Football happened last night.

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One colour reigned supreme. Or there was a draw. This open thread was written well before the game. Anyway, last night was effectively another epic clash in the eternal war between the primary colours blue and red. (Maroon, pah, it’s a variation of red). A war that has played out on several fronts: between Republicans and Democrats, Pokemon Red and Pokemon Blue, Manchester United and Manchester City.

And more. What’s your favourite blue versus red rivalry? And what other colourful things are happening in your lives? 

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    • TChong says:

      05:49am | 24/05/12

      As every fair minded person in Oz, particulary those from NewSouth would agree, WE WUZ ROBBED.
      Why single Jennings out for the bin , when QLD started the fight. ?
      AS for the match sealing knock -on non try from Inglis, WTF ?
      Was the Grasshopper ( in spirit )  the video ref ?
      Gallens Blues played a tough, noble game, their only real mistake was going for the 2 points, rather than take the tap.
      Despite their heroic efforts, the Blues couldnt beat the Maroons, and their (QLDs) chief playmaker, the guys in White.

    • ZSRenn says:

      07:25am | 24/05/12

      Chongy I am a Blues supporter and when I saw Jennings come in all the way from the sideline to throw the punch. I thought he would be gone for the whole match. Third man in, always will go. The disallowed try was the most bogus thing I have ever seen in Rugby League!

    • Tim says:

      07:30am | 24/05/12

      Seriously do they pay these referees?

      Just because the game was played in Melbourne doesn’t mean knock ons are suddenly legal.

      I demand a Royal Commission.

    • M says:

      07:32am | 24/05/12

      The blues were all over the place, they played a loose game. Much as it pains me to say, Qld deserved the win.

    • subotic says:

      07:59am | 24/05/12

      Suck it up TChongmeister, there was no robbery - only dickheads.


      1 for Big Artie!

    • S.L says:

      08:19am | 24/05/12

      @ Sniper… Ricky Stuart was being veeeeeeeeeery cautious with what he said. If you listened to all the interview he asked the journo’s why are all their questions about the refs? They thought it stunk too that’s why! Then he asked them just to refer to Mal Meninga’s answers!
      Ricky was filthy!!!!!!!!!!

    • Sniper says:

      08:49am | 24/05/12


      If you listened to the entire interview, Ricky said he knew he wouldn’t be fined for his comments as they would only be fining themselves.  Hardly someone being ‘veeeeeeerrrrrrrryy cautious’.  He knew he had nothing to fear, but any excuse to accept the inevitable loss.

      Even when your own coach admits it, you find some excuse.

      Might come as a surprise, but journalists aren’t that high up on the ethical food chain.  They only look for controversy.

    • craig2 says:

      08:52am | 24/05/12

      Chongy: Farrah stuck his boot out as Greg was try bound, penalty try, as simple as that, check the replay again sunshine, QLD’er!

    • JT says:

      09:23am | 24/05/12

      TC Chong I think you will find that either way you look at it Bird started the fight,firstly by pushing Scott down and then by reacting when Scott threw the ball at him.So how did QLD start the fight.

    • Bill says:

      09:27am | 24/05/12

      Aw, the poor widdle nsw boys lost some game of rugby.


      Now pack up your shit all you no necks, go home and leave the real sporting fans to get ready for another weekend of footy.

    • Bill says:

      09:40am | 24/05/12

      3rd man in always cops it.  You can’t expect to run across from the win, throw a punch at someone and not get a penalty.  So the sin bin was fair enough, in my opinion. 

      The disallowed NSW Try was a 100% accurate call.  That is simply not debatable when you watch the replay.

      However, the allowed Qnsld Try was certainly a matter for debate.  Personally, I think it was a bad call.  Nevertheless, it did not win the game for them.  NSW would have lost anyways, based on the final score. 

      So, the way I see it, NSW lost fair and square.  And there is nothing more pathetic than a losing side blaming the refs for their loss.  That is bad sportsmanship.  If you are truly the better team, no referee is ever going to stop you from winning.

    • Gamer says:

      09:57am | 24/05/12

      I think people are partially right, Inglis shouldn’t have been awarded the try. Instead it should have been a penalty try, Farrah played at the ball with his boot while Inglis held it, which I’m pretty sure is illegal.

    • Rosie says:

      10:02am | 24/05/12

      Hi Nosthow,

      Having lived in QLD for 10 years I think it was a bit rich for Chongy to say; ‘we wuz robbed’  At least in today’s climate the game has been geared up to find an instant result of any controversy that may occur during the game. A decision was made and it should be respected!

