Hello one and all!
It’s been a week (something which routinely surprises me, given that I can barely remember what day it is) and that means that things have happened both inside and outside of the sporting world – how exciting!
I’m going to try and start these more positively, so here are some things I’ve enjoyed over the past week inside sports and outside of them:
Good News of the Week
Good News of the Week: This, from The Telegraph, showing that Vaccines appear to cut Covid transmissions and infections by two-thirds according to the first “real world data” examining their impact:
Data from UK’s vaccine rollout reveals just one dose of the Oxford vaccine or Pfizer vaccine cuts transmission by two thirds in all age groups. https://t.co/rxIihCoYVt
— Coronavirus good news (@Coronavirusgoo1) February 18, 2021
Watch of the Week
I’ve got to give it to Trump Takes on the World, which has given a brilliant insight into his…. Foreign Policy (if you could call it that). There are two-hour long episodes on BBC iPlayer and it’s worth every second.
Listen of the Week
A very hard one with lots of great audio content but there can be few things as helpful as the BBC’s More Or Less!
Game of the Week
Sevilla 2-3 Borussia Dortmund is an obvious choice but it had everything you’d want from a Champions League game, even if the result was painful for me.
Performance of the Week
Stuart Hogg was on the losing side when Scotland took on Wales in the Six Nations but he ran for 151 meters and scored two tries – could the Lions Captaincy be calling?
Disappointment of the Week
Sporting broadcast rights are a tricky business at the best of time but it’s still very disappointing indeed that Eurosport won’t be broadcasting Omloop Het Nieuwsblad later this month. Fingers crossed that a solution can be found for Gent-Wevelgem, Dwars Door Vlaanderen, Scheldeprijs, Brabantse Pijl and the Amstel Gold Race.
Watch Out For
Boris Johnson’s roadmap announcement next Monday, and a very exciting addition to the #BettingPeople stable!
To the Handicapper
The unveiling of the Grand National weights took place with less glamour this week but all the same fanfare, as Tiger Roll was given a mark of 166. Star of the show goes to Grand National handicapper Martin Greenwood, who gave this super response to pressure from Michael O’Leary over the horse’s rating.
"I can't let distractions stop me from doing my job. I just view each horse and each race the same."
— Racing TV (@RacingTV) February 16, 2021
It was a great shame to learn that Star ambassador Davy Russell won’t be riding at Cheltenham this year. One of the most successful Festival riders still in the saddle, one hopes that Russell’s progress continues and that we’ll see him at Aintree – and perhaps with Tiger Roll too (a man can dream).
War On W-
A plea, which I’m about to make – in vain – to all those who want to indulge such nonsense but for the love of all that’s holy, focus on other things. We’re in a pandemic. Failing that, try and enjoy your life. Is this really the limit of your ambitions? Have we nothing better to do?
Park Lane Magic
One thing I was exceptionally happy to see this week was Park Lane Stables reaching their target of a million pounds in donations. What a great effort from all involved!
That’s it from me, until next week. Stay safe out there!
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