I've had it. This is what the NRL is about, the gutts, and the glory that comes after. Not about the pretty faces. I admit, there are pretty faces to be admired, and I admire many, but there are also beautiful souls without the pretty faces, they don't deserved to be loved by the fans? For me, they are why I watch and follow this game. If I wanted to see pretty faces I'd watch a modelling show or go watch a movie. Rugby league is when men, of all sizes (relatively), colours, religions and origins get to go onto a field and square it up for 80 minutes, to show they're talent. It's not a battle of who's prettier. Why am I ranting on about this? because I made a Tumblr. That's right. (I don't intend on leaving but) It's basically, girls admiring players and teams for their prettiness (other than Darren Lockyer), where the Sharks and Cowboys don't have supporters because they're "shit", where retired players are forgotten after their last game (same with players going off to England). Maybe it's just me, but once I get to know a player, no matter how ugly they look, how tiny they are, I tend to admire them as a person, and no matter where they go, if they leave in respect, I keep them in my heart. If they go off to England, I don't forget their names, or if they played for my team or not, if they retire, I'll always hold them with utmost respect. Girls on Tumblr (bar a few rare gems) don't do this. I joined Tumblr thinking I'll get to share thoughts with people who are interested in the same thing as me, and are as crazy as I am about one team, and winning a game. But no. I got things wrong. Some of these girls are Union converts, and I know there are genuine people who follow both League and Union, and bless them, but these girls converted to League because they think "Tim Moltzen is a cutie", really now? I think Tim Cahill is attractive, maybe I shall convert to Soccer? Oh and Usman Khawaja's pretty cute too, maybe I'll skip soccer for Cricket. Seriously. In my honest opinion, half these pretty boys shouldn't even be on the field, they don't have the talent to play with talented men like Todd Carney (Daniel Conn). There was a massive Cooper Cronk and Billy Slater spam on my dashboard today, that was the last straw, I hit the unfollow button. I'm actually quite proud of myself. Tumblr is somewhere where I should be able to share common interests with others, not have to look at things that make me want to hurl.
The other pet peeve of mine is people "following" numerous teams. One question, what happens when the two teams face off? Which one do you support? The one with the 2 hot players or the one you started following since you were young? I love the Bulldogs, and that's it. Yes, there are other teams that I respect, like the Roosters, Canberra and now the Sharks, but I don't LOVE any of these teams, I never could. Knowing that the Bulldogs give their heart and soul playing for their fans I couldn't let them go. My team ain't the prettiest, by any stretch, but I love every single one of those boys that put on the jersey (sometimes I even make an exception for Garry Warburton, now that's rare), when Matt Utai stepped out in that Orange and black jersey for the Tigers, I cringed. Matt Utai is a Bulldog, and I love him. People seem to let go of players so easily, maybe because they don't pay attention to half the team that is not attractive?
I give up. I reckon slowly my Tumblr will become a picture blog, and that all the "footy related" (an actual deconstruction of a game or an individual or a team) will not be there. I'm glad I got to experience this, because from now on, I know what to expect from 14, 15 year old girls that follow the football. I've never followed footy for the attractive men, so I don't understand the obsession. Each to their own. And I've learnt my lesson.
PS: Today, I went bike riding to the airport area with my Bulldogs t-shirt on, and some cute little kid noticed and shouted "hey, GO THE DOGGIES!". I smiled like an idiot.
Oh and something I realised, if Taniela Tuiaki had not retired and prior to retirement, been sidelined with injury, the douche-bag that is Beau Ryan would never have been in the TIgers' side. I hope the Tigers buy a decent winger soon, so I don't have to see that idiot's face on my television (other than the footy show, which I have given up on ).
I rant a lot :)