SO the week when Newcastle United's Premier League survival prospects moved from comfortable to critical ends with us talking about Hatem Ben Arfa's gym habits, whether a lack of fight is deeply ingrained in Gallic DNA and a banned reporter.
SO here is one of the problems with covering Premier League football.
AN old friend from the Midlands told me about the day Martin O'Neill invited all of the Second City press pack to an end of season dinner.
IT goes without saying that Sunday's game is of huge significance to a Sunderland side in danger of being sucked into a bitter relegation fight.
EUGENE Laverty got his own back in Race Two at Phillip Island when he stole the win from team-mate Sylvain Guintoli.
After finishing second behind Guintoli in the opening FIM World Superbike Championship race, Laverty turned the tables as he led his team-mate over the line.
Third man home was GoldBet BMW's Marco Melandri, with the Red Devils Roma Aprilia of Michel Fabrizio fourth.
SYLVAIN Guintoli announced his arrival in the Aprilia Racing Team by winning the first race of the 2013 World Superbike Championship at Phillip Island.
The UK-based Frenchman led an Aprilia 1-2-3 over the line in today's opening race from the Australian track, with team-mate Eugene Laverty beating the Red Devils Roma Aprilia of Michel Fabrizio in a photo-finish for second.
But the race was marred by a heavy crash involving polesitter Carlos Checa and Marco Melandri on Lap 13. The Spaniard is believed to have been knocked unconscious and latest reports say he has been taken to Melbourne Hospital for further checks.
CARLOS Checa was back at the top this morning after winning the first Tissot-Superpole of the 2013 season at Phillip Island.
As the FIM World Superbike Championship fired up for the new season, it was the Spaniard who emerged man to beat as he took the new Ducati Team Alstare Panigale to the top of the timesheets with a hot lap of 1.30:234.
Eugene Laverty was second fastest as he kicked off his second season with Aprilia factory squad, while third on the grid for Sunday's races is Michel Fabrizio on the Red Devils Roma Aprilia.
THE news this week that MotoGP at Silverstone is to revert to the old pits has raised a few eyebrows.
Not two years on since the Wing opened its doors, motorcycle racing's premier series will abandon it this year and instead head back to the National paddock for the British Grand Prix in August.
According to Silverstone, the reason for the move is that customer feedback has revealed two-wheel fans prefer to get closer to the action while also being able to experience the entertainment, retail stands and manufacturer displays.
EVERY week, football is full of catastrophe, disaster and tragedy.
THERE were 10,276 people at Fratton Park on Tuesday to see the latest act in the tragic comedy unfolding on the South Coast.