THE most interesting moment of yesterday's grand final breakfast came after the pay television production had ceased, when the NRL chief executive, David Gallop, appeared on stage and shook hands with the Manly coach, Des Hasler.
''I just wished Des good luck in the game. He was fine,'' Gallop said when asked how the conversation had gone. The pair have been at loggerheads for more than two years over the league's four-match suspension of Sea Eagles star Brett Stewart for disciplinary reasons two years ago.
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As someone who is old enough to remember that they used to include an ice-bucket full of beers on the tables at the breakfast - I never partook that early, but at least I had the option - I can report that yesterday's affair was a pretty dry one. Literally and figuratively.
There was no entertainment as such. No band, no comedian. What, is nothing funny at 7am? It was chock-full of interviews with players, and as anyone who has covered even just one grand final week would know, it's hard to get anyone to say anything remotely dramatic at this time of year.
No one wants to give the other team something they can grab hold of and shake the life out of for reasons of motivation.
Warren Smith interviewed the captains and coaches, and the only time one of the quartet got animated was when Hasler, God bless him, was reminded of how he loves the underdog tag and would still claim it - even though the Sea Eagles are $1.50 favourites. Hasler took the extended opportunity to talk up the Warriors, but at the end of his speech the Sea Eagles were still $1.50.
The breakfast has in recent years developed a tradition in which Fox Sports league experts interview a couple of key players from each team, with everyone sitting on lounge chairs. It's very cosy - like a fireside chat, but without the fireside.
Laurie Daley interviewed Manly halves Kieran Foran and Daly Cherry-Evans, and Greg Alexander did the same with Warriors halves James Maloney and Shaun Johnson. ''Lozza'' and ''Brandy'' should have been wearing dressing-gowns and smoking pipes, it was so relaxed.
Maloney, who is from Orange and formerly played for Melbourne, drew laughs when he admitted he used to consider the Warriors as ''a club I always said I would never go to''.
Maloney squared up by saying it had been an ''awesome move'' for him and that he had ''found a home over there''.
At last year's breakfast, a 10-year-old boy who was among a group of junior players invited to the function was interviewed, and when asked if he had any tips for the coaches involved he replied: ''The Dragons should pass the ball around more.''
The line broke the room up. Out of the mouth of a babe and directed straight at master coach Wayne Bennett.
Another youngster was interviewed yesterday, but wasn't asked anything that could have led to a reply like that. Maybe they were worried he might suggest to Dessie that he get a haircut.
I am advocating that they put the breakfast on at night next year. Call it the grand final supper. At least it would allow people to loosen up a bit.
Manly forward Darcy Lussick tweeted on Wednesday night: ''Have to wake up at 5:30 in the morning. What a ridiculous hour of the day.'' Right on.