The only ones out of Sydney who give us any credit are the Johns brothers. Maybe coming from Newcastle they are outside the Sydney Centric bubble or maybe its because Cooper is in Melbourne or that Matty has worked closely with our team as a consultant and knows Belly Ache very well and appreciates how hard it is coming from a non Rugby League area to sell the game. Joey is very good as well. His analysis is unbiased and pretty level headed.
Here is a funny story Matty told on SEN this morning.
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“I was down at the local betting on the seventh race at the Ascot, and I’ve had more than my fill when my young fella Cooper who incidentally is at the Storm now rung me and said, ‘The Storm are playing at Brookvale can we go to the game?’. I said yes, and we got in a taxi and I picked him up.
“We go to the game and I start whacking a few cans and I haven’t had a drink in 12 months.
“Anyway, it’s a horrible night for the Melbourne Storm, Manly put the cleaners right through them and the siren goes and I’m not in a good way.
“I said to Cooper, ‘Let’s go home’, but he said, ‘Dad you said you’d get us into the sheds after the game’, so I said, ‘Alright c’mon let’s go’.
“I was horrified because they let me straight into the sheds and not only the sheds, but they let me into the inner sanctum, I’m standing there, and Craig Bellamy is giving the side a horrible spray.
“So, I thought it’d be funny if I piped up, so I said, ‘Ease up old man! Take it easy on them, a loss every now and then would do them good’.
“He was staring at me and the players were looking at me and I said, ‘Listen boys, I’ve had my first drink in about 12 months, how about we head out on the town?’
“I got a Gatorade cup and filled it up and walked over to Finchy (Brett Finch) and told him to drink up, but he said, ‘Matty it’s half time!’
“Since that time, I’ve sworn off the vodka.”