So, transfer deadline day fever is over for another year.
Sky Sports News' blue riband event, their poor man's version of a general election or the X Factor final has passed and the big, bright clock will be solemnly ticking down to 00:00 February 1 2011 off-screen for the next four months.
In these days of austerity (overall spending in the Premier League is down 22 per cent on last year) the final day of August often disappoints, but the biggest let-down for Early Doors was that scotch foghorn presenter Jim White didn't dress up in a tuxedo to give proceedings a gala feel.
But what a thrill ride it was while it lasted, with some real television gold. Reporters were stationed outside stadiums and training grounds up and down the country, eagerly waiting to press microphone against tinted window, all the better to look down their own windpipes as they shouted questions that would not be answered.
Who can forget David Craig giving us a good look at the bacon sandwich the Sunderland press officer brought out to him, while poor old Gary Cotterill had to make do with a styrofoam cup of tea at West Ham?
And what about Rob Wotton's hyperbolic excitement at the revelation that Salif Diao spoke to their man at Stoke, only to later betray his true feelings about the whole affair by accidentally calling it "transfer dreadline day"?
Best of all was the confusion surrounding Ryan Babel's supposed helicopter trip to White Hart Lane - or was it Upton Park? As it turned out, if he had indeed taken a trip in a chopper at all, it was only to pop to the corner shop for a pint of milk and a copy to De Telegraaf. It's fair to say that Pulitzer won't be winging its way to Isleworth anytime soon.
Such are the conventions of television that these poor chaps have to stand outside for hours doing very little, even though all the key information is coming to them via their Blackberries anyway.
Still, who is worse? Them for feverishly whipping up what is essentially a piece of football bureaucracy, or us for being complicit by avidly following the events, such as they are, unfold?
But, before you consider your own small part in sustaining the whole charade, let's take a look over the good, the bad and the... meh, of the biggest deadline day deals:
So, Harry Redknapp doesn't like being called a wheeler dealer, does he? Well, he's not helping himself with quotes like this: "I think he was going to Bayern Munich yesterday for £18m. He is available now for about £8m and we thought for that amount of money he is a top player. I'm hopeful, it could happen, honestly I wouldn't like to say one way or the other. It was a last-minute job."
While it is hard to doubt van der Vaart's quality, he is not the fit centre-back or genuine world-class striker Spurs really need. But then, Harry can never resist a bargain.
The British record signing, whose arrival was a real statement of intent by Sheikh Mansour when he took over at Eastlands two years ago, leaves the Premier League a confirmed flop. Judging from his World Cup showing, though, he could make a real impact in Serie A, although Rossoneri fans may be worried about their team signing another workhorse to play alongside Ronaldinho, Pato and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
No one is sure quite how much money the Black Cats' billionaire owner Ellis Short is prepared to plough into the club, but when Sunderland spend big they do so on some odd choices (£8m for Anton Ferdinand, anyone?). At 25, he's got the strength and pace to adapt to life in the Premier League, but best leave the last-minute penalties to Darren Bent.
Roy Hodgson finally got his man. Quite literally his man. He'll be hoping that Konchesky's presence helps ease Liverpool's "disenchanted" players (Hodgson's words, not ED's) into the repetitive, pragmatic training sessions that made Fulham such a solid outfit. It's no blockbuster, but if this is to be a transitional season at Anfield then Konchesky's sturdy presence well be useful.
The first of three late additions to the Potters squad, Gudjohnsen turns 32 later this month. His loan spell at Tottenham at the end of last season was not spectacular, scoring just twice. But then, goals have not been the Icelandic forward's forte for a while now - the last time he bagged more than 10 league strikes in a season was for Chelsea five years ago. Instead, he can provide a decent foil for Ricardo Fuller or Kenwyne Jones, who currently have little more than Rory Delap to help them.
Jermaine Pennant (Real Zaragoza - Stoke) Loan
Despite turning out for seven different clubs in the past decade, it's easy to forget that Pennant is 27 years old. His season in Spain proved to be something of a failure, which is a shame. Other English players who may have been considering a move abroad, something that would surely benefit the national team, will look at players like Pennant and decide against it. A player with a big mouth and a short fuse, and the first to wear a police ankle tag on the pitch, he should fit in well at Stoke.
Marc Wilson (Portsmouth - Stoke) Player exchange + cash
Possibly the most baffling purchase of the transfer window. Portsmouth will pocket as much as £5m for the 23-year-old, but the real boon for Pompey is that they get Dave Kitson AND Liam Lawrence in exchange. A decent striker at Championship level and an Ireland international with proven Premier League pedigree could be the difference in the fight to avoid a second consecutive relegation and subsequent oblivion.
The Croatia international was due to joins Spurs last year before being sidelined with a knee injury. With Carlo Cudicini only recently returned from injuries to his wrists and pelvis (two pretty vital parts of the body for a goalkeeper), Pletikosa will provide more than adequate cover for Heurelho Gomes. Anyway, how can you not like a keeper whose nickname is The Octopus of Split?
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QUOTE OF THE DAY: "It is a pleasure to finally be here. Spurs are a team who are talked about a lot in Brazil. They are one of the biggest teams not only in England but also in Europe because of their history. I watched every game last season when Spurs were going for fourth place, cheering them on and hoping they would qualify." - Brazilian midfielder Sandro knows how to butter up his new fans after finally arriving at the club. The 21-year-old signed for the club five months ago, but he stayed on at Internacional until they completed their Copa Libertadores campaign, which ended with them lifting the trophy. His delay in arriving prompted the hashtag '#wheressandro?' to trend on Twitter.
FOREIGN VIEW: "After 17 years among the footballing elite, it's a difficult moment that I need to adjust to little by little." - Former Real Madrid and Spain striker Fernando Morientes announces his retirement. The 34-year-old had been linked with a move to Legia Warsaw. He must have taken a look at them and then decided to quit the game altogether.
COMING UP: With attention now turning to England's Euro 2012 qualifier against Bulgaria on Friday, the latest Premier League video is a scouting report on Everton midfielder Mikel Arteta, who is considering getting a British passport in order to play for Fabio Capello. Don't do it, Mikel!
Jim White (our one) will be filing with his latest blog, as will The Fantasist on all things Yahoo! Fantasy Football, and there is live scoring of all this evening's Copa del Rey fixtures.
Meanwhile, there are actually some rather big things happening in other sports. Stage Five of cycling's Vuelta a Espana gets underway this morning, while Andy Murray begins his US Open campaign against Lukas Lacko later this afternoon. You can follow live text commentary of both events or by watching on British Eurosport and via the Eurosport Player.