Must we really be so meek as to accept any old crumb from the table with forelock tugging gratitude?
Maconie will have written that piece on autopilot. His references aren't even up to date. It's stereotypical and counter-productive to the cause of winning over Telegraph readers to an appreciation of Rugby League. Which is probably why they asked him to write it.
Of course we shouldn't be meek. But I don't find it steroetypical at all. In fact, having read all of Maconie's books, he does anything but portray stereotypes and tends to offer a well balanced and well researched insight into his subject matter. I'd far rather have someone of Maconie's intellect writing a piece than, say, Johnny Vegas who does nothing but prortray the stereotype.....unless of course he's peddling irony, which I doubt.
Equally, must we be so paranoid to suspect that the piece was written with subterfuge in mind? Sorry, but I really don't see it that way.