AE's First Birthday - A present from Haig
MANLY TRAVELLING NICELY
-An opinion by Haig Kayserian
Those fans currently criticising the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles need a dose of what they purport to prescribe; a dose of REALITY.
Only 12 months ago, the Sea Eagles had begun planning for ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‹Âœnext seasonÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢, realising their form and resources was none to match that of a top eight outfit.
A year onÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦the Sea Eagles sit in fifth spot, firmly in finalsÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢ contention and have created enough headlines of the positive type to satisfy the most successful of top level sporting sides.
Have those fans of the fickle type purged their pernickety nature to applaud a turnaround of such magnific proportions?
Instead, realising negatively targeting the team is now beyond reach, they have targeted individuals ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â€Âœ individuals who have effectively combined to turn the Sea Eagles into a force-to-be; the very force they claim to credit.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã…Â“We donÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢t settle for mediocrity!ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬?ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦they sayÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦
All the well dear fickle ones, but us ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‹ÂœoptimistsÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢ ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â€Âœ who declare ourselves as the true ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‹ÂœrealistsÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢ ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â€Âœ feel a team that has gone from wooden spoon contention to partaking in arguments about premiership contention is hardly a step towards mediocrityÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦
We feel a halfback and skipper who has set up more tries than anyone else in the team, defended better than most number sevens in the NRL and presented himself estimably before the media is hardly one justifying calls of ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã…Â“one of the worst halfbacks the club has ever producedÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬?ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦
We feel our injury-plagued young prop, who made City Origin due to a personal call from the NSW State of Origin coach, will eventually come good and is worth every penny of the contract the club offered himÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦
We feel our administration, who have made this team competitive financially, are collectively doing a tremendous jobÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦
We feel our coaching staff, who have turned this team around in miraculous time on the park, are among the best in the businessÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦
Most of the men you criticised last season have come goodÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦
We remember last yearÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢s vulgar descriptions of a certain backrower, who led the Dally MÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢s for much of the opening parts of the season until injuryÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦
We stick by our men. ItÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢s not about settling for mediocrity, it is rugby league fandom ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â€Âœ it is Manly Sea Eagles fandom!
We too want the best for our team; the Orfords, Bells and LyonsÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦
But we donÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢t crush what we have, those with their hearts on their sleevesÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦those doing their bestÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦their best which IS good enough to turn a team around as THEY haveÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦
TheyÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢ve turned your team aroundÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦not youÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦
You donÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢t influence policyÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦never haveÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦never willÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦thatÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢s not your jobsÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦
Give up tryingÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦rather lift your glasses in unison and support your clubÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦support is what fans do ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â€Âœ a losing streak should not wane support and begin a call for heads, because if heads fall, itÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢s not because of youÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦
As our chairman Paul Cummings said, a fanÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢s job is to support and itÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢s his and his teamÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢s job to administrateÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦If you wish to cross that bridge; the door is that wayÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦
Otherwise, letÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢s all cheerÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦.
MANLY (clap, clap, clap), MANLY (clap, clap, clap), MANLY (clap, clap, clap)ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦
This piece was written due to popular demand by a certain administrator of an ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã…Â“AlternateÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬? site for their birthday ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â€Âœ I wish them the happiest of birthdays and many joyous returnsÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‚Â¦