...and a lot of the time it ends in a whimper. So statistically England's greatest captain Michael Vaughan, with no real chance of an international comeback, announced his immediate retirement from cricket.
...a game of numbers. But I do wish England would stop playing by the numbers, it's just far too predictable but they teased me into bothering about this whole knockabout stuff.
...from terrorists. Imran Khan was so sure of it, I think he was the only one but I doubt he thinks that way now after the Sri Lankan tourists were attacked in Lahore.
...England's man-of-the-match in the Six Nations opener. If it wasn't for the Italy coaches odd choice to keep playing Mauro Bergamasco as scrum half, England might not have picked up a win in this years competition.
...as captain, it's not ideal. But it's happened before and had a reasonably good outcome when Botham quit before he was fired, like Pietersen, back during the Ashes in 1981.
...from the jaws of victory. Then an England cricket team will do it's very best to find it. Yet again the find a way to lose after setting a record target.
...just down the road from Pakistan, bring your own whites. While the authorities are still trying to find out everything that happened in Bombay and the locals are coming to terms with it why not put more lives at risk for a game.
...KP saying well take positives from this" or "we'll learn from this" after both test matches and ODI's over the next...well will it be few years or will it be shorter than that.
...was there to shore up the batting. Those four runs he scored in twenty odd minutes could make the real difference in the end.
...for courses. The loss to South Africa more resembled a donkey derby. Vaughan isn't the only one who is confused dot com.
...ordinary. The BBC are doing their best to destroy the bastion of cricket broadcasting by fronting it with more and more waffling cretins.
...antipodean antics. When something didn't go their way in the recent ODI against England, when the shoe is on the other foot we see what sportsmanship means to them.
It was an up and down weekend sport wise, with mainly downs as England's cricket and rugby teams failed along with Spurs but ended well with the Yanks taking the series at Fenway 2-1.
After England lost a home series to India for the first time since 1986 will they learn from it as they keep telling us, signs are they won't.
England did their best to wind the Indian bowlers up to make sure they lost the latest test match and now have to win at the Oval to avoid Michael Vaughan's first series loss on home soil.