Snow sparks Sheffield shiner memories
Hello comrades. I hope you are enjoying the snow. We were worried that our Focus trip to West Ham was going to have to be cancelled on Saturday, but thankfully we all made it there and more than two million of you tuned in to watch, so thanks for that.
Martin Keown has had a coat specially lined for chilly outside broadcasts and our other guest - Dean Ashton - opted for the layers approach.
My hand got particularly cold during one chat with Sir Trevor Brooking and was shaking about all over the shop while clinging on to the microphone.
West Ham were great on the day, providing manager Sam Allardyce and Sir Trevor for live interviews, and they even gave me access to the remote control for the bubble machine which I did consider setting off midway through the first half but thought better of it.
Football Focus presenter Dan Walker (left) was joined by Martin Keown (centre) and Dean Ashton at Upton Park.
One element of the show that went down particularly well with viewers was the correction of the grammar on the sign in the West Ham dressing room.
As the picture shows (below), there was an apostrophe needed to turn 'its' into 'it's' but, as with everything these days, at least 8,000 Twitterers pointed out that further punctuation was required after 'winning'. I shall add a colon on our next visit.
Of the current 20 Premier League sides, the only grounds we are yet to visit are the Liberty Stadium, The Hawthorns and DW Stadium.
We shall be mumbling it up in Swansea next month and are currently trying to fix a date for the Baggies and Latics too. Once we've done the lot we'll start again but might try something a bit different next time around.
Before you start moaning about 'Premier League obsession' we have been to plenty of grounds outside the big boys too and will hopefully do that again at some stage too.
West Ham's sign with missing punctuation.
The recent cold snap has reminded me of an incident during my time at Sheffield University back in the late 1990's.
We were due to have a football match between two halls of residence which had to be postponed due to heavy snowfall.
It was replaced by an impromptu snowball fight which quickly descended into full-scale snowmageddon with armies of 150+ embarking on hours of mildly violent fun!
It all got out of hand when the captain of the university lacrosse team turned up for the opposition. Like some sort of ancient archer, he launched long-range ice balls into our number at obscene speeds causing general pain and carnage. I've had a latent fear of lacrosse sticks ever since. Those babies fly!
I accepted the mission to 'take him down' and opted for the 'run at him like a crazed banshee' tactic rather than the slightly more sophisticated 'assault on a fixed enemy position' perfectly executed by Major Richard Winters and the men of Easy Company during WWII and made famous by Band Of Brothers.
Sadly, my more rudimentary effort ended hideously with an ice-ball to the upper face, struck perfectly from some distance. I had panda eyes for two weeks but did write the incident up in the university paper under the headline 'Bravo 2 Hero to Zero'.
All Premier League and Championship matches survived the weekend but there was a point when Tottenham v Manchester United looked dodgy. I don't think Premier League rules allow for a league fixture to be replaced with a snowball fight but, if it ever happened, I'd back Stoke to top the table.
I imagine Robert Huth has got something of a lacrosse arm on him.
We have all sorts of FA Cup fun lined up for you this weekend so get your seat on the sofa early. See you at 12:15 GMT on BBC1 on Saturday soldiers. No exceptions. Over & out.