A ‘BLUE MOON’ was in the air and being sung with great gusto by a capacity crowd ahead of live pay television’s coverage of Mancunian welterweight, Ricky Hatton’s comeback fight against Ukraine’s Vyacheslav Senchenko.
Hatton found out that three and half years is too long out of the ring and his opponent was just too tough and too good.
Which leaves the Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos, a race that always delivers drama – and this year, live on two different channels.
As part of a complex, nay confusing, broadcasting arrangement this year’s F1 season has been seen in total on Sky F1 and in part on BBC1.
I spent time switching between the two channels to see who had the edge on the season’s climax and it was difficult to make the call as for large periods they were on the same pictures. I suppose just the ability to get on earlier and stay on later, and the fact they have been live at every race gives Sky F1 the verdict but, on the day, it was about as tight as the points difference between Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso at the end of a quite extraordinary season.
The race itself was a belter and left the viewer wanting more, although for BBC F1 presenter, Jake Humphries, this was his swansong before moving to BT Vision, and, with it, the wider level of scrutiny that will come from fronting their new live football coverage.
You might need to buy a jacket or two for next season, Jake!
So just another extraordinary week-end of live sports television coverage from all the over the world – and, you know, we almost just take it for granted, don’t we?
And, it would be remiss of me not to give a broadcasting curtain call to sporting heroes, Victoria Pendleton, Michael Vaughan and Louis Smith who’ve strutted their stuff on the Strictly dance-floor and Eric Bristow and David Haye who have been making life in the jungle lots of fun for us all.
You see sport gets everywhere – even the Australian jungle!
And that’s just grand!