State of Origin is about theatre. It's about the barbs that fly across the border each year. It's about the rivalry that cannot be matched by any other sport in Australia.
I read with interest this week that NSW coach Ricky Stuart said Queensland offered 'fake humility' in defeat.
That's fine, that is Ricky's opinion and he is entitled to that. I don't particularly agree but Origin thrives on comments like this.
NSW like to get their message out through the media, we prefer to keep our business in-house.
Queensland fans will be agitated when they read stories like that and I know Blues supporters also feel angry when taunted by Queensland's ex-greats.
Being based in Coolum for our camp has helped us steer clear of the spotlight to some degree.
I know the Sydney newspapers are full of Origin stories and earlier this week some ex-Blues greats accused Queensland of being 'arrogant bigheads'.
We had a bit of a laugh about that - this Queensland side is anything but big-headed.
Series wins have come through hard work, skill, dedication and a tough attitude. You're not big-headed just because you win.
Again though, it was another story which placed Origin on the back page and added further anticipation to Wednesday night's big game.
I know Queensland coach Mal Meninga has been happy with our camp and training over the past week.
There is no doubt though that Queensland have some improvement from our performance in Origin I in Melbourne.
Cam Smith has had another camp to establish himself as our skipper.
Let's not forget Cam was behind Darren Lockyer for eight years so it's not that easy to suddenly step up and lead a team in Origin.
Yes, Cam is Melbourne captain but Origin is a different beast.
Cooper Cronk has been around the Maroons side for a few years now but Melbourne was his first match as halfback.
We are all hoping that game will further strengthen his partnership with Johnathan Thurston. That will lead to a better kicking game and more efficient execution.
I also believe our props Matt Scott and Petero Civoniceva are ready for improved efforts.
Sure, we will miss Sam Thaiday. He has been the backbone of our success, but as has happened for years now, when one Queenslander goes down, another comes in - and he always gets the job done.
The media talk is just about over. Nothing written will matter come 8pm on Wednesday.
History beckons for Queensland. We will be more than ready.
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