AS STEVE McClaren says, a week is a long time in football.
It is a long time between Gazette columns too, especially with the frenetic pace and heightened emotions on Planet Boro in a dramatic season crackling with all the tension of a crucial cup final stoppage time penalty.
And there is so much to say. Not just about the matches which drive our obsession but also about the colour and culture of Boro fandom, the history and traditions and the echoes of Ayresome, the compelling cut-throat politics within a knowledgeable crowd, the wild fluctuations by the hour in terrace temperature and the ability of the club to delight, frustrate, infuriate and inspire us. And to drive us to drink.
So I have spilled off the pages of the Gazette and into the blogosphere where we are not constrained by rigid deadlines and tired old formulas and where a comprehensive Borocentric world view can be refreshed and updated as the news unfolds.
The aim is to react quickly with analysis, opinion and passion to the big events.
Sometimes there will be red hot breaking news straight from Hurworth that canÃ¢ÂÂt wait for the next edition of the paper.
Sometimes there will be afterthoughts and reactions to my Gazette column
Sometimes there will be personal quip-by-quip match reports.
Sometimes there will be searing views of the latest PR gaffe .
And sometimes the veneer of professional decorum will dissolve in delirious air punching EIO triumphalism at mighty BoroÃ¢ÂÂs destruction of the flimsy so-called champions.
But there wonÃ¢ÂÂt be any spin. This blog pledges to cut through the media-manipulation, doublethink and delusion that surrounds the game and instead provide a platform for an informed, articulate and honest approach that puts the fansÃ¢ÂÂ views at the forefront.
Because supporters are the lifeblood of the game buthave too long been denied a voice. They are loyal and passionate and intense and well informed – and above all they are honest. This blog will endeavour to echo those sentiments and to join in Ã¢ÂÂ and sometimes lead Ã¢ÂÂ the debate. It will not be afraid to talk about what the fans are talking about even if it does upset the powers that be.
And it will be accessible and responsive too. There is a facility on here for you to comment. Feel free to challenge the views expressed either here or in the Gazette and to advance your own. DonÃ¢ÂÂt hesitate to question the party line. Go ahead and outline the subjects you think I should be tackling and questions that should be posed.
This blog is intended to educate, inform and entertain and to become the first stop on the net for articulate Boro opinion. I hope you enjoy reading and taking part.