You have to hand it to the Poms, when they decide to throw all logic and reason out the window, they go all out!
Every year an anonymous English Rugby League magazine with a small circulation in pockets of northern England takes it upon themselves to have out a “Golden Boot” award. This award is supposed to be given to the best player in the world. Unfortunately an award is only as accurate as the people voting on it…
When you get a bunch of English Rugby League “journalists” in a room and get them talking about the game, it doesn’t take long to realise that most of them are just cheerleaders for their own club. Their lives are spent spitting out PR lines fed to them by clubs and players. They have no critical thinking ability at all.
That is how we get these nominees for the 2013 golden boot award:
Sonny Bill Williams
My readers are not like those that would buy some pommy rag that tries to bullshit them. My readers are smart! Right now my readers are laughing at Danny Bough’t inclusion, they are embarrassed for Sonny Bill Williams, and most importantly, they are wondering where the hell Greg Inglis is!
Now the birdcage liner that put this list out doesn’t care about people that watch the game. They don’t live in reality. Hell, last year they said Kevin Sinfield was the best player in the entire world. Reality does not come into their calculations.
The criteria for this award changes to suit what ever outcome they want for this award. Some years it only takes in club football. Other years it only takes in international football. What they decide to use for this award will only be revealed once they have picked the winner, which believe me, that has already happened!
I have no doubt they want to give this English award to Englishman Sam Burgess. They will do everything they can to hand him this false accolade.
Danny Brough played for Scotland, but he is actually English too. They might make a case for him if they can.
Sonny Bill Williams would be the “Anyone but an Aussie” selection. Anyone that watched his performance on the biggest stage against the world best players in the World Cup final would normally put a red line through his name. Not the Poms though!
That isn’t even taking into account that Jonathan Thurston had a so-so season, Cooper Cronk was pretty good but probably played his last year as the incumbent for Queensland and Australia in the face of Daly Cherry-Evans….and that just leaves Cameron Smith, who has had a very good season but probably not his best season.
To have a list like this and to leave out Greg Inglis is simply ridiculous. I also think that to leave out Issac Luke, who has easily been New Zealand’s best player in 2013, shows how stupid the people are that put these awards together.
I don’t know why anyone would buy a magazine on any subject when that magazine year after year proves that it doesn’t actually know a great deal about the subject matter it writes about. I’d save my money.
That is what you should do to.
I will be naming my King Of Rugby League Award winners in the coming days. The King Of Rugby League awards, which does not need a group of people to work out the winner of, runs through from the very first game of the year to the last game. It takes in performances at every level and how the best players in the game performed when it really mattered.
Feel free to look through my list of award winners and try to argue against any of them. I will tell you think, the King Of Rugby League awards are a million miles ahead of that stupid “golden boot” backslapping event they hold in northern England.
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Jan 30, 2023 0