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Steve Mascord

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Steve Mascord has covered rugby league in 15 countries and worked for most media organisations that regularly feature the sport, on both sides of the globe. He started off as an 18-year-old cadet at Australian Associated Press, transferring to the Sydney Morning Herald just in time to go on the last full Kangaroos Tour in 1994. He spent three years at Sydney's Daily Telegraph from 2006 before going freelance at the conclusion of the 2008 World Cup. Steve is the author of the book Touchstones, host of the White Line Fever podcast, partner in international rugby league merchandise start-up Mascord Brownz and proprietor of rugbyleaguehub.com and hotmetalonline.com. He is married to Sarah and spends most of his time in London.

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You might find this interesting http://www.telegraph.co.uk/rugby-union/2016/06/08/eddie-jones-outdoes-himself-with-sam-burgess-rugby-league-slur/

Who cares what Eddie Jones thinks?

I don’t mind being called un-Australian. Not at all. On the occasions that I feel patriotism, it has rarely has anything to do with sport. I just can’t make the emotional leap towards letting any pride I have in where I’m from put itself on the line for the result of a game. I identify more with those of similar interests than those with the same nationality.

Who cares what Eddie Jones thinks?

I like to let people win. I like to fall for whatever they throw out. As long as I get a result from it as well and I don’t have to be dishonest, all is good. I had nothing to write about – then I did. So this was a case of write about Eddie Jones or be out-of-pocket. I’m happy.

Who cares what Eddie Jones thinks?

It’s our job to fall for things. We know Wayne Bennett is manipulating us at press conferences. We do it willingly. As an old rugby league writer once said to me ‘if you never wrote stories in which you were being used by someone, you’d never write a story’

Who cares what Eddie Jones thinks?

I care because it gave me something to write about. I didn’t file on time this week because I was bereft of ideas on Thursday.

Who cares what Eddie Jones thinks?

There’s a weekend Origin in the next TV deal

Origin is great - it's also a crass sell-out

The commercialisation as it relates to scheduling affects Origin most. If they pause the comp and put it on weekends, I’l cop all the other indignities.

Origin is great - it's also a crass sell-out

Sure it’s my problem. I write about my problems. I get paid. It’s awesome.

Origin is great - it's also a crass sell-out

The point was to keep pushing for the NRL to be paused and for Origin to be played on weekends and to highlight the folly of this not happening.

Origin is great - it's also a crass sell-out

And how do you suggest I write a 500 word column about it being a “good, tough game”. Write that over and over again 30 times? The Roar will not pay me for a match report, I’m afraid. This column is about the issues surrounding football not football itself. Match reports on here come from AAP. PS: It might have been “tough” but it wasn’t “good”.

De-Bunked: Ricky Stuart shows unusual restraint after golden point loss

But what do you think of Radradra? Because either “rules are rules” or rules aren’t rules The rules say Radradra can play for Australia and they say Milford can play for Samoa. David Mead played Country less than 12 months ago and is now playing for PNG, proving the “two year period” is hogwash. The RLIF does not recognise NSW, Queensland, City, Country, state under 20s or the Beralla Old Boys rep teams as committing you to Australia – full stop.

Bennett proves rugby league is not ready to join the international family of real sports

No. Anthony Milford has played three times previously for Samoa. He has not played any Test football since the last World Cup. Therefore he is completely eligible for Samoa. The RLIF does not recognise provincial under 20 appearances. He could play for Samoa, change his country of election before next year and then make his Queensland debut. That’s why Bennett was forced to take responsibility for his absence. Even the expiration of a two-year period following his last Qld Under 20s appearances is irrelevant.

Bennett proves rugby league is not ready to join the international family of real sports

One, I can’t proceed on the basis someone ‘might” have this or that disability. You give me evidence Pat Gibson has a learning disability and I’ll stop telling those stories, which first appeared in the SMH Sin Bin column years ago. Two, sometimes to communicate in a compelling way that resonates with people, you have to be a not-very-nice person. So be it.

Parramatta's board candidates for a Darwin Award

Yes, you are right. And I am speaking from the perspective of that small boy.

MASCORD: Is patriotism compulsory?

I got interested in rugby league from swapping footy cards as a kid and from the crumpled old Rugby League Weeks my uncle used to have in his bedroom. It was the iconography, the colour….

MASCORD: Is patriotism compulsory?

I don’t feel embarrassed. I accept you may be right and I should be embarrassed. I am open to being convinced to be embarrassed.

MASCORD: Is patriotism compulsory?

Guilty. I can’t find myself arguing with anything you say. But I’m going down with the ship.

MASCORD: Is patriotism compulsory?

Help me then. Give me a job.

MASCORD: Is patriotism compulsory?

I enjoy rugby league but I don’t see the correlation between wanting a bunch of individuals wearing certain colours to beat a bunch of individuals wearing different colours to committing treason. Please explain it to me. It’s just sport. It’s entertainment. If I don’t care for a sport, why should I want a certain bunch of individuals to win because of the colours they are wearing? The first commenter is right – there are bigger issues that affect a nation

MASCORD: Is patriotism compulsory?

How do you suggest I do it? I have gone to Eng;land. Is that far enough away? Or do you want me to stop writing for the Roar? Tell me where to eff off to and I’ll see if I can comply.

MASCORD: Is patriotism compulsory?

Guilty then. I’m sad and pathetic. I am proud of Australian musicians and Australians in other fields of endeavour but in sport, aside from the ones mentioned in the column and a few others, I feel nothing. I’m just being honest. You can tell me how I SHOULD feel, – maybe I’ll agree with you – but you can’t make me feel it!

MASCORD: Is patriotism compulsory?

Failed corporate drone, unfortunately – since I don’t actually have a fulltime job.

MASCORD: Is patriotism compulsory?

It went well. 73,512 sellout. Like Super Rugby in NSW, popular with those who were there and a few more but more or less forgotten straight away by the mainstream media

MASCORD: Is patriotism compulsory?

Having a chip on both shoulders is compulsory if you’re a rugby league person! Australian fans are missing something wonderful by not having a sense of persecution and being wronged that they have here.

MASCORD: Is patriotism compulsory?

The main reason is time. I am a big rock fan and travel for rock increasingly while travelling less for rugby league. You might say ‘why not like jazz?” It may be that I would learn to appreciate jazz. But I am completely flat out keeping up with the new rock releases. How would I find time? I know what I like and sport, aside from rugby league, is not one of them. Many – a lot of them in the rock world – have no interest in sport. As Jerry Seinfeld said – “I’ve turned 35 – applications to be my friend have now closed”

MASCORD: Is patriotism compulsory?