We've all done it before. Transfer deadline day rolls around and we park ourselves on the sofa or in front of a computer early on in the day, waiting for the vast amounts of blockbuster transfers that we expect will go through.
Sky Sports reporters are stationed around every Premier League ground, usually in front of a group of supporters you can only assume are told to stand there and look excited whenever someone speaks.
A car with blacked out windows drives slowly past and the reporter chases it down like a wild dog, scratching and clawing at the windows before it is revealed to be the cleaner. This is then repeated at every ground in the Premier League until something of note actually happens. Deadline day in a nutshell.
A number of dull cliches have also been born out of this bi-annual circus and are regurgitated for entertainment value every time. Who could forget Harry "Don't call me a wheeler dealer" Redknapp leaning out of his car window apparently declaring interest in every player we've ever heard of. Or maybe a wild-eyed presenter telling us to check out the 'transfer totaliser' in the corner of the screen to see if our club has actually done anything.
The one vaguely entertaining deadline day soap opera was arguably the 2008 edition. You know the one where Robinho is meant to turn up at Chelsea but cheats on them with Manchester City, who in turn are cheated on by Dimitar Berbatov as he runs into the arms of a red-faced Scotsman.
This pales in comparison to last season's August deadline day, which promised much and delivered only the burning question in people's minds: "Why have I wasted a whole day watching this?"
Charlie Adam signing for Stoke from Liverpool was about as exciting as things got, as well as the enthralling question of whether he would be joined by Tottenham's Tom Huddlestone, who eventually stayed put in North London (apparently he heard the one about a cold, rainy evening at the Britannia.)
Chelsea were involved yet again in a deadline day 'blockbuster', this time loaning injury-hit Michael Essien to Real Madrid. While another hot topic was who free agent Michael Owen would eventually sign for. These developments were all made to sound life-changing when reported by the presenters who were clearly told to act excited.
The idea of the transfer deadline day 'show' has arguably gotten bigger than the actual transfers themselves, causing a lot of puzzled looks and embarrassing small-talk from presenters if, like 2012, nothing happens.
Of course everyone will still tune in on Monday, whether they are a supporter of a club hoping desperately for their manager to pull off a masterstroke, or just someone looking for an excuse to take a day off.
This circus will only get bigger and the stunts more elaborate as years go by, and it doesn't matter if there are any actual transfers or not.
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