Rick Stuart's showed just how desperate he is to see NSW back in the winner's circle by gambling on a young side that can show enthusiasm for scoring points but make the mental tenacity required at this level.
If you go through the side you see a pocket full of GEN Y players who, when the going gets tough, well they just head to the changing rooms.
There's no shortage of confidence and brashness on the side, with Mitchell Pearce allegedly dating a "Pussy Cat Doll" and Todd Carney having more ink printed on him than a 'Sunday Telegraph' Sports section.
It's amazing that a trophy of the game such as Ricky Stuart, who was known for his toughness, has picked a side that looks nothing like the traditional tough teams New South Wales has produced over the years.
Luke Lewis, one of the best representative players in the world is coming off the bench, James Tamou has been selected after being selected in the NZ tri nations squad last year. Michael Jennings has been selected from reserve grade. Robbie Farrah selected over last year's best NSW player Michael Ennis. Trent Merrin of late wouldn't look out of place at a "Powder Puff" convention.
The side is also full of off field controversy; it might be time for team management to can the traditional bonding (drinking) session with past greats. If you look at the track record of this side with alcohol it does not make pretty reading. I could list the players and the incidents but that is a little uncalled for.
The more you look at the side and see the misfits and puzzling selections, the more Queensland will be worried, State of origin was built on underdogs overcoming adversity and rising above.
They might have to change the way Origin has been played historically, but it is possible. When Origin is here anything is always possible.