      Chongy don’t be a sour puss, respect and accept the result given by the experts by allowing the likes of Nossy and myself to enjoy last night’s win. ‘To bad so sad Chongy you lose’

      I only wish our Parliamentary system was set up to cater for all the controversies happening at the same time within the Parliament - give us a result and move on. Our forefathers whose laws the Parliament have to work with today never imagined in their wildest dreams that in one go the Parliament would have to deal with the Thomson case, the Slipper case who happened to be the Speaker, a minority Govt whose leader knifed a sitting PM and went on to replace him as today’s PM.

      At this stage there is enough evidence to warrant not going with the ‘innocent until proven guilty’ line from our leader. We want a solution that will keep the Parliament working in a workable and a happier environment. A result, any result should be respected.

    • nossy says:

      11:27am | 24/05/12

      @Rosie   well said Rosie and I note you are indeed an “honorary"QLDer - poor Chongy, TimB and Co will just have to “man up” and take their medicine. Happy day to you Rosie!

    • TimB says:

      12:12pm | 24/05/12

      Recall elections Rosie. I think that’s the best way.

      Here’s how I think it should work.

      An official ‘Petition to recall’ should be developed, something that can be lodged with an official body. *Any* voter would have the right to lodge such a petition against their respective local MP. When the petition is lodged, public notification takes place & fellow voters from the electorate would then have an opportunity to support the petition.
      If a set percentage of eligible voters from that electorate support the petition (Say 10 or 20%?), an instant by-election is called. The current MP is eligible to recontest.

      Entirely democratic IMO. It means that even if an MP is recalled by a vocal minority, they can retain their spot if they still have the support of the majority of the electorate.
      More importantly, it forces the MP’s to be more mindful of the people they’re supposed to represent at *all* times, instead of just every three years at election time.

      There would probably need to be some limits on this (e.g only one recall attempt per electorate every 6 months), to stop it becoming a farce, but I think it would be a good check on the excesses of some of our elected reps.

      If something like this was in place, Windsor, Oakeshott, Thomson and Slipper would all be gone. Bears thinking about.

    • ausspud says:

      12:50pm | 24/05/12

      I think the 3rd ref was looking strip,Farrar stripped the ball & it was play on.

    • ausspud says:

      12:52pm | 24/05/12

      To Me- OOP’S I missed a few word’s.

    • Rosie says:

      01:36pm | 24/05/12

      @ TimB

      After the next elections, when Gillard decides to have one the Parliament should take the political climate we are in today into account and work out a solution so as the Parliament is in order to do its Parliamentary duties in a workable environment.

      What you have put forth sounds good to me - at this stage I am just hoping the political climate is taken into account and something is done about it so our democracy works for the people and not for the party and independents that happen to be in power.

      Where are the experts? Toss away those Parliamentary rules of ancient years and devise new rules that gets our democracy to work for the people so we never ever have to face anything like this again.

      Although I must admit I am now enjoying the Thomson affair, it is becoming better than any soap opera I have watched. This one is even better because it is the real thing!

    • M says:

      05:53am | 24/05/12

      Red vs Blue is my fav.

    • TimB says:

      07:30am | 24/05/12

      Agreed. It doesn’t get any beter than Red Vs Blue. The sole justification for the existence of Halo smile .

      “There’s a fine line between not listening and not caring. I like to think that I walk that line every day of my life.”

      Church FTW.

    • Chris L says:

      07:55am | 24/05/12

      “Simmons, I want you to poison Griff’s next meal”

      “Sir, yes sir!”

      Love it!

    • TimB says:

      07:36am | 24/05/12


      How many idiot defenders of Thomson claimed he must have been innocent because no hooker involved had come forward?

      Now we have someone coming forward, and here Thomson is having a sook.

      This is going to be hilarious.

    • NicoleG says:

      07:38am | 24/05/12

      Oh please. Now, not for one minute do I think Mr Thomson didn’t hook up with, well hookers, but seriously, you honestly believe this lady of the night? Why didn’t SHE come forward? If I was a hooker and someone shoved 60 grand in my face, showed me a photo and asked if he was my client, you bet I’d say yes. This is really scraping the bottom of the barrel.

    • gobsmack says:

      07:45am | 24/05/12

      Anyone can look at a photo of his face and say “that’s him”.  $60K is a big incentive.
      If she could identify any unique and verifiable peculiarities in Thomson’s tackle that would be a different matter.
      Someone needs to get a photo of Thomson’s privates and see if she can pick them out from a line-up.  “That’s the prick”.

    • nossy says:

      07:52am | 24/05/12

      And she got $60,000 for her story so Ch 9 must be super confident they are on solid ground. Hullo Thommo, goodbye Thommo!

    • TimB says:

      08:15am | 24/05/12

      I agree Nicole, it could be just someone chasing the money too. We’ll have to wait and see.

      Actually wacky conspiracy theory time (hey if it’s good enough for Thomson, it’s good enough for me).

