It does occur to me that maybe, just maybe taking to the social media airwaves in the lead up to any big bruising encounter isn't perhaps the best preparation they could get involved with, given that not everyone has positive things to say all the time.
One book I don't regret asking for last Christmas was the auto-biography of Ricky Hatton, War and Peace. Though not primarily for Boxing reasons, since his last book covered his fighting career all the way to the Mayweather fight, and since then he's only boxed four times.
I was fortunate enough to see Sam Burgess in action early on in his career. I first saw him as a wet behind the ears forward playing for Bradford Bulls in Super League and even at such a young age you could tell he was a man apart.
The All Black rugby player had been locked in his room for days, shutting out all contact with friends, family and fellow players. It was 4am when he finally picked up the phone to call a helpline. The reply at the other end was simple, "hello friend". It started a process that led to therapy that has been helping to change the life of Brent Pope for many years.
Alternate proposals to fill the void left by an absent European Cup have considerably more failings than any imperfections they were dreamt up to fix. Remember that the two main reasons for the current European shambles are a dissatisfaction with the lack of meritocracy, and a skewed distribution of remuneration.
If you're a single woman who is not having any luck meeting men, then it probably means that you're not looking in the right place. Well... I've got some possible answers. These are not airy-fairy, theoretical solutions. They are practical ways to meet men. And the first one is an absolute beauty.
Squash - just an old man's game, isn't it? That's the common refrain I get - or I sense people are thinking but too polite to say - when I mention that I play, watch or - as I'm now starting to do - report on the game.
For international football, the conclusion to be drawn from finding 11,809 people turning out to watch a cheap game featuring Gareth Bale in any way encouraging is not a promising one. With clubs long since deserting national sides and players following suit, even the fans have now begun to abandon it too.
If there's one news item that has been dominating rugby club message boards in the last week, it is this issue to do with salary caps... Sale winger Mark Cueto blew the lid off the whole thing last week when he claimed that some clubs are creating a "Manchester United/Chelsea-type situation" by continually flouting the salary cap rules, yet nothing is being done about the issue by the game's governing body.
Rugby has helped me through some incredibly difficult periods in my life. When I lost my sister in the Marchioness tragedy in 1989, I felt lost and completely misunderstood. As a messed up young man, I made some poor life choices that led to me being expelled. Rugby came at a time when I badly needed guidance and support. That's why I set up Dallaglio Foundation's Rugby for Change project. With the help of money raised by The Supporters Club, BT Sport's charitable initiative, we help young people who have been excluded or expelled from school, and who need some inspiration to make positive life choices.
It's an oft-repeated claim from supporters of the English and French clubs looking to set up their new version of the Heineken Cup that the RaboDirect Pro12 is too weak. What was once the Celtic League (before the addition of the Italian regions), the Pro12 is perceived as being a mere distraction for the top teams.
Anything that makes a referee's job that little bit easier should be welcomed. And for an official, having a decision overturned is surely eminently preferable to having their performance torn apart in the days following a match.
The Premier League final could be moved from its logical place at the end of the domestic season to a new slot in late January or early February to make room for a new cross-border competition, under controversial plans from England's top clubs.
The victorious British and Irish Lions squad returned from Australia as heroes this summer, having secured a historic first series win in 17 years. But if they're not adequately looked after, that could be as good as it gets for the triumphant tourists.
And so the curtain has closed on another transfer deadline day. The highs, the lows, the nail-biting drama, the tens of millions of pounds spent by clubs in just a few short hours - it's everything that's wrong with top-level football.
I was in Farnham, west of London on Saturday, filming for the Total Rugby programme which is aired on Sky Sports. They asked if I would talk about and compare rugby and squash, at the same time publicizing squash's plight for Olympic status.