Sometimes, every once in a while, there is a story that comes along that makes joyous reading for the beleaguered, disenchanted football fan, whose passion for the game is slowly being drained away by a steady drip of unsavoury stories oozing from a leaking pipe that regularly spews out news of badly-behaved, self-indulgent players, their slimy agents and the grossly inflated wages both strive for.
These all-too-rare feel-good stories help us remember just why we love this game so much. They nearly always involve an underdog, a player or a team untouched by the darker side of the modern game, something pure, something that harks back to a better, less stained and more estimable time.
Step forward Tahiti, the latest heroes of one of these tales following their debut showing at a major international tournament, at the Confederations Cup in Brazil.
The tiny South Pacific nation might have lost 6-1 to Nigeria but the scoreline was always going to be irrelevant. It wouldn't have changed anything had Eddy Etaeta's bunch of amateurs lost 20-0, they still captured the world's imagination simply by taking to the pitch in Belo Horizonte.
If that sounds patronising - which unfortunately it does - it was not meant to. That particular pit-fall is difficult to avoid when talking about heroic underdogs in such a David-and-Goliath contest, but considering this is a team currently ranked 138 in the world against the reigning champions of Africa, a powerhouse nation of football, it is at least understandable.
Tahiti were never going to win this one, obviously. But in scoring a goal - through a Jonathan Tehau header - they claimed a significant and laudable success. The scoreline was far from an embarrassment too; there are 6-1 drubbings all the time in leagues across the world that pit equals against each other all the time.
These two teams were not equal, not at all in the same league, but there remains something compelling about that. The FA Cup is revered the world over because it does exactly that - it provides the opportunity for small teams to enjoy a brief moment in the spotlight and allows fans to dream for a moment, no matter how fleeting.
And doesn't everyone love an underdog? Be it Eric the Eel, the Olympic swimmer from Equatorial Guinea, the Jamaican bobsleigh team or Eddie the Eagle (although in fairness, he is the ski stunt jumping world record holder - 10 cars/6 buses - so his status as an underdog is not entirely black and white), the Davids (not including Edgar) of this world are celebrated.
Appropriately, Tahiti took their chance and revelled in the glare of the world's cameras. From the moment the team walked out onto the pitch, the mostly Brazilian, 20,000-strong crowd in the Estadio Mineirao made it clear which team they had adopted. And it wasn't Nigeria.
The reverberations were felt beyond the stadium too - the Tahitian football federation's Twitter following quickly swelled to over 8,000, thanks to the interest their team was generating, but also due to some brilliantly excitable, heart-on-the-sleeve tweeting from the match.
"GOAALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! TAHITI!!!!!!! WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS!!!! #NeverGiveUp Tehau HERO!!!!!!" is the objective, understated way they broke news of Tehau's goal to the Twittersphere.
They added: "This goal was not only from Tahiti! Was all Oceania countries! @OFCfootball @tuvalufriends @Socceroos @Fiji_Football @futbolsolomon" and even when Nigeria added a fifth, their tweet was suitably upbeat: "Goal Nigeria. But it will never take away our dignity, may believe that we did everything possible #IBelieveInTahiti".
For a team containing just one professional player, Tahiti had indeed done everything possible on the pitch and the smiles in their camp at the final whistle gave away that this was considered a triumph.
There is, of course, the argument centring on the need (or lack of it) to include such whipping boys in a major international tournament. The World Cup, given its format, is always liable to having one or two, while the Champions and Europa League group stages are subjected to criticism for the odd minnow who makes it through, only to lose every game and provide no contest at all.
Even the European Championship is heading down that particular avenue and Michel Platini's plans for a 24-team format has not been universally popular.
But the Confederations Cup is a little bit different. It's a showpiece event, a relatively new tournament without the historical and emotional ties that the World Cup, the Euros and the Copa America prosper from.
The teams who are there undoubtedly want to win, but it was conceived first and foremost to provide a dummy run for the next World Cup hosts. It also provides a nice distraction for the footballing fraternity during a summer that would otherwise be devoid of any meaningful action.
Tahiti have proved a welcome diversion so far and will hopefully continue to do so. That said, on the horizon loom world and European champions Spain who, unfortunately for the Tahitians, have been told by coach Vicente Del Bosque to be more ruthless in their remaining games in Brazil.
As such, Early Doors harbours a fear things could yet get ugly for Tahiti - Spain are another level still to Nigeria - but for the time being, though, let's simply enjoy being able to read about a football story that doesn't make you angry. Over to you, Joe Kinnear...
QUOTES OF THE DAY:
"I don't know what angle they (the fans) have got, if they want to sit down and argue with me... Some are talking out of their backsides, a load of tosh. I'm not accepting it, as simple as that. I have certainly got more intelligence than them, that's a fact."
“The media wanted me to dance to their tune and I wasn’t having it. I stood up to them and they didn't like it. They always had it in for me and the Geordie fans bought into it. The press are feeding these rumours to the Geordie fans and I just hope they’re not daft enough to believe it.”
"This isn’t about me coming in and taking over, that’s nonsense. No-one has an ego, I haven’t got an ego."
Early Doors would like to congratulate Kinnear, one of the game's genuine nice guys, on an excellent first interview since returning to Newcastle as their hands-on director of football.
TWEET OF THE DAY:
"Wow at least get my name right" - Newcastle forward Sammy Ameobi wasn't too impressed with Kinnear's attempted pronunciation of his name, which sounded something like "Ammomobi". Goodness knows what Hatem Ben Afree, Yohan Kebabs (yes, Kebabs, 8:03 minutes in) and Papiss See-see think of Kinnear's efforts.
Italy's U21s come up against their Spanish counterparts at the European Championships, while there's a rather important World Cup qualifier in Sydney featuring Australia and Iraq. In you're all footballed out, the British and Irish Lions are taking on the ACT Brumbies in Canberra at 10:30 this morning.