T hese days, as soon as an athlete passes the age of 30, they are put into the bracket of 'getting on a bit'.
Among the great sporting memories of my teens is the sight of Steve Ovett racing away from Sebastian Coe to claim the 800 metres title at the Moscow Olympics in 1980.
Is the Premiership in Scottish football a better place for having no Old Firm rivalry? If you're holding a gun to my neck, I'd have to say, absolutely not.
B ANGING your head can cause brain damage.
It is not so long since Conor O'Shea was being touted for one of the top jobs within the RFU administration at Twickenham.
IN the newspaper player ratings for the Clyde-Stranraer Scottish Cup tie, Frank McKeown was given 7 out of 10 in The Scottish Sun yesterday.
Sometimes it's easy to forget that Andre Villas-Boas is 36.
Good on you, Jim Duffy. At 54 years of age - hardly old - this baldy stalwart of Scottish football is still going strong, his Clyde team currently sitting top of League 2.
THE build-up to Christmas is now so long it is in danger of interfering with the summer holidays.
A few weeks back, this column examined the impact of cause and effect as disseminated in Albert Einstein's famous quotation about repeating mistakes and idiocy.
Any sport looking for a blueprint for transforming itself from a minority discipline into a mainstream, high-profile entity need look no further than cycling.
AS I left the house on Tuesday to go and give some of my colleagues their weekly kicking - office five-a-side football is the politically correct description - the debate on the referendum white paper was getting under way.
Many Celtic supporters are feeling sore, and with good reason, because a combination of failings has left the club bereft and floundering in the Champions League this season.
MY recent reading has included the Memoirs of Sergeant Bourgogne, an account of the privations endured during the retreat by Napoleon's army from Moscow.
THE world is definitely becoming noisier.
F OR anyone old enough to remember the skill and grace he displayed in the green and white, it must be odd to think of Harry Hood lining up against Celtic.