In what is a fantastic concept, enjoyed by all involved in the game and one of the greatest innovations is sport, one team stands out – Wigan Warriors.
All team sports should take note and think of a way of holding their own Magic Weekend, it’s that good an idea.
Imagine a football equivalent involving Real Madrid, Barcelona, Man United, Liverpool, Bayern Munich etc…at the Giants Stadium in New York!? Keep that in mind, we’ll return to that later.
But first, back to Wigan…
Unbeaten in the last eight years, at Magic Weekend, with four consecutive wins against Leeds, who’ll be delighted to be matched up with Castleford instead this year, or maybe not.
No wonder they’re always top of the bill, they’re the top club when it comes to big game appeal. All eyes will be on their game and nobody else could really fill that requirement.
Maybe the fixtures should be decided nearer the time, to reflect current form and league standing. If that was the case Wigan would be playing Wakefield. A combination of Castleford, Hull, Salford and Leeds would tee up for a battle royal for the top spot on Sunday. Although Salford will be delighted with inexplicably being drawn against Leigh Centurions.
No doubt Wigan have many players missing this weekend, due to their permanent double digit injury list, but they’re still the benchmark for everyone else.
Interestingly Wigan appear to be the only team without a ludicrous magic weekend kit. Uninterested in gimmicks, they’ve got their game faces on for Warrington.
The opposition on Saturday, playing in Thor themed fancy dress, come into the game with some really useful form. If the season had started in April, Warrington would now be second and Wigan seventh.
Wigan are 5/4 at -2 points, which seems generous. Warrington will need to overcome memories of last season’s Grand final defeat to beat a team that seems to thrive on the big stage and this is the biggest game of the season so far.
Where next for Magic Weekend. There’s talk about Liverpool, maybe back to Manchester or Coventry.
Roger Draper is an ambitious man and surely he’s thinking bigger than Coventry. No Disrespect, but Coventry!
Think back to the imagined football equivalent, would UEFA hold a European wide football equivalent of Magic Weekend in Coventry. It has to be the USA, the Far East, Las Vegas…take it to the world – but first what about Toronto?