...and that's about it. England's opening game in the Six Nations went pretty much like nothing had changed since the World Cup and the old regime was still in charge.
...the black eyed bruiser. Somewhat lost up in all the Lemmy stuff over Chrimbo as the fact that Stevie Wright died the day before, December 27th, aged 68.
...series? England have convincingly won the first test match of their last two series only to roll over and capitulate, after their 169 run victory in the Ashes opener can they stop the Aussies at Lord's?
...bowling. Ex-Aussie paceman Glenn McGrath knows a bit or too about cricket, about bowling, about being damn good at it and about having a little dig at England before an Ashes, sledging for want of a better word.
...New Zealand. The recent two Test match “series” between England and New Zealand finished all-square with both sides getting what they deserved but the punters missing out on what should have been a deciding third game.
...marvellous. Former Australian cricket captain and superstar cricket commentator Richie Benaud has died aged 84.
...R.I.P. Bill Kerr. Been a bit slack in posting about Bill Kerr after he died last week, aged 92, shockingly slack when he was major part in one of my all time favourites. Hancock's Half hour.
...chips. We were told what a courageous and innovative captain Australia had in Michael Clarke when he made his declaration at tea on Sunday. Courage was lost when England were about to win and was replaced by a hissy fit.
...respect. Throughout the whole of this last Ashes test match the pundits told us Onions should have been picked instead of Tim Bresnan. What would have happened if they got their wish.
...in Manchester, what are the chances? England sit here on Tuesday morning still holding the Ashes but they could quite easily be sitting there looking down the wrong end of a 2-1 deficit to the worst Aussie side since crying Kim's.
...seen? The only way to improve this Aussie touring side is to get all the old blokes in the crowd and media boxes to don the baggy green cap and get back out on the pitch.
...Ian Bell scoring a match winning ton. Never mind losing, that was somewhat expected, never mind the batting collapse, letting the arch bottler top score when it really mattered is something not many teams have ever done.
...it really happened folks. Marcel Kittel came from behind to beat the Manx Missile, Mark Cavendish, on stage 12 of the Tour de France.
...there? Wasn't this meant to be the summer of Australian humiliation? The cricket team in the Ashes, the rugby team against the Lions all while various others were beaten in various other arenas.
...lost yet another cricket final. Even though this one didn't end up as a 50 over game, rain reducing it to a T20 bash, they still couldn't help themselves from choking.