      -Shadowy ALP puppet masters arrange for random hooker to ‘come forward’.
      -Shadowy ALP puppet masters then release information disproving any testimony from said hooker.
      -When hooker’s story is publicly debunked, Thomson claims vindication & posits that hookers false testimony is ‘proof’ of nefarious forces setting him up.
      - Shadowy ALP puppet masters then deliver hooker a big fat envelope stuffed with cash.

    • Mattyc says:

      08:17am | 24/05/12

      I mentioned this as a curiosity a couple of days ago but not a defence of Thomson. However if someone has appeared on the bastion of truth ACA last night. I will take it on face value.

    • nossy says:

      08:22am | 24/05/12

      @TimB   you might be right on the money there Tim - for sure the ALP arnt taking this lying down and behind the scenes must be trying to work all this mess out for a good “outcum”  hahahha excuse the deliberate pun!

    • M says:

      08:36am | 24/05/12

      “Who is going to take this seriously when they pay a prostitute money?

      “It has absolutely no credibility.”

      Irony, thy name is thomson.

    • Ian1 says:

      08:54am | 24/05/12

      Wouldn’t the $60K be fair compensation? I mean, is she likely to retain any of her clients after they hear about her “alleged” Thompson moment?

      Why should her testimony be any less believable than Craig’s?  Her job is about relieving peoples frustrations, and overlooking the corrupted nature of those she services so that unsuspecting citizens might not experience them. Who could argue her right to speak on this matter is void by nature of her work choices?

    • gobsmack says:

      09:20am | 24/05/12

      Seriously, all ACA has suceeded in doing is tainting a potential witness in any future proceedings.

    • Voyeur says:

      09:55am | 24/05/12

      Won’t believe it till I see the tapes of Thompson and the hooker going at it.

    • NicoleG says:

      10:47am | 24/05/12

      Now that one I can believe Tim.

    • Kheiron says:

      10:58am | 24/05/12

      I dunno, godsmack. I don’t think I could pick my own junk out of a line-up, much less someone elses.
      Besides, this chick has probably seen a parade of johnsons. Can’t expect her to remember each one.

    • Draconian says:

      11:09am | 24/05/12

      @gobsmack.  “Someone needs to get a photo of Thomson’s privates and see if she can pick them out from a line-up.  “That’s the prick”.”

      Thanks gobsmack, just sprayed tea all over my computer.

      Funny as.

    • Blind Freddy says:

      11:28am | 24/05/12

      She wouldn’t prostitute herself for money, would she? Oh, that’s right she’s a . . . . . prostitute? How many roots would 60, 000 buy?

      Even Allan Jones isn’t buying this one - so where does that put you (and your other buddies below) on the credibility spectrum?

    • TimB says:

      12:17pm | 24/05/12

      “Even Allan Jones isn’t buying this one - so where does that put you (and your other buddies below) on the credibility spectrum? “

      Above you I would think Freddie. See, I haven’t made a judgement yet, I’m going to wait and see what evidence she brings to the table first, and then judge on that. Just like I judged Thomson based on the revealed evidence.

      You however have made your judgement based purely on her profession. So how much credibility do you have?

    • Blind Freddy says:

      01:38pm | 24/05/12


      Yes, that’s true - you are known for your open mind.

    • Rosie says:

      04:10pm | 24/05/12

      @ NicoleG

      You are correct and like you say why should anyone believe a hooker if she is going to be paid $60,000 for what is more likely to be a fabricated story. I would be more inclined to think that way if Thomson didn’t come out to defend himself yet again. This time pathetically demanding the Opposition and the media give some consideration/slack to his mental health and leaving the matter to those already dealing with it.

      I am sorry it is exactly what Thomson and the Gillard Labor Govt would want - the matter left alone ending up as a lost cause. The media and the Opposition are the voice for the 70,000 low income earners who through an entrusted body, HSU, their membership fees for their special needs was rorted.

      By the way Channel 9 has said there has been no exchange of the $60,000.

    • Sniper says:

      05:50pm | 24/05/12


      Because Channel nine and ACA are open and honest aren’t they?

    • S.L says:

      07:16am | 24/05/12

      The more I watch State of Origin the more I wonder why the cards must be stacked in QLDs favour in the opinion of the NRL?
      I don’t care how many “locals” Chanel 9 reporters spoke to in Melbourne yesterday to truth is the vast majority of Victorians couldn’t give a toss about rugby league and didn’t even know State of Origin was on last night.
      Why must the sport continue to try to promote itself to a hostile market?
      Where I am in regional NSW people weren’t talking league yesterday and the ones that were said QLD will get the gong again.
      When the Victorian Sports Minister can’t even get the team names or the sports name right it shows how must interest it created!
      Now the game… all in brawl and only one player gets sin binned (a blue player). With the numerical advantage QLD hit the lead. Then with the game in the balance with 2 points the difference New South Welshman turned Queenslander Greg Inglis scores a try from a knock on. The video refs gives the green light and blue captain Paul Gallan (one of the fairest players in the sport) questions the decision with the appropriate language Chanel 9 couldn’t sensor and gets dismissed by the refs.
      Ray Warren (the T.V commentator) carries on like QLD are “gods” and I just shook my head and turned off the TV.
      QLD will win the series this year and probably next year as well…..........

