Barba hasn't cut ties with EBC
Some Cronulla critics have suggested Ben Barba could benefit from a big night out with the Epic Bender Crew to get his compass set and kick-start the club's season.
But while the Sharks five-eighth admits to being in touch with the group, he insists he has little to do with the hard-partying gang from the Shire these days, despite presumably still sporting their tattooed initials on his torso.
"They've always been great friends of mine and they're still around Cronulla and at times I will catch up with them and say hello," Barba told the 'Sterlo' show.
"The one thing that attracted me to them was they didn't see me as a superstar but a good mate."
Sharks fans are the ones who could do with a good party after waiting since July 26, 2014, for a win.
Barba may be shifted away from No.6 to give Cronulla a better chance of ending that drought against Melbourne on Saturday night.
Manly get their clause into Foz
Has Kieran Foran got a get-out clause in his Parramatta contract allowing him to jump ship if Brad Arthur is not coach?
That's the unanswered $4.7m question.
Foran would not confirm or deny he had a clause inserted in the deal, which makes you think that he has.
Parramatta are also being elusive with the exact details of the Foran contract but they would be nervy about get-out clauses given their history of shredding coaches.
They've gone through seven in eight years.
Foran is a fan of get-out clauses, having one inserted in his current Manly contract but opting not to activate it when Des Hasler left in 2011.
Regardless of whether there is a get-out clause in his Parra contract, you can bet the Sea Eagles will be in the five-eighth's ear right up until round 13 in a bid to turn him around.
Their 'Stay Foz' campaign will rev-up further this weekend. Stay tuned.
Billy Idol hovering for second chance
Billy Idol wants another crack at righting one of the great grand final stuff ups.
The English rocker famously entered ANZ Stadium on a hovercraft before the 2002 decider, doing a lap of the ground as he prepared to belt out his monster hit White Wedding.
But a power malfunction meant Billy could only wave and smile to the crowd without singing a single word, picking up a few hundred thousand for less than a minute's 'work'.
"It was fantastic. My mic was working and they kept telling me the power was going to come on," Idol told Triple M this week.
"I could have sung the song. It was great fun and a shame what happened."
When it was suggested he should return and have another go at the GF, Idol replied: "Bloody oath"
Post-match chat gets journos offside
Getting Tony Archer to front a press conference to explain referee rulings last Friday night was a step in the right direction, but it's a pointless exercise if he hasn't seen - or won't comment on - the incidents up for discussion.
The referees boss repeatedly told media members at Brookvale that 'I don't know' and it was hard to speculate 'until I review it' after the Storm were left fuming over a number of decisions.
No wonder fans are venting their frustration.
Out and about
Rumour #1: Who's the forward who appears to have increased his strength to Hulk-like proportions after an interesting pre-season conditioning program. And no, we're not talking Marty Kennedy.
Rumour #2: What was under-fire St George Illawarra CEO Peter Doust doing meeting with David Gallop at FFA HQ this week. Tips on crisis management, perhaps?
Rumour #3: Could Cronulla make a play for Corey Norman if he suddenly becomes a free agent due to Kieran Foran's arrival at Parramatta?
Spotted #1: Former team-mates Anthony Watmough and Brett Stewart tucking into some quality tucker at the Manly Grill Seafood and Steakhouse.
Spotted #2: ARLC chairman John Grant and former top grade coach Matt Elliott in deep conversation over a coffee at Brookvale Oval on Saturday night.
Spotted #3: A week out from the state election, NSW Premier and Manly MP and local Mike Baird publicly tipping the Bulldogs to beat Manly at Brookie tonight. Political suicide??