I still remember it, I’ve always played footy, my family are right into it, we would have massive parties on origin time with heaps of people getting blind out at our farm. It was definitely bigger back then no doubt. My point is the whole game has subsided equally not just origin. In my 37-38 short years I have seen a huge change from when I got my first non farm related job at 17 when all the blokes would wear footy shorts to work and talk footy all day to people wearing Lebron James singlets now. If anything imo origin is the only thing that even the casuals watch whereas normal NRL doesn’t have anywhere near the same tribalism it used to. I obviously still love it or I wouldn’t be a member of this forum but in general kids just aren’t playing it anymore.