-NEWS- Boyd’s Brutally Honest Assessment of Hellish Season

Battler

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This guy is kidding himself. If he can't see it somebody else has to pull the trigger.

The this is just a game line disturbs me. It shows he is not hungry at all and has no respect for fans.

Its not just a game to fans you complete asshole. To some its their life to some it all they have to look forward to each year. A sick kids moment to feel happy an old persons reason to catch a train, a divorced dads time with kids. There are so many people connected to Rugby league and Rugby league teams because it can give them happiness, something in a week to keep their minds off life.

Its that simple, turn up and play for your fans.
It's the Wayne Bennett mentality that I thought had left when he exited. I thought he was quoting Wayne when I read the article.
 

Jedhead

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Darius I'm sure you're aware that all over Queensland, indeed Australia there are battlers doing it real tough. Some are on shitty casual hours, some have two or three part time jobs trying to make ends meet, some have no job and are well below the poverty line.

For them a meal in a fancy restaurant is well out of reach. Forget holidays overseas or even interstate. Hell a monthly trip to Maccas is considered a luxury and a special treat for the wee ones. There is not much for them to look forward to and very little highlights in their weekly routine as they struggle to eek out a living.

Some have serious ailments and are house bound, some are fighting mental demons brought on by the depressive state of trying to cope with today's so called 'modernity'.

One thing that costs next to nothing and that really lifts their spirits is watching their favourite team play on the weekend and the little glow of excitement they get watching their boys rip in may be the only positive feeling and ray of sunshine they get through an otherwise hellish week.

For you to say that rugby league "is only a game" is a downright disgrace. Seeing the Broncos run around and doing their thing means the world to so many people. You must know this as you have been on numerous trips to country towns during origin and seen how much the game means to these people.

Saying "it's only a game" was like shitting on every loyal fan that has put their heart, soul and hard earned cash in to supporting you. You really have lost the plot sunshine. You're a disgrace to the jersey, the club and are doing yourself a gross disservice when you sprout this insensitive claptrap.

Every other Broncos captain before you let their actions speak for them. I suggest you zip it, stop talking the talk and start walking the walk. If you can't earn your grossly over payed salary at least try and earn some respect from the Broncos fansbase.
 

Gaz

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Darius I'm sure you're aware that all over Queensland, indeed Australia there are battlers doing it real tough. Some are on shitty casual hours, some have two or three part time jobs trying to make ends meet, some have no job and are well below the poverty line.

For them a meal in a fancy restaurant is well out of reach. Forget holidays overseas or even interstate. Hell a monthly trip to Maccas is considered a luxury and a special treat for the wee ones. There is not much for them to look forward to and very little highlights in their weekly routine as they struggle to eek out a living.

Some have serious ailments and are house bound, some are fighting mental demons brought on by the depressive state of trying to cope with today's so called 'modernity'.

One thing that costs next to nothing and that really lifts their spirits is watching their favourite team play on the weekend and the little glow of excitement they get watching their boys rip in may be the only positive feeling and ray of sunshine they get through an otherwise hellish week.

For you to say that rugby league "is only a game" is a downright disgrace. Seeing the Broncos run around and doing their thing means the world to so many people. You must know this as you have been on numerous trips to country towns during origin and seen how much the game means to these people.

Saying "it's only a game" was like shitting on every loyal fan that has put their heart, soul and hard earned cash in to supporting you. You really have lost the plot sunshine. You're a disgrace to the jersey, the club and are doing yourself a gross disservice when you sprout this insensitive claptrap.

Every other Broncos captain before you let their actions speak for them. I suggest you zip it, stop talking the talk and start walking the walk. If you can't earn your grossly over payed salary at least try and earn some respect from the Broncos fansbase.
Think you should deliver the run on talk.

On second thought....maybe at half-time.
 

Purple Pills

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The only way he comes out of this with a shred of dignity is announce his retirement after the Sharks game for seasons end and just come out and say he isn’t up to the rigours of the week to week grind and just put a stop to the running joke. The relief that would give the disillusioned fan base may actually change their current feelings about Darius.

