100 per cent... Lots of NRL fans are completely obsessed with hating on AFL because it's the biggest sport in the country. It's called having an inferior complex.I don't think it's so much a pissing contest as a rivalry - much of which is generated by the NRL. Do you ever hear the AFL CEO referring to the NRL much less belittling the game? Do you hear AFL sports shows going out of their way to joke about another sport (I even think the NRL Footy Show used to have an 'AFL character' they used to laugh at) And when it comes down to the media, some Sydney and Queensland journalists, built a career writing about the terrible game played down south.
On top of this, its the lies. The NRL for decades, tried to deceive people with their financial and participation numbers. While the AFL have always been very transparent, the NRL have deliberately with held their figures and talking up their ratings. Now even their ratings are poor.
I think everyone should be entitled to watch and enjoy whatever sport they like. I know I like multiple sports and it would seem you at least have an interest in AFL. I'm never going to bag you out about that - why can't people enjoy both codes? What does upset AFL supporters is, that many NRL media outlets/officals/supporters not only don't like to watch AFL but also try and convince the world not to either! People can prefer NRL over AFL, but don't put down our sport!
In the end, we are not death-riding the NRL. Rather, we're applauding the rise of AFL. I think the NRL will always be supported in Australia, I just feel that the AFL will become increasingly popular in NSW and Queensland too. I think we should all feel comfortable supporting whatever code or team we like but expect some banter because after-all, as Aussies Sports Lovers, that's what we all like to do!
They are angry they are not number 1 and it pisses them off to no end.
Hence... GAYFL, Aerial Ping Pong, Fumbleball, no skills etc. When you hear someone say that stuff you just know straight away they are a complete moron.
Do you hear them trolling basketball, soccer etc. NO because they are not bigger nor a threat.
AFL fans just don't care. But in their minds they think AFL fans think the same way. Reality is the majority of AFL fans don't give a fk.
You won't hear the AFL chief bagging NRL to the media..he's too professional. By acting the way they do they just alienate people from their game... but they are too dumb to see the bigger picture at play.
Both games are completely different and I personally enjoy both.