Seven years of bad luck - but I live in hope
OPINION: On Sunday I was doing some retail therapy at Station Square Shopping Centre in Maryborough.
I was walking past the closed Sports Power store when a woman made a loud comment to the lady standing with her: "we should break in and burn that".
She was referring to the Blues jersey that was hanging in the window.
It blows my mind that you Queenslanders can still be so rabid, so fanatical and extreme, when you lot have won the Origin series for the past seven years in a row.
Seven years! Isn't that enough? Can't you all just let it go?
I have lived in Queensland for the past six years.
That has meant six long years of suffering, torment and torture at the hands of Maroons supporters between May and July every single year.
At least in New South Wales, people have the good sense to be as shattered as I am when we lose the series.
I was absolutely convinced we would win the series this year.
The first game in Sydney increased my hopes as the Blues raced to victory.
But Queensland bounced back immediately and I felt pretty deflated after the loss in Brisbane.
The Queensland juggernaut seems set to roll on and with Blues players such as Paul Gallen and Jarrod Hayne out of the third contest, I'm mentally preparing myself for the anguish of those awful Maroons winning eight straight.
But still I feel a twinge of hope that just won't die; and perhaps it will be the end of seven years of pain on Wednesday night.