Well, how about those Cottagers? Fulham's sensational 4-1 win over Juventus last night ensured there will be at least one team from West London involved when the draws for the Champions League and Europa League quarter-finals are made later today.
Such luminaries as Barcelona, Manchester United and Internazionale may be hogging the attention when the balls are drawn in the base of the dormant volcano that is UEFA HQ, but the Cottagers can be justifiably proud to still be involved in European competition at this stage of the season.
There have already been enough column inches about Craven Cottage being a small, ramshackle ground, Fulham being a little club and the supposed genteel nature of the club's fans. Although Early Doors doesn't remember too many upper class niceties being hurled from the terraces when Jimmy Bullard returned to the club with Hull City earlier in the season.
But there can't be too many glowing words in tribute to the job Roy Hodgson has done since arriving at the club two years ago and saving them from relegation. Even more amazing when you consider that, of the side that featured in that do-or-die final-day match at Portsmouth in May 2008, only Kasey Keller, Paul Stalteri and Bullard are no longer at the club.
Hodgson is one of the nicest men in the game, and clearly has a deep-rooted love of the game. How else can you explain a managerial career that has taken him to Sweden, Finland, Switzerland, the UAE before finally getting the chance to make his name in his home country?
It's hard to imagine Hodgson talking about anything other than football. If you were to ask him about what the NHS could learn from Sweden's world famous healthcare system, he would still find some way of steering the conversation round to a teenage full-back called Oskar Kallstrom whom he admired.
After the final whistle last night, Early Doors had vowed to give Fulham top billing, regardless of Liverpool's result later that evening against Lille. Thankfully, with the Reds also progressing after their 3-0 win, the decision was made easier.
As much as showing the match live was a boon for ESPN, it's a shame it was not on terrestrial television so that more people could have enjoyed it. Or enjoyed the second half at least, what with most people doing silly little things like getting home from work when the match kicked off at the ridiculous time of 18:00.
Werder Bremen's clash with Valencia may have been one for the purists, especially with David Villa hitting a hat-trick in a thrilling 4-4 draw, but ITV4 sure missed a trick by showing the wrong match.
- - -
The outcome at Craven Cottage is yet another astonishing result in what will be looked back upon as a memorable season. Perhaps not in terms of the highest overall quality of the football played, but there have certainly been more than enough stories.
In the Premier League we are reaching the closing stages of a genuine three-horse race for the title, Liverpool's travails have opened the door for another team to take fourth place, all the big teams have succumbed to smaller ones, Spurs scored nine with Jermain Defoe netting five in one match and Wayne Rooney has now fully emerged as a bona fide world star.
The FA Cup has had more than its fair share of thrills, not least Portsmouth putting their extended game of boardroom pass the parcel behind them to reach the semis, and the final eight of Champions League represent six different countries for the first time in over a decade.
And that's without even mentioning Sven and Sol at Notts County, Team Bridge or Adebayor's Gooner-baiting.
A decade from now, when you're watching Euro Super League matches completely refereed by Hawkeye in 3D, remember the good times.
- - -
One of the most-watched club matches in the world takes place on Sunday between the two most successful clubs in English football history when Manchester United host Liverpool.
But it does so under a cloud of fan disillusionment from both sides with their respective club's hierarchies.
So far, supporters have made their voices heard in spirited yet ultimately fruitless manner. Liverpool fans have made a few slow ambles to the ground that pass for protest marches from a pub that lies in Anfield's shadow, while United fans have taken to twirling scarves.
No doubt there will be plenty of chants and other sporadically coordinated protests before and during the match. Leaving seats empty for the first 10 minutes, fans turning their backs on the action and even a mass boycott of the game have all been mooted, but that is just not going to happen.
There is far too much parochial pride on the line in one of the biggest fixtures on the football calendar, especially with massively important league points at stake.
United fans were impressive in vocalising their beef against the Glazers against Milan last week, but that was greatly helped by the tie effectively ending as a contest after 13 minutes. Liverpool fans have had enough to worry about this term, let alone mounting a hate campaign against their club's owners.
The Glazers and the Hicks/Gillett partnership will both be desperate for their teams to win, but more so that the heat is taken off of them and placed on their rivals in the most-hated American owners category than for the three points.
- - -
QUOTE OF THE DAY: "A football decision has not been decided on the pitch, it has been decided in an office somewhere, and that is wrong. What is Portsmouth? The people now, or before? That is the question." - Avram Grant gets all existential as he reacts to Portsmouth's nine-point deduction finally being confirmed.
HEADLINE OF THE DAY: "Dempsey makes piece of history for Fulham" - The Times must have had that line, channelling the short-lived but oft-referenced 80s crime drama
FOREIGN VIEW: In news that is sure to give Alex Ferguson another reason to be cheerful for signing Park Ji-sung, the Manchester United midfielder is to have a whisky named after him to commemorate the World Cup. Distilling firm Pernod Ricard Korea will cash in on World Cup fever by combining two of South Korea's favourite things in a limited edition whisky named after the Korean star.
COMING UP: All eyes will be on Nyon later this morning when the quarter-final draws are made. Follow the Champions League draw at 11am and the Europa League draw at 12pm live with our nifty little graphic gizmo, or watch the draws as they happen at UEFA HQ on Eurosport Player, which will get you so close to the action you can almost taste the canapes.
Then there is barely time to draw breath before we delve into a full weekend of domestic action. We'll be bringing you the build-up with the latest blogs from Jim White and Paul Parker, more team news and match facts than you can shake a stick at and the latest round of Fantasy Football tips with Choose 'em or lose 'em.
There is also some live action to enjoy tonight. Follow scoring of Tranmere Rovers v Hartlepool United in League One and Cologne v Borussia Moenchengladbach in the Bundesliga. Stick some of your hard-earned on that most unlikely of doubles at Eurosport Bet.