With Euro 2012 kicking off in a few hours and less than 50 days until the London Olympics, I anticipate I'll be spending less time on my daily posts. No bad thing you may think given the power of Twitter with 140 characters or less.
I'm not sports mad. But these days sports stories provide a welcome escape from real news, which is usually dreadful whether it's the latest massacre in Syria or the Spanish economy on a knife edge or some natural disaster in between.
With sport, I've always been impressed by those who can do what I can't. Not so much now but when I was working I got to meet many sports men and women, both professional and amateur; and enjoyed the experience.
They exude a confidence that perhaps comes from testing the limits of their physical ability. What you see is what you get. So much better than those more intellectually-inclined - and insecure.
When it comes to fans, of course, I condemn the thuggish among them. But there is a legion of enthusiasts who are passionate, knowledgeable, articulate, and loyal - qualities which are often in short supply elsewhere in society.