-up seats which was a bit of a problem when my 3 year-old nephew kept jumping up off his and then wanted to get back on but couldn't because it had flipped up again. Last time he's coming along for a few years, haha. I was afraid that with the steepness of the stands I would have very little leg room, imagining that I would have my knees jamming into the back of the person's head in front, but there was enough room for both of us. There are plenty of food outlets with a lot to choose from. Burgers, sushi, fried chicken, salads, plus your regular footy foods like chips, hot dogs and pies. Food and drinks are pretty reasonably priced, especially when compared to other sporting stadiums. I can't wait to go back a few times to try out different things on the menu. There are men's and women's toilets every 20-30m or so. Easy to find one when you are busting to go and don't want to miss too much of the footy. The Leagues Club has had a bit of a facelift as well, with them adding in a cantina-style restaurant and brewery, as well as an arcade and bowling alley. They still have Sterlo's Bar which is great for a post-game discussion alongside a beer, and the bistro and Chinese restaurant are still there. Plenty of pokies still, so the club ain't going broke any time soon. New car park out the front is good I suppose, but It does take away a little bit from the overall aesthetics and feel of the place. I'm not used to walking out of the club and seeing a monstrous car park instead of a footy stadium, but hey it had to go somewhere. Will be even more like that when they get the hotel built. It was like a party atmosphere all around Parra. Streamers in the streets. Parra jerseys everywhere. People talking footy and showing excitement about the new stadium. Music and food trucks outside the stadium. I hope this keeps up as it seems like much more of an event, though I understand we can't open a new stadium every week. I will be interested to see what it's like on a Saturday night when we play the Titans for instance. Will be a completely different atmosphere. When they say there isn't a bad seat in the house, they are bullshitting. I would say most seats would be great, but I had a mate who bought a ticket and ended up in the front row down in one of the corners. He had part of a fence obstructing his view. Luckily we were able to invite him up to sit with us for the second half. He said it shouldn't even be sold or at least state it has an obstructed view. I'm also disappointed that the NSW Gov has decided to stop people from parking on the Cumberland Hospital grounds next door. I've been parking there for 20 years and there's never been a problem. Pretty pissed off about that. Those are pretty much the only real negatives I could state about the day. Overall a great experience and I would encourage everyone to try and get out there for a game, preferably one of the bigger games to ensure you get the full experience of the atmosphere. 51-6. Fuck yeah!
  12. Quint

    Politics

    Yes, I'm all for the players getting their fair share but there comes a point where the NRL has to look our for everyone else as well. Next time the CBA is up for renewal, the NRL should just remind them that they were supposed to be 'Partners of the Game' but instead the game was completely embarrassed by quite a few of them over the last couple of years. NRL needs to look after juniors and country footy, otherwise where are all the players going to come from? I want to see a day when the teams have no input into the juniors and it is all run by the NRL. The time of only a handful of clubs spending shitloads of money on developing juniors only to see others capitilise on their work should be long gone.
  13. Quint

    Politics

    I don't think there's much point in having an NRL team from the bush. Where would you put it, and where would the money come from (sponsorships, attendances, etc)? Putting money into the local bush leagues to give them a boost would be better. Paying their players more, giving them better equipment and fields, allowing them to train more often, giving kids sports scholarships to enable them to play footy and still stay with their families...things like that help out the communities just as much as plonking an NRL team in one particular area and hoping people turn up.
  14. Why do you think the game is dying?
  15. We lost the Bears fans. We lost a lot of Tigers and Magpies fans. Some Souths fans never came back. And yet there is still plenty of interest in RL, and crowds have grown (or at the very least stayed stagnant) since those clubs disappeared. Here is a table showing attendances since 1957 up until this year. You can see that not much has changed since 2000. Also of particular note is that crowds seemed to be at their worst in the early to mid 80s. https://afltables.com/rl/crowds/summary.html I can bet that TV figures would have only grown over that period, but I can't be fucked finding the figures.
  16. If my footy team was going to have that sort of impact on me I would have necked myself years ago, mate. I'm an Eels supporter. We're resilient fuckers.
  17. At least he attempted to make a tackle this time...only to get pushed off like a small child by Leilua.
  18. Yeah, I heard it started off that way and grew from there.
  19. Quint

    The Movie Thread

    Well right there you just admitted that your point is bullshit because you have found movies that aren't full of CGI and that you have enjoyed. The movies that make all the money at the cinema do tend to be the big budget CGI-fests, yes...but that doesn't mean that all movies are like that. Look at the movies nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars over the past few years and you will find some brilliant movies with great stories, acting and directing. Green Book, BlacKKKlansman, Roma, Vice, The Favourite, The Shape of Water, The Post, Get Out, Three Billboards, La La Land, Arrival, Moonlight, Spotlight, The Big Short, Whiplash, Birdman, Selma, The Imitation Game, The Theory of Everything, The Grand Budapest Hotel... These are just some of the movies released over the past 5 years. All acclaimed movies without big budgets, lots of noise and shitty acting. Only good stories told well. You just remind me of the old bloke pining for the 'Good old Days' and refuse to believe that anything new can be good, despite there being plenty of shit made back in those 'Good old Days' and plenty of good stuff made today.
  20. Quint

    The Movie Thread

    That sounds like an interesting movie. I'll try and find it and give it a watch when I get the chance.
  21. Danny McGuire is still playing? I remember when he was supposed to be the next big thing. Seems like a hundred years ago now. That never really eventuated.
  22. Nobody cheats the cap as well as the Roosters. Apart from maybe the Sharks. They were so good they were able to cheat it every year except for the one in which they won a Premiership. That's great foresight there.
  23. I don't like Gould, he seems like an egotistical prick. I do however think he knows a shitload about footy and has done more for the Panthers than people can see from the outside. Yes, he didn't get a Premiership whilst he was there. Yes, there was a bit of a shitstorm over the coaching situation more than once. But he has set the club up for them to be successful in the future. The junior system is packed with talented players, coaches and talent scouts to keep good players coming through the grades. The First Grade team, despite their shitty year so far, has loads of talent in it and should be competing for a premiership soon with a couple extra talented players. The biggest thing that Gould did was help them get out of a shitload of debt. The club was losing money like nothing else, and Gus came in with his connections and organised a loan that they will be able to pay back partly through sponsorships that he set up. They built a brilliant COE under his watch. He may have been sacked. He may have left of his own accord. He may have had too much input into the day to day running of the team. Who knows. But at the end of the day I reckon Penrith fans would be happy that he was there for the time that he was. If Penrith actually had any fans, that is.
  24. Looks deliberate to me. Also, why would Fourex know?
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