And here we go again. Writing to you from what has become an awfully familiar position.

Let’s just get a few things out there. The weekend was disgraceful, deplorable, shocking, contemptible, and downright detestable!

And then of course there was the Raiders game.

Just kidding. My weekend was good but boy oh boy, our boys played one terrible game of Rugby League on Sunday.

Time to light the torches and advance, right?

Wrong.

The only thing more depressing than getting mopped up on the field, is reading some of the commentary afterwards.

Much of the commentary is valid. Gosh knows I feel like I’ll explode after days like Sunday.

But reading through lines and lines of criticism and insults gets kind of depressing, so I thought to myself, what do others do to dull their frustration and bounce back to reality with a smile?

I never thought I’d have to share this, but believe it or not, I have a connection or two with fans of other teams, some of which support Parramatta.

One of these Parra supporters attempted to offer me advice for getting through the bad times.

I dismissed the advice, as it involved wagering hard earned dollars against the club I love, but it did strike me as an interesting coping mechanism on game day.

I’d be interested to hear how some people brush off a big loss. What picks you up after a game like the one after the Warriors?

A meal out? Time with the family? A few ‘lemonades’ down at your local?

Me? I think a good, immediate vent to family and friends does the trick. Gets it out of my system and puts me back on a positive path for the next week.

In the words of Bruce Lee, “Remember, no man is really defeated unless he is discouraged.”

So let’s put our positive pants back on and encourage the boys this Saturday night in Ricky’s first game, coaching against his old club, the Eels.

Despite the form guide and despite the Raiders casualty ward, I think this game will be closer than many think. I really hope the people of the Northern Territory get out and support it.

There have been a number of changes, including Jordan Rapana making his debut at fullback, Jack Wighton’s return, Edrick Lee’s return, and Anthony Milford shifting into the halves.

Personally, I’m really looking forward to seeing a few faces back and I’m sure we all wish Jordan Rapana the best of luck in his Raiders debut.

It’ll be a hard task for the boys but I have no doubt they’re up to it. Shut down the Hayne plane and we’re in with a shot.

Easier said than done, I know. Stay positive, Raiders fans. Success will come eventually!