Seeing those footy players out for a jog created a sense of optimism such that we had to jump to footy and see what is transpiring at the moment with the National Rugby League.
We were immediately greeted with the good news that Cooper Cronk’s shoulder surgery went well and he is reasonably sure that he will be ready when the Telstra 2019 NRL Premiership competition launches and able to lend a hand in the Roosters’ premiership defense.
Cronk, still the greatest name in the code, a name that first rose to prominence when the cave dwellers of our past first began off-loading oval-shaped rocks to one another, played the 2018 NRL Grand Final with a fractured left scapula.
That feat will doubtless earn a spot in the legend of the game category, but it would have been more impressive if he had played with his arm in a sling such as we recently saw him sporting.
Cronk has one more season left on his pact with the Roosters, who open the 2019 season with a Sydney Derby against the Bunnies.
They must be having some sort of deal on Sydney shoulder surgery, as former Rabbitohs-gone-over-to-the-dark-side Angus Crichton will be testing his right shoulder as a member of the Chooks.
It was obviously a buy one shoulder surgery, get the second 50 percent off, with Cronk giving his coupon to Crichton.
Ryan Hall, however, discovered the pitfalls of playing Pom football, damaging his ACL playing for Leeds last Super League season and will miss the opening phase of the NRL season after abandoning England with five Super League ribbons around his neck.
Those punters out there who do not like to wait for the last moment will already find the Sydney Derby market open and the line for the game is only 1.5 in favour of Sydney.
There are already six futures markets up with Ladbrokes and the wise guys have the Roosters $4.50 to win the 2019 premiership, with South on the next line at $7.