Somehow, despite all the moaning, the turgid play, the ordinary players, Franco Baldini, Poch's accent and the small pitch, Spurs are just four points off the top four, two points behind Arsenal, three clear of Liverpool and still in all the cups. But without Eriksen, the picture would be a good deal less rosy.
Another week, another race or sexism in football story. Or two. Or three. Is it getting worse, or are we just better at spotting and punishing it now? These shouldn't be the football stories that we see. Not because we should ignore these issues - entirely the opposite, issues like this should be tackled swiftly and taken seriously every time they raise their ugly heads.
Jose Mourinho and Chelsea couldn't get near it and as Thierry Henry once said, "Breaking the record and holding on to our invincibility - that's a hell of an achievement in English football, and nobody will ever be able to take that away from us".
Life on board is finally beginning to look "normal" again. For the last four days (although it feels like more!) we've been living a flat life. Cooking, changing, sleeping, and eating were all incredibly easy. Yes, it's been excruciatingly hot so life hasn't been that easy, but you are easily spoiled by flat water, no wind conditions.
This time last season, West Ham United were mid-way through their seemingly regular flirtation with relegation and were preparing for a painful second half of the season... Here are the five defining factors in the East London club's rebirth, other than the obvious arrival of new and improved players.
The post Double side of the early 60s was, in Jimmy's judgement, the best team in the world at the time and not many who watched them would argue. They were never mollycoddled and they enjoyed every minute that they played together. Could this have been at least a part of their secret?
The 2015 Tour de France will mark the 10th anniversary of my ride, and I have decided to do it all over again. Along with a team of 20 other riders we will ride every mile and tackle of every climb of the 2015 route just one day ahead of the main peloton. The experience will be as close as possible to riding for a real pro team on the Tour.
Some multi-millionaire shins a ball into the back of the net and it triggers the commentator to release his pent-up load of superlatives. In sport, tags such as legend are applied with all the exclusivity of pigeon poop in Trafalgar Square.
They say all's fair in love and war. For many, sport is both. When it comes to bidding for major sporting events though, given the recent FIFA investigation into the World Cup bidding, the line between fair play and bribery has blurred.
Despite the sunshine and no wind, it's pretty 'extreme' out here as you attempt to stay healthy in these extreme conditions. Nonetheless, it is vital to stay at 100% as you need your body to be a machine to help get the boat through.
The birth of IPW:UK and its subsequent growth and success is a compelling story, one which promoter and IPW founder Daniel Edler recounted for us. Having worked for wrestling news sites making "a decent living for a 15 year old at the time", Daniel decided to volunteer to help out acquaintances that were running wrestling shows...
Two or three times this season, Tottenham fans have kidded themselves that their team is better than ordinary. The most recent occasion was following the exuberant victory over Everton just six days before Saturday's game against Crystal Palace.
Sam Burgess is now attempting to make the move to rugby union. Why? Not for money, he was incredibly successful in Australia as a league star. So not for fame, but for international glory. To really gain superstar status Sam Burgess knew he had to test himself in rugby union.
Frustrated, angry, annoyed, defeated, exhausted, and sunburnt are some of the best ways to describe Team SCA, after sailing for 24 hours with no wind. It seems some people have steam coming out of their ears out of frustration...
This is written just in the wake of United's extremely satisfying smash-and-grab victory against Southampton. With all due respect, who knew a game against them, not even half-way through the season, could be that important, and pleasant to win?
Three years ago, sportscar driver Allan McNish had a huge crash at Le Mans that destroyed his car and left many at the scene fearing...