    • Sniper says:

      08:02am | 24/05/12

      LMFAO Paul Gallen ‘one of the fairest players in the sport’ confirmed for me (despite many other examples) that you have no clue about the game.

    • S.L says:

      08:14am | 24/05/12

      Laugh all you want Sniper QLD have the upper hand now and won’t be headed. So much for an even contest…..............

    • wingnut says:

      09:33am | 24/05/12

      Ray Warren carrying on in QLD favour?? Was I listening to a different Rabs? That entire channel 9 commentary team is as pro NSW *Phil Gould* as could possibly be. Thankfully Darren Lockyer and Fatty, add a little balance to it.

      I’m a Victorian so I have now allegience either way…actually thats not true I hate NSW and anything Sydney I can only laugh at your misery.

    • S.L says:

      10:51am | 24/05/12

      As I said yesterday wingnut the only rivalry between NSW and Vic is in the minds of Victorians. You only hate us through jealousy.
      As for Rabs carrying on. He does constantly…................
      By the way while I respect Darren Lockyer don’t for one second think that douche “Fatty” Vaughton is a picture of fair commentry….........

    • Bill says:

      11:50am | 24/05/12

      Have the no-necks left town yet?

    • Kheiron says:

      12:38pm | 24/05/12

      Jennings was a fair call. He ran up and threw a flying punch from nowhere. Besides, if anyone else was going to be sent off as well it would have been Pearce who joined in and started landing blows on anyone close enough. Or maybe Bird, who started it all with a shove and was the first one to raise a fist.
      It wasn’t an all in brawl either. There wasn’t a single punch thrown by a Queenslander, only a ball.

      The Inglis try was, I’ll admit, sketchy. Shouldn’t have been allowed. It wasn’t what cost the Blues the game, though.
      For that, you’ll want to look at Carney’s kicking and the decision to take a 40 metre shot on him.

      NSW had the better part of the ball and were far more consistent in gaining metres. They should have won, and would have, if they didn’t make some stupid choices.

    • wingnut says:

      03:43pm | 24/05/12

      To be jealous of one, one must have something to be jealous of, what exactly would that be S.L

    • craig2 says:

      07:32am | 24/05/12

      I take back what I said two days ago about only quarter a full crowd at SOO 1. Great turn out from the mexicans and a controversial last try to “rob” NSW again! Damn you blokes must be feeling peeved this morning? However, attacking man with the ball, defending man sticks leg out and forced a “knock on” over the try line. Sorry guys, that’s a try. See you next game and Jennings to get one week.

    • wolf says:

      09:10am | 24/05/12

      doesnt matter how it came loose, it still went forward off a filthy maroon hand. Biggeat load of shit I have ever seen in a footy game.

    • wingnut says:

      09:38am | 24/05/12

      Coulda of told you that Craig earlier in the week! Granted a lot of fans fly down,  but working in the wonderful Melbourne CBD the was maroon and blue jumpers coming from all angles on my way home it was great to see! 56k one of the biggest ever crowds at Etihad fantastic turn out, and thinking I should of bought a ticket for it!

    • craig2 says:

      11:28am | 24/05/12

      Wolf: it was a try. Either Farrah deliberately kicked the ball out of englis hand as he was try bound and therefore it was a penelty try or Farrah kicked the ball out and it was play on and englis put his hand back on the ball, now which one do you think happened?

    • Karen from Qld says:

      07:40am | 24/05/12

      Actually it is not reds v blues. It is maroon. The Qld Reds play rugby union not NRL.

    • Ginger Mick says:

      09:17am | 24/05/12

      Spoken like the champs Qld are!

      How can they beat us when they don’t know who they are playing wink

    • nihonin says:

      08:32am | 24/05/12

      Probably blank pages nossy, makes as much sense as what the PM says.

    • Dash says:

      08:40am | 24/05/12

      Don’t tell anyone, the ALP loonies might just get on here and claim it’s money well spent on infrustructure!

      And another thing nossy, there is no way that Farrer played at that ball last night. Rugby League is a joke! So long as the Swans beat Brisbane and Gold Coast. That’s all that matters.

    • nossy says:

      11:42am | 24/05/12

      @Dah   sheesh Dash you wont find a single soul here in unbiased QLD who would say that was not a fair try - including me! booooooooooo from QLD.

    • Chris L says:

      12:44pm | 24/05/12

      Referring to yesterday’s BER discussion Dash? grin

      I hope the swans are ready for their dive.

