As the season continues to chug along towards its climax, the much-savoured 'war of words' between managers steps up a gear.
The margins at the top are so tight that when the bosses sound off about something or someone, the shock waves are felt all around the nation.
Acid-tongued barbs are met with bitter vitriol as rival managers use the media to conduct their own personal vendettas and private rows. Or so we are led to believe, anyway.
Much is made of Premier League managers and their mythical 'mind games'. Plenty of armchair pundits were quick to point out that Mike Riley didn't give Manchester United a penalty on Sunday, supposedly because of David Moyes's comments that the Yorkshire official is a closet United fan.
If that's truly the case, then surely Riley should never be allowed to referee again, and managers should be banned from making comments about referees in the build-up a game in order to stop results being unfairly influenced.
What difference should one man's comments make to you when your job involves being abused by 30,000 people twice a week?
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger - whose signature cerebral manoeuvre is the classic "I didn't see it" no-look pass - has now taken a break from slagging off the Wembley turf and debunking the mind game myth.
"I believe it [mind games] was always something which was overrated a bit. But it is part of our environment and part of the media. You never know how much impact it has because it is impossible to measure."
Wenger's Liverpool counterpart Rafa Benitez was not on hand, but Anfield mascot Little Sammy Lee agreed: "It goes over my head to be honest. I think football is quite a simple game, people seem to be trying to complicate things and put their little slant on it." Of course, it's that sort of clear, forthright thinking and honesty that led to Lee's failure as a boss.
Ever since Kevin Keegan's infamous rant, sparked by a few choice words from Alex Ferguson, any comments slightly more interesting than the usual droning platitudes and denials are leapt upon by the media and stretched and rehashed for their own purposes.
The two men on the Anfield touchline this evening may have both provided several great bits of copy for the assembled hacks in their time but the result will come down to what it is they are paid for - management.
In fact, considering some of the nonsensical team selections and the deranged jitters and gesticulations both men are prone to during matches, they should be more worried about losing their minds than playing games with them.
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A quick quiz question to start the day off: how much are FIFA set to rake in from the sale of television rights for the 2010 World Cup?
The answer is a whopping £1.9 billion. All right, so your answer, like every guess in the quick straw poll done in the Eurosport office, may have been higher, but that's still a hefty figure, sure to keep Sepp Blatter and co in vol-au-vents and mini kievs for a while.
On the subject of money, the All Party Parliamentary Football Group has released the results of its year-long inquiry into the way the game is funded, and has made 27 recommendations.
Chiefly amongst the group's pet peeves are the ways in which top clubs like Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea are financed, likening Roman Abramovich's bankrolling of the Stamford Bridge club as "financial doping".
ED only mentions this because up until now the fact that three of the Premier League's top clubs are in a dangerously precarious position barely gets a mention, perhaps because United have continued to win trophies and shell out huge sums for players, while Liverpool are enjoying their best league season for years.
However, the manner in which both sides have taken on massive amounts of debt - thought to be around £600 million in the case of the Glazers - cannot be sustained, let alone increased much further.
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QUOTE OF THE DAY: "How can it be right for top players to be earning £15-20 million a year? It's crazy. These wages need to be capped. But I worry that it won't happen because the Premier League and the FA are run by donkeys who don't understand business, who are dazzled by money. I want to help other clubs. I speak my mind and other chairmen should too. They need to wake up from their coma and join me in this fight with the Premier League and the FA. In fact, they can come and have lunch with me at Harrods, where I can serve them stags' testicles...We all need big balls in this business." - Donkeys? Big balls? It could only be Fulham chairman Mohamed Al Fayed.
FOREIGN VIEW: Real Madrid midfielder Julien Faubert missed training on Sunday because he mistakenly thought he had the day off, coach Juande Ramos said. "The boy got confused, nothing more," Ramos said when asked about the absence of the Frenchman, who joined Real on loan from West Ham United in January. "He knows there is an internal disciplinary system and he is prepared to abide by it so there is no problem," Ramos added.
YOUR VIEW: jongros - Wembley is "SUPPOSED" to have a brill football surface! My garden plays better than that overpriced load of rubbish! Our taxpayers' money went to pay for that 3rd rate garbage!!??"
rilez - "I'd love to slap Berbatov with a fish."
COMING UP: A genuine crunch match in the Premier League title race at Anfield this season; Liverpool v Arsenal promises plenty, even without Steven Gerrard, Robin van Persie and Emmanuel Adebayor. Still, we'll get to see Lucas Leiva and Nicklas Bendtner, so it's not all bad. See how they get on with our LIVE commentary from 19:30 UK time.
There's more action at the Crucible as the World Snooker Championships continues, and there are also scorecards from the IPL and County level to keep you entertained.