But if he is going to keep trotting out this “it’s only a game” bullshit and keeps digging his heels in taking his monthly salary which he is barely earning half of and wants to treat the club like a charity, it’s only going to make the fans anger towards him grow week by week.

My feelings towards him has started to grow from disillusioned to just downright hatred now. I don’t know how the rest of you all feel.
 

Tom

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Darius I'm sure you're aware that all over Queensland, indeed Australia there are battlers doing it real tough. Some are on shitty casual hours, some have two or three part time jobs trying to make ends meet, some have no job and are well below the poverty line.

For them a meal in a fancy restaurant is well out of reach. Forget holidays overseas or even interstate. Hell a monthly trip to Maccas is considered a luxury and a special treat for the wee ones. There is not much for them to look forward to and very little highlights in their weekly routine as they struggle to eek out a living.

Some have serious ailments and are house bound, some are fighting mental demons brought on by the depressive state of trying to cope with today's so called 'modernity'.

One thing that costs next to nothing and that really lifts their spirits is watching their favourite team play on the weekend and the little glow of excitement they get watching their boys rip in may be the only positive feeling and ray of sunshine they get through an otherwise hellish week.

For you to say that rugby league "is only a game" is a downright disgrace. Seeing the Broncos run around and doing their thing means the world to so many people. You must know this as you have been on numerous trips to country towns during origin and seen how much the game means to these people.

Saying "it's only a game" was like shitting on every loyal fan that has put their heart, soul and hard earned cash in to supporting you. You really have lost the plot sunshine. You're a disgrace to the jersey, the club and are doing yourself a gross disservice when you sprout this insensitive claptrap.

Every other Broncos captain before you let their actions speak for them. I suggest you zip it, stop talking the talk and start walking the walk. If you can't earn your grossly over payed salary at least try and earn some respect from the Broncos fansbase.
Great post.

The other thing he said which I didn't like was how fans shouldn't criticise players (him,obviously) because of mental health problems.

It's the second time this season he has tried to play that card and it reeks of entitlement to being above criticism.
 

Nashy

International Captain
Staff
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Darius I'm sure you're aware that all over Queensland, indeed Australia there are battlers doing it real tough. Some are on shitty casual hours, some have two or three part time jobs trying to make ends meet, some have no job and are well below the poverty line.

For them a meal in a fancy restaurant is well out of reach. Forget holidays overseas or even interstate. Hell a monthly trip to Maccas is considered a luxury and a special treat for the wee ones. There is not much for them to look forward to and very little highlights in their weekly routine as they struggle to eek out a living.

Some have serious ailments and are house bound, some are fighting mental demons brought on by the depressive state of trying to cope with today's so called 'modernity'.

One thing that costs next to nothing and that really lifts their spirits is watching their favourite team play on the weekend and the little glow of excitement they get watching their boys rip in may be the only positive feeling and ray of sunshine they get through an otherwise hellish week.

For you to say that rugby league "is only a game" is a downright disgrace. Seeing the Broncos run around and doing their thing means the world to so many people. You must know this as you have been on numerous trips to country towns during origin and seen how much the game means to these people.

Saying "it's only a game" was like shitting on every loyal fan that has put their heart, soul and hard earned cash in to supporting you. You really have lost the plot sunshine. You're a disgrace to the jersey, the club and are doing yourself a gross disservice when you sprout this insensitive claptrap.

Every other Broncos captain before you let their actions speak for them. I suggest you zip it, stop talking the talk and start walking the walk. If you can't earn your grossly over payed salary at least try and earn some respect from the Broncos fansbase.
Post of the year.
 

Tera

NRL Player
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We're fielding 823 games less experience than the Sharts on Sunday (2151 games to 1328).

Of our 1328 games, 811 belong to Boyd, Glenn & Macca.

I know we're tired of Siebold banging on about it but our squad is seriously inexperienced & particularly with our injury situation I'm not sure dropping Macca + Boyd is the answer this week.
 

Huge

State of Origin Captain
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Ipswich
I think many of you are reading far too much into the comment that it's 'only a game'. It is only a game, a game amongst hundreds of others. The fact that people attach such importance to it, and by it I mean winning at something is secondary. I'm certain Boyd wasn't belittling others or being entitled or whatever significance so many are attaching to the comment.

