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The Rock-itt : May 2011
always have the players interest at heart, because the more money they can wring out of the clubs to get their client to sign on the dotted line then the more goes into their own bank account. There was a time when to do a report on the game of rugby league was to watch the game and give your opinion on your interpretation of the game. Now it seems there is so much money flying in all directions that if we're not careful, the real people who love the game for the values that it upholds will turn their backs on it, just as we did with the America's Cup Yacht race, which everyone was once so passionate about. I suppose you think Paddy has got his back up and is bitching for no reason, well your damn right I have my back up and there is a reason and these things that I have mentioned are what are chipping away at the game I love. Why in the name of all things great and small do we have to have home and away jerseys? For one hundred years we managed withone beautiful club jersey that anyone would die for. If jumpers were in anyway similar with another team, we wore different coloured shorts. We didn't have two referees or a third referee and cameras at all places and angles to pick up judging discrepancies like we do now but it all worked out the same way. I mean it's a game of footy, not landing a man on the moon and it's not rocket science to see that these things aren't for the better. Now if you turn on the television to sit down to watch the game, if you didn't have prior knowledge who was playing, half the time you don't know who's playing who. No wonder the players are losing the will to die for the jersey and punters who once adored the game are becoming irritated and disgruntled, the players wear a different jersey every second week. Give us back our original jerseys so as pride can be restored in them and don't change them again under any circumstances no matter who offers bags of cash to do so. See you at the game. Pay a visit to the Red Cross Little Shop of Treasures at Newport. There are lots of great things to buy at extremely low prices. The Red Cross shop is situated in the small lane way between the Japanese restaurant and the hair dressing salon. Look for the Red Cross flag!