Perhaps I can help.
Ask yourself why you don't want to watch the world cup(entirely your choice). You've used the words 'principle', 'morality', 'fairness' many many tgimes in connection with talking aboput why the game isn't run in the way you want it to be...some would call it taking one's bat and ball home. I doubt whether anybody cares whether you watch these or any other games or not...but you and others like to tell eveybody about it. The point about hypocrisy centres around a duality of standards-having 'principles' when it suits, and ignoring them when it doesn't. Touting oneself as one kind of person, when but being willing to behave in the opposite way-that little errand you ran for a senior official of your club at BOD election springs to mind, and I can think of others.
Everybody is a hypocrite at some time or other. It only bercomes a little malignant when people actively spout about 'fairness', 'morality' and so on when it suits , and not standing up to be counted when it's inconvenient.
Here's a little story-assumed you haven't stopped reading-which of course is fine.
A few weeks ago my grandsonAl came round to see me as he often does(he isn't technically my grandson, but I've always been proud to fulfil that role). He's a fev and wildcats fan due to the influence of me and his stepfather. He's transport manager for a big vehiclr acciodent recovery firm in Leeds, a qualified HGV mechanic(bear with me...this matters: to me anyway), he used to manage William Hill's in Gipton: one of the toughest most deprived parts of Leeds. He's the most enthusiastic, positive person I know and he loves his rugby league. Before work demands took over he played second row for Headingley Hawks and Milford Marlins. He came to see me about thiss year's world cup and what we were doing about it. He's decided to apply to be a volunteer, because he felt there was a lot he could do.
Alex has been blind in one eye and has severely restricted vision in the other. He's my role model even though he is younger than me. His enthusiasm prompted me to start a thread on your club's forum about what people were doing about the world cup. I'm sure you know what the response was.
Rugby League has unique issues to deal with.
It's narrow demographic-eg union has followers from working class right throuygh to the royal family, as do cricket and soccer.
It has far less money than other sports.
It is limited especially at professional level by its geography
As this and other countless threads repetedly show it has a vociferous,maunjy, self serving('it doessn't suit me so I want nothing to do with it') group of narrow minded parochial followers, which have an effect on perceptions on the game often perpetuated by professional northerners, and the media.
We can accept this and wallow in our' gritty northern-ness`, and go down the knurr and spell route,
or we can do our best., and that includes the much derided people at the top, to do something about it.
We can't run our professional competitions on the same lines as soccer, or the same as cricket(where only dozens of people turn up to the county game which has prom and reg) because we dopn't have the money, or the geographic spread.
Mr Mullaney as it happens was right, when he said that only a small number of clubs outside the elite wanted to join it-although his dismissal of the rest as accepting mediocrity was insulting, arrogant and untrue. There are issues regading theswe clubs, one of which is yours and their asdmission to the elite, and again they have been gone over time and time again. It seems odd, but entirely typical to me that people-not 'suits'at( least one of whom-is a former amateur player) as Mr Crowther called them on your 'forum', who are trying to make something of the century old mess are reviled for attempting to do so, just because what they do doesn't suit some people. The people running the game get it wrong-I'm still bemused that no one lost their job in the aftermath of the South Wales affair. But if you want incompetence-or should I say 'jokes', 'laughing stocks' and all the other trite whingeing cliches, then you will find them in abundance in other sports.
And finally: the terms 'friend' and 'mate' have meaning and are not IMHO to be bandied about willy nilly.
Nice story Chris (not sure if I am allowed to call you mate?)
I also have a story about someone who is my role model. He is a lad who unfortunately was disabled from birth. Despite being in severe pain and often feeling unwell he would have a bash at anything. He would put his body through hell just so he could join me and the rest of his mates watching his beloved Fev Rovers.
However in 1995 he had is heart ripped out by the decision to kick us out of the top flight. When I say heat I mean heart because Featherstone Rovers and betting on horses was his only true love in life at that time. He unfortunately no longer felt that the game was the same and he had no heart to fight the wrong doing that had taken place.
This lad is one of the most loved characters in Feathersone and I am delighted to say he was my best man who again despite his disability did a cracking job. I did however persuade him to go to some Fev games, with the last one being the play off final in 2011 against Sheffield. Unfortunately an over the top steward could not tell the difference between him being disabled or drunk and was not allowed entry to the ground. Again typical of the man he said he would watch the game in the pub because he did not want to spoil the day for me and the rest of his mates.
I will not and not any one person on this forum will stop me from voicing my concerns about the RFL being one big joke. If you don't like it I don't give a toss. By all means enjoy the world cup but don't for one minute expect me to post anything positive about it.
"You cant be scared of death. When that time comes, it comes....I've been blessed. God's looked out for me, so, I'm happy." -Sean Taylor, #21, Washington Redskins