There is a fair degree of irony that in the same week Jade Goody faced the nation's wrath over racist comments that look set to at least truncate her career, a football manager who faced a similar charge returned to work for the first time.
Big Ron Atkinson became director of football at
Having served his time – partly in the form of some appallingly awkward ‘Ron meets black people to prove he isn't a racist' programmes – he has gone back to where he began to forge his career.
The difference between Atkinson and Goody is that the former gained notoriety for his success as a manager, while Goody is a fatuous bint who became rich from people gawking at her stupidity.
I have never understood her appeal, but if it was that she was a normal woman whose naivety struck a chord with the great unwashed, her racism should break her in the same way who candid manner made her.
Big Ron's outburst, albeit unwise, was no more than an aside when he thought he was off-camera. Goody knows how Big Brother works, and knew her comments would be treated with such magnified resonance.
Atkinson paid his dues and has returned to work where he started – if Goody follows the same route, then surely she should return to the ignominy and anonymity from which she came.
Turning to betting matters, the FA Cup returns to the fore this weekend, and the possibility of a major upset looks remote. Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United all face home games, with the latter looking a tasty 10-11 to win to nil.
United were just seven minutes away from producing their finest clean sheet of the season before a freak ending to the game at Arsenal.
The character of this United side has been in evidence throughout the season and they look a good bet to make their point felt against
Elsewhere, Chester were unlucky not to knock out Ipswich in the last round, dominating the first game but failing to score, before succumbing narrowly in a replay.
3pts Man Utd to win to nil v
*Last week's results
If there was a market on picking postponed matches, we would be quids in. For the second week running, one of the advised bets involved a game that was subsequently called off. The heavens opened at
Paul Scholes had one of his quieter, workmanlike afternoons in the Manchester United midfield as Arsenal struck with two late goals to deny the Old Trafford outfit a nine point lead at the top of the Premiership.
In all honesty, he never really had an opportunity to repay those who took the 9-2 (Coral) about him scoring at any time. Damn the ginger wizard.