Could an amateur ethos help the pro game?
Our rugby reporter in Scotland, Jim Mason, is making a television film on whether Scottish rugby has embraced professionalism or not.
And that got me thinking. Is it right that top level sport is professional and the participants only rest and play, for which they are paid, at their sport?
One of my favourite quotes comes from football World Cup-winning coach Felipe Scolari who said: "My priority is to ensure that players feel more amateur than professional. Thirty years ago, the effort was the other way. Now there is so much professionalism, we have to revert to urging players to like the game, love it, do it with joy."
So, what do you think? Do you think our sporting stars have the love and the joy, or are you gradually thinking, like me, that some of the joy of sport departs with most kick-offs, throw-ups, tip-offs, and starting guns?
I think we should start a book called "The Joy of Sport" and I volunteer for the action shots on pages three and seven.
They just don't make shorts like these any more...
In our generation (sometimes loosely termed ancient history) we trained most days of the week and turned up at Murrayfield two days before the game. I think the pay was £11 a day, for those two days, which would buy a small car. Honest.
But we played for fun. Of course, at the time, we were furious that we weren't paid and wondered where all the money the punters had parted with ended up. The answer is that it all went to Scottish clubs because there weren't any professional rugby teams to look after.
How good it was, for instance, that Sam Waley-Cohen, who won the Cheltenham Gold Cup, isn't a full time jockey. No, he runs a dental business.
Hefin O'Hare, the talented Glasgow rugby midfielder, has just completed his honours degree in building surveying and he says that the act of doing so increased his love of rugby. The great Bill McLaren used to say that rugby "should be the escape from the daily grind rather than the daily grind itself."
Even I would argue that the longer you spend at things like skills practices, organisation, weight training and the rest the more likely it is that you become a better player. I fully realise that training brings success. Modern players are far fitter, stronger, more skilful and better informed about rugby than we ever were.
But, and here's the rub, I think there is a balance to be had. I would like modern sports stars to have more of an amateurish approach.
In Scottish rugby terms that means, to me, more integration between professional players and local businesses both in terms of sponsorship and, indeed, hands on business experience. Our rugby players should be forced to do some work as well as their rugby.
If that means one half day a week volunteering in a charity shop then so be it.
One of the problems professional players have is that they never see what it's like to work eight to six and then escape to enjoy sport.
I want them to find the Joy of Sport. Or am I barking up an amateur alley?
£11, honest, it was a fortune at the time...