James Hooper Next immortal.......

Discussion in 'NRL' started by davi, Apr 17, 2017.

  1. davi

    davi Juniors

    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2013
    Messages:
    950
    Likes Received:
    64
    Wonder if James Hooper is serious or just looking for attention. Yeah Cam Smith should be a immortal, but by-passing Darren Lockyer is in my opinion a tad disrespectful.

    "Rugby league reporter James Hooper is never far away with a piece of NRL controversy and his pick for the next NRL Immortal may raise some eyebrows.

    With Darren Lockyer long tipped to be crowned the ninth Immortal, Hooper believes another man deserves it more.

    After orchestrating a superb first half for the Storm in their win over Manly, Cameron Smith has Hooper's backing for rugby league Immortality.

    "In my view he'll be the next Immortal," he told Triple M.

    "I think he's the best player of this generation.

    "He's done so much...I would have Cameron Smith."

    Hooper not the only one supporting Smith's bid with Jonathon Thurston also voicing a similar opinion last year.

    Whoever is picked to become the next Immortal they'd join these legendary names: Clive Churchill, Bob Fulton, Reg Gasnier, Johnny Raper, Graeme Langlands, Wally Lewis, Arthur Beetson and Andrew Johns."

    http://www.sportingnews.com/au/leag...torm-darren-lockyer/6x03wgur7qqk1ck9eyh6dygnf
     
  2. Rabbit toes

    Rabbit toes Juniors

    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2009
    Messages:
    2,047
    Likes Received:
    562
    Who the f**k cares what hooper thinks.
     
  3. carcharias

    carcharias Immortal

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2003
    Messages:
    32,578
    Likes Received:
    1,856
    Gallen destroyed both Thurston and Smith in consecutive weeks last year to lead the Sharks to the greatest prize of all.
     
  4. M2D2

    M2D2 Bench

    Joined:
    May 12, 2011
    Messages:
    2,947
    Likes Received:
    29
    This
     
  5. taipan

    taipan Coach

    Joined:
    Oct 25, 2004
    Messages:
    13,184
    Likes Received:
    1,266
    Looking at the title, thought Hooper was putting himself up as an immortal.
     
  6. mozza91

    mozza91 Bench

    Joined:
    Dec 4, 2008
    Messages:
    2,532
    Likes Received:
    578
    Probably a better defender than Lockyer and Thurston.
     
  7. mave

    mave Bench

    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2007
    Messages:
    3,041
    Likes Received:
    356
    Combined
     
  8. Perth Red

    Perth Red Referee

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2006
    Messages:
    26,927
    Likes Received:
    591
    Maybe they need to limit immortals to 2 per generation otherwise it starts to lose its lustre. For me cam smith (02- ?19) is ahead of Lockyer (95-11) if you had to pick just one player from the last two decades post Johns.
     
  9. thorson1987

    thorson1987 Coach

    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2009
    Messages:
    13,954
    Likes Received:
    586
    this.
     
  10. Haynetrain

    Haynetrain Coach

    Joined:
    Apr 12, 2010
    Messages:
    17,525
    Likes Received:
    1,059
    Mitchell Moses
     
    Iafeta and _snafu_ like this.
  11. Charlie124

    Charlie124 First Grade

    Joined:
    Aug 28, 2006
    Messages:
    8,277
    Likes Received:
    242
    Regardless of who says it and what you think of James Hooper, he's right. Cam Smith is the best player of his generation along side Thurston. Lockyer was a great player but I don't know how any serious punter could rank him above either of the aforementioned.

    Anyway, opinions & arseholes and all that.
     
  12. Barkley

    Barkley Juniors

    Joined:
    Apr 18, 2016
    Messages:
    1,071
    Likes Received:
    394
    Everyone should be an Immortal just so we don't need to have these conversations again.
     
    Incorrect, Smack and Iafeta like this.
  13. _snafu_

    _snafu_ Coach

    Joined:
    Nov 27, 2008
    Messages:
    19,790
    Likes Received:
    1,043
    Winx should be the next Immortal.
     
    Tommy Smith, Haynetrain and Iafeta like this.
  14. carcharias

    carcharias Immortal

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2003
    Messages:
    32,578
    Likes Received:
    1,856
    Put Smith in a shit team and watch how mortal he'd suddenly look.
     
    Bobby DIGital and Generalzod like this.
  15. The_Shield

    The_Shield Juniors

    Joined:
    Apr 16, 2014
    Messages:
    690
    Likes Received:
    140
    The immortals is stupid anyway. It needs to be replaced with a proper, recognised NRL hall of fame
     
    simmo05, Smack, simmo1 and 4 others like this.
  16. davi

    davi Juniors

    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2013
    Messages:
    950
    Likes Received:
    64
    The immortals has been around for 35 years just disposing what's been a treasured Rugby League relic because you think it's 'stupid' is not good enough reason.
     
  17. cleary89

    cleary89 Coach

    Joined:
    Apr 12, 2010
    Messages:
    15,993
    Likes Received:
    258
    Let me know when either of them wins 10 grand finals in a row. captain-coach in 4 of them, team of the century and sports hall of fame.

    Oh and is on top of the premiership trophy.
     
  18. mozza91

    mozza91 Bench

    Joined:
    Dec 4, 2008
    Messages:
    2,532
    Likes Received:
    578
    Smith is a known cheat who signs multiple contacts, uses dangerous wrestling moves to injure opponents, shows no compassion to seriously injured players yet still has the majority of the Australian public believe that he's a great bloke and is the most respected current player.

    The level of deceit is definitely worthy of Immortal status.
     
  19. Generalzod

    Generalzod Coach

    Joined:
    Aug 17, 2003
    Messages:
    11,038
    Likes Received:
    521
    Norm Provan St George great and took Cronulla to the 78 Grand Final Cronulla Coach he deserves it more than Smith does. Steve Rogers dfeserves it more than Smith
     
  20. The Great Dane

    The Great Dane Juniors

    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2012
    Messages:
    1,823
    Likes Received:
    38
    If any of Smith, Lockyer, or Thurston get in before Proven, Sterling, Meninga, and Lazarus it'll be disrespectful, just as it was when Johns jumped the queue.

    I haven't taken the immortals seriously in a very long time, it's a gimmick that was designed to sell magazines and grog, then said magazine would trot it out every so often as sales started to take a downturn until it shut shop.

    Now that the NRL owns it they should bring it up to date by adding 4-5 players who should have been in it for years, then make it that once a decade 2 more players are added to the immortals through a vote taken of their peers, anybody that has played NRL/ARL/NSWRL gets one vote, the two players with the most votes become immortals.
     
    Das Gupta likes this.

Share This Page