The descent from hero to zero in football can be precipitous.
Title races are marathons not sprints but points in the bag at an early stage can leave the back-markers struggling to close the gap on runaway leaders.
A sofa bed is indirectly responsible for my installation as Dundee University rector today.
JIM SPENCE: Arbroath are a part-time success story….but there will be sleepless nights for Brechin committee
I had my first visit of the season to Gayfield last Saturday, at the end of which, Arbroath sat proudly fourth in the Championship table.
Dundee United will romp to the Championship title and back to the Premiership.
Women’s football in Scotland hit the headlines this week with the news that the manager had reduced some players to tears at a meeting the day after their World Cup exit.
Jim Spence: Significant striker signings by both Dundee clubs send out warning to rest of Championship
Dundee and Dundee United appear to have made outstanding signings in their striking departments, which make it even more likely that the Championship title will come down to a straight scrap between the two city clubs.
Celtic will win the Premiership title this season on their way to 10 in a row.
Stevie May’s on-off transfer to St Johnstone highlights the issue of how vexatious the movement of players can be in football.
JIM SPENCE: Don’t let Kilmarnock’s misery put you off…..Dundee and Dundee United should aim for Europe
With all four Scottish clubs having completed their opening jaunts into this season’s European football I wonder when, if ever, we might see Dundee or United play in that arena again.