I'm sorry Benji, but you don't deserve to reach the 200-game milestone.
You're just not playing well enough.
I'm struggling to figure out how a guy who is struggling so badly can continue to be picked.
As an old Tiger, I'm over it. You have to pick your best 17 to be on the park each week, not based around imminent milestones.
I understand how great he has been for the club over a long time, especially in the 2005 premiership win.
But to me the only reason the Tigers have persevered with him over the last month is so he can reach 200 games next week. It's not good enough in my book.
These last three games would be an ideal time to play whiz-kids Luke Brooks and Mitchell Moses. They're the future of the club and will be seeking regular first-grade spots next year.
Why not play them in a nothing-to-lose scenario?
I'll admit they still need a lot of work to be hardened first-graders, but the Tigers might as well start now.
The problem for Benji is that even sections of the Tigers' fan base have turned on him after the video stunt.
He was playing awfully and then compounded it with an appearance in an online video wearing the Auckland Blues jumper.
Guess what Benji? Fans aren't dummies. They know what's going on.
They'll probably give you the due recognition when you run out for game 200 next week, but you're lucky to get there.
Toovey entitled to speak his mind
Press conferences are fast becoming a waste of time.
Fans want to hear what their coach has to say, their coach says it and then the coach gets fined. What's the point?
I couldn't believe Geoff Toovey (pictured above) was slapped with a $10,000 fine for his mutterings after Manly's loss to Souths last Friday night.
You've got to understand rugby league is an emotional game. Toovey is an emotional coach. The press conference is held literally minutes after full-time. If you want to take the emotion out of it, hold it a day or two after the game.
If Toovey doesn't say what he's thinking, we cry foul that our coaches and athletes aren't doing enough to communicate with their fans or only speak in cliches.
We can't have it both ways.
As long as they don't go too far, what's wrong with them passing comment on several refereeing decisions during a match? Why they should have done this or done that.
As it is now, the referees and video referees are the only ones who don't come under scrutiny. They're the ones who stuff up our game 80 per cent of the time!
Leaders need to front up on playing field
If any of the Canberra players found themselves in a similar situation to Blake Ferguson (pictured above), wouldn't they expect the same level of support from David Furner?
Let me say this: the world has gone mad.
When I first came to Sydney I would do anything for the Tigers. I would do anything for my coach. They say jump, I ask "How high?"
These days a coach says jump, the response is likely to be "Why?" It's gone 360 degrees.
I can't help thinking clubs have made a rod for their own back in some respects.
They've formed all these leadership groups and whatever else. How about players being leaders on the field rather than off it? They need to start taking responsibility for themselves.
And just imagine if one of that leadership group happened to find themselves in a spot of bother away from footy.
Would they expect Furner to stand shoulder to shoulder with them and provide his support? I would think so.
Classy Cooper could do it all
I used to love watching those underrated players like Shaun Timmins go about their business every week.
The sad thing is they never got the accolades they deserved.
Matt Cooper (pictured above) is probably going to fit into that category, but he'll never be underrated in my estimation.
He was a much better player than what a lot of people gave him credit for.
You don't see many players like him these days - a one-club stalwart who could do it all.
I admire him for what he's done for the Dragons.
But Matty, please don't send all those female hearts racing by jumping into the Octagon!