The halfway point of the 2011/2012 English Premier League has been reached: It's on to 2012 for the top 20 teams in England.
For those Tottenham fans still in hiding following the two-legged 8-1 slaughter at the hands of the red-and-blue halves of Manchester, I bring good news: The season has come a long, long way.
In the August additions of Scott Parker and Emmanuel Adebayor, Harry Redknapp has found the puzzle pieces so sorely missing during last year's fifth-place tumble and this season's toothless opening displays.
Kyle Walker has returned from loan at Aston Villa to cement his place as an integral member of the starting XI. Younes Kaboul has transformed from a decent center-back with a penchant for headbutting opposing players into Spurs' most consistent defender.
And Luka Modric is refocused and working the midfield like the maestro Chelsea so desperately sought. All this has resulted in a return of 45 points from a possible 54 since the Manchester matches.
Tottenham have not only recovered from their season-opening rollicking; they've emerged as England's best shot at toppling the Manchester juggernauts...and, really, it's a nationwide cause at this point.
Redknapp continues to stress that the Champions League is Tottenham's primary goal (i.e a place in the top four). But throughout the first half of the season, Tottenham has forged such a strong foundation on which to build a genuine title challenge that a place in the top four is the bare minimum.
Hopes have become expectations in North East London.
It's a season of bold ambitions for the Lilywhite section of London, and in that same spirit, I offer five bold predictions for the closing half of what looks to be a truly remarkable Premier League campaign.