England have suffered some horrible Six Nations fates in Dublin in recent years, but this time it is Ireland who are being advised to brace themselves.
Super Bowl XLVII was setting up to be one of the dullest Super Bowls in recent history, a nostalgic throwback to the days when the Dallas Cowboys would routinely dismantle the Buffalo Bills, when something unexpected happened.
A typical NFL season does not end as neatly as a scripted television show. There's no guarantee that all, or indeed any, of the subplots that emerge during the course of the season will be wrapped up by season's end. Super Bowl XLVII, however, was an exception.
The Baltimore Ravens defeated the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII and in the process they beat the odds-makers too.
The Baltimore Ravens are the Superbowl champions, and this is a huge part of why.
Owen Farrell believes England are on the road to becoming "a special team" as they prepare to travel to Dublin for Sunday's top-of-the-table encounter with Ireland.
I look forward to three teams battling it out for glory this season, with more overtaking at the sharp end, a better, more equable division of money to prevent half the paddock being permanently broke and a vision for the future that extends beyond the selfishly short term. Oh, yes – and I believe in the tooth fairy too.
The former Rabobank rider Michael Boogerd has been banned from cycling for two years for historical doping offences.