Gentlemen I owe you a huge debt of gratitude. Your compelling arguments over the last few days have opened my eyes to a completely new world view. Our discussions have covered much territory and you have so firmly asserted that it is impossible to prove a deity, that even if you could we would all need to co-exist in a world of tolerance and respect and of course you have also demolished such pillars of antiquated society such as history, an evidential approach and textual criticism. This exciting new world view where everything is relative depending upon personal observation and preference opens up a fascinating new world of possibilities and scenarios. [b:df653049e0]I like this world view.[/b:df653049e0] It confirms to me that I am indeed the axis of the world and that everything revolves around me. What need do we have for a god if I am god? I must admit I broke into tears of joy, relief and exaltation when I realised that this newly discovered world view is entirely capable of delivering us from parts of life which surely should not fit the prism of those wishing to live in complete dedication to the pursuit of their own desires and preferences. And it occurred to me that I am [b:df653049e0]COMPELLED[/b:df653049e0] to share with my fellow Manly fans that this world view delivers us from the awful burden that we have carried these past few months. The lie of course is that the Bulldogs won the Premiership. I now realise that this is absolute tosh and will go on to PROVE that this is an impossible scenario with the world view that we have. Firstly, there is no evidence that the Bulldogs won the premiership. I have yet to see anything substantive to prove that they were the Premiers in 2004. Have you? Now of course some wallies are going to say they saw it on television, but what we really viewed was a staged game ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã…Â“playedÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬? in a television studio for the enjoyment of the masses. Some will even say that theyÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢ve talked to people that attended the game or indeed, there may even be some brave enough to say that they were AT the game. This is a ludicrous suggestion. Anyone saying they were at the game has obviously been paid off by media barons that donÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢t wish for us to know the real situation. Therefore anyone trying to tell stories of an eye-witness account is obviously discredited because of a clear conflict of interest. It is clear that there is no way of proving that the Grand Final took place, therefore the Bulldogs could not have won the Premiership. Why? Because I have decided that it is thus and in the complete absence of tangible and irrefutable evidence it MUST be so. I understand that you are concerned that there are many written reports of the Grand Final and a Bulldog victory. My friends, this is nothing to be feared. For whilst you may be able to produce newspaper and internet reports as well as books arguing Bulldog supremacy (and therefore claim tangible proof) I can assure you that this is not the case. The only proof these provide is that of a heinous conspiracy to deceive the public of the TRUTH and reinforce the might and power of the media in todayÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢s society. To the enlightened modern soul this is an obvious assumption. Media wish to control the masses and reinforce their pre-imminent position amongst us. They learned quickly from the mistake of doing this in an overt way in the mid-90s. Now it is a covert operation, a rolling symposium of smoke and mirrors to ensure that the only truth we know is that which makes more dollars for them. Clearly they have a vested interest in seeing a side that has sold more newspaper copy than any other achieve a stirring against the odds victory at the end of a long season of turmoil and controversy. How wonderful that we are so intelligent that we need not fall for this lie. Anything coming from such a corrupt and power hungry industry is clearly false. Therefore reports, even those pretending to be an eye witness account of the event, can be safely ignored secure in the knowledge that the messenger is truly worthy of being shot. Another reason to discredit the so-called reports of the event is that we are now some months past the alleged occasion. Clearly people writing now that the Bulldogs are premiers are sad victims of a campaign of Chinese whispers where a lie has been misrepresented as fact often enough to give it currency. Anyone writing about the event now is immediately discredited because they were not witness to the source and are relying on the unreliable testimony of many that are discredited themselves or perpetuating a lie. The next logical step that you might propose would be to compile all of the texts and any other evidence that has been compiled and see if it shows any consistency as a collective whole. Well you might do this but it would all be to naught. For it has also come to me that the world view which we now have allows us to disregard anything which might contravene our own convictions and perceptions. Never before have we been so wonderfully endowed to truly say that the fact CANNOT stand in the way of a good story or prejudice. How so? Well, imagine you could provide hard core and substantiated evidence for a Bulldog win in a Grand Final. Say for instance that we were able to go back in a time machine to that night at Telstra Stadium, stand on the turf and even feel and wipe away the spray that emits from the mouth of Willie Mason as he allegedly collects the Clive Churchill medal. What then? Simple. There are no absolutes in our world view. What you might hold up as truth or some position of integrity is easily discredited