Having now had my plasma for several days and now watched a few games of football on it , i'll share my experience here for the benefit of others who might be possibly thinking of getting the Panasonic 42PE50 or already have one but aren't totally satisfied with the footy ... Watching football on this plasma is quite a different experience, to watching it on a 28" crt as was in my case.. initially, i was a little bit disappointed if I was to be honest, as i felt there was just a hint of smearing/panning blur when watching football on the plasma - nothing major, i mean it was definitely 'watchable'... unlike the dreadful juddering/smearing / motion blur that I saw on some supposedly top of the range LCDs like the Sony V40 or even a few plasmas (like the Pioneer 435, the new Samsung HD plasma, one or two other cheap brand plasmas i saw) -- I actually tested out a DVD of football on several LCDs and plasmas and I honestly felt some of them were just about unbearable.. others were watchable (like the Phillips plasmas (with their digital natural motion),Hitachi 6600) but the Panasonic Viera stood out for me, in that it was very watchable with football.. but now I realise, that I made this observation purely in comparision to other plasmas/lcds that I saw and how they struggled.. like the Pioneer 435 which was right next to the Panasonic PE50 that I tried out, perhaps the flaws of the Pio made the Panny look better than it actually was. However, having the plasma at home .. i think there is a transition from watching football on CRT to watching it on a big screen plasma.. and you will always compare it with the crt, so maybe this left me a touch disappointed in that the football was good, but not quite as smooth/fluid as it was on my Sony CRT.. at least that was my initial impression. However having watched a bit of footy in the last couple of days, i think my eyes had adjusted to the plasma and watching the west brom v newcastle game today, i felt it was much more comfortable. But now here's the interesting part of my story - i came across something quite stunning this evening.. having hooked up my Sony GX300 DVD recorder to the plasma via component (progressive scan) and noticed the brilliance of the picture over scart with DVDs the other day, today I conneced my Sky box to the dvd recorder today to record a film, but something caught my eye .. the picture quality of Sky passed through the DVD recorder via comopnent looked quite exceptional! and it just appeared a little bit smoother to the eye.. I flicked the channels and noticed the picture definitely looked different (looked more stable).. but what caught my attention was the Spanish football on Sky Sports -- guess what? the motion was as smooth and fluid as I would have wanted... CRT-like, and no i'm not exaggerating here... maybe its the progressive scan thing at work here (the dve recorder has something called "Precision Cinema Progressive" which Sony seem to rave on about).. but must say, this has sorted out the football for me.. even that slight hint of blur is all but gone now.. The only problem i have is the buzzing/whistling/'kettle-like' noises that my DVD recorder makes every now and then. which is why i prefer leaving it powered of when not in use.. but i guess its worth using it to watch footy.. most certainly is.. i'll be interested in knowing if anyone else has experienced this sort of thing when watching Sky via their DVD player through components..