If someone knows whether there is an RSS feed for Simon Barnes' Times articles that gives you anything other than his birdwatching columns, please tell me. I keep almost forgetting. Anyway, my most recent tract posited that sportspeople essentially play for their own sakes rather than for the spectator. Barnes' latest deals with why sportspeople play; in particular, why those such as the rowers in tomorrow's Boat Race would put themselves through so much pain for little tangible reward. It's really quite wonderful. Do read it.