Embarrassment and humiliation are not words we are normally accustomed to using where English sports teams are concerned, but this weekend they were the only words appropriate when describing the horrific shows put on by the England cricket and rugby league sides.
The England cricket team, playing in the Stanford Super Series in Antigua, were brushed aside by Sir Allen Stanford's Superstars (the West Indies), in a crushing 10-wicket defeat, made even more embarrassing by the fact that, whilst the victors went home with $1million each, England received nothing for their pain.
In the Rugby League World Cup in Melbourne, England took a real hammering from hosts Australia, eventually losing 52-4, in their biggest ever World Cup defeat. After scraping past Papua New Guinea in their first game, this kind of drubbing was the one thing they wanted to avoid.
Alas, Australia, having disposed of New Zealand in their first game, had other ideas, and ran in nine tries as England capitulated, and the English must now beat New Zealand to progress to the semi-final stages.
England coach Tony Smith had to be helped from the pitchside at the final whistle suffering from shock, whilst in Antigua, skipper Kevin Pietersen confessed he is considering giving up the one-day captaincy after presiding over such an embarrassing humiliation.
To round the shocking weekend off, Formula 1 got in on the act with a disgraceful scandal in the Brazilian Grand Prix at Iinterlagos, which, not surprisingly, is in Brazil.
British driver, Lewis Hamilton, needing to finish in fifth position or higher, entered the last lap in sixth, and rival Felipe Massa was already celebrating with his Ferrari team. The Brazilian hadn't reckoned, however, with the scheming shenanigans between Hamilton's McLaren team and the Toyota team of Timo Glock, in fifth, who dramatically slowed down to enable Hamilton to pass him on the final corner. The crowd booed, and Hamilton was champion.
So much for the great British sporting tradition.