    • gobsmack says:

      01:38pm | 24/05/12

      That money would have been better spent paying the prostitute to keep her mouth shut.

    • acotrel says:

      07:43am | 24/05/12

      Casey Stoner is quitting MotoGP - international sport, and he is at the top !

    • M says:

      08:01am | 24/05/12

      I’m more than a little annoyed at him for this, but I can understand his reasons. He’s been racing for 12 years now, he’s well sick of it and if you don’t have the passion then you don’t have the passion.

      I hope he wins this year as a final “fuck you” to both Lorenzo and Rossi. Then I shall patiently await his inevitable comeback once he tires of V8 Supercars.

      Incidently, I also hope he does well in V8s. And if he doesn’t, i’ll blame Tony Abbott.

    • nossy says:

      08:16am | 24/05/12

      @acotrel but reirig at a time of his choosng acotrel - lets hope he doesnt later decide to make a comeback like Schumacher has done.

    • acotrel says:

      09:05am | 24/05/12

      A comeback in MotoGP is pretty impossible, and I think anything else would be a major let down. He’s simply proving he has more brains than the average bear.  He’s quitting before he ends up with legs like Barry Sheene and Mick Doohan, or worse. There is a limit to how fast and how long you can race.

    • craig2 says:

      02:26pm | 24/05/12

      Acrotel: and the 100 million he had made! Good on him

    • Tim says:

      07:47am | 24/05/12

      I’m still fuming about the refereeing last night.

      Jennings the only player to get sin binned for the fight. I watched the last few years Origins during the week and Third Man Thaiday made coming in his speciality, never got sin binned. Apparently if you wear Maroon its OK.

      Queensland score a try while Jennings is off.

      Greg Bird gets penalised for a solid tackle where he puts the QLDer on his back. WTF?

      Qld score from the resulting good field position.

      And then GI manages to lose the ball over the line and somehow its still a try. Seriously if that happens anywhere else on the field its ruled a knock on. If they want to start to change the rulings then they need to be consistent. From now on anytime a player drops the ball and an opposition player is touching any part of the ball it shouldn’t be called a knock on.
      I wont hold my breath though.


    • Sniper says:

      08:05am | 24/05/12

      Feel better Tim?

      There, there.

      Your Coach was in NO doubt it was a try.

      Guess what, even without it, you still lost.

    • Sniper says:

      08:05am | 24/05/12

      Feel better Tim?

      There, there.

      Your Coach was in NO doubt it was a try.

      Guess what, even without it, you still lost.

    • Tim says:

      08:35am | 24/05/12

      If you think that Ricky Stuart actually thinks that was a try then I have a bridge for sale. Interested?
      He simply didn’t want to give the journos any more ammo.

    • Sniper says:

      08:53am | 24/05/12


      You’re right, Ricky Stuart always holds back, never says what he means, it’s his reserved personality I believe.

    • Tim says:

      09:17am | 24/05/12

      Thanks for seeing sense.
      Seriously Ricky knows they were dudded, he was already thinking about game two.

    • Max Power says:

      10:13am | 24/05/12

      The big difference is that Jennings ran in and threw a punch and the only two players on the field who threw punches were wearing a blue jersey. Never seen Thaiday run in and throw a punch, I’ve seen him run in with the shoulder, but never seen him a throw a punch.
      Even at club level, Jennings would have got at least 10 in the bin.

      The penalty for Bird’s tackle in my opinion was soft and the tackle did not warrant a penalty. However, none of the commentators seemed to have a problem with the penalty.

      The try, well the rule is pretty clear, don’t use the leg/foot.

    • Bill says:

      10:25am | 24/05/12

      Now that this silly game of ‘throw the ball backwards’ is over we can look forward to a weekend of footy played by real footballers with skill and talent.

      How hard is it to slowly jog a couple of metres then throw an over-inflated ball backwards? No wonder rugby is only followed by no-necks with nothing better to do.

    • Tim says:

      11:01am | 24/05/12

      Haha Bill you’re getting desperate now.
      I suppose it must be hard for you to see what real athletes look like.

      Don’t worry little William, your boys with tight shorts will be back soon for some more fumble chasies.

    • Max Power says:

      11:30am | 24/05/12

      Bill:  What skill is involved in a game where you get points just for trying.  Oops you missed, here have a point. AFL, the game that rewards mediocrity and the game for people with only mediocre skill.
      AFL is the most improved award of the sporting world.

      Tim:  Anywhere else on the field, most players don’t use their leg to stop a try or dislodge the ball.

    • TimB says:

      11:42am | 24/05/12

      “How hard is it to slowly jog a couple of metres then throw an over-inflated ball backwards? “

      You wouldn’t think it’s that hard, but with the amount of ball fumbling I see in AFL games, I reckon AFL players might have a pretty tough time of it.

