I looked at the P Lge fixtures on Friday night and heard myself saying 'not a lot of games that leap out at you there Andy? One or two that are important to the clubs involved, but not much to get excited about'. We were hosting Keys&Gray on BeIN Sports.
Fool. Me - not him! After watching the best league in the world these past 23 years I should've known better!
I was right from the point of view that there were no 'stand out' Grand Slam games, but what we watched had us on the edge of our seats again! But why?
Well, for a number of different reasons. Let's concentrate on the positives first. Liverpool were terrific at Southampton. Brendan Rodgers has got his team playing again and credit to him for that.
Take nothing away from Swansea for another very mature performance in beating Manchester United.
Stoke were resilient at Villa. Leicester solid and deserving of more at Everton. City were outstanding as they undressed Newcastle (I predicted they'd see off Barca when the C Lge draw was made and I'm sticking with it!). Arsenal had a fright but hung on at Palace.
Four matches had a decisive goal in the 88th minute onwards. By the way, two weekends earlier half the 10 P Lge games had a decisive goal in the 86th minute or later. Great edge of the seat stuff.
Now, here we go! Sunderland v WBA was awful. On a point of law Mike Jones got it wrong when he booked Joleon Lescott. Either that was a denial of a goal scoring opportunity or not. It should've been red or nothing.
Ron Vlaar went at Villa for a second yellow. On a point of law either that was a denial or not. Red or nothing. Vlaar is a lucky boy. It's a one game ban now and not three as it should've been.
At Southampton Kevin Friend had a torrid afternoon. Saints should've had a pen, so should Liverpool, and Simon Mignolet should've gone off. The fact that play was waved on means Friend will not be admonished for a 'mistake'. Because no decision was made no mistake was made. I know, mad, but it's how they massage the numbers.
But Friend's afternoon was nothing compared to the shocker that Martin Atkinson had. Absolute shocker. Mourinho was right 30, 33, 43 and 69. Wrong, wrong, wrong and wrong Martin. And this is supposed to be our top ref.
When Mark Halsey failed to send Callum McManaman off at Wigan (remember?) he was demoted from the P Lge list for six weeks. If the same rules are to apply to Atkinson he shouldn't ref again for the rest of the season.
But they won't be. Mike Riley (head of refs) wants Atkinson to go to the Euro's and not Mark Clattenburg, who UEFA believe is better. I believe UEFA are right.
So we have the farce that ensued after the game at Stamford Bridge. Mourinho's 'lottery-number' game! But that's not his fault. If he tellsus what he really thinks he gets fined. What a joke. I want to know what he thinks and so do 40, 000 paying customers who went to the game. But never mind us, the integrity of the only serial offender on the pitch Saturday has to be defended so Mourinho is gagged. Integrity? Atkinson blew it out of the water himself.
So Mourinho turns up Sunday morning on Sky Sports. My first question was 'what is a highly paid BT ambassador doing on Sky?' A quick call or two later and I had the answer.
It was all pre arranged. It was a decision made at the 'highest' levels of the broadcaster and Chelsea as they tried to clear the air after recent problems between the two, started by something Jamie Redknapp said I'm told. I don't know for sure because I'm busy doing my own job when he's on air.
I can believe the suggestion though. I lost count of the times I had to calm him during the many occasions I worked with him. There's a guy at Arsenal can thank his lucky stars there was glass between him and Redknapp the night of the 4-4 v Spurs at the Emirates. Jamie lost the plot completely. He wanted to fight him. It was the last time we let him work on a game that one of his Dad's teams was playing in. He would often get too close to individuals he liked, or not, and couldn't offer objective opinions.
Another of Mourinho's complaints is the 'allegations' bandied about by the same broadcaster. He's right.
And he's right about the 'judge and jury' element of Sky Sports News.
Look. It's a terrific service. Unique. But there is a knee-jerk element to it. Club loyalties of those working on it often cloud editorial judgement. I said it when I worked at Sky so this is nothing new to some.
Diego Costa was never going to get a fair hearing after his 'alleged' stamp was played out every 10 minutes in 'super slow mo' on the channel. The more you saw it the worse it looked. In the end, the inevitable followed - a charge and a ban. Is Barnes' moment of madness receiving the same treatment? Probably not.
I'm not one for re-refereeing on a Monday. In fact, I hate it, but it's the new world it seems. If we accept that, then every contentious decision should be looked at every Monday morning - not just those randomly chosen, often because of club loyalty.
Not for a minute do I think there's a 'campaign' to stop Chelsea winning the title. But I do believe Mourinho is right when he argues his team have been victims of more bad refereeing decisions this season than other. And it's many many more.
Is there a wider problem? Yes. Is there a solution? Yes. Mike Riley could help. Stand aside Mike and let Howard Webb run the PGMOL. I've argued this before. I'm not going into it again!
In the meantime - Jose will have to continue to play the lottery. Literally.