Roughly around the time of the final whistle at Headingley Carnegie on Friday night, something snapped in Oval Talk's mind.
That particular exhibition of free-flowing rugby in Leeds finished 6-3 to the visitors Sale after a scoreless first half. For all the chatter you sometimes hear in football circles that "it could have been a rugby score", on this particular weekend PSV Eindhoven did indeed out-score Leeds and Sale combined.
The urge to look somewhere else - anywhere else, for that matter - was overpowering.
And so OT turned its thoughts dreamily towards the autumn internationals, which are upon us a week on Saturday.
But no - positivity and optimism are being reined in there, too.
Rugby Football Union chief executive John Steele says a reasonable target is two victories from fixtures against New Zealand, Australia, Samoa and South Africa in November.
"Currently we're sixth in the world so a degree of realism is important," he said. "We think a reasonable expectation is to win two out of the four matches."
OT is all for keeping it real. It would have been useful at the football World Cup in South Africa this summer, just as it will be worth remembering ahead of the Ashes that Australia have not been beaten in 31 of their last 32 home series.
When it comes to rugby, however, the most positive of England fans have had realism pummelled into them for several seasons already. The failures in autumn 2009 and 2008 are still fresh enough.
As it happens, this might just be the first time in a while to indulge in a little optimism.
After all, the last time England played an international they won - in Sydney, of all places. If the expectation is not to beat the Australians again in the home comforts of HQ, then what hope is there of overcoming them at the 2011 World Cup?
As for South Africa, their team will arrive in the northern hemisphere with an injury list as long as Peter De Villiers's record of David Brent-esque comments. With the likes of John Smit and Fourie du Preez amongst eight regular Springboks already missing from the tour, there will be few better chances for England to win.
That's the RFU's target met already - and given England's record of played five, won five against Samoa, OT thinks three England victories this autumn would be the appropriate mix of realism and optimism.
Of course, the All Blacks, who scooped the Tri-Nations this summer with a perfect record, could be a different proposition altogether. Don't count on England to emerge from this autumn's fixtures unbeaten.
Not that that is a problem, necessarily - the way to prepare for New Zealand in the World Cup is to hope for an inexplicable crisis of confidence somewhere between the Haka and the first whistle of the quarter-final.
One optimistic leap too far, perhaps, but surely better than reliving the drudgery of Headingley Carnegie.
Quote of the week: "He is a giant. He can defend hard, he can put a massive hit on and he can break tackles and offload with one hand. It's crazy.
"He's big, man. He's got some massive shoulders. He's built like a bodybuilder, and prancing and running around, it's not going to be the most exciting thing trying to tackle him."
Australian fly-half Quade Cooper is a little nervous ahead of facing the 6'4", 17 stone and really rather quick All Black-in-waiting Sonny Bill Williams. The New Zealander also boasts a professional boxing career record of two wins and no defeats.