    • nossy says:

      07:57am | 24/05/12

      @Daniel Piotrowski   can you have a word to your “design” team please fella - we QLDers are the MAROONS not Reds!

    • Gregg says:

      08:33am | 24/05/12

      It was probably Ant and he’d have been almighty pissed in possibly a few ways Nossy.
      Daniel does give some mention of the variation, possibly about all he could come up with to cover for Ant seeing much much red1

      He probably has one hell of a hangover this morning, poor sod.

    • M says:

      08:38am | 24/05/12

      Didn’t you see the qualifier? Maroon is a form of red.

    • nihonin says:

      08:40am | 24/05/12

      Seeing red over this are you nossy, no need to be so blue about it mwahaha

    • MarkS says:

      08:44am | 24/05/12

      Red for rednecks

    • Karen from Qld says:

      09:09am | 24/05/12

      Hate to be pedantic but the team known as the Qld Reds play an entirely different code i.e Rugby Union so therefore they could not have participated in last night’s game (variant or not)

    • Karen from Qld says:

      09:09am | 24/05/12

      Hate to be pedantic but the team known as the Qld Reds play an entirely different code i.e Rugby Union so therefore they could not have participated in last night’s game (variant or not)

    • fairsfair says:

      08:24am | 24/05/12

      Origin has lost its shine. I watched Offspring last night and guaged how well we were doing by the screams coming from the neighbours house.

    • Dash says:

      08:46am | 24/05/12

      @Fairs - are you sure that’s what the screams were all about?

      So long as the Swans beat Brisbane. All is good.

    • gobsmack says:

      09:23am | 24/05/12

      At one time I lived in a block of flats in Darwin and I could work out which of my neighbours were from Qld or NSW by turning on SOO and listening to where the screams were coming from.

    • nossy says:

      11:46am | 24/05/12

      @fairsfair   thats because we here in QLD are so used to winning fairs. By the way how are the newlyweds this morning?  hahahahahha

    • subotic says:

      08:26am | 24/05/12

      Bob Dylan was born today.

      Yea, I know, I didn’t care either.

      Well, except for Hurricane. Oh alrite, and All Along the Watchtower. Hendrix version tho…

    • gobsmack says:

      09:25am | 24/05/12

      I thought he was born 71 years ago.

    • Max Redlands says:

      10:15am | 24/05/12

      Dylan,based on his body of work, will be considered the Shakespeare of our times.

      It is not just his songs however, that make him unique.He has made a career out of disappointing people’s expectations of him. Booed when he went from folk to rock. Derided when he gave up rock for country. Viewed in dis-belief when he went “born again” Christian - which he subsequently denied. And now he is maligned for trashing that body of work by refusing to perform “standard” versions of his songs.

      Of all popular musicians he is the one who has most steadfastly refused to march to anything but the beat of his own drum.

      “To live outside the law you must be honest”

      Hats off Bob.

    • Dash says:

      10:16am | 24/05/12

      Always reminds me of that original Electric Ladyland cover. I have a copy on blue vinyl. Jimi’s career was way too short!

      Oh and Highway 61 Revisited is a great album! The great Mike Bloomfield plays on that. Like a Rollin Stone is just fantastic. I have a Mono version on Vinyl!

      And you can keep your inferior MP3 crap. Long live Vinyl!!!!

    • subotic smacks your gob says:

      10:19am | 24/05/12

      on this day, 71 years ago.

      Alright already. Damn….

    • Gregg says:

      08:28am | 24/05/12

      I suppose the biggest Red Vs Blue competition we have and one that not only goes all around Australia but also abroad to a few places is the racing where at times it can be three of four wheels or even all four being airborne.

      The red GMH lion and blue Ford oval offers many some great viewing, it too having been down Victoria way last weekend on Phillip Island, a magnificent circuit, second only to Mt. Panorama.

      The Blues have of late been more competitive if not having had a slight edge in quite a few races but then, just as the Maroons have Billy the wonder kid Slater, the Reds of Super tourers have ironically Jamie Whincup with ample backing by the likes of another (not Thomson ) Craig and one with a name seeming fit more for universal pursuits, Garth Tander.

      Wonder how sore a head Ant has this morning!

    • Ginger Mick says:

      09:22am | 24/05/12

      nothin like the sound of a good V8

      far better than fanatic screaming “fans”

      I remember Jack Brabhams at Lakeside at the Aussie G P back in the late sixties, ah, the sounds and smells in the pits.    Beats napalm any day.

    • Blind Freddy says:

      11:55am | 24/05/12

      I was going to post - Liberal (blue) v’s Labor (red) - oh, i did.

      But, the Reds have been off their game a bit lately and the crowd are giving them hell. Oh, well given the Blues aren’t actually playing that well and the Red’s losing it on their own - but, there are still two quarters to go, so you never know. Two quarters is a long time in the game of politics.

