A loss at Leichhardt Oval will make it nine-straight defeats for the Kiwi franchise, setting a new record for their worst run ever in a single season, and confirming they will finish their 2017 season without a win in three months of football. While some players this week said they weren’t aware of the record, and others brushed it off, playmaker Ata Hingano confronted the issue with refreshing honesty.”It definitely gets to you, especially with the scenario going on with the club. We have got to get a win this week, because if not there’s that nine-game losing streak and history for the club,” Hingano told NRL.com.”It does kick in a lot more when you find out those sorts of things. “I know for each one of us there is drive too, because we don’t want to be the club that everyone looks down on.”It does motivate you, and so it should, we have got one more week, one last game, to prove ourselves and get on the right foot for next year.”We have got a lot to prove.”The Warriors will head into the final round of the regular season off the back of a heartbreaking defeat to the Manly Sea Eagles, which saw them blow a seven-point lead with five minutes to go and lose 22-21 in golden point. But coach Stephen Kearney said he had no concerns about his side’s attitude or confidence levels ahead of Sunday’s match.”At the time it [the Manly loss] was obviously pretty disappointing, but they have come back in with a high spirit,” Kearney said.”Their attitude and their energy has been wonderful given the circumstances.”They did a lot of things right on Sunday, what they didn’t do right ultimately cost us the game in the end, so it was about making sure that they understood that.”
Cowboys need to dump Dez Dez Bryant is coming off a year where he failed to catch 70 balls, or surpass 1,000 yards receiving, but he’ll still command a $12.5 million salary in 2018 with a $16.5 million cap hit. Bryant and the Cowboys are headed for an inevitable showdown where he’ll likely either be forced to take a pay cut or get cut. Not surprisingly, Bryant has been vocally opposed to playing at a discount.Today in The Herd, Colin discussed the potentially messy brewing divorce, and thinks it’s time for Dallas to sever ties with Bryant and move on. He pointed out that in addition to Dez’s dramatic drop in production, he has also reportedly struggled to co-exist with Dak Prescott. That’s not gonna work. Nothing wrong with Zaza Pachulia falling on Westbrook Social media launched into a collective pearl-clutching outrage when Golden State’s ZaZa Pachulia landed on Russell Westbrook’s legs. In postgame comments, Westbrook was furious and said Pachulia tried to injure him.Colin thinks the outrage is a product of an NBA that has become overly soft and pointed out that Michael Jordan was regularly subjected to far worse punishment at the hands of the Pistons and Knicks during his career. Pachulia is no different than Laimbeer or Charles Oakley, except fans romanticize their careers and the toughness of the era. Guests:Steven Jackson – 14-year NBA veteran is in-studio to explain why Zaza Pachulia is a dirty player; why the NBA is soft; and his take on college players getting paid.Eric Dickerson – FS1 Analyst and NFL Hall of Famer is in-studio talking his NFL Combine experience and his take on the NCAA college basketball scandal.T.J. Houshmandzadeh – Former All-Pro wide receiver is in-studio talking college hoops scandal; paying college athletes; and why it’s hard for poor college athletes to refuse money.