Stephen Ferris has left two questions hanging in the air
Stephen Ferris has left two questions hanging in the air and only he can come up with the answers that will put us all out of our misery.
Stephen Ferris has left two questions hanging in the air and only he can come up with the answers that will put us all out of our misery.
It was an interesting exchange on the weekend 'Match of the Day' show, when Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew was asked about matters on Tyneside following their recent heavy defeats to Sunderland and Liverpool.
Ronnie O'Sullivan is back on top of the snooker world and, frankly, they might as well give him the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award now.
A lot of people – including our own shy and retiring politicians – seem have found their voice over a song that won't be sung before Saturday's Irish Cup final.
QPR or Queens Park Rangers. Call them what you will.
We've resisted the temptation so far, but today our Biting Back column is about the bloke who was biting back (or biting arm to be anatomically correct).
There's something rotten in the state of Newmarket – and it has absolutely nothing to do with any odour emanating from a stable.
When is goal-line technology not actually goal-line technology?
Michel Platini had no peers as a player at his pinnacle with Juventus and France and now he is proving as adept a playmaker in football politics as President of Uefa. The ultimate prize of the Fifa Presidency surely awaits on the evidence of his weekend flying visit to Belfast.
When I left the DW Stadium this day last week -- how vain is it to lead 'your' team out at Wembley and name the stadium after yourself? -- I really didn't give Dave Whelan (pictured) and his Wigan side the remotest chance of winning the FA Cup. They'd been shocking against Swansea. Just goes to show what I know ...
There is no need to put on dark glasses. I’m going to disappoint any readers of the column expecting a tirade of abuse from me about Sir Alex Ferguson.
Sometimes, I really don't get Chelsea fans. Last Thursday night, as their team reached the Europa League Final, the popular song around Stamford Bridge was 'Jose's Coming Home', a cute variation of that 1996 hit 'Football's Coming Home' ... to England for the European Championship of that year.
I hope that many of you caught Sky Sports' wonderful coverage of the climax to the Championship season on Saturday.
I've had to write this before Sunderland's game last night – clearly that result could be pivotal as to whether or not Paolo Di Canio guides them to survival – but I go to Wigan this evening as convinced as ever that they themselves can pull off yet another act of escapology.
Sir Alex Ferguson may have woken up with a bit of a headache this day last week; there was hardly a photograph published after the title-clinching victory against Aston Villa that didn't see him clutching a bottle of champagne or 'swigging' from it!
Two years ago Donegal hosted Antrim in the preliminary round of the Ulster Senior Football Championship.
There is the view that the vast majority of GAA followers prefer to dwell completely on their own teams, thus passing up on opportunities to attend games in which other counties are involved.
If they are good enough, then they are old enough. How often have we heard that said about emerging players?
They may have lost out to Dublin in the Allianz League final last Sunday but don't write off Tyrone's chances of wrestling the Ulster title from Donegal.
Derry defender Gerard O'Kane has a special reason for hoping that his team come out on top in Sunday's Allianz League Division Two final against Westmeath at Croke Park.
When the semi-finals of the Allianz Football League were staged last Sunday, it was quite obvious that all four protagonists – Tyrone, Kildare, Dublin and Mayo – had reached levels of fitness that cannot quite be matched by other sides at this point in time.
There will be an opportunity to draw breath in the interval between the end of the Allianz League and the start of the Ulster Championship.
Injuries to players are the bane of any manager's life, the one major disruptive influence of which they have a dread.
I have no doubt that GAA chiefs will welcome the brighter evenings and the possible end of the current cold snap shortly.
Last Friday evening signified an historic moment at Ravenhill with the last home game before the 90 year old main grandstand gets hauled down.
Given the ups and downs throughout a season there must be a real sense of satisfaction when you see your team standing tall on top of the league.
Wow. Warren Gatland has always had the ability to shock and surprise, and his Lions squad is no different.
As soon as Joe Schmidt threw his hat in the ring for the Ireland job, there was no need for headhunters or Keith Wood on the interview panel. The job was his.
Every now and again you see something in rugby which puts a smile on your face – a moment of magic, a touch of class.
At the weekend I lived up to the saying that there's no fool like an old fool by running the London Marathon.