    • Gregg says:

      01:32pm | 24/05/12

      Yep, I got down one day in the mid fifties myself Ginger, accompanying parents I think for I wasn’t too old but still have a vague memory of the cars coming through under the trees and not too much by way of barricades then either, maybe just some straw bales in places.
      But JB and Stirling Moss were the names then and can’t remember whether Fangio was still racing or came out to Australia and certainly different shaped cars then, more sexy than beasts as they are now a bit.

      It’s great to see the vintage racers go around the AP circuit and I still reckon the leafy SM end of the circuit is the best.

    • Student says:

      08:51am | 24/05/12

      No one has mentioned the Crips and the Bloods yet? I will throw that one into the dicussion.

    • Blue Light says:

      11:09am | 24/05/12

      Have you been watching Ross Kemps series on Gangs? Great work.

    • Anubis says:

      09:09am | 24/05/12

      @ Daniel P - “This open thread was written well before the game.”

      It is such a lengthy literary peice it must have been quite impossible to edit it with the details of who won before posting it on-line this morning

    • West Oz says:

      09:27am | 24/05/12

      We have Gina, you have State of Origin. Does the simile end with overinflation?
      You want her money, we don’t want the fuss you create about State of Origin.

    • Draconian says:

      11:21am | 24/05/12

      *Blows raspberry*

    • Ginger Mick says:

      09:57am | 24/05/12

      Labor at it again, LNP has been in only weeks and Labor has decided to hold up a bauxite project in the deep north, billions over up to 40 years.

      The longer this is held up the longer it takes (if ever) for the royalties to flow into State coffers, making LNP look like they are the cause.

      When are we to be rid of these morons in Canberra?

    • Draconian says:

      11:24am | 24/05/12

      Hopefully next year Ginger Mick.  Bring on the election!

    • Blue Note says:

      04:21pm | 24/05/12

      Yes ginger we should just let them screw the environment and proceed without assessing the environmental impact on the barrier reef.

      Guess the coalition just wouldn’t give a flying F.
      What a clown-fish.

    • Wilma J Craig says:

      10:04am | 24/05/12

      What is this “State of Origin” thing?
      Does anyone, other than a bunch of brain-damaged boof-heads actually care?
      Does it improve the lot of any Australians? No
      Given the brain injuries which result it is setting up a disaster for the players down the track.
      Haven’t we more thasn enough people in hospitals, mental wards, 24-hour care without these, alleged, sportsmen providing, totally avoidable, more inmates?
      Does it create anything? No

    • wingnut says:

      10:17am | 24/05/12

      Good too see you’re in a chirpy mood this morning, don’t let the negativy get in the way what ever you do.

    • AFR says:

      10:28am | 24/05/12

      There’s always one.

    • Max Power says:

      10:29am | 24/05/12

      State of Origin is where players from Australia and New Zealand choose which team the wish to play for, QLD or NSW and play a best of 3 series.

    • Ando says:

      10:40am | 24/05/12

      What a self righteous load of rubbish. Don’t you participate anything just for fun.

    • M says:

      11:37am | 24/05/12

      As dangerous as Rugby may be, i for one would hate to lead a life wrapped in cotton.

    • ausspud the brain damaged boof-head says:

      01:09pm | 24/05/12

      Errr..yor a big derbwain

    • Robert S McCormick says:

      10:30am | 24/05/12

      Nanny Gillard has in her budget provided some new & extended “Middle Class Welfare” She has raised the Tax Free threshold, she has increased the level at which Means Tested Social Welfare cuts out. Isn’t it now $150,000 ( though why anyone on that amount of income needs Welfare Payements is beyond me)
      Nanny has been too clever by far. It now means that for the current year with the exception of those like herself at the top, including Abbott, will also be eligible for these Welfare payments & concessions. State & Territory politicians will also be eligible. Federal Backbenchers are on $143,000.
      Yes, they have arranged for themselves to get a $40,000 pa pay rise but, doubtless, with Salary Sacrifice, Family trusts etc they will all bring that $183,000 down to just under the threshold!.
      The whole point of Social Welfare, under both the original Menzies Liberals & the ALP, was to protect that segment of society who, often through no fault of their own, were unable to get or hold well-paid jobs as a result of poor education, lack of opportunity - particularly women who for so long were denied promotion simply on the basis of being females, though to be fair in Public Services around the country this has been totally reversed & it is males who don’t get those opportunities now.
      There is a comparison between what is taking place here in Australia & what has already taken place in Greece.
      As a Greek-Australia who returned to Greece & set up a Coffee Shop said on ABC-TV News Breakfast this morning the Greeks have lost the Work Ethic. He blamed successive Greek Governments for this. Yes, those Governments, just like the Gillard government is doing, made work unnecessary. The Nanny State was created. BUT it is not enough just to blames successive Greek Governments. The people have to take most of the responsibility for the mess. Just as we will eventually have to do, the people demanded all these payments, concessions & the stupid politicians, desperate for power, agreed to the people’s stupid demands. A sort of reverse Bribe
      ” Give me more money in my pocket for which I don’t have to workand I will vote for you”
      Gillard’s recent budget was nothing more than Vote Buying. She is bribing those least in need. No-one on even as little, if it really is little, as $80,000 per annum actually needs any support whatsoever. Yes, we may Want it but we certainly don’t Need it. If someone of $1538 per week needs Welfare then they should be put under exactly the same restrictions & limitations the Gillard Government is proposing for the Aboriginal & Torres Straits Islanders.

