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It was £30 well spent on Friday night watching Leeds Rhinos v Wakefield Trinity from the lofty comforts of the Carnegie Stand's second tier. However, I couldnít help but notice that not many other fans paid £30 to sit nearby: now there are probably some people reading this weekís Damo Bit who would possibly pay more than that to sit well away from me on match days. Well thatís kind of what one bloke did at half time, when he moved down a row to give me more space.
That little act left me feeling very fat and has since inspired a great idea of mine. Unfortunately we donít have the technology to combine turnstiles with weight scales at the moment that would check weight loss or gain and as a result would automatically calculate how much itíd cost to get in each week. Letís say if a fan loses a couple of pounds in weight then a couple of pounds should be knocked off their entrance ticket. On the other hand if a couple of pounds since the last weigh in are gained, then the price to watch the rugby goes up by a couple of pounds. The future of fighting obesity.
Moving on, the Challenge Cup for me isnít reaching its full potential, and itís probably having a massive effect on the quality of rugby league being played in this country. Thanks to Super League the Challenge Cup fixtures are scattered all over the place and it has become a bit of an unpopular side show for spectators until the later rounds. Itís sad to see because I canít ever imagine the Challenge Cup growing in its current format. At times it seems that only the history of the Challenge Cup and Wembley are the two things that are keeping this competition alive.
As a sport we need to start dreaming again, and it should begin with the Challenge Cup. Iíd like to see this prestigious competition moved to the start of the year when the superstars of Down Under can come and take part. Now Iíd like to see that Super League clubs should just be limited to one or two players from the NRL due to the fact that these clubs have too much advantage already. However, clubs from the leagues below should be allowed to field as many NRL stars as they want.
The dream scenario for me would be an expansionist team from the southern conference having a sugar daddy bankrolling a serious assault on the challenge cup. This would no doubt mean renting a bigger stadium for the duration of the competition and getting the locals interested, with the prospect of top sport being played within their area. This would also require beating Super League clubs to the signatures of the best in the NRL. Such a thing happening, at worse would raise expectations too high, and at best would leave a legacy behind to build from.
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