Sunday, July 15, 2007
http://www.weststigers.com.au/NewsArticle.aspx?NewsId=572- link to the game news.
This image from sportsphotography.net.
Well, I watched the Manly Sea Eagles (Yes, that's their name) beat the Wests Tigers, and the Tigers didn't take it so well. I've been watching rugby now and again, and it's pretty interesting. This game would have ceased to exist a long time ago were it not for the sportsmanship and decorum of the players, because the nature of this game involves a lot of contact between players. Almost every run ends in a group tackle, it's part of the game. Yet, the players wear no pads at all, just shorts and t-shirts. Some players choose to wear padded headgear, most do not.
I've been impressed with the rough, forceful, serious yet noble actions of these players. Without proper decorum this game would have evolved into the armor-wearing game of American football, or vanished altogether.
Now, let me talk about the Tigers. Those babies. They only had FOUR points during the game and lost with a total of FOUR points. Disgraceful. More disgraceful was their conduct during this time-honored game. Shame on them. They became extremely aggressive to the other team, but where did it get them? Nowhere, FOUR POINTS baby.
They need to grow up and join the rest of the MEN that play this game, or move to America and see if they can cut it with the ex-cons (and current-cons) of the NFL.
And one more thing...as far as all the sports I've seen goes. Rugby players are the hottest. That's all.