Sure it means a lot to some and none of us like the current situation but so many on here are getting upset about something that wasn't said. They are getting upset about what they attach to the simple statement not having any clue as to that which Boyd intended.

When a close friend was dying in front of me, at that moment rugby league, like so many other games was in fact 'just a game'. It wasn't important, hell it wasn't even close to being worth a thought. I believe Boyd was simply pointing out that it's not life or death and if it disappeared tomorrow it wouldn't change the world one iota. Sure we'd miss it but there are so many other things more important. A couple on here have considered ending their lives and I say that's truly a life and death situation and while they contemplated their future, rugby league wasn't that important in that moment. It was after all, just a game.
 

Nashy

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I think many of you are reading far too much into the comment that it's 'only a game'. It is only a game, a game amongst hundreds of others. The fact that people attach such importance to it, and by it I mean winning at something is secondary. I'm certain Boyd wasn't belittling others or being entitled or whatever significance so many are attaching to the comment.

Sure it means a lot to some and none of us like the current situation but so many on here are getting upset about something that wasn't said. They are getting upset about what they attach to the simple statement not having any clue as to that which Boyd intended.

When a close friend was dying in front of me, at that moment rugby league, like so many other games was in fact 'just a game'. It wasn't important, hell it wasn't even close to being worth a thought. I believe Boyd was simply pointing out that it's not life or death and if it disappeared tomorrow it wouldn't change the world one iota. Sure we'd miss it but there are so many other things more important. A couple on here have considered ending their lives and I say that's truly a life and death situation and while they contemplated their future, rugby league wasn't that important in that moment. It was after all, just a game.
I still expect better of the captain of my club. And the fans absolutely deserve better.
 

LGH

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Darius I'm sure you're aware that all over Queensland, indeed Australia there are battlers doing it real tough. Some are on shitty casual hours, some have two or three part time jobs trying to make ends meet, some have no job and are well below the poverty line.

For them a meal in a fancy restaurant is well out of reach. Forget holidays overseas or even interstate. Hell a monthly trip to Maccas is considered a luxury and a special treat for the wee ones. There is not much for them to look forward to and very little highlights in their weekly routine as they struggle to eek out a living.

Some have serious ailments and are house bound, some are fighting mental demons brought on by the depressive state of trying to cope with today's so called 'modernity'.

One thing that costs next to nothing and that really lifts their spirits is watching their favourite team play on the weekend and the little glow of excitement they get watching their boys rip in may be the only positive feeling and ray of sunshine they get through an otherwise hellish week.

For you to say that rugby league "is only a game" is a downright disgrace. Seeing the Broncos run around and doing their thing means the world to so many people. You must know this as you have been on numerous trips to country towns during origin and seen how much the game means to these people.

Saying "it's only a game" was like shitting on every loyal fan that has put their heart, soul and hard earned cash in to supporting you. You really have lost the plot sunshine. You're a disgrace to the jersey, the club and are doing yourself a gross disservice when you sprout this insensitive claptrap.

Every other Broncos captain before you let their actions speak for them. I suggest you zip it, stop talking the talk and start walking the walk. If you can't earn your grossly over payed salary at least try and earn some respect from the Broncos fansbase.
I wish I could like this a million times.
 

Huge

State of Origin Captain
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I still expect better of the captain of my club. And the fans absolutely deserve better.
I believe we deserve better performance, yes. I have no issue with what Boyd was quoted as having said. I wasn't upset and I thought his appraisal was reasonable. Everyone perceives things differently. Boyd has been poor and I believe he knows it.
 

