Are United finally going to be up for the cup?
Let's face it Newcastle United's trophy drought was beyond the joke long before now with some Geordie kids now asking their dads what it was like to go to a cup final (back in 1999 at Wembley remember?) let alone win one.
To talk about actually winning something you'd be better off talking to Grandad with grainy footage and distant memories of 1969 all that exists of Newcastle United's last glorious hour.
Yes it's almost 40 years and counting and as Newcastle United head into their Carling Cup tie with Coventry, once again some people are secretly asking themselves: Can Newcastle United win this?
Doom merchants would quickly answer: No.
But slating Newcastle is sadly such an easy pastime for some people and down the years the Mags have given the knockers, know-alls and non-believers plenty reasons to have a field day especially in the League Cup.
Yet surely Newcastle can knock out plucky Coventry, can't they?
Well history in a competition suggests not with Birmingham (twice), Wigan, Wimbledon, Middlesbrough and Man City all graveyards for Magpies since they joined the Premier League in 1993.
And while getting knocked out by Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool was more respectable, home defeats to West Brom, Everton and Blackburn were all looked at by fans as golden chances to progress that were tossed away in the last decade.
Modern day football has meant that the Carling Cup has become even harder to win since then too after the big four (apart from Arsenal, whose reserves beat us 2-0 anyway last year) suddenly changed their stance on the competition and began to take it seriously again.
Now surely is a great time to join the big boys and do the same especially with no European commitments on Tyneside this season.
Will people be talking about "that night in Coventry" in years to come as the first step on the ladder to glory?
Surely the script can't read as badly as it has done for the last 40 years forever, can it?