The stunner

Wayne Rooney signs for Manchester United until mid-2019 due to extreme club loyalty, and a small matter of a fee for his services reportedly scaled in the area of roughly $500,000 a WEEK. Just as well Rooney is a pretty phlegmatic type of guy. It might be hard for some to restrain themselves from running around every couple of weeks yelling, "I'm a millionaire – again!" The club has additionally pledged to make Rooney an ambassador for United following his playing days. Probably a wise move since by then he'll be able to buy Manchester – the city, not the football club. On a slightly less floridly funded soccer note, on Sunday you can watch a Melbourne team play in a national soccer final at human-friendly prices, as the Melbourne Victory, fresh from the semi-final win over Sydney FC, take on the Roar in the W-League closer at Lakeside Park at 3pm.

The snoozer

Not that the Snowflake Games haven't been entirely captivating, but among the main items capturing worldwide media attention were the peculiar design of multiple-occupancy, sit-down toilet facilities, women punk rockers being horsewhipped, and the US and Canadian leaders having a whopping two-slab bet on the ice hockey. Apparently, business is even worse in North America than we've been led to believe.

The yak attack

Just when Richmond FC seemed to have taken a calm, reasonable approach to Jake King's association with a person of some reputed notoriety, there's a couple of sports administrative boobies to put both feet right in it, up to the shoulder blades. AFL honcho Andrew Demetriou, fresh from a round of interviews essaying his version of contrition, forgot all that in a hurry to tell everyone that the league could tell footy people who to hang out with, and to rubbish Richmond for being logical and rational. From the guy who famously brought you, "That club plays undesirable footy" in a Swans premiership year. As for David Koch, well, from when he came onto the AFL horizon about a half a cup of coffee ago, he was always the most likely Jeff Kennett-elect in terms of blathering on about any topic under the sun, and, regrettably, he has failed to disappoint in that area.

How far the cherry?

That was slightly unusual, when bobsleigh-people Jana Pittman and Astrid Radjenovic suggested that their early rounds form had suffered due to insufficiently well-monitored weight gain. Radjenovic specifically mentioned the Olympic food. Many might have thought athletes normally keep an eye on that kind of stuff. Guess the stuffed crepes and dumplings were really something special.

Bozo of the week

That "Now You See It, Now You Don't" Stadium at Curitiba which may or may not host games at the World Cup in Brazil in a few months. It's now been red-lighted and green-lighted so many times, it could have been a display in this weekend's White Night festival.

Reader feedback

"My timing is astray. Every time I flick over to the Winter Olympics channel I either see talking heads at a desk, figure skating in flouncy blouses (the men) or lots of giggling and rows of bright white teeth. And the news reports tell me that some Australian finished 16th or 35th but no mention of the winner. Now I have to clear my head to prepare for six months of Bruce's meaningless stats, and 'the pine' and 'the paint' and other traditional Aussie rules expressions." - WARREN DICK, East Malvern

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