If Labour had won the 2015 General Election, then no one would be coming after rugby, and who know what else thereafter, in order to punish Norman Toryland for occupying Saxon England.
The function of schoolboy rugby was of course to deracinate public school and grammar school boys from the football-loving working classes whom they were to keep down for the rest of their lives.
But things are not looking too bright for football, either.
Apparently, it so arrests one's development that one will find oneself a 15-year-old boy in the body of a 27-year-old man, and therefore, so to speak, a 27-year-old man in the body of a 15-year-old girl.
If football really were to go the way of boxing (which is still there, but well outside the mainstream, and certainly not in schools), and if rugby really were to go the way of bare-knuckle boxing, then might the schools and the universities be ours at long, long last?
Might they become, you know, places where people read books, and even places for people who did read books?