Premier League race hots up
Blog brethren I need to apologise - it's been too long. Let me give you three reasons for my absence...
1. I was always going to go dark over Christmas and New Year.
2. I've only just come out of mourning after losing Celebrity Mastermind by a point (yes I was asked to go on even though both words make me a little uncomfortable).
3. A horse ate my homework.
Anyway, it's nice to be back and the footballing landscape has changed a little while I momentarily rested my blogging boots. Manchester City seem to have lost their aura, Manchester United and Arsenal have brought back the old boys, Martin O'Neill is weaving his magic again and Swansea are playing the best passing football in the Premier League!
On top of all that my team, Crawley Town, have embarked on another FA Cup run and I found some posh Christmas biscuits - a discovery which lifted my late-night glass of milk to a whole new level.
For those of you who missed Mastermind, my specialist subject was 'The Gunpowder Plot'. Many have questioned why I didn't opt for a football-based subject but the answer is two-fold.
1. It felt a little bit like cheating.
2. Having witnessed the rage that accompanies the tiniest factual error from the football fraternity, the idea of being asked something like "Who plays their football at Ewood Park?" and answering "errr... Sweden?" was enough to scare me off.
I also finally gave up on my dream of making it as a professional footballer during my blog hiatus. Like many other lovers of football, a small completely misguided part of my brain has always persisted to inform me that I was 'decent' at the beautiful game despite more than 25 years of distinct averageness.
My first match of 2012 confirmed what the rest of my brain has been screaming at me from the day I missed from seven inches in a game for Three Bridges Middle School at the age of 11.
My touch resembled that of a lame rhinoceros, my cranium seemed to be shaped like a 50p piece and I was routinely skinned by a young pup who wasn't even wearing proper shorts.
Talking about football has, in contrast, been going well. We've had some great guests on Football Focus over the last few shows, loads of people are watching and we have another bumper edition lined up this week too.
Before I get to that, if you want to see Mr Shearer & Mr Savage's extended thoughts on the issue of tackling you can watch the Focus Forum here...
This Saturday the whole show comes live from Molineux where Wolves take on Aston Villa, and our guests will be Lee Dixon and Neil Warnock. If you have any questions for the former QPR boss let me know and you can also send in something you'd like to ask Rio Ferdinand and Nigel de Jong - they are both coming on this week too.
Finally, I have been somewhat irked this week by suggestions that 'the media' want Spurs to win the title and were gutted when they failed to beat Wolves. I know I only speak for Football Focus but I assure you that is not the case.
Yes, Tottenham are a good story because they are keeping pace with the Manchester pair and have usurped Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool. Yes, we all (as neutrals) want to see the best possible finish to the Premier League season and Spurs could make it interesting and yes, Mr Redknapp is a good talker and the England angle makes him a 'person of note'.
But be assured, if any team were where Spurs are now they would get the same degree of coverage and media luvvies everywhere would not be weeping into the double half-fat mochachinos when Steven Fletcher put Wolves ahead last Saturday.
Right then. See you all on Saturday at 1215 GMT on BBC1. Get your questions or comments down below and I shall pop back inbetween visits to the biscuit tin. Don't forget you can find me on Twitter at twitter.com/danwalkerbbc