Me, the Duke and King Eric
It was great to get Rafael Benitez on the Football Focus sofa on Saturday. Plenty of you seemed to be interested in what the former Liverpool and Inter Milan manager had to say. I thought he came across very well. His "short blanket" analogy was particularly popular with viewers. I think the gist of it was that a really good side will always find a way to expose you even if you attack or defend as a unit.
Rafa had come prepared for a game of chess before we went to air but I was otherwise occupied with rehearsals - thankfully. The truth is, I did not want to be embarrassed again. My chess skills need some serious work before I expose them in public once again. Last time out, Rafa removed my queen within the first 10 moves!
Talking of royalty, I was invited to St James's Palace this week to make an "inspirational" speech to a group of people who had earned the gold standard on the Duke of Edinburgh's Award scheme. The man himself also turned up to shake some hands.
I first heard about Fujimoto at school. He was the Japanese gymnast who helped his country to team gold at the 1976 Olympics despite having a broken knee. During my Tour de France-obsessed teenage years, I loved Abdoujaparov's crazy style and sprinting duels with Laurent Jalabert. As for the story of Liddell, particularly his exploits after winning the 400m at the 1924 Olympics in Paris, that has always fascinated me.
It was during my speech that I was tapped on the shoulder by a palace official. "I'm afraid the Duke is ready now," he said. My suggestion that His Royal Highness should come in to hear the end of my address did not go down too well (Mistake 1).
The Duke came in and asked a few of the young people and leaders about their achievements, occasionally chatting to the proud parents. As I waited in line to meet him, I remembered the one piece of advice I had been given: "Whatever you do, don't ask him any questions." That's a lot harder to do than you think.
Host: This is Dan Walker from the BBC
Duke: Hello there, how are you?
Me: I'm fine thank you sir... how about you? (Mistake 2)
Duke: [Ignores question] What is it you do?
Me: I'm here to talk about my job to the young people
Duke: Of course, but what is it you do?
Me: I present a programme called Football Focus every Saturday
Me: If you ever fancy coming on let me know! (Mistake 3)
Duke: [Laughs politely]
Me: We've got a spare spot this week if you're free? (Mistake 4)
At this point, I could feel the heat coming from the eyes of one of the Duke's aides. The parents in earshot were giggling and I heard someone muttering "etiquette" in my direction as the royal party left the room.
Thankfully, I made it out of the palace without getting hauled off to the Tower.
Our interview with Eric Cantona will finally get an outing this week. Regular blog readers will know that I went to see him in New York about 10 days ago. I cannot give away too much but he has some particularly explosive opinions. For a man who won the old Division One championship with Leeds United, four titles in five seasons with Manchester United and played nearly 50 times for France, you might be surprised to hear what the highlight of his career is... Rest assured, you will find out later this week.
Me and Eric in New York
There are some footballers who give you the impression that they are deep thinkers but Cantona genuinely is one. He has no interest in talking about his medals and accolades. For him, it is all about the future. There is no trophy room at Chateau Cantona.
Even if you have very little time for Cantona, I suggest you watch Football Focus on BBC One on Saturday (1215 GMT). You will get a real insight into one of football's most fascinating characters.
If you have any questions about the man many call the King, the Duke or the show in general, then please stick them down below. I would also be interested to know who makes your list of sporting heroes.
As ever, the best way to follow the build-up to the show is at twitter.com/danwalkerbbc.