Posted: 17 December, 2014
Here are the top 13 stories of 2014, as read by you
Celebrating the great footy of 2014, here are Triple M's Top 13 NRL stories of 2014. As read by you.
13. Parramatta signing Danny Wicks (49,585 people read this story)
Danny Wicks at Parramatta pre-season training Photo: Parramatta Eels official website
The Eels surprised everyone when they signed former Dragons and Knights front-rower Danny Wicks, having served an 18-month sentence for drug-dealing
The Eels beat former clubs Newcastle and St George Illawarra to his signature. Parramatta legend Peter Sterling told Triple M's Rush Hour he believes Danny Wicks could be a very good signing for the Eels. CLICK HERE to listen to the audio here.
12. Sharks Sack Todd Carney (53,125 people read this story)
Todd Carney banned from NRL after inappropriate photo goes viral Photo: Getty Images digitally altered
The Cronulla Sharks tore up the contract of five-eighth Todd Carney following an inappropriate photo going viral on Twitter. The infamous twitter post cost the Cronulla star $3 million. CLICK HERE for the full story.
11. Russell Packer Jailed (53,238 people read this story)
Reports Russell Packer may return to the NRL next season Photo: Getty Images digitally altered
Former Warriors and Knights player Russell Packer was sentenced to two years jail for a drunken assault in central Sydney.
A Newcastle Knights fan who lost his mate to a "coward punch" welcomed the club's decision to tear up Packer's contract. CLICK HERE to listen to the audio.
10. Paul Gallen's Abusive Tweet (56,685 people read this story)
Following the abusive tweet, Paul Gallen posted a photo on Instagram of him and Roosters halfback Mitchell Pearce with the caption: "4 drinks for $5 RSA. OMG no wonder I'm hung. Good times. Time to fly home." Photo: Paul Gallen Instagram
The NRL came down hard hard on suspended Sharks skipper Paul Gallen over an expletive-laden tweet directed at the NRL following the sacking of club boss Steve Noyce. CLICK HERE to see the tweet.
He was fined the maximum $50,000 for breaching the code of conduct after insulting rugby league officials and became ineligible for Kangaroos selection unless he undergoes a 'leader's accountability' course.
"I would like to apologise to anyone I offended in my tweet," he said, in a post on his Instagram account. CLICK HERE for the full story.
9. Bulldogs Fined For Delaying Grand Final (61,601 people read this story)
Bulldogs fined for delaying 2014 Grand Final Photo: Getty Images
The Bulldogs were whacked with a $20,000 fine for delaying the kick-off of the 2014 Grand Final at ANZ Stadium, which they lost 30-6.
The kick-off was delayed for several minutes and the Rabbitohs and 83,000 fans were left waiting, while coach Des Hasler's men remained in the sheds. CLICK HERE for the full story, including Bulldogs CEO Raelene Castle's please explain notice.
8. Ben Te'o Danny Weidler (66,876 people read this story)
Ben Te'o calls Channel Nine reporter a "germ" Photo Photo: Channel Nine screengrab
Rabbitohs Ben Te'o had a run-in with Channel Nine investigative reporter Danny Weidler, calling him "a germ" after he was asked about his NRL future.
"Nah, no questions from you," snapped Te'o at a press conference at Redfern Oval. "You're a germ." CLICK HERE to watch the video of the incident.
7. Longest Drop Out Ever (69,239 people read this story)
Is this the longest drop out ever? Photo: BarTV Sports / YouTube
This incredible bit of footy happened during a Country rugby league match at the Dapto Showground last season.
The bloke who kicked it said he was in shock when the drop out sailed over the dead ball line.
"I can hit them 60 metres consistently but I just hit the sweet spot and it just sung!" he told Triple M. CLICK HERE for the full story, including the video.
6. Watmough Joins The Eels (74,318 people read this story)
Anthony Watmough in his new colours Photo: Parramatta Eels twitter
Watmough denied the story, taking to social media to express his anger (see the Instagram post here). But the rest is history. CLICK HERE for the full story.
5. Hit Of The Year (78,555 people read the story)
Now this is a man who loves his rugby league Photo Supplied
This huge hit by Saimon Lomaloma, part-time footy player and full-time accountant, was, well, a huge hit!
It happened during a premier league game at Trust Stadium, Waitakere in New Zealand last season. We have a feeling this bloke runs into brick walls for fun! CLICK HERE to watch the video.
4. Sam Burgess Broken Cheek (78,771 people read the story)
Sam Burgess of Souths leaves the field at half-time during the 2014 Grand Final Photo: Channel Nine screengrab
In one of the most memorable moments in Grand Final history, Sam Burgess played the entire match with a fractured cheekbone after a head-clash with Bulldogs prop James Graham in the opening hit-up.
Triple M's Matty Johns called it "One of the greatest and most heroic performances we've seen in the modern era."
But the best bit was when Sam Burgess was asked by Channel Nine's Brad Fittler how his cheekbone was. "It's f***ed," he replied on live TV. CLICK HERE to watch the incident.
3. Reynolds "Bunnies" Tatt (89,242 people read this story)
Souths halfback Adam Reynolds at centre of fake tattoo Photo: Getty Images
Rabbitohs teammate Tom Burgess posted a pic of Adam Reynolds and what looked like his latest bit of ink - a Bunnies tattoo on his face!
The Souths halfback admitted the Bunnies tattoo on his face was a fake, but he confirmed the other two tatts were real. CLICK HERE to see the fake and real tatts.
2. Darius Boyd Lost For Words (108,917 read this story)
Darius Boyd interview goes viral Photo: Channel Seven screengrab
Darius Boyd was "lost for words" when asked by a reporter outside his hotel about the news coach Wayne Bennett was leaving the Newcastle Knights.
The Maroons Origin winger, who has followed Bennett from the Broncos, Dragons, the Knights and back to Brisbane, took offence at being "hammered" with questions. CLICK HERE to watch the video.
1. Corey Parker (244,009 people read this story)
Corey Parker of Brisbane Broncos makes a little rugby league history Photo: Channel Nine screengrab
This was our most popular NRL story of the year. Brisbane back-rower Corey Parker did something we'd never seen before during the Broncos clash against Newcastle at Suncorp Stadium in Round 24.
"It should be in the rules… like the old backyard cricket, if you catch it one-arm off the shed… you go-ahead Corey, have another go," Andrew Johns joked on Channel Nine. CLICK HERE to watch the video.