Muhammad Ali is 70 on Tuesday and those of us who were assembled in Atlanta, Georgia on the evening of 19 July 1996 may be celebrating with a feeling of slight astonishment.
While Ray Lewis marshalls the defence the Ravens will always stand a chance, but Flacco has to give the side a chance of matching the incomparable Tom Brady.
Ryan Harrison is the sort of all-American teenager who calls his father "Sir" and has an athlete's tan and tooth-perfect smile that would not look out of place on a carton of low-fat yoghurt.
Roger Federer was expected to make his first meaningful statement at this Australian Open off the sweet centre of his racket in the first round against Alexander Kudryavtsev, under lights in front of his adoring public in Rod Laver Arena.
Given the exhaustion of the English patient after all the prodding and vile emanations of the past three months, it could be argued that Stuart Lancaster could hardly go wrong.
For Ahsan Raza, one of the umpires in England's match against the Pakistan Board XI who will also be involved in the internationals to come over the next few weeks, the sight of Stuart Broad in the pavilion had a special significance.
Ivan Lendl gives the impression that his partnership with Andy Murray is the best comic pairing since Abbott and Costello.
“Opening day and here’s the first pitch, and the season’s over.”
As befits the pantomime buffoonery that attends professional fisticuffs, Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather made their “grand entrances” in Las Vegas on Tuesday in separate casinos, a mile and several hours apart, an appropriate metaphor for the lingering distance between them.
There is more at stake here on Saturday night than the unification of three versions of the welterweight title.