I know I really should be focused on the 3rd Test in Delhi, and I should probably be seeking answers to some of the many important questions it has posed -- from "Just how bad is Jason Krejza as a spinner that he can't knock Cam White off the position?" to "Is there a single fielder in this Indian team who knows which end to throw to, let alone how to score a direct hit?" -- but my mind has been distracted by something else.
No, not the American presidential election. (I think they lost me somewhere between the celebrification of "Joe the Plumber" and that of "Tito the Builder".)
No, not the start of the NBA season. (The prospect of the Houston Rockets' Rafer Alston as the primary point guard in my fantasy squad is causing to wake up in shivers.)
No, not the Super Series in Antigua. (A mediocre English squad playing a depleted West Indian squad on a bunch of half-baked pitches is hardly a recipe for fireworks.)
Instead, it's the English media's reaction to the Stanford-WAG controversy, and to the Super Series as a whole. For anyone who hasn't caught up with frenzy, the here's The Surfer rounding-up the week's coverage.
If you only read the coverage, you'd think the Jumbotron at the Antigua ground had shown footage of Allen Stanford blowing a load straight into the Ashes urn and forcing Emily Pryor to drink the contents, as Kevin Pietersen and Giles Clarke watched in the background and burned 50-pound notes just for shits and giggles. (Or something equally Aristocrats-worthy.)
It's like there's a competition to see who can come up with the most alarmist and hyperbolic conceit for their article. I can only imagine what the special weekend editions of the papers will bring us.