Motson's alarming incident
The last week or so has been slightly on the busy side. Last Saturday's interview with Rio Ferdinand went down well. I spent most of Thursday thinking he was going to pull out. When it was announced on Friday morning that the captaincy had been taken away from John Terry I was convinced it was going to be called off but, true to his word, Mr Ferdinand turned up and was on top form.
There was some nice light-hearted stuff in there but I thought he spoke with real insight and thoughtfulness about his brother, why he didn't want to be England captain and racism in football generally.
If you missed the interview, or wanted to watch the full length version, you can click on this:
Transfer deadline day wasn't exactly a classic of our time but did produce a few little beauties. I know people have spoken at length about QPR but I'd be very happy if I was an Evertonian.
One of my friends, who is a particularly sticky toffee, sent me a text in the middle of the night on Tuesday that simply read "Get in there you plank". It wasn't really worth interrupting my slumber but I took it to mean he was happy with the arrival of Nikica Jelavic and return of Steven Pienaar.
There were two highlights of the day from my perspective: 1. Our little 10 minute transfer round-up on Match of the Day which was good fun all round and 2. Witnessing John Motson accidentally hit the alarm in the BBC lift with his rear-end. "The alarm has been pressed in lift two. Please wait for assistance," the polite computery voice repeated over and over. "Oh deary me. Can you believe it?" chuckled Motty as if describing a childish fracas between Hugo Rodallega and Brede Hangeland.
The following day I was asked to film CBeebies Bedtime Stories which I think you'll be able to see during the week of Sport Relief. It was great fun talking to giant fluffy animals on camera but it did prove what I have always suspected and Michael McIntyre also famously observed: the secret of children's TV is to perfect the art of looking surprised when the camera disturbs you attempting a menial task. "Oh hello there. You caught me buffing my collection of rare lettuces. Would you like to hear a story about someone who loved lettuce? You would? Well, there was once a small raccoon called Toby..."
This coming Saturday we are taking the show on the road again. The Stadium of Light is our next port of call and after Alan Shearer understandably turned down our polite invitation last Saturday, Martin Keown will be in attendance. We shall try and unearth the secret of Sunderland's 22 points from 10 games under Martin O'Neill and I'm determined to find out where all the plastic bags, polystyrene cups and crisp packets come from when there's a spot of wind in the north-east.
You'll hear from Carlo Ancelotti, Kevin Doyle and Shane Long and other things that I can't quite confirm at the moment but believe me, it will be well worth watching BBC1 this Saturday at 1215 GMT.
In the meantime, if you have any comments, questions, dazzling insight or words of sporting wisdom you'd like to share with the world then please type away below. You can also find me on twitter at twitter.com/danwalkerbbc