DAVE Taylor's impulsive bird-flip at Origin was brushed off with a quick apology and very little public outcry last week.
Well, everybody loves him.
The Queensland Rugby League was quick to defend Blackwater's big lovable man-child, describing the incident as more "immature" than anything else and guaranteeing it would not affect any future Origin selections.
As one blogger aptly put it, Coal Train's outburst failed to even reach the lowly level of "attractive athlete takes picture of themselves on the scandal scale".
"This was one little bird that was never going to fly, all for one very simple reason," Roar.com columnist Chris Chard said.
"Everyone loves Dave Taylor … it's true. A large strangely shaped, scruffily bearded and erratic playing forward is the most loved man (child) in rugby league."
While Big Dave's actions showed little graciousness in victory, the former Blackwater Crushers junior had little to worry about as he celebrated his 24th birthday on Sunday.
"Each Taylor tackle or line break is met with hoots that belong at a Mad Monday nude run, while each dropped ball or fluffed opportunity is brushed aside with a wry smile and a 'That's Big Dave for you!'," Chard wrote about Taylor, who he described as "the knockabout country kid with the giant buttocks playing backyard footy on the game's biggest stage".
"The wonderful thing is though, there's no - absolutely zero - marketing hyperbole to the whole Dave Taylor package. No social media spin, no C0ALTRA1N number plates and no spray-tanned soapie starlets hanging off his burly biceps at the opening night of expensive inner city eateries.
"We can look at Taylor as a window to our game's past, a bloke who 30 years ago would have been trundling along in the front row, breaking wind noisily on the team bus and lazily working at the leagues club as a cellar man during the week.
"Nup, there's nothing I'd change about our living football fossil."
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