Pigman and Nickman have an argument that sounds fine on paper. And of course the comments in the game day thread on the Greenhouse are going to be biased towards the Raiders and focus more on referee errors against the Raiders.
But that is not mutually exclusive with the notion that the Raiders do in fact get the spiky end of the pineapple more often than the juicy end.
So off the top of my head in the last few years the Raiders have lost a number of close games where a very poor decision handed the game to their opponents:
- we’ve mentioned the Cronulla touchie decision already. Textbook howler of a decision that the flag was ignored by two on field refs and the video ref.
- we had Manly score via a player out of play from the downtown rule
- we had the Titans score from an offside position when the ball rebounded from a player directly behind him.
- we had Penrith set a wall for their match winning field goal
Three of these were also reviewed by the video ref from memory, and flipped the game in the final minute or two. People can probably recall a few more bad ones I’ve missed. So if it’s swings and roundabouts I expect pigman and Nickman should be able to supply us with a number of games where a clear cut incorrect decision decided the game in favour of the Raiders.
On top of clear game deciding decisions. The 50:50s don’t fall 50:50 from what I see.
No one is saying it is impossible to win and overcome poor decisions. But it is obviously much harder, and you need to not just be the better team but the significantly better team.
I wonder if anyone has the stats on sin binning in Raiders games also. Over the last couple of years I think we’ve had quite a lot of sin bins, which I think if we looked would not be anywhere near matched by those of our opponents. For the most parts those sin bins were fair, but I think there are non-calls on the opponents at play.
Finally I’ll recall you all to Jack Wighton being charged to miss the finals in 2016 when Nickman was last on a crusade about how the Raiders are treated no differently. I think T_R said it best:
T_R wrote:I get embarrassed when people bang on about conspiracy theories, and bias and all the rest of it.
But how can you possibly view this any other way?