    • Shane From Melbourne says:

      02:11pm | 24/05/12

      John Howard built the middle class family welfare state. Blame him. Race to the bottom by both parties in vote buying….

    • Chris L says:

      03:36pm | 24/05/12

      We need a third alternative! (No, the Greens don’t count.)

    • Draconian says:

      10:55am | 24/05/12

      All I can say is:  “How good was Thurston?”  Best kicker on the field.

    • Sniper says:

      11:21am | 24/05/12

      Kicked better than Farrah did that’s for sure.

    • SoO is ridiculous says:

      12:10pm | 24/05/12

      What is this?

      Thurston - Thurston Howell the III (Gilligan’s Island)
      Farrah - Fawcett-Majors ?

      When did they get to play together?

      Who’s watching these old shows?

    • Sniper says:

      02:52pm | 24/05/12

      Still just you SoO

    • nossy says:

      11:37am | 24/05/12

      Punchers I am about to ring ACA witha scoop on Thommo - and I will be asking for double the amount the prostitute got - I want $120,000 as I have a photo of Thommo’s privates! This is far better than my return on my BHP shares- whoa!

    • Inky says:

      12:22pm | 24/05/12

      Huh, I haven’t made a single comment in the open thread yet.

      Of course, when 90% of it is about some strange, alien code of football, I suppose I know why.

      So good day to you, Open Thread, and worry no longer about a lack of Inky.

      I still say people shouldn’t stand still on escalators, or if you’re going to, at least move to the left and ensure there’s ample room to pass you. Do not stand next to your friend and gossip, blocking the way.

    • nihonin says:

      12:43pm | 24/05/12

      Quick, get the vinegar, there’s a Inky stain in the open thread now!

    • Chris L says:

      02:29pm | 24/05/12

      You’ve got red on you.

    • Economist says:

      12:26pm | 24/05/12

      What’s annoying me today is people at ATMs doing more than one balance enquiry with multiple cards. Surely you have some idea how much money is in your accounts or how much credit you have available. It’s not hard people.

    • redvixen says:

      12:32pm | 24/05/12

      Can Ch9 get it through their thick heads that, while watching football, and especially State of Origin, I DON’T CARE that it’s a difficult week on The Block, or that the singers on The Voice are exceptional or any of the other tripe they have Rabs spewing during the game?  I want to know what’s happening in the game.  Leave the ads for, I don’t know, and ad break!

    • ausspud says:

      12:45pm | 24/05/12

      The Question we should be asking is whether SOO is dead,For anyone who has watched it during the 80s & 90s the answer is unfortunately yes.As for yesterday’s game it was a bore,And if Rabbit’s cant get excited then you know you have a problem,But it could have because it was played in Mlb.

    • whorephobic says:

      01:59pm | 24/05/12

      Correction : football blunders happened last night !

    • Inky says:

      02:47pm | 24/05/12

      So, I just had my shift tomorrow at work axed. Yay for casual work and it’s ability to screw me at the last minute. But it’s okay, because i’m aged 18-24 so I totally wanted the flexibility, according to the usual halfwits who bang on about how I asked for this treatment.

    • Draconian says:

      03:22pm | 24/05/12

      My contract has been axed completely Inky.  There are people here who say I’ve asked for it as I’m a contractor and don’t want a permanent job, so I know how you feel even though I do work a 40 hour week.

      Just went for an interview for a permanent job, but as usual, they want you to work late nights and weekends without being paid the overtime.  Might have to take it though as there’s nothing else around. 

      Permanent jobs were grand in the good old days where you were recognised for the work you did, were paid overtime and felt like part of a family.  That’s all changed within the last 25 years though.

    • Inky says:

      03:25pm | 24/05/12

      Very well, I won’t :3

      I feel like chicken tonight, chicken tonight…

    • Draconian says:

      03:37pm | 24/05/12

      Blimey.  We just used to either strangle them or chop their heads off.

    • Semi Concerned Citizen says:

      03:28pm | 24/05/12

      When i worked in a chicken factory i ate more chicken than ever.

    • Blind Freddy says:

      03:59pm | 24/05/12

      I don’t mind League - but those bloody commentators!


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