THURSDAY: If the pressure is getting to him, and I’m sure it must be, Doncaster Rovers’ boss Sean O’Driscoll didn’t show it in his weekly Thursday afternoon press conference at the club’s Cantley Park training ground.
Sean seemed very relaxed and chatty and, as usual, spoke a lot of sense.
FRIDAY: for once Usain Bolt wasn’t the star of the show at an athletics meeting in which he was competing.
That tag belonged to fellow Jamacian Yohan Blake in the final Diamond League meeting of the season in Brussels.
The 21 year-old, who took advantage of Bolt’s disqualification to win the 100m crown at the recent World Championships in Daegu, ran a blistering 19.26 seconds to win the 200m - producing an amazing burst of speed in the last 40m when athletes are normally looking to maintain race speed as lactic acid sets in.
It was the second fastest run over the distance of all time and only Bolt (19.19) has run faster. Blake made it look easy and has emerged as a real threat to Bolt in both sprint races at next year’s London Olympics.
Not that Bolt, who clocked the fastest 100m of the year (9.76) at the same meeting will give up his title without a fight.
SATURDAY: Along with members of the Rovers’ media team I took part in a spoof post-match press conference in a deserted media room at the Madejski Stadium prior to the game against Reading,
Maz Hamed, who films Rovers’ games as part his duties, sat in the manager’s chair on the stage and fielded a series of silly questions which varied from tactics and substitutions to his taste in yoghurt.
Club historian Tony Bluff wandered towards the stage with a pot of yoghurt which prompted a question from me as to what was the ‘manager’s’ favourite flavour and whether he called it yoghurt or yowgurt.
It was a silly ten minutes or so but it passed away the time prior to kick-off.
The game itself proved yet another disappointing display by Rovers who didn’t come to life in attack until it was too late.
There was another lengthy post-match inquest and but for flagging down a passing taxi I would have missed the 6.40pm train, which I caught with 30 seconds to spare.
SUNDAY: The Dons were stung by Rochdale Hornets, who came from 18-4 down to claim a 26-18 win in a classic Play-off quarter-final at Spotland which the Dons looked like winning after a superb opening 25 minutes during which time they blitzed the home side with some high-speed rugby.