- Feb 25, 2015
You'll remember the early days - there's a reason why the broncos have a policy of never criticising the code or the refs.So how does it work? There have been eight CEO’s since the start of the Broncos and three commission chairman. Do they pass on the secret file to each other?
Do they get like a branding?
How haven’t any of the eight said anything? Paying them?
163 refs in the NRL era? So 163 corrupt people all on the take!
What a web!
We've been up against it in certain ways - it's not a constant thing - it's just thing things often don't square up for us.
In the early days, had challenges under the NSWRL system, they "allowed" us in and when we started winning, they didn't like that very much. It came out in different ways, most often in ways they could get away with scrutiny, like players charged and facing the judiciary. No teflon tri-colour jerseys in Brisbane that's for sure. In 30 odd years, the only real shocking "let off" for us was Hodgo for the GF. We practically always lose if we contest which is why they rarely ever do.
Then there are the referees - remember Tony fucking Archer..... Through the Broncos golden years - we had a win rate in the 40%s under that half-wit. He fucking HATED us. Conversely, our win rates under Bill Harrigan (arguably the best ref to ever blow the whistle) and Kelvin Jeffes were alarmingly different.
Then there was the directive given to referees to "not be swayed by the crowd at lang park". We always drew the biggest crowd, made the most noise - and a directive was issued - believing that we got our way through pressuring the ref.
The social media planting of "penalty broncos" in an era when we, season after season were at or very near the bottom of the penalty received stats.
We offended the old guard by busting into the NSWRL. We offended them again with Super League. They just like to run a bit of a harsher ruler over our club form time to time.
It used to build a bit of a seige mentality at the club and among the player group and they were stronger for it. These days, I'm not sure the youth 'get it' as they didn't grow up seeing this shit over the last 35 years.
There's bias, it varies in depth - we're the glamour club of the north and they don't love us - good I guess. **** NSW.