Damn the Mariners for sacking their coach, after an embarrassing capitulation against Wellington Phoenix on Saturday night.
The ammunition was all lined up, ready to go, but now having a real crack will feel like dancing on the grave of a championship-winning manager in Mike Mulvey.
There have been similar scorelines, often with similar consequences. It was 8-2 in the last match of last season against the Jets, but that was title contenders against a team waiting to bundy off for the year.
We can all recall being on the wrong side of a thrashing from time to time, but when it happens on the back of a record that reads seven competition points from 21 games, it’s hard not to conclude that rock bottom has been reached.
If that was the lowest point for a single club, surely the weekend's offering of two lopsided, almost unmarketable matches for the A-League, represents one of the most worrying times the competition has faced. Expansion anyone?
The fact that any team 11 versus 11 can be 7-0 down before the hour mark in a salary-capped competition is shambolic.
Before Mulvey’s sacking, I might have enjoyed the irony of pointing out that the Mariners finished well and won the last half-hour 2-1 .
A result like that had its origins sown long before the Englishman landed in Gosford.
Indeed, Mulvey's former employers at Brisbane Roar could send their former great rivals a thank-you card for easing the spotlight from their own dreadful season.
Those who witnessed the premiership rivalry between two strong, proud clubs earlier this decade must shake their heads in disbelief.
As I stated before, any team can have an extraordinarily bad day, but generally it will happen away from home, against a competition heavyweight, playing a man or two short after send-offs, or when the squad stocks are heavily depleted due to injury and/or suspension.
The Mariners could point to the latter of those reasons to an extent on Saturday, but with the greatest of respect to a vastly improved Wellington, they cannot yet be classified as a competition heavyweight.
All of which would mean very little to Jets supporters except the Mariners visit McDonald Jones Stadium on Saturday for a derby match that the Jets really must win to continue their late charge for semi-final football.
How do teams respond to horror results generally?
Have the Mariners got the quality and resilience to turn things around in a week?
Logic tells you no, but you’d imagine assistant coach Nick Montgomery, a hard-nosed, competitive midfielder for the club, paring the situation back to a question of basics and personal pride, if he indeed takes charge.
Have the Mariners got the quality and resilience to turn things around in a week? Logic tells you no.
It’s easy to look ahead to the Jets' away game at Wellington on March 30 as being the crucial, or pivotal, game in their finals quest, but a quick look at this weekend's fixtures suggests there is a real opportunity to apply pressure to a number of sides.
Should the Jets take care of business against the Mariners, you’d imagine that they might find favourable results in one or more of the remaining games.
Adelaide host league leaders Perth on Friday night, and Melbourne City travel to Sydney FC on Sunday.
Two tough matches, you’ll surely agree?
Wellington’s home game against the Wanderers on Sunday might have been considered something of a formality a month ago, but Markus Babbel’s team have improved enough to suggest they will be at least competitive in this fixture.
It’s not too hard to imagine the Jets within a point or two of one or more of the sides who occupy the top six positions by Sunday evening.
From there, holding the nerve, momentum and belief will determine who succeeds.
But there can be no slip-ups from the Jets on Saturday.
To be fair, Newcastle's effort to squeeze seven points from the nine available against City, Adelaide and Victory, at a very busy time, is both commendable and reassuring.
That sort of output over the final six games will be enough, because at least one of the other contenders will falter a little. From there, who knows?
Before you suggest I am getting ahead of myself, let me remind you columnists have that licence, players and coaches don’t.
So here goes.
The Jets will make the play-offs, Liverpool will win the EPL by one point, the Celtics will win the Eastern conference in the NBA, a dodgy-looking male will be Prime Minister after the federal election, and Winx will win her final two race starts.
It will all start with a professional three points for the Jets on Saturday.