Loathe it, hate it or just feel annually irritated by it, the BBC Sport Personality of the Year award has continued to exercise its own tenaciously parochial fascination.
For touring sides India represents the final frontier.
Two days into the Tour of Britain, and more setbacks for the world champion Mark Cavendish.
When Sir Sean Connery rolled with some jollity into Andy Murray's victory press conference at Flushing Meadows on Saturday night, unannounced and accompanied by Sir Alex Ferguson and the player's mother, Judy, there was a sense that Scotland's invasion of New York this year might be a very happy one.
My sporting hero growing up may have dismantled my views on cycling but other heroes can be found from all over the sporting globe.
David Weir is simply unstoppable.
"Pea-cock! Pea-cock! Pea-cock!" came the cry from the 80,000.