Glory fades. Just ask Tiger Woods, who is still week after week the subject of speculative articles about his future. Just look at Tyson Fury, who wins those heavyweight titles from Wladimir Klitschko and promptly gets (rightly) pilloried for his sexist and homophobic comments.
The sports person who seems most in tune with the fleeting nature of glory at the moment is Andy Murray. After a huge effort to win the Davis Cup, he put the boot into the LTA and British tennis. That’s good. Right time, right moment to get maximum impact for an important message about your sport. Forget personal glory. It doesn’t last, anyway.
And so to the pick of the week… (in alphabetical order this week)
Seb Coe: slippery.
Why ball tracking works for tennis and cricket but not football or basketball
Kobe Bryant‘s odd departure.
The losing streak is over. What next for the 76ers?
Your favorite sports team is massively overvalued right now.
AB de Villiers can score very very quickly. He can also score very very slowly. Who knew?
That’s more like it: Sepp Blatter in $100m bribery scandal.
The Qatar call, five years on.
The fastest and longest goalscoring streaks in world football.
Chelsea: out of ideas.
Reasons for and against this being the most unpredictable season.
I’m guessing the Valencia-Neville thing will be over in a year.
Rory McIlroy is doing pretty well, thank you.
The tennis wife‘s story.
Nadal’s 2015 was great – just not by his standards.
Highly effective but ugly beats the beautiful game.
That’s it, see you next Tuesday