Ringing the bell for Hull
So the new season is upon us at last, or already, depending on your point of view. I for one am delighted.
Last time out Manchester United won their first and last games on penalties, winning the Community Shield in the first and the Champions League in the last.
History has already been repeated with the first bit of silverware of this season and they will be one of the favourites to win the Champions League again. At this rate there will be no room for any players on the United team photo, just a line up of trophies surrounding Fergie.
I'll be working at Old Trafford on Sunday to commentate on the game against Newcastle, a fixture traditionally won by United with a hatful of goals.
Take nothing for granted though; you may remember that Reading were the first lambs to the slaughter at Old Trafford last season but came away with a nil-nil draw. Didn't do them much good in the long run though, did it?
I am organising the Match of the Day sweep again which was won last season by editor Andrew Clement. To our shame the commentators performed particularly badly in predicting who would finish where and win what. I'll let you know if the tables are turned as the season progresses.
I expect virtually everyone who enters the sweep to tip either Hull or Stoke or both to go down. They may be right, but I really hope that no team has to go through being humiliated like Derby were at the top level.
I'm off to the KC Stadium on Saturday for the first day of the season and Hull City's match against Fulham. This will be Hull's first ever game in football's top flight and I'm told that they could have sold out many times over.
I've never been to the KC Stadium but went to Hull's old Boothferry Park many times. My grandfather was a Hull City fan and took us to see the likes of Ken Wagstaffe and, towards the end of his career, Billy Bremner play for the Tigers.
There was never much of a crowd in those days, but we always had to leave 10 minutes early to "avoid the traffic". I well remember leaving the ground with Hull losing 2 - 1, only to find out back at his house that they'd won 3 - 2.
In 2001 Hull very nearly went out of business and out of the Football League. In the end relegation and bankruptcy were narrowly avoided with local businessmen paying the bills to keep the club afloat.
At the time those benefactors presented the club with a bell, asking that it should not be rung until the club's first ever game in the top flight. They could hardly have envisaged that would happen just seven years later.
I'll be there to see the bell chiming on Saturday before kick-off. My grandfather - who'd be 102 if he were alive today - would have loved to be there too. But I bet he'd still leave early.