ANY GIVEN MONDAY
We're so close to the World Cup that you can almost cut the atmosphere with a knife but if there's one thing we should have learned by now it's that history will count for nothing once the opening whistle sounds.
Yes, this will be a World Cup of small margins and huge cliches.
The bromides have already been set for your team, whether they're a favourite, a dark horse or an underdog.
Here's where they stand in the Platitude World Cup.
New Zealand: One-time World Cup chokers now searching for a threepeat after decade of