Since the return of football, the role of the co-commentator — and a particular task they are seemingly obliged to undertake — has become excruciatingly predictable and a personal bugbear.
The past few months have allowed me to take stock and think more about my paternal grandfather, who was as maniacal about football (specifically Wolverhampton Wanderers) as is humanly possible.
With just a few things all but done, there remains significant motivation for clubs at the top, middle and bottom of the league to fight for; storylines aplenty to be played out.
Just two months on from its inception, this is the story of the non-profit charity team using the power of the game’s good to earn money for a commendable cause.
“With there being so much technology within the game, we are now seeing clubs utilise that and look to scout in multiple ways.”
We know there are no fans to cheer and jeer every phase of play, so why is there seemingly a desperation to have some noise to replace it?
While Haaland clearly finds himself “bored” by some of the responsibilities involved aside from playing and scoring goals, he should show a greater willingness to at least play the game.
The Bundesliga’s resumption is going to pave the way for the return of our own domestic leagues, which people too often forget provide jobs for hundreds and thousands of people up and down the country.
The takeover saga appears to be stuttering to a conclusion.
It is now an extension of TV broadcasts, a fusion between the experience of the match going supporter and that of the fans watching from their own homes.