Firstly, I took a few days off from visiting the site after last Friday, realising that losses like that can get more than a few panties in a bunch. A return and scan through the content since would indicate that this was the case....again.
Well, it seems that most on here have forgotten that rain, hail or shine, we rarely turn up for Round 1 matches.
I can't think of any particularly reason why, but our history since the 2005 opener (beginning of our 10 year finals run) has seen us rarely up for a big one after the pre-season.
So how bad are we? In 11 matches (2005-2015) we have won just four of them, and just one of those was at Brookvale (where we have lost four despite home ground advantage).
We have handed out just the one flogging but received three 13+ beltings. There is a points differential of -42 over that time and can only point at a win/loss of 3-3 for away games as some sort of positive.
Premiers, steady squads or turnovers, turmoil, positive pre-season vibes....none of it makes a difference to the end result: we don't turn up ready for Round 1.
And it happens again in 2016. The club receives a plethora of positive media leading up, parades the new guys, talk up the improvements pre-season, yada, yada, yada....and 6-28 later we're all wonder what went wrong.
I've given up trying to work out what is going on for the first game of the season. There is no rhyme or reason for the continual stumble at the starting block.
But I can just sit back in the aftermath and confidently state that despite the result, it has no correlation with how the season ends up.