Huge

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I wish I could like this a million times.
On the other hand I thought it was emotional rubbish for the most part. A whole load of hand wringing attached to a four word sentence. I thought it was way over the top..oh woe, think of the children, those poor once a month maccas children. Ffs.
 

pagey

NRL Captain
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I believe we deserve better performance, yes. I have no issue with what Boyd was quoted as having said. I wasn't upset and I thought his appraisal was reasonable. Everyone perceives things differently. Boyd has been poor and I believe he knows it.
Yeah he has been but most of our team has been aswell. Society loves to have, especially on social media.
It's funny to see all the sheep jumping on the hate train!
Every single person needs to take blame from the top to the bottom.
 

broncos4life

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Look at that score line. I know we won the short drop out, but a penalty on halfway could have swung the momentum big time.
Yep, that's what made it so much worse. I was furious when it happened because we had all the momentum and just like that he through it away. The look on Lodge's face said it all.
 

heartly87

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I think many of you are reading far too much into the comment that it's 'only a game'. It is only a game, a game amongst hundreds of others. The fact that people attach such importance to it, and by it I mean winning at something is secondary. I'm certain Boyd wasn't belittling others or being entitled or whatever significance so many are attaching to the comment.

Sure it means a lot to some and none of us like the current situation but so many on here are getting upset about something that wasn't said. They are getting upset about what they attach to the simple statement not having any clue as to that which Boyd intended.

When a close friend was dying in front of me, at that moment rugby league, like so many other games was in fact 'just a game'. It wasn't important, hell it wasn't even close to being worth a thought. I believe Boyd was simply pointing out that it's not life or death and if it disappeared tomorrow it wouldn't change the world one iota. Sure we'd miss it but there are so many other things more important. A couple on here have considered ending their lives and I say that's truly a life and death situation and while they contemplated their future, rugby league wasn't that important in that moment. It was after all, just a game.
Sorry mate but thats not how every story goes. When my Nan was dying in hospital she had her room decked out in Maroon and Gold. She loved the Broncos and Queensland to death. It was around origin time so that had something to do with it. Some would say thats crazy but it was her way. The nurses said you could hear her yelling from the nurses station, scared them the first time they heard it because they thought she needed help. Nope all she needed was those bastard refs to stop cheating haha. My love of the Broncos springs from her, in a lot of ways they keep me connected to her. I hear that voice in my head I heard as a kid in a living room in Ipswich 20 odd years ago. It may not be life and death but a game can be bigger then just the contest. Its that primal thing in us, that tribal mentality.

A few of us have pointed out what the game is for so many. Boyds attitude is a poor one not because our side isn't winning but because some are barely trying. If it wasn't just a game to Boyd he would be a better leader. I would prefer him as far away from our youth as possible.
 

007

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With all this debate about emotion and stories etc.

The one thting that still stinks is Boyds lack of ability to lead and relate, which is why his comments are pissing people off. Hes not a leader, hes not a fighter on the field, and no longer looks to have competitive spirit. Even if it is still in his head - hes not displaying it. It is why he should no longer be the captain, and possibly wearing broncos colours, irrelevant of how much hes been through in life - doesn't mean shit if he cant lead on the field.
 
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I don't mind it's "only a game" it's divisive because Boyd is perceived as not trying at the moment and not caring- if Broncos are coming first and Boyd killing it then that comment is viewed as life perspective from a relaxed player.

How many articles have been written with the player having children and saying it's just a game, now I come home I know it doesn't matter that I kicked out on the full because said baby doesn't care and I need to be dad- it would be in the millions.

I would be more worried if Boyd was saying i do the most important job in the world and it is all that matters.
 

Big Pete

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I don't mind it's "only a game" it's divisive because Boyd is perceived as not trying at the moment and not caring- if Broncos are coming first and Boyd killing it then that comment is viewed as life perspective from a relaxed player.

How many articles have been written with the player having children and saying it's just a game, now I come home I know it doesn't matter that I kicked out on the full because said baby doesn't care and I need to be dad- it would be in the millions.

I would be more worried if Boyd was saying i do the most important job in the world and it is all that matters.
Context is important too. He wasn't saying 'it's only a game, I don't know why anybody cares' it was more 'it's only a game, so some of the personal attacks are a bit much' which considering what gets posted about him is fair.

The problem with Darius is what he isn't telling the media. As a leader, he should take ownership of his performance and explain how he hopes to improve. His decision to hide behind cliches just tells the fans that he's avoiding the issue which isn't doing him any favours. It very much feels like he's going to keep doing what he's doing until the coaches tell him to move.
 

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