Friday thoughts: Spear Tackles, Origin Refs, Mind Games from the mindless, and City Ford: Yes, Yes, Yes?

Spear tackles aren’t dangerous unless you’re hurt, apparently.

The spear tackle last week and, more importantly, a lack of charge has really pissed this writer off, as it has for many Roosters fans.

One reader even took it upon himself to contact the NRL to seek an answer as to why Cooper Cronk did not even have to enter a plea for a spear tackle on Roger Tuivasa-Sheck in the game against the Storm. He received this response:

The Match Review Committee ruled on the incident and did not believe it warranted a charge. While the player was lifted into a position of concern, it was their opinion that it was not to a degree that warranted a charge especially considering the player landed on his shoulder and not on his head or neck.

For revision’s sake, here is the tackle:

Source: Perth Now.

So from their response, the tackle would only have been bad had The Sheck landed on his head – essentially, it would only be suspension-worthy if he was put an inch further into the ground, hadn’t tried to protect himself from the fall and landed head-first in what could have potentially caused a career-threatening spinal injury.

Talk about a deterrent.

A spear tackle, for now and for the rest of the season, is only bad if the victim lands on his head. You heard it here first.

For mine, there is nothing more dangerous in the game than a spear tackle: not a shoulder charge, not a head high, not even a boot to the neck from a fullback in the air. Just ask Jarrod McCracken.

Source: SMH.

McCracken never played again, having been stretchered from the field thanks to this tackle in 2000.

This is the extreme version of a spear tackle, but is merely inches away from the way The Sheck landed last week.

You should at least have to enter a plea for that tackle, and for any spear tackle for that matter.

Ashley Klein and Shayne Hayne appointed the referees for State of Origin One.

In the immortal words of Braith Anasta: “well now I’ve seen everything.”

And in the immortal words of Forrest Gump: “That’s all I have to say… about that.”

Origin Mind Games.

Jonathan Thurston claimed in the media this week that the Queenslanders already have a mental edge over the New South Welshman due to the Roosters’ recent loss to the Storm. According to an interview which appeared in The Australian:

NSW five-eighth James Maloney is a marked man. Three of Queensland’s most influential players – Johnathan Thurston, Cameron Smith and Cooper Cronk – went out of their way yesterday to remind everyone the Roosters’ No 6 would be making his Origin debut next week.

They also pressed the point that they had been up close and personal with Maloney, and his club and Blues partner Mitchell Pearce, in recent weeks. North Queensland played the Roosters just 10 days ago and Melbourne played them last weekend.

Thurston even went as far as saying the Storm’s decisive 26-18 win in the Bondi Junction heartland had given Queensland “a mental edge” over NSW.

“They’ve been playing really good football for the Roosters but Melbourne played them the other day,” Thurston said.

“That’s a little mental edge there that the boys got over him.”

Ahh…so that’s how you get mental edges huh?

Sweet!

NSW’s halves pairing of The BBQ and MP7, as well as Michael Jennings, have a 20-8 mental edge over Jonathan Thurston and all of the Broncos representatives thanks to an 8-0 win in round three over Brissy and a 12-8 win just two weeks ago against JT’s Cowboys.

Mind games are funny, especially when those playing said mind games ironically don’t use their fucking brains.

A tribute to Nick Politis.

The guest post recently from Roosters fan Tim Rimington (@bonditricolours) on the past two decades under the leadership of Nick Politis was one of the most popular posts on this website, and moved one loyal reader in particular to want to say thanks to the Godfather.

In fact, he came up with quite a good idea.

As a tribute to uncle Nick, round 26 could be reserved as a week whereby the Roosters would revert to the old Roosters jerseys from the 80s and early-90s, with the City Ford logo emblazoned across the front.

Source: Sydney Gameday.

Source: Sydney Gameday.

Politis is a self-made millionaire thanks to his City Ford business, and personally this writer thinks it would be a fitting thank you for the man who, through his keen business sense, connections and love of the club has kept it afloat.

There are obvious hurdles to confront here: obviously Steggles have paid a motza for jersey sponsorship and are fully entitled to see that return on investment by seeing their logo on the front throughout the season, while the recent news that Ford are pulling out of Australia and letting go of 1,200 staff means this tribute could be seen as both a middle finger to those workers and a free pass for a company which has abandoned this country.

But this is more a tribute to Nick Politis than a tribute to Ford, and it’s doubtful any fan would run out and buy a ford purely on the basis that the name was on the Roosters’ jersey for one game in a season.

The Steggles sponsorship is another matter, as the Round 26 game would be against the Rabbitohs and a potential full stadium — but round 26 isn’t necessarily set in stone.

Plus, the benefits and cost could be tremendous for both the club and Steggles.

Steggles, already a fantastic sponsor having raised more than $1 million for children’s charities, could be seen as benevolent in the eyes of Roosters supporters and further strengthen their image as the most appropriate sponsors in the league — while also endearing themselves to the very fans they’re selling chickens to.

The Roosters could receive a financial windfall, as merchandise sales could go through the roof. They could sell retro City Ford jerseys, game-worn jerseys signed by SBW and Nick could be auctioned, and if the response from Roosters fans to that article is any indication they’d turn up in droves to whichever game it is slated for.

But more importantly, it’s a one-off, fan-driven tribute to a man who often goes unnoticed, is unfairly criticised by the media and is as beloved by former players and coaches as they get. It’s not often a favourite son could be sacked by the club but help promote it just years later.

This writer is all for it, and keen for everyone else’s thoughts either in the comments below, via email or on Twitter or Facebook.

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