simply be my changing the parameters of that assumption. How easy does it become to discredit someone? Indeed I have already seen wonderful examples of it. Some people are alleging that the Bulldogs are the Premiers on the quaint and out dated assumption that Premierships are won by winning enough games through a season to qualify for the finals and eventually the Grand Final and then winning the game on that day. IsnÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢t that priceless? What a pack of antiquated fools. Everyone these days knows that the Premiership is decided upon your individual assumptions. I have seen a Rooster fan saying that they won the Premiership because they graciously chose to lose the Grand Final. I personally contend that Manly have won the Premiership two times over in 2004. The first time they won it was for fielding the highest number of under-performing, over paid nincompoops in one NRL season. The second time they won it was because I decided Premierships are decided by who concedes the second highest number of points in a season. You can see how this lack of absolutes allows me to set and dictate the terms of life according to my own personal whim. Two Premierships in the one season? No problem. Premierships decided on the parameters that I decide. Indeed! And of course you would not dare to argue with me. For that would make you a bigot! It is completely rude and despicable for you to try and box me into a certain set of parameters or pass judgement on the mores that I have decided should apply to me. You MUST tolerate my foibles and prejudices because to not do so is inherently unacceptable. It is simply untenable for you to decide that I am wrong on something even should you think the entire opposite of what I am saying. There is no greater sin than appearing to be a bigot, though of course that is my view and if you decide that being a bigot is okay, well thatÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢s okay too but just donÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢t step on my toes or the toes of anyone else who might think itÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢s bad or even vaguely unpleasant to be a bigot. If you choose to be a bigot thatÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢s okay but I think itÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢s wrong to be a bigot and that must be okay with you. Okay? What a wonderful world we live in ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â€Âœ is it any wonder that most males resemble crutched geldings rather than the full blown stallions they were intended to be? Not that thereÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢s anything wrong with that. Anyway lads, thereÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢s no need for balls whilst we can pass our days dreaming of any number of ways that Manly qualify for Premiership glory. Go on, you know you want to. You wonÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢t go blind. Finally, our world view assures us that even if it was discovered that there was irrefutable evidence of a Bulldog premiership and that miraculously (oops sorry, I didnÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢t mean to use that nasty religious word, make that ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‹Âœthrough a cosmological confluence of diverse and conflicting eventsÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢) the universe had collectively decided on the parameters of what constitutes a premiership, we simply activate our trump card. How could this be I hear you ask? Well itÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢s simple. It is clear that the NRL can not be the only path to NRL premiership glory. To say that you must play in this particular competition to win this particular premiership is clearly a position of great arrogance and completely unacceptable in this modern world. How restricting is that? How ludicrous! [b:df653049e0]I mean, the hide of the NRL to set the terms and conditions of the competition that it created![/b:df653049e0] Our world view clearly states that Arsenal has equal claims to the NRL Premiership on the basis that they have won the UK Premier League. The Australian Cricket Team, as current world champions are also clearly the NRL Premiers. Brazil will qualify on the strength of their win in the World Cup of Soccer. For goodness sake, even the Bulawayo based Highlanders are NRL Premiers because they took out the Zimbabwean Super League last season. ArenÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢t you glad that all roads lead to the NRL Premiership? Who cares if they play under different rules, with different numbers and different physiques on the field and are even playing other non-NRL teams thousands of miles away from Australia? Who are we to exclude them from Premiership glory on the piffling account that they did it differently? So there you go my good friends. We are indeed the luckiest souls on earth and indeed we live in a wonderful time of enlightenment. On any number of assumptions it is perfectly clear that the dreaded Bulldogs simply ARE NOT the Premiers of 2004. Period. As I said before, [b:df653049e0]who needs a god when we are indeed deities of our own making?[/b:df653049e0] Let us get to the important business of building and maintaining our own little kingdoms whilst taking great care to ignore those places where our views might contradict each other or, worse still, where they contradict universal truths. And remember, if all that is too much for you then drink up, for oblivion is a very good thing (well, according to my set of ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã‹ÂœtruthsÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢ anyway).