The way in which rugby traipses gormlessly along in the footprints of its bigger brother, Association Football, is an irritation to most followers of the union code.
There are so many examples of the poisoning effect of professionalism that they are too well-documented and too numerous to mention - this is not the week for dewy-eyed recidivism.
However, just for anyone who's curious, my personal bugbear is the way players have been locked away from supporters in some sort of sterile ivory tower, too precious to be touched by the unwashed masses.
To be fair to those players, the distance that has been injected between them and the paying public has not been done so at their own insistence, it has been foisted from above by clubs who recognise their corporate value and by the demands of their strict recovery regimes.
But that's enough whingeing. Even the most cynical mind must admit that professionalism has brought some improvements - ground development foremost among them.
Whether my perception or my suspicion can be borne out by hard statistics or not, it seems as though clubs are cottoning on in terms of their squad-building and, in particular, the number of longer contracts being handed out.
The emphasis has switched from recruitment to retention because the circus that begins at this time of year and continues for the entire summer is to the detriment of continuity and team-building. Professional rugby is 12 years old and only now does it seem the benefits of making a decent commitment to groups of players has occurred to clubs outside the Premiership.
To their enormous credit, Coventry have led the way. They have more than 15 players signed for next season and last week announced they had signed ten on two-year contracts. What a refreshingly sensible approach to squad-management.
I don't accept the assertion that the current Butts Park regime invented the concept, though what is undeniable is that they have bought into the ethos in a much less piecemeal manner and have worked hard to keep this year's squad beyond the end of this season.
Moseley are also working behind the scenes to make sure they retain the bulk of their players for 2007-8 and their retention of Neil Mason is a massive boost to those efforts.
Not only have they kept their best player, they have signed him up for two, possibly three, years. Mason is now the rock around which they can build their pack.
Worcester's squad for their next campaign, wherever that might be, is almost complete. Of all the players he wants to keep, John Brain has all but a handful signed up.
Initially, that might have been frustrating for the club's fans who were, under-standably, casting envious glances down the road to Gloucester and down the league to Northampton as their rivals announced a series of exciting new recruits.
But what message does that send to the players they're currently asking to shed blood for their cause? Keep us up and we'll get rid of you. I've heard more inspiring calls to arms.
To my mind, birds in the hand are worth far more than those in the bush and keeping the variables as constant as possible is the basis of any sound experimentation.
That will only pay dividends on the pitch. Consistency of selection will not only help forge partnerships in key positions, it will make judgments on individual performances much easier.
It also helps create a team ethos. The transient nature of most squads is to the detriment of a club-wide atmosphere.
Members across the region have grumbled to me about mercenary players coming in, picking up their pay and then driving off home straight after a game. But if the right sort of people can stay with clubs for more than a few months, the bonds begin to develop.
Relationships are forged between players and supporters and one of the sourest tastes of professionalisation will not be quite so unpalatable.
However, just in case anyone was thinking that the staff were about to regain control of the asylum, the lunatics have been at it again.
Not content with the fact that the Heineken Cup fills their stadiums on a regular basis, the Premiership clubs now want more control of the competition.
So how do they go about securing it? By boycotting next year's tournament and thereby effectively making sure it doesn't take place. Well done, chaps. ..SUPL: