After a tumultuous week for rugby league which saw Todd Carney pissing metaphorically over his career and literally over his face, State of Origin has reared its head for the third time this year and to restore some pride and respectability back to the sport.
Queensland player Will Chambers is facing assault charges following an incident at a nightclub on Tuesday night/Wednesday morning.
I knew I could rely on the NRL to provide me with something to write about. I'm not sure if it's the assault charge or the fact that the players were in a nightclub on a Tuesday that impresses me more. QLD coach Mal "That's Big Mal To You" Meninga has stated that investigations into the incident won't have an effect on training or the players, which is probably true, as they're all probably used to "helping police with their enquiries" by now.
The NRL then went out of its way to announce that they were investigating pretty much the entire league regarding illegal betting. Not like betting on cock fighting; more like betting on the games that they were playing in. Placing bets like "I bet there will be a field goal in this game" and "I bet Shaun Kenny-Dowell will have a shit match." Could be interesting to see who gets "rested" from their games in the upcoming weeks. "I bet that Cameron Smith will be rested for quite some time" is paying $2.
The NRL are a bunch of fucking fucktards who think they're so fucking clever by putting on what will probably be a Grand Final preview with the Doggies taking on the Manlies... only they've scheduled it during the Origin period where neither of the teams good players will be actually taking the field. It makes the fans feel like they're getting a good match, but they're really, really not. It's about time that the NRL started giving the fans what they want, not what the NRL wants the fans to want. Things like Justice Crew and The Voice contestants. Even the fact that the national anthem is always sung by some dickhead who just happens to be appearing in a musical that's touring the country and has been "receiving reviews". We're sick of the constant fucking advertising.
Anyway. Onto the games.
The dickhead Dogs will lose, because their worst players are worse than Manly's worst (and that's saying something). The Cowboys will lost because they travel worse than Schapelle Corby. The Sharks will lose, because, you know, they're the Sharks (you should feel bad, Broncos). The Tigers will lose because the Panthers won't, and the Titans will lose because that's just how they roll.
Canterbury Bulldogs vs Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles
St George-Illawarra Dragons vs North Queensland Cowboys
Sydney Roosters vs Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks
Wests Tigers vs Penrith Panthers
South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Gold Coast Titans
Greg Bird and Luke Lewis bring the manliness back to rugby league with a game of slap n tickle