I’m Matthew Smith, just another wannabe journalist with their own suitably opinionated blog.
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Also getting relegated are Blackburn, whose malaise under poor ownership looks to be leading them closer to a Coventry-esque plughole, and Barnsley, who after such a fiery start are doing the opposite of last campaign and falling with an irreversible air. Expect Paul Heckingbottom to be in the Prem and third favourite for the England job next season then.
Yet football exists in such an otherworldly situation it would be pretty much pointless to try and bring it down to earth by drawing it level with the rules or attitudes of any other sport. Instead, if we are truly looking to improve football, there is only one cultural medium so wildly inflated with money it could be compared to the maligned national game - the film industry.
In the end it is embarrassing for the IOC. This is their road show, and they have pitched up in the wrong part of town at the wrong time. It will be interesting what influence this has on where the games go next. 2024 could be hosted by one of four cities - the safe-enough bets of Paris, Rome or Los Angeles, or the outside shot of Budapest.
Maybe it's because it seemed like there was so much sport between us and it over the past year - world cups in rugby union and Twenty20, the Euros, Wimbledon - but the Rio Games seemed in a permanent state of far-away-ness, but now the opening ceremony is this week.
I can only judge based on the England teams at major tournaments I have ever seen, with the first tournament I remember properly watching being, coincidentally, Euro 2000. There is no science to this, it is personal opinion. Feel free to debate the choices below the line. Nicely...
Whoever takes over, listen: play Dele Alli as a number 10. Play Harry Kane as a number 9. Play Jamie Vardy as a striker. Play Wayne Rooney in midfield. Play with wingers (real wingers, not Sturridge and Vardy). And never, ever, let Kane take a set piece ever again. Ever.
Since Thursday, we have, rightly, heard of nothing but Brexit. For the next two years, unfortunately, we will hear of nothing but it either. So, if like me you need a brief oasis from the storm, here's a story from June 23 which I suspect you will not have heard.
Euro 96, the best England showing in a Euros tournament starring more than four teams, was also dire. Few games were settled by more than one goal, possibly the best team (Italy) again went out in the groups, and then there was David Seaman's kits. But England almost won it. It could happen again.
If you get a chance to stay up after the Euro games are done and catch the Copa America, or to see some of the highlights, I strongly urge you to do so. It's the best the beautiful game currently has to offer.
On Monday, the England squad for Euro 2016 will finally be announced. Roy Hodgson delayed it from last week, presumably in case any more strikers get knee injuries which require months out just before a major tournament, although given Welbeck has already gone this seems less likely.
The struggle and eventual failure of last season under three different managers has been replaced by the side steamrollering their way to the title under Mark Warburton, a man who, if he can get Brentford to the English Championship play-offs, is surely capable of engineering a Rangers side that can finish above Partick Thistle and Hamilton Academicals.
Their departure means the list of Premier League-era ever presents has been dwindled even further; as of next season, there will only be six clubs who have played in every season in the top flight since 1992 - Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Everton, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United.
<strong>Following non-league football, you will often come across the same names in the so-called National League from season to season.</strong> There are names familiar to the more casual observer too - Kidderminster, Welling, Altrincham, Halifax, and Chester, to name a few.
People continue to parade Hodgson's constant selection of Rooney as evidence he is out of touch - ignoring the fact he also gave England debuts to Kane, Vardy, Drinkwater, Shaw, and Stones. And the fact Rooney is captain, and really quite good. If it ain't broke, don't fix it - particularly if you have some fairly stable glue to hand already.
05/04/2016 15:37 BST
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