It may be sunny and warm outside, but for football fans everywhere, all that they can see is dark clouds, and the never-ending gloom of a summer without a major football tournament. The real die-hards are even scrabbling around for wallcharts for the Women's World Cup (which does actually look quite interesting) and the U-21 European Championships (well, given that we're sending some decent players, it's a tournament we might actually win).
The curtain came down on the regular football season over the weekend with two rather contrasting events: Saturday's eagerly-anticipated Champions League final between Barcelona and Juventus, followed by Sunday's not-so-eagerly-anticipated international friendly between the Republic of Ireland and England, ahead of their qualifiers next week.
So where was the real action to be found in the end? We investigate.
Tale of the tape
Who: Barcelona and their love of double denim
They came, they saw, they conquered, and they unashamedly wore double denim. Yes, following the team landing in Berlin in denim supplied by Replay - their "official supplier of formal and casual wear" - the first time that a football club has worked with a denim company - the coaching staff eschewed the traditional suit and ties to proudly sport it on the touchline and become the talk of Twitter. Was it a fashion statement? Or a horror show? The jury is still out, what we do know is that it was gloriously blue, devoid of pastel shades as we would usually expect from our Euro cousins.
And the football? Well, despite a short spell in the second half when Juventus got level, the result was never really in doubt as the Catalan Kings controlled possession, as they always do, and midfield legend Xavi got a run-out at the end to enjoy a stellar send-off. But then you probably already knew that.
Who: ITV Football's Twitter Massacre
After the high of Berlin, came the low of Dublin.
As England played Ireland in one of the most boring matches seen for a long while (well, since England's 0-0 draw against Costa Rica last summer, anyway) we were left hugely thankful for two things.
1. At least it was so boring that it stopped a repeat of the violence seen in that 1995 match
2. Thank God we now have social media so we can all have something to do while it's on
ITV Football, meanwhile, played a blinder, realising early on that, even if this world of 'Super Sundays' and 'Manic Mondays' (hang on, that might be The Bangles), the public know when they're seeing rubbish, and they didn't hold back. Pundit Paul Scholes described the entertainment on display thus:
They then attempted to summarise the important tactical lessons that emerged from the match:
Meanwhile, Doncaster Rovers, who have experience with putting together highlights packages for terminally dull games, didn't miss the chance to get involved:
And we would love to know the viewing figures that this programme got: