WHERE has it all gone wrong for Yorkshire sport? The county is in disarray. Yorkshire is not excelling in any of the front-line national sports. Is it down to poor coaching, inadequate facilities or are the pool of players just not at the level they once were? Questions need to be asked.
Despite boasting Ashes captain Michael Vaughan and Aussie supremo Darren Lehman, Yorkshire County Cricket Club only just avoided relegation from National Division One on the final day of the season by drawing with Durham. The high point of Yorkshire's campaign was a superlative knock of 339 on Lehman's swansong appearance against Durham. That says it all.
The plot and crisis at the county has deepened during the off-season, with players of the calibre of Lehman, Michael Lumb and Anthony McGrath all departing.
Positive news appeared to arrive in the shape of Sussex' double-winning skipper Chris Adams, who looked like he was about to take over the reigns.
Unfortunately, Adams did not fancy the almighty challenge of reviving the county's fortunes, as he turned his back on Yorkshire and returned to Sussex. What a fiasco? What a mess? It could only be Yorkshire CC.
Meanwhile, Yorkshire's football clubs are barely doing much better. Premiership's Sheffield United apart, (even they are scrapping for survival) not one of our sides is enjoying a good term including our beloved Huddersfield Town.
ITV Digital's collapse had a massive affect on Yorkshire clubs, as all the teams in the area, barring Hull, have fallen into administration at one point or another in the past five years. Clubs can no longer splash ludicrous amounts of cash on players and wages especially in the lower leagues.
Youth must be given their chance. Academies are the way forward - although underperforming, Town are a perfect example of this method.
In the midst of the doom and gloom surrounding Yorkshire, rugby league did prove a shining light particularly in Huddersfield as the Huddersfield Giants reached the Challenge Cup Final for the first time in 44 years.
The heavy 42-12 loss to St Helens at Twickenham was purely academic. Giants coach Jon Sharp clearly has the boys heading in the right direction.
I've got news for you Yorkshire fans, things may have to get worse before they can get better. There is unlikely to be too much festive cheer over the next couple of weeks. We can only pray that things get better in 2007.
2007 can't come quick enough