The final day bedlam wasn't just reserved for the stewardship of Harold James Redknapp, either, wheeler-dealer extraordinaire. André Villas-Boas was a bold and progressive appointment for Spurs but he, too, was kept sweating in his first window with the club.
Living about 6,000 miles away from the Boleyn is one of the harder separations I've had to make to live in San Francisco. And it doesn't matter how many Red Sox games I go to, there is just no replacement for being at home when the season starts.
Saturday is Non-League Day, an annual event that coincides with an international weekend to encourage fans of all clubs, but especially Premier League and Championship whose teams have no matches, to get out into their communities and back a local side.
Making sense of Arsenal's transfer window takes some doing. The late purchase of Mesut Ozil sparked scenes of delirium outside the Emirates, among the first team squad and on social networks. Rightly so too, you can make a good argument that Wenger has never signed a player of such a standing in the world game before - rather than becoming top class whilst at Arsenal, he's already there.
We have had just four games of Paolo Di Canio's continental-looking Sunderland side, and already questions are being asked. We have had just four games of Paolo Di Canio's continental-looking Sunderland side, and already questions are being asked.
So finally, after endless play-off heartache, Cardiff City have finally made it to the Premier League. It was obvious to all that certain areas of the team would need strengthening if they weren't to be relegated by Christmas, and with last season's top scorer Heider Helguson and midfield stalwart Stephen McPhail both being released, gaps needed to be plugged...
I might as well be honest with you right from the start: this article will contradict itself. It will set off by being one thing but in the end will turn out to be something else, in many ways similar to a Premier League season.
After the protracted sense of gloom that accompanied last season, a break was much-needed but with a new manager, new signings that have created excitement in abundance and a new, invigorating challenge, it promises to be a year to embrace.
Interestingly, it's not just the top clubs who have whipped out the cheque book this summer. Norwich, Swansea, West Ham, Southampton, Cardiff and Liverpool (yes Liverpool fans, you're not a big club anymore) have all spent more than £15 million each over the summer.
What's the League Cup called now? I lost track somewhere between the Coca-Cola and Milk Cup eras. As for the Europa, which would you prefer - top four in the league or a tricky second leg in Elfsborg? Come to think of it (Wigan), which would YOU prefer - FA Cup winners, or staying in the Premiership?
Almost inevitably, the rebrand has caused serious divisions within the fanbase. Long standing friendships have creaked and in some cases fractured altogether. Those who have actively embraced the changes appear to view those against the rebranding as dinosaurs and anti progress. Fans strongly opposed to the rebrand have made it clear that they view those who endorse the changes as complicit in the destruction of the club's traditional identity.
Doncaster's absurd idea of signing up Louis Tomlinson from One Direction is a heinous, untenable crime, one which in a just world the footballing gods would see fit to fervently punish with dubious last minute goal concessions, perpetual injuries to key players (except Louis, you've made your bed so lie in it) and the signing of Bendtner on a long term contract.
As you read, I could be up in the Great British airspace aboard the Sky Sports News chopper, flying between a pair of trophy-winning clubs from last season. I'll be visiting different clubs across England and Wales, with 18 reporters on the ground delivering live updates from across the country...
This week, Tottenham Hotspur footballer Gareth Bale was the subject of an 85 million pound bid from Real Madrid. That's the most amount of money ever lodged for a player in the sport's history. What on earth is going on I ask?
Right now, Wayne Rooney is possibly the leading light of spectacular self interest and PR misjudgement that seems to run through Premiership football at present.
The likelihood is that Bale will be just as sought after next summer; he will be a more developed player ready to step up to the very highest level; and he will still have many years ahead of him to claim the kind of silverware that teams like Madrid can offer him.