Make no mistake, the position Sunderland find themselves in today is a bloody disgrace. Relegated by Burton Albion with Darren Bent bagging the winner?
Looks like being the warmest day at the Stadium of Light since the Championship season began back in August. Ah, the heady days of half-hearted hope that Sunderland could make the best of relegation from the Premier League and enjoy a solid campaign in the second tier under Simon Grayson.
Now look at the bloody state of it.
There has not been a single good thing to come out of this campaign bar the emergence of a couple of youngsters into the first team.
Poised to be relegated to League One should the Lads be beaten by the 'Mighty Burton Albion' and other results don't go our way, there'll be precious few turn out at the Stadium of Light this afternoon to witness this latest low in an 18 month stretch of horrible 'lows'.
It seems somehow fitting that a sparse turnout at the shell of the SoL should witness the passing of this former grand old club.
Even if the weather tempts you to turn up at 3pm and expect to hand Uncle Ellis thirty notes to get in, you'll not be allowed to pay at the gate in case you're a closet Mag. You couldn't make it up.
And there's a damn good chance that Nigel Clough's men could escape back to Brewerland with 3 points. They've not been bad of late and have been playing with an urgency and intensity that Sunderland aren't physically or mentally capable of.
Chris Coleman's men have improved recently but they lack the faculties to make it count and fight out victories. Will they find some hidden mental reserve to battle out a result to stave off doom-day for another few days?
Burton stuffed Derby a week ago - as we did on Good Friday - and will be hoping their own rout of the Rams launches a late survival push. The Brewers play Barnsley and Preston next, a much easier finale than our own against Fulham and Wolves.
Whatever happens, Sunderland deserve to be relegated whereas Burton will merit their unlikely escape if by some miracle they pull it off. And that is a bloody disgrace Messrs Short and Bain.
And Darren Bent has been declared fit for the visitors this afternoon and could replace Burton's injured top scorer Lloyd Dyer.
If Sunderland's current decline can be traced back to the sale of the former SoL hero, then it would be morbidy fitting if he sends us down today.