Having had the misfortune to have been born in a small Northern town and of being a loyal supporter of the local team, I am, apparently, a small-minded, self-interested, flat earth believing, banjo playing, flat cap wearing, bigoted dinosaur responsible for holding back Rugby League from it's rightful place in the sporting hierarchy.
Do I have a claim, however, that my views, thoughts, beliefs and desires have no impact whatsoever on the state of British rugby league? No one is influenced by me, those like me, or our teams. We have not had a say in the running, development, or organisation of the sport for over a decade. Any input, possibly quite rightly, has been taken away from us.
If the sport does not meet expectations, it is not our fault. If those who make the decisions have to make changes because they are worried about the progress of the sport, it is not our fault. When London finally fail, when the Salford euphoria comes to nothing, it will not be our fault. When SKY reduces its money, it will not be our fault. When Bradford, Hull KR, Huddersfield and others, find themselves in financial trouble, it will not be our fault. Failure to generate an appetite for the sport in new areas is not our fault. And when the 12 team Super League reduces to 10 and then 8 teams, it will not be our fault. Others decide the course of the sport's progress. We may make a little noise, but we do not run the game, or even influence, or effect it. The teams in the lower leagues have no effective say in the decisions of the game; we supporters have no influence whatever. For a while now, our teams have been told what to, and the views of a few thousand supporters are a total irrelevance. Anyone wanting to attribute any sort of blame should work out exactly who is making the decisions, and for whose benefit.
Disappointingly, some of us may have a smile if any of the above crises occur; small-minded self interest is quite unpleasant. But big-minded self interest is much more destructive.