I don't like losing and was as distressed as anyone at yesterday's loss. However, anyone who has played top level sport knows that you can't perform at optimum level every week and it is a very rare team that never loses a game. How else do upsets happen? Do any of us work at 100% in our employment each day? We were ripe for the 'plucking' yesterday against a team that has underperformed all year. We were less than up and the early easy try did not help matters. Our whole attitude to the game was down, despite what the coaching staff were saying all week. We can still play footy, are still a good chance to at least make the Grand Final and fans should not read too much into the loss. The players won't as they will be focussed on winning the comp. Sure, it looks like the minor premiership is gone and that is a pity, but that achievement, won by us in 82, 83, 95 and 07 meant nothing the day after the Grand Final. Another important truth in losing is how we respond to the loss - as seen by the weeks after the St George debacle. Hopefully it will fire up our team and get them focussed for the run to the line and the semis. My feel is that the hysteria at the loss is a bit over the top and it could be a blessing in disguise. I still remember in 01 sitting and watching Parra flog the Knights at home by 40 odd to nil and then six weeks later seeing the tables turned and the Knights winning the Grand Final.