How many times have you asked yourself: what am I doing here?
You might find yourself in the pub bang on noon, washing down the first pint of the day while the taste of toothpaste is still all too fresh, thinking you should be doing something more productive with your Saturday.
You may have just spent £200 on a round-trip halfway across the country to see your team lose 3-0, spill most of your half-time drink down your sleeve as you barge your way back through the crowd and then not even have your obscenely over-priced train ticket checked en route either to or from your destination.
Or you could be sat at home, with all your friends round, armed to the teeth with chips, dips and official competition beers, ready for a gladiatorial clash, only to slump back in your seat and watch two ruthlessly professional teams cynically cancel each other out for 90 minutes.
This is the reality of being a football fan. Boredom. Frustration. Disappointment.
But last night's epic World Cup quarter-final between Ghana and Uruguay, with the last African side in the tournament losing out on penalties, is the reason why you watch.
The match at Soccer City between a South American nation of 3.5 million people and a side whose very presence in the last eight served to highlight England's abject failure all the more, but it finally provided the kind of rich, meandering narrative which Our Boys usually provide at tournaments before exiting in glorious failure, but was so lacking from them in South Africa.
This is football. For the blessed few, success comes so often that the scantest denial of it is decried as the end of the world, but for the rest it is a constant reality. But, time and again, that harsh extinguishment of hope only makes you come back for more.
In Luis Suarez, Uruguay gave themselves a hero and everyone else a pantomime villain when he handled on the goal-line in the dying moments of extra time. Forget the lazy Thierry Henry comparisons and the ridiculous hypothetical debates over bringing in penalty goals or sending off two men for such an offense. He did what he had to do and was punished as the game has seen fit for so long. Bad cases make bad law.
In Asamoah Gyan, we saw heart-wrenching failure when he missed the subsequent spot-kick, only for our fearless hero to be redeemed by daring to smash in the first penalty of the shootout nearly as high as his previous effort which hit the bar just minutes beforehand.
From where Early Boers was watching in Cape Town, everyone was willing Ghana to win. One newspaper had run the headline "Go BaGhana!" that morning, reflecting the nation's mood in getting behind the Black Stars' efforts in becoming the first African nation to reach the last four of the World Cup.
But, despite Gyan lashing in his spot-kick, the failure of his team-mates to hold their nerve and Sebastian Abreu's Panenka-style 'falling leaf' dink from 12 yards crushed hopes of a fairytale ending.
Once the dust has settled, it will become clear that it is probably just as well. Ghana would have got turned over by a Dutch side that combines solidity and execution, and it would have been a flat finale to Ghana's journey. Better that they left their mark on this tournament in such thrilling fashion.
As for Uruguay, that nation that has won double the number of trophies as England despite having a population little more than Wales, those who want to denounce the manner in which they reached the semis may get their desired denouement.
Suarez's red card means he will miss the next match against, ironically, the nation where he plies his trade, and top-scored last season with an incredible 35 league goals.
His team-mates carrying him shoulder-high at the end could prove a bitter/sweet moment.
Anyway, apologies for actually enjoying a football match for once. Cheap gags and even cheaper puns will resume tomorrow.
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The best bit about all yesterday's action is we get to do it all again tomorrow.
Cape Town was packed with Argentina fans last night, preparing for their huge match against Germany. They are a crowd who need no excuse to make a Friday night a party, but parading around a coffin with a Brazilian flag on it is a start.
To top off the burial of their despised neighbours' World Cup dreams, the raucous funeral was conducted underneath a huge banner paraphrasing Diego Maradona's now infamous taunt to Germany: "Que te pasa, Brasil? Estas nerviosho?"
Not only that, but afterwards we have either the prospect of another upset when Paraguay take on Spain, or perhaps we will see another exhibition of brilliance from David Villa, who is finally getting his deserved acclaim as the best striker in the world.
And we are still waiting for Fernando Torres and Lionel Messi to get on the scoresheet. Surely we won't be waiting much longer.
Is there anyone out there that still thinks this tournament is boring?
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QUOTE OF THE DAY: "Over the four matches we weren't good enough and regardless of the goal that never was, Germany played better than we did over the 90 minutes and deserved to go through." - David Beckham speaks refreshingly free of spin in his latest exclusive interview with Eurosport-Yahoo!. Mind you, he then goes on to tip Brazil to reach the final, but covers his bases by also tipping the Dutch. And Germany. And Spain.
FOREIGN VIEW: "In the second half, we put a lot of pressure on their defence and to score twice was fantastic. It just slipped through from my bald head and it was a great feeling." - Wesley Sneijder gives hopes to slapheads everywhere that losing your hair can have its advantages, including scoring the winner in a World Cup quarter-final.
BOERMY ARMY TWEET OF THE DAY: "@EarlyBoers I am Ghanaian and sad about the result but blame no-one. It had to happen and it happened to us. Don't blame Suarez." - Fair play to nanaloa2001 for keeping things in perspective.
And if all that wasn't enough excitement, keep updated on the prologue of this year's Tour de France (16:00) either via our live commentary or on the Eurosport Player. You can get involved by joining the #tourdetweet.
AND there's the women's singles final happening at Wimbledon: Serena Williams v Vera Zvonareva (14:00).