Flicking through the weekend papers and the current spate of articles concerning the London Olympics, there seems to be an air of both expectation and success.
Talk of record medal hauls and golds galore indicate that few if any lessons have been learned from England's World Cup flop, and the failure of the 'golden generation'. Perhaps a more realistic assessment may emerge from the European Athletics Championships, which not only features most of the 'proper' Olympic sports (I struggle to count sailing and Taekwondo as genuine Olympic disciplines, to name just two) but starts two years to the day that the Olympics will begin.
I have a liking for the throwing events (discus, javelin and shot put) where it has to be said Great Britain is now rather weak. Indeed our best known coach, Geoff Capes, has faced a series of drugs accusations regarding his athletes. For the record, the women's shot put final is this evening at 6.35pm, and the men's on Saturday at 5.30pm. BBC2 has the most live coverage.