It's been a far from satisfactory second half of 2013 for the Glazer family.
After presiding over a disastrous transfer window for Manchester United, a major moment of transition for the club, they at least had better luck in success on the other side of the Atlantic.
They secured the signing of star cornerback Darrell Revis for their Tampa Bay Buccaneers franchise, and while the defensive star has performed well, the team has collapsed around him.
Manchester United are stuttering at present, but it could be far worse.
The Buccaneers are 0-7, having lost every single one of their games in the NFL season so far.
They have ditched and traded their underperforming quarterback Josh Freeman, and placed their faith in rookie Mike Glennon.
Only one team, the Jacksonville Jaguars owned by Fulham supremo Shad Khan, have an equally dismal record.
The embarrassing start has seen the Glazers become a bit of a laughing stock in America.
Comedian Dennis Miller told the NFL Rich Eisen podcast:
"The Glazers are focusing on soccer now. They don't want to keep looking down on Tampa."
It has been a similar story for the Buccaneers ever since the Glazers took over United, their 2003 Superbowl win seeming a distant memory.
They have got away with it at United due to the club's success under Sir Alex Ferguson, but face a real test now with the shaky start under David Moyes.
Will they commit cash in January? United are not even certainties to finish in the top four, with ensuring Champions League qualification surely a pre-requisite to the Glazers' financial plan at the club.
Miller's comment was one said in jest, but it has some truth. Tampa's season is done already, while United's still has plenty going for it.
The American owners might just need to show just how much they care in January by stumping up the funds for Manchester United to kick on.
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