ok,might drum up some controversy here. we were never gonna win the gf last night. here's why 1.the nrl need melb to win to sell the game to the afl heartland.all i saw on the news today was how thousands of fans welcomed and partied with the storm players.to me it looked liked hundeds,not thousands.i remember reading in the papers during the week that melb players were surprised that there was a(1)reporter at their training session in melb.usually they get nothing.they get little coverage in the local papers down there at all.you can pick that team and put them anywhere in the country with any colours and they still would have won 2.melb have no junior base.they are a manufactured club that will never boast local junior development.they are a tv productfor fox. 3.why did the storm only concede 2 penalties last night.i watched the replay of the first half and i could swear there wouldve been at least 4 or 5 times they shouldve been penalised for offside or unsquare marker defence .croker shouldve at least been penalised for a late hit or attacking an opponents head and at least put on report,archer did nothing.not even cited.stewart wasnt concussed by slater or by accident.the eyegouge on stewart let go.the drop out farce early in the 1st half should ve been a 20 metre tap to us.instead we were under the pump.the lack of penalties against melb suggest they are a perfect team.hardly. 3.why is it that melb get $14million a year yet the rest of the clubs get no where near this amount?even cam smith during his speech thanked the nrl for 'all their support down here in melb'.this $14 million per year has seen melb achieve 8 finals and 2 premierships in 10 years.try giving the same amount to the rest of the comp and then call it a level playing field 4.this media driven 'hate manly' we keep hearing.get over it!!! 5.their win last night was paybacks for getting ripped off against the broncos last year,where simpkins made a crucial call against melb which gave momentum to the broncos.matt king afterwards called simpkins a dickhead. 6.why were they allowed to buy clint newton during the season?surely being a team that were runners up the year before,and in the top 4 before that,that they must have been close to the salary cap or over?? anyway,as i walked out of telstra last night and walked past the big screen outside,it showed cam smith holding up the nrl trophy with a three quarter empty stadium behing him.looks pathetic for a showpiece event.doesnt match what the afl presentation looked like.