The crowds for the first week of the finals were embarrassing. There's no other way to put it.
Souths v Melbourne was played in front of just 21,000 people last Friday.
They got 32,000 to their regular-season match back in round six, albeit heavily influenced by the fact they were the last two remaining unbeaten sides in the competition.
Am I missing something? How can we get a crowd significantly bigger to just a run-of-the-mill clash than the first finals match which we've been waiting all year for?
The Bulldogs crowd was barely better - 23,000 showed for their clash at ANZ Stadium against the Knights.
I reckon it comes back to promotion. The NRL should be near suffocating people with marketing about the finals series to the point where they feel no other option but to go.
Where was all the buzz about the Billy Slater and Greg Inglis heavyweight clash last week?
I didn't see much of it. There were four games in Sydney last weekend and you would have barely known it.
I get that rugby league is a great TV product. The ball is always in the centre of the screen, as opposed to AFL which is much better seen live.
But the NRL should be doing everything in their power to fill our stadiums.
Maybe I'm a dinosaur, but it starts with ticket prices.
Let people in for $10. Whatever is cheap enough to get them in.
I don't buy into this rubbish about it cheapening the product. We're a billion-dollar game and it will only get richer when sponsors want to associate themselves with a game played in front of big crowds.
So why not do everything in your power to attract more fans to games?
I've been saying it for years, but I'm not sure anyone is going to listen. I can only try.