Just past the hour Queens Park Rangers were threatening to register this season's most surprising win, the troubled club closing in on three points at their 13th attempt.
When Harry Redknapp and Martin O'Neill shake hands before adjourning to adjacent technical areas at Sunderland tomorrow night on Tuesday night one man will be the subject of an awful lot of fuss but the other will be under enormous pressure.
The night before the first of the Rolling Stones' 50th anniversary shows in London, BBC2 broadcast the second part of the documentary Crossfire Hurricane, devoted to what Mick Jagger drily refers to from the O2 stage as the band's journey "from Deptford to Greenwich".
Though the actor Dinah Sheridan, who has died aged 92, was an "English rose" of the type still firmly in vogue in British theatre and films of the immediate postwar era, she had a vivacity and depth of talent that went further than the label suggested.
For quite some time now, anger management has been treated much like entertainment, what with it being one of the ‘disorders of choice’ among the Hollywood gliteratti.
Just got back from Stamford Bridge, after seeing a pretty uninspiring match against Manchester City. Torres was woeful (although he did have a couple of fruitless runs, and one fairly decent shot over the bar). Mata tried hard, Hazard showed some promise and Ashley Cole was Chelsea's best player. David Luiz has clearly been told to keep it tight and stay at the back.
Bayer Leverkusen star midfielder Lars Bender has been linked with a future move to Manchester United, but is he good enough to play at Old Trafford?
Harry Redknapp hopes to bring David Beckham to Queens Park Rangers with Tony Fernandes, the chairman, prepared to back the new manager in the January transfer window as he looks to strengthen the bottom placed club in the bid to avoid relegation.
He may struggle to see it this way as he tends his kind, battered face this morning but there is an unavoidable symmetry to Ricky Hatton's career deeply rooted in the history of boxing: nearly all his pain, physical and spiritual, arrived in a rush at the end.
Chelsea need to add depth to their striking options and considering the talented array of strikers at current front runners Manchester United and Manchester City you can why. So apart from the obvious bank-busting options out there who else should Chelsea consider looking at?