..fighting all the way. In her preprepared retirement speech the Welsh cyclist gave it both barrels and then reloaded to fire off a few more direct hits.
...City. Don't know what's worse what Stoke call football or the joy they take in killing the game. Points for points sake, no enjoyment, glory in destruction, you wonder what Danny Blanchflower would have made of it all.
...Wiggo? Bradley Wiggins' share of the Sports Personality of the Year vote didn't quite match Mark Cavendish's when he won the award last but then Mark didn't have Olympic gold medal winners to compete with.
...it was George Hincapie what done it. Of all the evidence against Lance Armstrong one man's is more damning than any others. His loyal lieutenant through all the seven Tour victories.
...thanks. The hapless dolt of a defender has done England proud by helping remove former manager Fabio Capello and now former England captain John Terry.
...deep fried. Glasgow Rangers pretty much started the death of Scottish football 25 years ago, could they now finish it off and be left standing and laughing?
...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.
...backfired. If Harry Redknapp hadn't indulge in so much Machiavellian scheming would he still be the Spurs boss or was that dramatic loss of form too much?
...Bradley Wiggins. After his victory in the Critérium du Dauphiné he's the first cyclist to win the treble of Paris-Nice, Romandie and Dauphiné.
...season. In the couldn't make it up department it goes to rival the UN choice of Robert Mugabe as their International Tourism Ambassador, Roy has half of Liverpool's under performers in the England squad.
...statistics. Possession and passing success have become king of late but if they lead to nothing other than stat padding what is the point?
...stop the world. Stuart Lancaster was really the only option for the England Rugby head coach, so much so that even an English sporting regulatory body couldn't screw it up.
...like all the best things are. Stuart Lancaster along with the England team he put together during this 6 Nations tournament have made a great deal about how it all came about in Leeds and it led to Ireland's thumping at Twickenham.
...well. FA chairman David Bernstein was at the fifth round Cup tie to watch his future employee seal the deal on the England job. And didn't 'Arry do well.
...and thanks for the memories. Well that's 50% of the Core Four gone as Jorge Posada officially joins Andy Pettitte in retirement. Does his numbers stack up to greatness?