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Streaking? No, it's reading at Origin that is outrageous

A person reads a book at the State of Origin rugby league game.
A person reads a book at the State of Origin rugby league game. Contributed

WITH all the hype surrounding the tanned walrus that wobbled on to the Stadium Australia pitch during a key moment in Wednesday night's Origin decider, I am afraid that the mainstream media and the general public have overlooked what constitutes perhaps an even bigger crime against footy.

It is only thanks to the fantastic detective work of a good friend of mine that I have been able to expose a degenerate that lurked in the grandstand - hiding like a rat among more than 80,000 good-natured drunks.

I believe it was some time during the early moments of the match when the person who took this photograph noticed that a complete lunatic in front of him was engaging in some disturbingly abnormal behaviour.

So rattled he was that he just had to take the shot. To think of the hide of someone who would take out - of all things - a book during a State of Origin match.

As you can clearly see, in the background of this high-quality piece of photography, the game is indeed being played as this person casually catches up on a bit of reading.

Not only is it the most inappropriate thing you could possibly do at an Origin game, but it also shows a flagrant disregard for the men who risk their lives - three times a year for 80 minutes - to provide us with entertainment.

Origin is a violent game - a man could have his entire throat ripped out at any time - and to turn your attention away for anything other than another four schooners is, well, the words contempt or sacrilege don't even come close.

The mind boggles when trying to think of a metaphor for reading a book at Origin - perhaps the nearest comparison would be to organise a Pantera concert at the local Baptist Church.

It really is that bad, but what makes it even worse is that those useless fluorescent muscle-men from "security" did absolutely nothing to prevent or stop this madness.

What happened to compulsory bag searches at the front gate for God's sake!

Why wasn't this animal crash-tackled to the ground?



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