So what has been the sporting highlight of the week?
The start of the Paralympics... the resignation of England cricket captain Andrew Strauss, the ongoing KP controversy... Laura Robson’s US Open defeat of Kim Clijsters... the early exploits of your favourite football team..?
Well I’ll give you a couple of other ideas which won’t have made the back pages... my first ever club, York CC have reached the final of cricket’s national club knockout. The side includes a fellow former pupil of St Peter’s School in Nick Kay and one of the finest slow left-armers outside the county game, Dan Woods.
Reaching the semi-final in 1995 was arguably the highlight of my cricket career... losing it was one of the lowest points, but York have done superbly to reach the final and hopefully they’ll be able to repeat the success of another of my old clubs, Chester le Street, and lift the trophy.
But I hope none of the lads from Clifton Park will be offended if pride of place goes to Gateshead Thunder rugby league side, who brought to an end a run of 64 consecutive defeats against professional opposition earlier this week.
Back in 2003, I watched Thunder defeat Workington to complete a sequence of forty-something matches without a win... I should really remember the exact number because I went to every single bloody one of those games! By coincidence, Workington were again the team to be on the wrong end of a long-awaited result on what must have been an emotional night on Wednesday.
I have met some good people and made a lot of friends through watching Gateshead Thunder since 1999 and even though I no longer live in Gateshead, the love of the club never goes away. So this blog is dedicated to coach Kevin Neighbour, the players who have given so much to the club... and the sport, to everyone behind the scenes and on the terraces. You may not have made the national headlines, but what you have achieved is absolutely fantastic and I salute each and every one of you...
All my own work... almost.