Cowboy and Lions
The NFL season is now well under way and this weekend’s big news was the match between the Detroit Lions and the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys started well and went into the 3rd quarter with a seemingly unassailable 20-pt lead, but the Lion played a blinding quarter and saw that lead reversed, taking the game to a 34-30 victory. This puts Detroit 4-0 for the season and they have one a straight eight NFL games, their best run to date. The only other team to secure four straight wins so far this season are the Green Bay Packers. On the flip-side, St Louis Rams ad Miami Dolphins have yet to win any of their four first games.
The Rugby World Cup has now moved to the knock-out stages, and the quarter finals are confirmed as (playing on Saturday 8th Oct) Ireland/Wales and England/France to determine the first semi-final; and (playing on Sunday 9th Oct) South Africa/Australia and New Zealand/Argentina the second. As an England supporter I’m not sure that the England team could have chosen a better potential path to the final, but I am not convinced we can make it that far.
As to the financial markets, we may well have started a fresh week, month and quarter, but major concerns over the global economy still persist. And news out of Greece continues to worsen as over the weekend it emerged that the Greek Parliament is unlikely to meet the debt reduction targets ECB’s targets for this year and next. Eurozone finance ministers will be meeting on 13th October for further discussions.