I know the responses will come thick and fast from North Melbourne supporters, but before you start typing away in frustration to my comments, think about it first and tell me, honestly, if I'm wrong?
The Kangas let their fans down on Saturday night against St Kilda. They could have won and should have won, but they didn't and they might be made to pay for it come round 22 when they miss the finals. For all the usual talk about the Shinboner's Spirit, such attributes were lacking on the Gold Coast.
After beating Hawthorn and demanding respect from all and sundry, North were brought back to earth with an almighty thud against the Saints who, it must be said, are also far from a worthy finals contender.
The Kangas had plenty of players not up to scratch, which is disappointing given the pride they take in being the underdogs in most games. The supporters were let down. The coach was let down. It was a woeful performance after quarter-time.
So what now for North Melbourne? Can they make the finals? Do they deserve to make the finals? Can they put this loss behind them and rediscover the form of just one week earlier?
The fact is this, and I'd be interested to hear if North Melbourne fans actually own up to it. In my opinion, North Melbourne fans walk a tightrope. Rarely do they ever go into a game 100 per cent confident of victory, rather there is always some hesitation or a nagging thought in the back of their mind that their team over-achieves for the most part and a touch or reality is always just around the corner.
Am I wrong? Was any North supporter truly that shocked that their team lost to St Kilda, or was it more a case of "It was only a matter of time!"
Yep, they have great spirit down at the Kangas, but that will only win you so many games each year. I think deep down that North supporters know this only too well.
The Yapper has spoken!