The football season might be firmly under way, but we have plenty of other sporting treats in store, not least the Ryder Cup this week and cricket’s World Cup early next year.
I’m looking forward to both, and of course hoping for success for Europe, then England.
Europe are the firm favourites in the golf, especially with home advantage, but the USA will make life tough up at Gleneagles.
It will be interesting to see how Stephen Gallacher copes with the pressure of being the only Scot in the team.
He’ll know the course like the back of his hand, but in a big event like this, can he cope with the mental pressure?
One man who has really proved his worth this year is Rory McIlroy.
The reigning Open and US PGA champion is on the verge of joining the game’s greats by chalking up wins in all four Majors (there’s just the Masters to go now), and he’s bang on form.
McIlroy could be a real talisman for Europe, but this is a team event, and all the players need to make a contribution.
The Americans have experience and won’t be missing motivation.
At the end of the day, 24 very good golfers are involved, and any one of them could end up being the hero.
Hopefully it will be as good an event as two years ago at Medinah, when Europe produced some last-day heroics to take the honours.
The cricket doesn’t take place until February, but already the debate over who England should take to Australia and New Zealand is heating up.
England might have struggled in the Test series against India.
But there has been some good one-day stuff played in the domestic game, and the England and Wales Cricket Board did the right thing by restoring 50-overs cricket across the schedule.
The likes of like Nottinghamshire’s James Taylor, Sam Billings of Kent and Surrey’s Jason Roy, who played T20 for England earlier this month, have been really impressive, and the big question is how brave will the selectors be?
Producing the goods at county level is one thing, doing it on the international stage another, but there will be some players who can do just that.
And don’t forget most of the current crop of up-and-coming aces have been developing those special one-day shots since a young age.
Giving them experience now could really pay off in future years.
It was good to see Liverpool return to Champions League action with a victory – and Everton’s winning appearance in the Europa League provided another boost for the city.
The Reds have been absent from the club game’s biggest stage for five years, and it was fitting that Steven Gerrard should slot home the last-gasp penalty which saw off Bulgarians Ludogorets Razgrad at Anfield.
The famous old ground is made for big European nights, and that atmosphere must be a big help for Liverpool.
Their fans have had to look on as arch-rivals Manchester United and Chelsea enjoyed success in the competition.
But they are well aware of the club’s history, not just their five European Cup triumphs but also runs to the quarter-finals, semis and final in the not so distant past.
They will be making the most of the Champions League matches, with plum clashes with Real Madrid coming up as well as a visit from FC Basel.
Really, there’s no reason why Brendan Rogers’ side shouldn’t make it through the group stages, and it would be great if Everton could progress in the Europa League.
Their 4-1 win over Wolfsburg was a great start, and Roberto Martinez’s men really put down a marker.
The one thing Rogers and Martinez must manage is the combination of mixing European and Premier League games, but it’s a problem I;m sure both of them will welcome.