Middlesbrough have turned into a bigger joke than the Toon
I don't know how they've done it and I don't know how Newcastle United have done it - but somehow when it seemed so straight forward to cash in on Geordie misery, Boro have managed to somehow make an almighty mess of their own season which has kept the knives pointing south of the A19.
The negativity that saturated Newcastle United has dried and although the stains of the worst summer in living memory still exist, the performance of the team on the pitch have handed us a little bit more hope.
Sorry, that's about as positive as I can be on that front but watching Boro's demise has at least removed some of the unwanted headlines at St James' Park or Sid James Park as Boro fans once jokingly sniggered out at us during darker days.
Boro arrive at Newcastle with just one win in eight to show for their efforts with the freaky 5-1 away at QPR their last victory.
In comparing Boro and Newcastle it's no surprise that while Toon fans have backed their team, the attendances at the Riverside have dwindled and the support has waned.
But what perhaps is surprising is that while Newcastle decided to go against the grain (you can also call it a total fluke) in keeping the less than glamorous Chris Hughton at the helm rather than a big name, Boro done away with being sensible, didn't give Gareth Southgate a fairer crack of the whip and went for the quick fix in bringing in Gordon Strachan.
Some call Strachan witty others just rude but one thing is for sure that his snappy manner with reporters is fine when you're winning - but when you you're losing it goes down like a lead balloon with reporters and fans.
We hear all the time from managers that their opposite number will "have his troops up for it" and there is no question that Strachan is desperate for a result.
Barnsley were the first team to really rattle Newcastle for weeks and if Boro represent the wounded animal, than the slightly hurt but irritated team in the Toon could still have enough in their lockers to see off the Teessiders.
And if Newcastle do manage to beat Boro and maintain their comfortable lead at the top leaving Boro in mid-table then you have to take your hats off to the Pigbag boys.
After all overtaking Newcastle on the road to oblivion is some feat!