'Some people believe football is a matter of life and death.
I'm very disappointed with that attitude.
I can assure you it is much, much more important than that.'
The immortal words of the late, great Bill Shankly have this week moved on from the football arena and battered the doors down of the cricketing world. Pakistan cricket coach Bob Woolmerwas found, it is said, murdered in his hotel room after his team were eliminated in the group stages of the World Cup.
What the hell is going on? Being Scottish, cricket is not my specialist subject but this is not about a game of leather on willow. It wasn't that long ago that Andres Escobar, the Colombian defender, inadvertently put the ball into his own net at the Football World Cup in the USA. This own-goal led to his country being knocked out of the tournament and Escobar was promptly shot dead in a Medellin suburb by a maniac screaming GOOOOOOOOOLLLL as he pulled the trigger!
Even ice-skating had the infamous Tonya Harding, Nancy Kerrigan assault the same year Escobar was retired from this sporting world.
The conspiracy theorists of this world will have us believe that massive gambling syndicates are behind the two deaths, unfortunately the truth will never be known.
So, when I am looking round the world of sport, I am now asking myself is it ONLY A GAME?