The future of both Canterbury and NSW is set to be determined within days of each other as the respective organisations prepare for board meetings over the next fortnight to decide on a coach.
Kane Linnett's milestone jersey for the Cowboys has just about been ripped to shreds, yet he has somehow lived to have another crack at his old club the Roosters in North Queensland's unlikely grand final push.
We should have trusted the ballot box. It knew what was going to happen. Parramatta aren't quite ready for that change yet.
Panthers coach Anthony Griffin denies his side missed Matt Moylan in key moments of their finals exit at the hands of the Broncos, but Penrith's reliance on their skipper might never be greater given the injury fears they hold for rookie five-eighth Tyrone May.
The Cowboys just can't win again, can they? Just like they couldn't beat the Eels from an impossible position on a cold, wintery night a couple of years ago before they won their maiden premiership.
The NRL is considering relaxing its year-long ban on betting in Holden Cup matches for the competition's grand final as well as rubber stamping a number of new exotic bet types for the NRL decider.
Peter Wallace assures there's a dry sense of humour buried somewhere within Anthony Griffin, which is good when all anyone wanted to ask the Panthers coach about on the eve of his back to Brisbane homecoming was the man who made him redundant for a season.
World Cup officials will go back to basics for officiating at the end of season tournament, stripping back the use of video technology and reverting to just one referee on the field.
Nathan Cleary has seen the video highlights. That flick pass. The step. The acceleration. And he knows what his dad Ivan, Tigers coach, is getting. And he would love nothing more than closing the book on Benji's Broncos chapter on Friday night.
Tyrone May could wish for fame, fortune or finals from his NRL career, but family will suffice. Just enough money for the boy from Mount Druitt - still is from Mount Druitt - to buy his clan a new house.