No stopping Linfield's surge to 50th title
Whisper it around the corridors of Windsor Park, but the league title is done and dusted.
David Jeffrey will no doubt tell me I am 'talking tripe' next time I see him, but after Tuesday's Big Two victory for the Blues, the fat lady is clearing her throat and picking her favourite song.
Linfield are on course to lift a record 50th Irish League championship
Managers of those teams in the chasing pack have to say the right thing, go through the motions to appease the faithful that they will keep pressing until the end of the season in the hope that Linfield may slip up. But privately they probably all have that resigned feeling, they know they are playing for second place.
Let's be honest, Glentoran are not capable of picking up nine points more than Linfield in the 15 games that remain and the others are too far behind and have not shown the levels of consistancy required.
Scott Young received criticism from some quarters when, after watching his team lose to 10 man Portadown, he claimed the standard of the league was poor.
His logic was that, despite his team having lost six league games already, they were still within striking distance of the leaders. Now, while I think Scott was wrong to say what he did in public, I have to say I have sympathy with his comments.
Yes, games in the Carling Premiership on many Saturday afternoons or Tuesday evenings are exciting, but I am not convinced that the quality of the football is as high as it was.
You could look at the defeats Linfield have suffered this season at Donegal Celtic, Dungannon, Crusaders and Cliftonville and say it is a sign that the league is so strong that all the teams are capable of beating each other. Indeed, the same could have been said last season during one of the most exciting title races for years.
I would contest that it came as a result of the top teams coming back towards the chasing pack and not the other way around.
It is not just the case in the Carling Premiership. It is exactly the same in the Barclays Premier League.
I am fed up hearing how it is the best league in the world and the fact that it is so close this year proves it. Yet again, it is the same story, the top teams have moved back towards the bunch, the bunch have not caught them.
Would the current Chelsea team live with Mourinho's Chelsea? No chance. Is this the worst Manchester United team we have seen in the last 10 years? Probably. The fact that they are still unbeaten proves the lack of quality in the Premier League this season.
If, as everyone suggests, United have been pretty ordinary this season by recent standards then why is it the other teams have been incapable of beating them?
Back home, and this month has proved once again how difficult it will be for any of the 'smaller clubs' to build a squad capable of mounting a title challenge.
Take Ballymena United for example. Trying to put a young squad together, as soon as star players like Nathan Hanley and Michael Smyth catch the eye, the 'Big Two' come knocking on the door.
It is not a criticism, it is the way the system works. They are quite entitled to enquire about players who are out of contract in the summer.
Scott Young was right. There simply are not enough top players to go around. Yes, there is a sprinkling of real quality stars who have remained loyal to provincial clubs. Stephen Carson and Kevin Branniff spring to mind.
Unlike years of old, there are not as many of those top drawer players, and not enough left over after the Blues and Glens have had their pick to give anyone else a chance of a push for the title.