...passione. One British cycling hero bowed out early with a bit of an understandable whimper another just underlined his greatness. As Mark Cavendish wins the red jersey in the 2013 Giro d'Italia.
...grand. Can't say I was feeling that confident about an England grand slam before Saturday's game. My confidence having dropped over the last couple of outings. And then the ref being announced.
...friendly in Switzerland? A half full Wankdorf Stadium in Berne suggested no. Even if the Olympics hadn't just finished there still wouldn't be much interest in this game, seeing what England should have been like at the Euros.
...returns in time. It takes two to tango and with Italy playing their part Spain's style in the final of Euro 2012, wasn't as boring as in previous matches.
...convictions. Italy at a tournament after a domestic scandal, only one outcome but just you can never write off the Germans.
...FIFA ranking. The higher you get in the FIFA world rankings the stranger some of the inclusions especially England's repeated presence in the top 10.
...the old boss? As I've posted here before I wanted Roy Hodgson to be the England boss. I've wanted it for years, since Glenn Hoddle was sacked. You know when they say be careful what you wish for...
...when they said England would win the group? Oh that's right I've watch enough England games like this latest one the final group D game against Ukraine. It's amazing what a couple of very scrappy, lucky, wins can do for reality.
...feel good about themselves? Opening games of tournaments have become increasingly cagey affairs, teams scared of getting off to a bad start, leading to some dire football and said teams ending up on the wrong end of a bad start.
...a charlie. Relying on Charlie to get tries from charge downs isn't a sound game plan but luckily for Stuart Lancaster's side Italy didn't up their game to find that first victory over England.
...dolt. It was great to see sad little Andy Robinson with that befuddled look on his face after the new look England scraped a win over his Jock side.
...Jocks. After all they repeatedly do their best to make the Jocks look good on a rugby pitch and they were at it again on Sunday as they struggled to keep the Grand Slam dream alive.
...remember and hate. The England rugby side that puts in shockingly awful performances that are followed up by the manager and captain saying how great they were.
...no football. Only snow, inept forecasters, inept government, ambulance chasing lawyers and no one with a pot to piss in during the window?
...seriously? Somehow the ex-England captain and World Cup winner thinks that one performance with a bit of heart against an average New Zealand side means Martin Johnson's side are headed for glory.