Fast forward to the end of May and a time when football fans traditionally, eagerly await the launch of their new home kit. It's fair to say anticipation was a little subdued in these parts due to the inevitability of the home colour offering being red. However, this was no ordinary kit launch...
It's now only 10 days until the British and Irish Lions play their first test in Brisbane, Australia, and people are buzzing with anticipation; there's a true sense of belief that this is our time, a time for men, for lions, to walk a path that few have before and win a test series.
With the dust only just settling on the most illustrious managerial career in football, it's been hard to find a bad word written about Sir Alex Ferguson. However, now he's officially retired, the time has come to examine some of his lesser moments.
With disasters such as Hillsborough still fresh in the memory, although not because of the safe standing debate, trialling safe standing sections appears to be something that authorities in the UK will be reluctant to approve.
While there are obviously the big names sure to draw crowds and excite fans and pundits alike - mostly Chris Gayle - here's a look at eight players, one from each nation, who have less than 50 ODI appearances to their name, but could make a big impact this summer.
For the money the Brazilians spent on redevelopment they could have just levelled the Maracanã and built a new venue, but the modernisation has worked well and maintains just the right amount of history. The aisles are wide, the seats are comfortable, and the view to the pitch is excellent with fans feeling very close to the action.
The fundamental issue that breaks or makes any Lions tour is trust. Sounds obvious, as trust in any rugby team is vital, but there are the added elements of bugger all time and historic enemies at play within a Lions squad.
As he would have desired, everything centred on José Mourinho. From the start, when his name was greeted by a deafening mélange of cheers and boos, to the end when he departed with a stroll onto the pitch and a wave to those who had so vociferously backed him, he was the focus of attention.
Operationally, Watford is now just a division of a multinational company. The allocation of players, and thus squad selection, is ultimately handled by Giampaolo Pozzo and his cronies. The managers underneath them have become puppet figures.
Laura Massaro last weekend became the first women's English winner of the British Open since Lisa Opie, who in 1991 against the odds, won at a time when Susan Devoy of New Zealand was such a dominant force.
Belles will be replaced by Manchester City: a club with neither history nor pedigree in the women's game, but, as we all know, one with an awful lot of money. The implications for fans of smaller clubs everywhere are clear. Yet national media coverage has been modest so far.
It's certainly a big decision for Cook and Andy Flower to make. While they won't want to discard Compton seemingly on the back of a couple of bad matches, they must plan not only for this Ashes series, but the one that subsequently follows and the long-term future as well.
This latest corruption scandal is a powerful reflection of the larger failings afflicting India today: rampant cronyism, poor governance, and the absence of accountability.
If there was one club that summed up how farcical the situation has become in recent years then it would be Blackburn Rovers.
As a global brand FIFA is recognising its obligations towards society, making a commitment to tackling social issues such as health and education by investing over 1% of its revenues in CSR programmes an investment that will increase over time.
The people behind these stories all have one thing in common (apart from an enthusiasm for guns) - an arrogant belief that the lives of other animals cannot possibly be worth as much as their own pleasure. The animals whose lives are in question also have something in common - they have all been persecuted to the edge of extinction in the UK.