Ulster predictably got back to winning ways against the Dragons. No matter what has happened before there is a certain pleasure in seeing your team return to sit at the top of the league table.
So it looks like Leinster coach Joe Schmidt is the clear favourite for the Ireland job.
Bayern Munich are 7/2 to win the Champions League. Naturally many would consider that a mistake as they are in this month's final against fellow Germans Borussia Dortmund.
Apart from Frankel, Dawn Approach was the best 2000 Guineas winner in years and, unlike the former, has more than a good chance of winning the Derby.
Manchester United have won the Premier League 13 times in the last 21 seasons and one would think that would leave them odds-on for another title come May 2014.
Godolphin will be anxious for a new dawn come Saturday afternoon in Newmarket's 2000 Guineas.
Teeth-sinker Luis Suarez has felt the FA's disciplinary bite, having been charged with violent conduct towards Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic.
Whatever the outcome with Real Madrid in the concluding stages of the Champions League, Jose Mourinho won't be with the club next season.
Sprinter Sacre is the brightest star in jump racing's firmament since the legendary Arkle and, to the delight of the Irish, he makes his next appearance at Punchestown next week.
Most people will be of the opinion that Wembley's Champions League final will be an El Clasico, between Barcelona and Real Madrid.
Favourite backers were delighted by Sebastain Vettel's decision not to be team player in the Malaysian Grand Prix, ignoring instructions to let Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber take the chequered flag.
The margin was so fine, so gnawing at his peace of mind, that Arsène Wenger now knows how it is to step down from the dock freed from the heaviest of charges.
You may have hated the harsh, even brutal swagger of his nature. You might always argue that no one ever pursued his advantages more cynically, more relentlessly. But then if you also love football, its power to capture the attention of the world, what do you inhabit today?
Why do we want Ronnie O'Sullivan to soldier on through another year of angst? Why do we argue with those who say that he should make up his mind about either playing snooker or hiding away down on the farm and then give us all a bit of peace?
When he is streaming forward he is a force of football nature. It is hard to find a more uplifting sight than David Luiz. Chelsea's explosive Brazilian frequently makes the blood race. Such a pity, then, that from now on it will be impossible to forget that he can also make the stomach crawl.
Sir Bradley Wiggins would not be the man he is if he didn't believe in his right to win everything that is put before him. However, in the case of the Tour de France, which is also known as La Grande Boucle – the Big Loop – he should really remember that, as in life, what goes round also comes round.
Now we are told that Amir Khan, having recently been required to yet again climb up from the canvas, this against a 33-year-old Mexican named Julio Diaz who has eight defeats on his record, may be just one fight away from a collision with the ageing but still masterful Floyd Mayweather.
Jamie Carragher can carry many plaudits from his last Merseyside derby and maybe one of the most enduring is the assessment offered by the World Cup-winning full back George Cohen.
Fabregas thought he was riding the tide of history when he went home to Barcelona. Unfortunately for him, at almost precisely the same time his new boss Pep Guardiola was shrewdly anticipating it.
The FA is right to ban Luis Suarez for 10 games and as the ensuing furore will largely come down to a matter of numbers rather than the meaning of one disgusting act of recidivism, it is no hardship to say it at least a thousand times.
They say you should start at the beginning. Examine the boy and the young man, the drive of his nature and his influences, and you pretty much have the unfolding story. In the case of Sir Alex Ferguson, though, it is not quite so straightforward.
How jolly it apparently is that Mike Tyson, who delivered the first bite to briefly nauseate the modern sports world, has enlisted as a Twitter follower of Luis Suarez.
What are Liverpool going to do about Luis Suarez? Is one of the great football clubs going to live on in the extreme and desperate belief that they need his talent much more than the cleansing effect of saying, "Adios hombre, thanks but in the end no thanks".
Breaking news. I can exclusively reveal, in Jim White style, that Sir Alex Ferguson is alive and well and did not pop his clogs last week.
A little bit of my love for the FA Cup returned on Saturday as Wigan Athletic completed the double for Manchester United by seeing off City.
Always knew I had a lot in common with Ronnie O'Sullivan. Yes, there is that shared God-given snooker talent (runner-up Ballymena and District Snooker League Division Three 2002) but now that I know he too is a huge fan of Homes Under The Hammer, we were clearly separated at birth.
