The Maroons are basically unchanged from last year – when they won. And the year before that – when they won. And the 5 years before that – when they won. Apparently they’ll be no good this year because they’re older than they were in 2012. It’s that kind of impeccable logic that should make every NSW league administrator stamp Freddie Fittler’s forehead with “Never to Coach Again”. Expect to see him take over the Blues in 2014.
Queensland coach Mal Meninga has apparently had a low key build up to Origin this year.
It’s been so low key not even he’s sure of what it is he does – but whatever it is, he’s done it on a full time basis. And at pace. Heaps of times. 7 times in fact.
Actually it could be 8.
Laurie Daley on the other hand is in his First and Last Chance Saloon.
Laurie’s ignored the talk of peptides and has brought in James Maloney, because he has a calming influence on Mitchell Pearce. Either Pearce needs a new set of meds or Maloney is the kind of Half Whisperer not seen since Haley Joel Osmont told Bruce Willis he didn’t want to see him in any more Die Hard films because he was already dead.
The Blues selections have been such that Todd Carney has gone from Illustrated Man to Forgotten Man, Kurt Gidley is still the Elephant Man, Chris Sutton is the Third Man and because he brings the mongrel and is the missing link, Josh Reynolds is Encino Man.
We’re not too sure who’s playing the part of the Pants Man, but given he’s related to Solomon Haumono, it’s probably Blake Ferguson. He’s come a long way from playing Fiddler on the Roof.
Just like back in the day, there will be 2 matches played in NSW this year, so we’re hoping the late 80s vibe to carry right through the series – from origin cattledog moments to classic yer mum’s a rig style comedy. Either way, we’re taking odds on the number of times The Toad uses the term “origin moment” – which is likely to be lower than the Nate Myles “fuck count”.
So join us from 730pm Wednesday as we countdown to kick off of the most important Origin game until the next one.