The runway is clear. The Premier League is primed for take off. And don’t we know it.
Quite how we’ve got through these last two weeks (let alone the entire summer) with only games in the Football League to sustain us, I’ll never know.
It is marketed as “the best league in the world” and, depending which criteria you care to use, you may agree. The most hyped? You may find that unarguable.
Still, we can’t live without it. Or so some will lead us to believe.
Even without a ball kicked (other than somewhere in Asia or somewhere else the other side of the world), the league’s paymasters must love all the uncertainty over Messrs Rooney, Suarez and Bale although far from happy two of them might just end up abroad and not in “the best league in the world”.
I suppose “the best league in the world” might be a bit better should all three stay. Mind you, to be honest, Suarez can take his hook.
What did make me chuckle is that all three appeared to have an injury which conveniently meant they weren’t available in the later stages of pre-season,
Perhaps you’ve enjoyed Sky and BT going head-to-head. Sky certainly haven’t enjoyed BT elbowing, although you may prefer to say muscling, their way into Sky’s territory. Had it all their own way up to now covering the “best league in the world”. Let’s see how BT go about hyping and presenting the “BLITW”.
Looking for something different, BT had an idea of cameras in the dressing room. What a super idea, I can hear the marketing men hollering. It’s not happening but they’ll keep trying. But I can’t see too many managers welcoming in the all-prying eye.
Anyway, it all kicks off tomorrow. And if, this weekend, you get the idea nothing else is happening in the world - then it’s all down to coverage of the best league in it!
Drop down a level into the Football League and you may have noticed a little quirky one last Saturday involving Doncaster Rovers.
They didn’t actually play. They didn’t have a point on the board from the one game they had played. Yet, after last Saturday’s results came through, Rovers - not having played and, therefore, still with no points - had actually moved up the table.
Even the BLITW will struggle to top that!