For thousands of men across the Portsmouth area, the week ahead is one of the toughest.
By next Saturday your very manliness will be in question.
You’ll look at yourself in the mirror, shrug your shoulders and quietly mutter ‘I’m a failure – again’.
Nine weeks ago, as a collective brotherhood, we made an oath.
We promised our devoted partners that, as the sport season had ended, we’d commit time, money, effort, blood and tears to ‘stand-down Saturdays’.
Flaky fences, wobbly wheels, conservative conservatories were due for makeovers.
Minds were rambling with grand designs, paint samples were bought and splashed and new tools acquired in preparation for a summer of hard yakka.
Now here we stand on the cusp of a new football/rugby season and it’s time to ’fess up. What has actually been achieved?
I’m not one for feeble excuses, but the weather was poor at the back end of May, the Lions rugby tour of Australia took up most of the Saturdays in June and July’s weather has been fantastic – way too nice to spend indoors slowly undercoating a radiator.
Of course there will be will focused, decent chaps who’ve made it happen.
Whilst I was watching 30 behemoths tustling on TV in a far-flung land, they would have been working, landscaping and making their own little world a better place.
They’ve invested in themselves. I’ve invested in an underwhelming tan and beer.
Time (and laziness) have beaten us once again as our beloved teams race on to the hallowed turf next Saturday.
In Pompey’s case, it’s a new, untried beginning – it’s the biggest community-owned football club in English footballing history.
Community football clubs have had limited success across the country. But none have been backed by arguably the most loyal supporters in the land.
My weekend slackness is about to change; this season I’m presenting the Saturday Sports Show on BBC Radio Solent. I hope Pompey fans will tune in to hear and comment on a tough season as it rapidly unfolds.