Well I knew I wouldn't be able to do it and so did all of you. You know, the 'ostrich' approach thingy towards transfer rumours. I kept it up for nearly 24hrs and then in a moment of stress in the early hours cracked and posted on the rumour about Van Nistelroy.
Since then I have indulged several times. My name is JimmyG2 and I am a rumour addict. I made the pledge to ignore the transfer window because I seriously thought that we had reached some sort of understanding about stability and some kind of contentment, with the team, especially the defence, in view of our good finish to the season.
Now there is not a team in the world that cannot be improved, but in view of our poor starts for the last three seasons due in no small part to the constant turnover of players and managers there seemed to be an appreciation that the priority was for a settled team to deliver this.
Its not the fact that we are being linked to several dozen players and that most of the team will apparently be sold that unnerves me. That is just the normal press feeding frenzy and it can be ignored though not completely as I have proved. It is the apparent abandon of many Spurs supporters who cheerfully embrace the idea that four or five players in and perhaps more out will enable us to start the season well.
Harry has certainly earned himself another season at the very least. The team has shown signs of playing to its potential; defensive records have been broken; injured players have returned with some success; the youth teams have done extraordinarily well and we still have some talented youngsters who may well make the step up.
However the lure of foreign stars, exotic names, bargains too good to be missed, fashionable players to replace the unfashionable ones as some have it, holds sway. Never mind that most of players who are an improvement on what we have won't come, and that the rest are no better and will need time to integrate.
My advice to Spurs fans is 'always look a gift horse in the mouth' especially if its 33 yrs old and been out for 7 months with a recurring knee injury. Nor do gift horses usually demand £70 thousand pounds a week in oats and hay. There isn't even an empty stall in the stable.
Is there some sort of attention span deficit problem with football supporters in general and Spurs fans in particular? In the old days you identified with the team and its players. Familiarity was part of the deal. There was a two way loyalty between players and fans. Players like Ledley and Gareth Barry were the norm: a decade at a club was nothing. You can't be a true Tottenham player if you are just in transit. I'm not suggesting we return to the slave conditions of the 50's but we seemed to have thrown the baby out with the bathwater.
Of course success is a powerful magnet and you are more likely to retain your players if you are playing regularly at the top level as Man. Utd have shown. But at the moment we are an escalator to higher things for the Carrick's, Berbatov's, and Keane's of this world and regrettably the Lennon's and Modric's. Keane's return was not only a kick in the teeth for those that stayed but a demonstration of our 'bitch' status in the general scheme of things.
This season things are made more complicated by the sudden riches showering down upon Man. City who have the ability along with Chelsea to outbid us on any top player we might fancy. They did so last season with Bellamy which just goes to prove that too much money clouds your judgement. I wouldn't have signed him if he had been on a free and accepted an 'Opus' as his first week's wages.
With the steady improvement of Everton and Villa and Fulham, to get into the top six this year will be an achievement which I would be very pleased to welcome. But the usual impatient stirrings are evident. If we just get a left winger, get some back up for Ledley, sign another left back, upgrade the midfield and the strikers we will be able to challenge for top four. I make that at least five new signings, which in my view is four, or even five too many.
Harry has moved from 'two or three top,top signings to 'three or four, whoever we can get' and the transfer window isn't even open yet.
Arrange the following words into a well known phrase or saying: broke, it, don't, it, aint, fix, if.
There's a clue in the title.