When the All Blacks lose matches the reactions are always fun to watch (even if watching the actual loss is as painful as having nails driven into your eyeballs).
There will always be an article about what a nation of failures we are. The Herald on Sunday obliges.
Look at those Aussies. Don't they do well? Why do we fail at every World Cup? What wrong with us?
Dare I say it, but does the way the public reacted in 2007 to the All Blacks' exit from the World Cup suggest we are maturing as a nation? I remember still the seething hatred and anger in 1999 and 2003, but in '07 I didn't feel it. Disappointment, naturally. But life continued.
And why continuously beat ourselves up over how well Australia does? Is it because we have a massive inferiority complex and can't bear to think of our bigger neighbours doing better than us?
I love a bit of transtasman rivalry as much as anyone else. But I don't lie awake at night worrying about our sports teams, whether Crowded House was a Kiwi or Australian band, or whether Russell Crowe is ours or theirs (they can have him).
The other thing that comes with an All Blacks loss is garbage from the mouths of defensive and embattled coaches. After telling the public that Dan Carter was only a possibility, and that they would not be rushing him back into the All Blacks, they have... rushed him back into the All Blacks. You can't believe a word that Mr Henry says.
If Dan Carter isn't the staring number 10 against the Wallabies I'll eat my hat.