Just who will win the County Championship?
It was more than just a joke from a colleague last week to drily quip that with fewer than two weeks to go before the end of the season it was far too early to be thinking about who can win the County Championship.
You save that sort of punditry until the last day of the competition.
It could be Durham and, for no other reason than a gut feeling, I think it will be.
They're certainly missing something when it comes to the big one-day knock-out games, and with some key players suffering from injury and a lack of form, added to losing players to England, they fell away at an important time over the last month.
But a victory over Sussex last week, and with Worcestershire to play at home in the final week, they are still right there with a chance.
What pleases me most about their performances is the fact that they have rallied since last season. A third title in four years would be something special.
Warwickshire were supposed to be a side who would be more concerned about the bottom rather the top of the table this time around.
Chris Woakes is clearly a gifted performer and the emergence of Boyd Rankin, along with the vastly improved bowling of Rikki Clarke, has meant that they can dismiss sides twice and in quick time on occasions. But like all of their rivals, their batting can be far too brittle.
There lies the problem for all the pundits. How can you predict outcomes when, encouraged by some dodgy pitches, batsmen decide their time could be better spent in the field?
What can you write about Lancashire? I think they have the best bowling attack in the country.
Playing on surfaces which suit them away from Old Trafford, they still have the ideal opportunity to end that 77-year wait to be outright champions. For their batting see above.
Then there is Somerset. A bitty season appeared to be kick-started by a three-match winning streak, which was ended by a rain-ruined game at home to Nottinghamshire, although for what play there was the visitors to Taunton were well on top.
Since then they have suffered another defeat at home to the 'jokers' in the pack, Hampshire.
The Rose Bowl outfit are having the biggest laugh of them all. Their cricket secretary had every right three weeks ago to be booking some early hotel deals for next season in Division Two.
Since then the brochures have arrived and sit on the desk unopened whilst the team decides how much longer they can keep up the great escape.
They have beaten three of the top four in the last month and finish the season against Lancashire and Warwickshire.
Michael Carberry is a quality batsman and his comeback from a genuine health scare is a reminder to us all what is really important.
But his return has coincided with some quality performances from the team.
Maybe next year they can start their season at the same time as everybody else. But in which division?
Yorkshire's plight looks hopeless. Director of cricket Martyn Moxon has been honest enough to say the team have not been able to perform well enough for long enough in a game.
I'd add that they are a young side with a young captain in Andrew Gale who probably could have done with a bit more experience out there with him at times.
Worcestershire's season has been similar to Yorkshire's in the sense that they can play some good cricket and probably maintain a good position in a game for even longer, but their bad sessions have been really bad.
They now face a crucial game against the team they came up with last year, Sussex, whose current form is a worry as they are without a win in five games.
For the neutral, there would be something reassuring about the health of the competition if we could avoid yet another season when the two teams relegated are the same as those promoted the previous year, although right now Hampshire and Yorkshire would clearly disagree.
Talking of promotion, Surrey put the Division Two promotion race into a spin last week in Northampton.
Worcestershire enjoyed a similar winning run late in 2010 and the same could be happening to Rory Hamilton-Brown's men.
I hope a few of the established Division One clubs are in currently informing their finance departments that a bit more money may be needed to help pay for hotels in London in Olympic year.
It's that time of year when plans are being put in place for the winter. One thing I'm looking forward to is an idea to chart the more recent history of county cricket.
Stories of crowds queuing up at the gates for certain games are not so common these days.
There is the odd frightening sight at Scarborough on Sundays when Yorkshire play there when there is a mad rush down the bank to get the best seats in front of the pavilion.
But what of the days when we were led to believe this was a common occurrence? It would be great to hear from you, whatever age, if you have stories and memories of county cricket matches and players from down the years.
If you have time, contact me either here on the comments section or if you prefer via email@example.com