Fresh faced optimism at the beginning of the season has now been replaced for some supporters, by dejection and despair as they look forward to another off-season of hope and 2011. For the supporters of Melbourne, North Queensland, Cronulla, Canturbury, Parramatta and Newcastle, all that can be hoped for is to end the season with a win and the cricket season. Based on recent events, even the cricket season shows limited appeal, so reality sees these fans in limbo until the off-season excitement ramps up again.In all probability, the fans of Brisbane and Souths Sydney should follow the same course. We thank these supporters for their loyal patronage, and hope that they follow the finals with some sort of interest. If not, there is always the NFL. Until next year, teams.