Paolo Di Canio decided that there just had to be more to life than this, and named a threadbare sixteen for the final day visit to Tottenham.
Phil Bardsley and Matthew Kilgallon paid the price for their casino antics by being left out of the squad entirely, whilst Kadar Mangane missed out through injury. It would be a shock to see any of them in a Sunderland shirt again.
With Stephane Sessegnon and Craig Gardner both suspended, that essentially meant that every single fit senior outfield player started, with Seb Larsson apparently winning the final 'right back lottery' of the season.
Sunderland (4-4-2): Simon Mignolet; Seb Larsson, Carlos Cuellar, John O'Shea, Jack Colback; Adam Johnson, David Vaughan, Alfred N'Diaye, James McClean; Connor Wickham, Danny Graham.
Substitutes: Keiren Westwood, Scott Harrison, Liam Marrs, Adam Mitchell, Billy Knott, Mickael Mandron, David Ferguson
Meanwhile Andre Villas-Boas named a predictably strong team in a must-win game for the Londoners.
Tottenham Hotspur (4-2-3-1): Hugo Lloris; Kyle Walker, Michael Dawson, Jan Vertonghen, Benoit Assou-Ekotto; Scott Parker, Tom Huddlestone; Aaron Lennon, Clint Dempsey, Gareth Bale; Emmanuel Adebayor.
Substitutes: Brad Friedel, Steven Caulker, Kyle Naughton, Moussa Dembele, Lewis Holtby, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Jermaine Defoe.