EDITORIAL: For some people, it's the best night of the year to rent out a DVD.

For others, it's a night to avoid social media at all costs, or to filter out certain hashtags.

But for many, it's a night of passion and excitement, triumph and despair.

State of Origin. Who can explain it?

The phenomenon is no mystery to anyone who watched interstate league before Origin was born, who saw our Queensland-born stars from Sydney's big-money teams don blue jerseys in Lang Park and trample all over the valiant second-string guys left behind in the local QRL teams.

It is hard to overstate the emotional power of finally seeing Queenslanders representing Queensland and dominating for so long.

Even a long-lapsed rugby league fan like me (Go the Seagulls!) can find himself caught up in the emotion.

Many born-and-bred Queenslanders are aware of an irrational but deep-seated inferiority complex when we balance ourselves against the big populations down south.

But history and state pride doesn't explain why Origin football is so big in Papua-New Guinea.

Anyone who can shed light on that little mystery is guaranteed a space in the letters column on these pages.

Meanwhile, pull out our poster from the paper today and stick it up on your wall.

It's okay if you put blue sticky stuff all over the blue side.

Queenslander!



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