And talking of global superpowers, it was good that another one made sure that the Americans weren't having things all their own way last week.
Our heartiest congratulations go to Alan Smith for clinching the 2013 Understatement of the Year competition.
There was a time when ITV was a major player when it came to sport on the telly. In fairness, that time was the 1970s, Dickie Davies and Brian Moore roamed the land and there seems to have been little on since, but this is changing
It was no great surprise to me when Neil Lennon distanced himself from the Everton manager's job.
Reading the tributes and listening to people tell their tales of Sir Alex Ferguson over the past week has been inspiring to say the least.
The victory for Hibs in the Edinburgh derby on Sunday was only their second SPL win of the calendar year.
Picking a Manager of the Year this season has been very difficult as so many have had outstanding campaigns.
You always get unwanted reminders that football is only a game and Scottish football got one on Sunday after the death of Kilmarnock fan Jim Haswell.
Ally McCoist finally got his hands on some silverware as Rangers manager at the weekend as his team were presented with the Scottish Third Division championship trophy.
Only in Scottish football would the chief executive of the Players Football Association (SPFA) have to explain the Players Player of the Year voting protocol because there wasn't a Celtic player among the four nominees.
Lenny v Kenny sounds more like a boxing match than two SPL managers squabbling in the Scottish media about who should be the Player and Manager of the Year.
Af celebrating winning successive SPL titles on Sunday as Celtic manager, Neil Lennon's focus now turns towards the Scottish Cup final and into next season.
For the Antrim fans that made it down through the heart of Ireland last Sunday, the Championship did not begin with a crash, bang and wallop spectacular of high drama, but it was one of the most satisfying days they have enjoyed in recent years.
So, the race for the All-Ireland football Championship began once again in that most mystical of GAA venues; The Bronx.
On Sunday, Eoin Bradley was called off the field by Derry manager Brian McIver after 58 minutes of the Division Two final.
One of the greatest pleasures of this time of year for the Gaelic football follower, as April turns into May and the sun gives us the merest glimpse of what it must be like to live in a balmy climate, is the innocence of early summer.
You may not realise it, but the All-Ireland football Championship begins in 10 days, with Leitrim's pilgrimage to the Big Apple to take on New York.
There is a school of comedy that somehow dictates that repetition is a powerful trigger for laughter. Phrases such as 'computer says no', 'loadsamoney' and 'brilliant' are instantly forgettable in their own right, but when you have David Walliams, Paul Whitehouse and Harry Enfield bludgeoning you with them over and over and over every week, they encourage behaviour patterns last spotted among Pavlov's Dogs.
Well over a decade ago, Tyrone manager Art McRory stood on the Dungannon pitch after a league win, answering questions about Ger Cavlan's superlative point-kicking from acute angles.
Those in Down and possibly Derry may feel differently but, in general, the affection for the Antrim hurling team is on a par with that of the rooting for an Ulster team in the later stages of the All-Ireland football Championship from other counties.
Ten days after the shameful episode of Ballybofey is too long to be waiting on further information on the alleged biting of Patrick McBrearty.
September 7, 2005. The word had gone out. No England players were giving interviews.
Rafa did it then. Last night he achieved something that past and soon to be present Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has yet to experience.
Even by increasingly crazy Chelsea standards, this season has surely been the most turbulent, bizarre and bewildering of recent times at Stamford Bridge.
Fergie time. It's over. No turning back on this occasion. Sir Alex Ferguson is departing the stage he has strutted for 27 years.
Ten games for Red Seven then. Liverpool may say it's too harsh a suspension for Luis Alberto Suarez Diaz, but for once the Football Association got it right when disciplining a player.
Brendan Rodgers played more hurling than cricket as a kid growing up in Carnlough but having to deal with a hostile delivery from Rafael Benitez, the Liverpool manager smashed it out of the park.
On Saturday I wrote about Martin O'Neill's future as Sunderland manager. The piece ended with the words: "Martin needs to prove he still has the midas touch to save Sunderland's season – and probably his job."
Michael O'Neill looked to have the world on his shoulders after Tuesday night's World Cup defeat to Israel.
Ask a Liverpool supporter how this season has gone and they'll shrug their shoulders and more than likely say: "It's been two steps forward and one step back."