Yesterday the Maroons visited the city of Bundaberg, much of which was devastated by floods early this year.
They were treated as heroes – but more importantly they lifted the spirits of a community in need of a lift.
The Blues do much the same good work between training sessions – it all adds to the success of the Origin concept and series.
But what is the main story in the daily media in Brisbane today?
Whether or not Ben Te’o should be in the Origin team – which he joined on the Sunshine Coast last night after playing for the Rabbitohs on Monday night.
The blame for that unwanted distraction rests with the Souths Rabbitohs management.
And the distraction from the Origin opener will continue today and tomorrow when the investigation finally ordered by the NRL reports.
When the NRL CEO was told, a month late, of the allegations he did the right thing and directed the NRL’s new integrity unit to begin an urgent investigation.
But he should have done something else – he should have made contact with Russell Crowe and directed him to sack, or at the very least suspend, the club’s CEO.
It is utterly indefensible for the CEO to have effectively sat on a serious allegations until he was forced to do something when Channel Nine secured an interview with the alleged victim.
He should have been sacked, or at least suspended.
Had he acted when he should have, then the question of whether or not Te’o should be playing for the Maroons, or indeed the Rabbitohs, would have been resolved weeks ago.
That it has dragged on into the Origin lead up is a terrible look for the game.
And the look can only get worse.
Today or tomorrow the NRL will get the report on the incident.
It will have to decide, and the QRL will have to decide, the immediate playing further of Te’o. I don’t believe he should have been chosen. But the failure of his club to do the right thing has made his position worse.
He may well be innocent – but if the whole issue had been addressed up front, and not covered up by his club, the negative coverage would be a fraction of what it has been, and will be.
The Rabbitohs are playing great football.
Isn’t it a pity their administration has let them down, and the game down?