Reasons to be down: Athletics doping, Beijing 2022. Reasons to be cheerful: The Ashes, not much else. Reasons to laugh: Norwegian golf course dirty protests. Sport Geek’s take on the week is below. Please feel free to share and spread the word.
Beijing will be the first city to host the summer and winter Olympics. That in itself should have been a big enough clue: there’s no snow. Of course, that isn’t the real problem: it’s the cost, not the climate. Plus human rights, of course. Although China’s pretty happy.
Is this the strangest Ashes ever? Perhaps: the numbers suggest that it’s a contest between two very jittery teams. The momentum, if any side has had it, has been more like a ping pong ball than a boulder.
It is utterly depressing, but not surprising, that so many athletes have suspicious blood readings. The scandal is that so little is being done. At least Bolt and Farah emerge clean. Apparently, it’s easy to spot the cheats.
A reminder of the drugs effect: Sprinters don’t improve after 30, unless your name is Justin Gatlin.
Running the Great Wall of China Marathon sounds very tough.
Breakthrough! Proof of the ‘hot hand’ theory. Annoyingly small effect, though.
Remember this name: Ollie Schniederjans. Got it?
Someone has been shitting in the cup holes of a Norwegian golf club for TEN YEARS!
Nadal watch: a win is a win, however ugly.
Another week, another load of slam talk.
Should tennis be speeded up?
The frustrating Mr Wilshire.
Aberdeen fans rack up the air miles.
How will Manchester United fare this season?
The redemption of A-Rod.
Sport Geek is taking a break – back in September.