I rode toward the last fence: jump it and we were clear. I was already celebrating. Boing! Down went the pole, down went my hopes and up soared my self-disgust. It's a classic: lose concentration and forget to jump the last. I was disgusted because such a mistake is immature, callow and indicative of a half-baked competitive personality. Bah!
Manuel Pellegrini had hoped to see "a more mature Manchester City" in the Champions League this season. And they played with great maturity against Bayern...
There was a sense of shock in Germany that an out-of-form Schalke team missing nine players through injury were able to go to Chelsea and claim a 1-1 draw in their Champions League opener, but it turns out under-fire coach Jens Keller had an ace up his sleeve: Ironman videos.
Bild reports that, with the help of a video expert, Keller cut videos showing the best triathlon scenes, which sporting director Horst Heldt described as "fantastic... with great pictures, statements and music."
It goes without saying that the key to any successful fantasy team is to have the season's consistent, top-scoring players. The likes of Branislav Ivanovic (24.6 percent ownership), Cesc Fabregas (34.1 percent), Raheem Sterling (47.5 percent), Aaron Ramsey (22.6 percent), Diego Costa (41.5 percent) and Wayne Rooney (26.2 percent) all have high levels of ownership and are likely to continue scoring well throughout the season.
Beware Chelsea and their snarling striker. Diego Costa, with seven Premier League goals in four matches, has added bite to last season's bark. Such has been his terrifying impact that top-flight defenders are now likely scanning the fixture list, beads of sweat gathering on their foreheads, to see when they face the Spain...
Come the final whistle, Spurs could be satisfied with a 0-0 draw in their Europa League group stage opener. A Partizan Belgrade that had won all five of its league games this season and was within an away goal of qualifying for the Champions League was never going to be the pushover many in the British media had predicted.
Around and around the Premier League we go. Even though January is a long way off, some serious rumours out of England are starting to flame up to help us warm the hearth of the winter transfer window.