Maybe it's the weather and hard pitches; maybe it's the new referees' directive; maybe it's a different approach to coaching; whatever the reason, Oval Talk has noticed a marked improvement in the Premiership in recent weeks.
In reality, it's probably a combination of the above that has helped breathe new life into the English top-flight after a season that was in danger of being remembered as the most mediocre since the game turned professional.
OT is not looking to point any fingers at the clubs; after all, they've not had the smoothest of rides when it comes to interpretation of the laws concerning the breakdown.
Nor does OT believe in churning out stats regarding tries scored per game, because let's face it those stats can be misleading and too often have been used as ammunition to justify changes made by ill-informed administrators.
The continuing rise in Premiership attendances were also misleading as they pointed to a healthy state of affairs when in reality the product on show was not justifying this trend.
But recently there has been a sense of enjoyment and excitement surrounding Premiership games that had been missing for long periods of the season.
The Heineken Cup had shown what is possible - despite the breakdown mess - and the Premiership at last appears to be following suit.
When Premier Rugby and the RFU last month announced changes to the way the tackle area was to be refereed, quite rightly there were concerns about yet another directive causing even more confusion - especially coming so late in the season.
But it seems to have worked; it has freed up teams to provide quick ball and taken away an unfair advantage for defending sides slowing down the ball.
The imbalance between attack and defence appears to have been addressed and it has made for much better games.
Of course it's easier to play attacking rugby when the grounds are hard and the ball is dry, but quick ball is the lifeblood of attacking rugby and teams that want to attack are now able to do so.
OT has never been a fan of the basketball approach of Super rugby, and nor has it ever had a problem with tight matches decided by an arm wrestle up front, but overall the Premiership had become boring - there is no other word for it.
Rugby's administrators have taken a lot of flak in recent seasons, but for once those in charge of the Premiership appear to have got it right. Long may it continue.
It's hard to believe that Saracens' South African hooker Schalk Brits has just three caps, such has been his form for the London club since joining them last summer.
Clearly the great John Smit, and now Bismarck du Plessis, have prevented him from gaining further international honours, and at 28 there is still time for him to establish himself as first choice in the Springboks.
But that would most likely mean a return to South Africa, and Saracens boss Brendan Venter will be keeping his fingers crossed that his star signing keeps his focus very much on the Premiership over the next couple of seasons.