Football is alive and kicking beyond the SPL
We can't prove there's life beyond earth, but there is most certainly vibrant, intelligent and passionate life beyond the Scottish Premier League.
Much as I love watching Scotland's top flight, there is a special quality about football outside of the SPL which is driven by a sense of belonging and community.
Starting on Wednesday evening and for the rest of the season I'll be back presenting "Beyond the SPL" on Radio Scotland, featuring life in the SFL, Highland League, East of Scotland, Juniors, youth and women's football, as well as your five-a-side team if you've a tale worth telling.
In that mixed bunch there are a million great tales to be told.
From Dundee, Dunfermline, Falkirk and others in the First Division who seek to restore former glories, to the Forfars, the East Stirlingshires and the Dumbartons; where the football is part-time and the wages might just buy the players a decent summer holiday.
There's also no lack of quality beyond the SPL.
The lower leagues have their fair share of guys who were knocked back by the big clubs because of lack of height, weight, or some other supposed missing ingredient.
These players have flourished in an environment where such factors are deemed less important than attitude and skill.
There is also a great sense of humour.
At a cup tie at Forfar a few years back I heard one wag in the home crowd chastise a foul-mouthed supporter of an SPL club with the riposte: "Watch your language, there's lorry drivers doon here".
A neat put down without the vitriol which often accompanies supporters' spats in the top league.
There is a great desire to win, but there is not the same winning is everything mentality that exists in the top league.
Much is made of the small crowds, but pro rata for the size of many small communities like Brechin and Alloa, attendances compare favourably with the big clubs.
In the East of Scotland League, clubs like Spartans put top clubs to shame with the work they do with kids, while in the Highland League a healthy and fiercely competitive world exists beyond the gaze of the many who never venture beyond the rarefied world of SPL football.
I have a special affection for the Juniors.
Before I was old enough to watch the senior game I could safely be sent packing the half-mile or so on a Saturday to watch Dundee St Joseph's or Downfield, both of whom drew decent crowds.
And what football fan wouldn't be stirred by glorious names like Ormiston Primrose, Linlithgow Rose, Jeanfield Swifts or Irvine Meadow?
Yes, there is a whole world beyond the SPL and it is rich and varied and wonderful.
The good news is you can hear all about it again this season on BBC Radio Scotland.
Why not join me?