From the very day rugby league soccer was born back in the summer of ’96, the USA has had a real big influence on the game. Here’s the 5 reasons why the US of A is the real MVP when it comes to rugby league soccer.
For those newer rugby league soccer supporters who don’t know how the game was inventized, here’s a real simple history. Back in 1996, some guys picked up a regular soccer ball in a soccer game during recess at middle school and ran with it real fast. Those guys were Wigan Athletics quarter-back George ‘Sunny-Bill’ Williams; old Leeds-Bradford Rhinos player David Brent-Webb; and 2016 Guy of Aluminum nominee and Hull City FC cap’n, Jamie Ellis. Their middle-school professor for that semester, Rupert Merdoch-Masilla, was watching Williams, Webb and Ellis, and decided to make his own rugby league soccer division- the EPL Super Rugby Soccer League. And the rest, like they say, is the past.
In the first season of the new EPL Super Rugby Soccer League, the franchises were all given real sweet names stolen from historic, world-famous American sports teams. Warring Town got their ‘Timberwolves name from NBA team Minnesota Timberwolves. Hunslet stole from NFL team Seattle Seahawks, while Bradford borrowed from stateside MLS soccer team New York Red Bulls. There are a few more little-known team names that borrow from American sports franchises. Hull Kings Town Robins saw NFL franchise Baltimore Ravens doin’ real good and said “Hey, let’s name our team after another bird that starts with ‘R’ so we’re not real big copy cats”, and so were born the Hull Kings Town Robins.
Players on the roster
It’s not just our American franchise names that are seen in the English EPL Super Rugby Soccer League, it’s our players too. Castleford Tigercats blocker Nathan Messi is a star for the USA Men’s National Team (USAMNT), as is old team mate Ryan MCColdrink. Daryl Millard (old Wigan Athletics player) was also a real important player on the USAMNT roster back in 2007.
You Brits in the EPL Super Rugby Soccer League get all your good team coaches from across the pond, too. Teddy Matterson got his job as Castleford Tigercats team coach after making the USAMNT do some real sweet offence plays. Brian Smith (Wakefield Try Naughty) also got real well known with the USA; so too did current USAMNT, Leeds-Bradford Rhinos and GOAT rugby league soccer coach, Barrie McDermott.
Its real obvious once you look that the Brits borrowed a whole load of regulations from NFL. In-game point-scores such as touchdowns and field goals, that players kick from within the bounds of a rectangular field over goal confirmation masts, are all taken from gridiron football. Rugby league soccer players wear specialized sneakers with pointy field-grips to give…er, grip on the field. Some players like to wear protective pads and gum shields too.
Team songs and supporter chants
For many seasons, MLB franchise Minnesota Twins supporters sang a chant called ‘Marching on Together’. Recently, Leeds-Bradford Rhinos have adopted this song as their own. Shame on you, Rhinos supporters. Since 2014, Castleford Tigercats supporters have been heard chanting Neil Diamond’s classic ‘Sweet Caroline’, stolen from MLB team Boston Red Sox. Dame Helen Mirren needs to be real sad at her franchise’s supporters too. Those pesky Dame Helen’s stealing New Orleans Saints chant ‘Oh When The Saints Go Marching In’.
From way back, the USA have been the leaders of the rugby league soccer pack. And, with the newest franchise in the EPL Super League Minor Leagues coming from the Americas, the runaway freight train of across-the-pond rugby league soccer shows no sign of letting up any time soon.
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