The Roosters won't lose their preliminary final against Newcastle because of the present scandal that's engulfed the club.
Regardless of all of that, regardless of whether they're preparing for a grand final next week or not, what will remain are serious questions about what happened at Moore Park last December.
Roosters doctor John Orchard is one of the most respected sports physicians in the country. When he's not running an eye over the Roosters, he's taking care of the Australian cricket team. He was fuming when he learnt controversial sports nutritionist Sean Carolan had infiltrated the club and conducted blood testing without his knowledge - while the good doctor was on holidays. Carolan was immediately sacked when the club discovered this secret testing. That itself is a serious breakdown at a management level. If coach Trent Robinson didn't know of the testing, then why not?
Robinson and his brother Dean attended St Gregory's of Campbelltown while Carolan was also a student there.
There also needs to be a greater explanation of why human growth hormone levels in a handful of Roosters players were elevated. It's been pinned on a theory that Polynesians have a predisposition to higher levels of HGH than Caucasian athletes. That argument seems anecdotal at best.
This column does not suggest any wrongdoing has occurred at Moore Park. The Roosters referred the matter to the NRL's integrity unit, and the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority isn't investigating at this stage. But these are questions that need to be answered for the club's sake.
For years, the Roosters players have been disciplined and revolutionary about what they eat.
The arrival of nutritionist Keegan Smith, the highly regarded son of former coach Brian Smith, has caused many players and staff members to adopt a paleolithic diet, which basically means you eat like a caveman.
A suspicion now lingers because of these blood tests that were inexplicably found on the mobile phone of an organised crime figure. Ben Darcy, a former schoolboys teammate of prop Martin Kennedy and Sandor Earl, has been named as a common link. Darcy was known as a junior footballer with abundant talent and who desired a professional career, but was deemed too small in body size to make it.
In the short term, the Roosters must regroup for their clash with the Knights. Coach Wayne Bennett has been at his manipulative best behind the scenes, and seasoned watchers of the master coach say he's throwing everything at this match. He'd relish nothing more than beating the side he almost joined in 2007.
Robinson broke the news of this impending storm on Wednesday night. He wanted to come out swinging publicly in defence of his players on Thursday but the club didn't want to fuel the story.
Those within the team say the players haven't been put off by the adverse headlines. The most concern is for 20-year-old superstar Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, and how he will handle the pressure of such an important game, having been implicated in the first negative story of his life.
Unless the Roosters address some of the questions that hang in the air, it's a story that won't go away.
We broke the story about the romance that has sparked between Australian cricketer Dave Warner and ironwoman Candice Falzon.
Now we can reveal their first big public outing will be at the Souths-Manly preliminary final at ANZ Stadium on Friday night.
Warner is a Roosters fanatic, but his devotion is more than matched by Falzon's love of the Rabbitohs. So much so that she has been placing garden gnomes wearing South Sydney scarves on his front door step.
Imagine the nervous tension between the sporting couple if their foundation teams play in the grand final at ANZ Stadium on October 6.
Outspoken and proud
Supporting gay marriage has become a cause celebre in recent times - and now Souths star Greg Inglis has quietly thrown his support behind equality.
During the week he tweeted a pic of a shirt that reads: ''SOME DUDES MARRY DUDES. GET OVER IT.'' Inglis added: ''Just got my new shirt from the #USA. I support gay marriage. #FCKH8 … #Supportinggayrights''.
It follows the lead of Wallabies captain David Pocock, who declared two years ago he won't marry his wife Emma Palandri until legislation allowing marriage equality is passed in this country.
They can't relocate the poor old Sharkies. It will confuse the hell out of Harold Holt when he comes back from snorkelling.
(For the kiddies out there, former coach Jack Gibson once said waiting for Cronulla to win a premiership was like leaving the light on for Holt, the former prime minister who was lost at sea).
Relocating Cronulla from the Shire might not be on the cards yet, but let's not delude ourselves that the ARL Commission will need to address, sooner rather than later, the fact that nine Sydney clubs is not sustainable. It should forget Perth and new frontiers.
The vast central Queensland region, from Mackay to Bundaberg, is where the next NRL club should be. With the backing of mining giant Rio Tinto, with the Queensland government pledging a 22,000-seat stadium, with cashed-up league fans who love beer and ride Harley Davidsons, it is a no-brainer.
And not as a rebranded side from Sydney. Reckon the Queenslanders would fall for that?
And finally, after Australian skipper Jimmy Spithill's Oracle Team USA beat Team New Zealand to retain the America's Cup, on the 30th anniversary of Australia II's against-the-odds-you-little-beauty victory off Newport, Rhode Island, let this be said …
Any boss who sacks an Australian working for an American for not turning up today is a bum.
According to one of the highly entertaining TV commentators, the crew members said to their $10 million carbon-fibre catamaran: ''Thank you, boat. Thanks, little boat.''