Since the turn of the millennium, The Simpsons - once the greatest TV show in the world - has been utter muck. The jokes are no longer funny, the one liners are no longer memorable and the characters are no longer endearing.
Thankfully, the show's early seasons are so strong that they have been able to withstand the legacy-tarnishing episodes churned out over the last 15 years.
Some of the sports-themed episodes made during The Simpsons' halcyon days are a joy to watch but what's more, they gave some great insights into what can make a sportsperson or team successful.
Here are ten important lessons that Homer, Bart and the rest of the family helped teach us over the years.
1. Don't Dope
Paul Kimmage would admire the anti-doping message that underlines 'Homer at the Bat'. One minute you are having a spoonful of Brain and Nerve Tonic to get focused, next thing you know...
At least Ken Griffey Jr didn't suffer the fate of some of his Power Plant team-mates - chiefly being arrested on suspicion of murder and radiation poisoning.
2. Wearing a hat commands respect
Long before Tony Pulis prowled the Premier League touchlines, Homer showed us that donning a hat automatically confers a level of expertise upon the wearer. How else can you explain this jump in productivity?
'Are you working hard?'
'Could you work harder?'
'Sure thing boss.'
3. Use intricate signals to talk tactics
Why would you shout your instructions like a dinosaur for all to hear when you could confuse the hell out of the opposition and your own team-mates with hand signals so convoluted that you would need a degree in sign language to decipher them.
Tony Adams had the right idea:
4. You need a catchy nickname
Finally... Kid Moe.
5. Don't fight family
The Klitschkos wouldn't fight each other and neither would Bart and Lisa. The trick is to do a Michael Corleone and wait until your parents are dead before taking your sibling on a fishing trip.
6. Be careful with your predictions
A small wager is fine but nobody wants to end up cutting the grass in the middle of the summer wearing a fetching frock.
7. Pick your opponents wisely
Would you rather fight Boxcar Bob, Boxcar Fred or Drederick Tatum?
8. Abusing players from the stands works
9. Pick your 5-a-side mates wisely
'That was our only ball'
10. It's never too late to get on the bandwagon
I'm looking at you, City fans.
11. Even when your team is doing well, you'll always have critics
You're always only a few games from a crisis.