Cold Currie, Ayr on a shoestring, pulling down your Pontys and developing a stomach Ulster, goody, goody gumdrops it must be time for the British & Irish Cup again.
Now I should probably advise regular readers, if you’ll allow me to flatter myself that there are any, that this year I am determined to have a more constructive attitude towards Satan’s spawn, sorry, I mean the second tier’s knockout competition.
If it’s a closed mind you’re after you’re looking in the wrong place because I have decided not to allow the experience of our local sides inform my entire opinion on the value of the tournament.
As I sit here, basking in the excitement of this weekend’s big kick off, I recognise that my introduction to the B&I was not all it might have been, indeed watching Moseley last year commit hari-kari in their first two fixtures at ice-locked Billesley Common was about as pleasurable as a trip to B&Q.
In fact Moseley’s whole campaign could have done with a spot of DIY after they lost every single match. And Bees’ was no better, who will ever forget the cash-strapped Silhillians hitch-hiking their way to Millbrae?
But this season it could all be different. Ignoring the fact Moseley start with an all too rare trip to London Welsh, there is the very real prospect of a first ever B&I victory when Swansea and Neath turn up on consecutive January Saturdays. I can hardly wait.
And what is there to do but salivate at the prospect of going to Pontypridd and Llandovery with Bees or at the presence of Doncaster at Damson Park?
Certainly not their supporters who have already launched a poll on their messageboard wondering if the B&I Cup should be used as a warm-up for the next tranches of league matches.
You old romantics.
But who’s this interloper? Worcester, you say. Be off with you and find your own fun-packed fixture-fillers. Nicking our afternoons Currie and Leinster, you should be ashamed of yourselves.
Hang on a minute, though. You Warrior chaps might actually have a decent crack at this thing. Suddenly a chance to avenge the Cornish Pirates defeat looks quite enticing.
As does the fact there’s now a quarter-final round, which means the top two teams in each group go through and defeat in the first game doesn’t necessarily consign the rest of the event to the circular file.
I can feel the cup fever rising.