Radio times

July 31, 2008

AS a sports journalist, I tend to judge the significance of what I do by how much verbal (and virtual) abuse I get from the public. The more abuse I get, the clearer it is that what I’m writing or talking about matters to people. Read the rest of this entry »


A day in the life of Ali Benarbia

July 28, 2008

I DOUBT if there are many people who had a more frantic Saturday than Ali Benarbia. (If there are, I’d like to hear about them.) Read the rest of this entry »


Turn it on again

July 23, 2008

A MONTH after it happened, I still can’t decide whether Leigh RMI’s decision to rename themselves Leigh Genesis is a stroke of genius or . . . not. Read the rest of this entry »


Not this year. Nor next year, nor the year after

July 22, 2008

WIDNES Vikings are entitled to feel a little miffed tonight, after being denied a Super League franchise. And their fans are more than a little miffed. Read the rest of this entry »


24 Claret gold

July 20, 2008

EVEN with three or four holes to go, the destiny of The Open appeared to be at the mercy of the fierce Lancashire coastal winds. And then Padraig Harrington suddenly blew everyone else away. Read the rest of this entry »


Choi’s moment, but not Dougie’s

July 18, 2008

THE weather has not been great in the North West of England over the last few days. Even popping down the road to buy toothpaste and a newspaper has been something of a turbulent experience, so goodness knows what has been going through the minds of those attempting to play four rounds of golf at Royal Birkdale. Read the rest of this entry »


I am not an Eriksson

July 18, 2008

I’VE never been a fan of practical jokers. I put it down to the mild terror I used to feel on Saturday nights as a five-year-old watching Game For A Laugh on ITV, knowing that Jeremy Beadle was about to do something horrible to someone, and an entire audience would be rendered hysterical with unsympathetic laughter. Read the rest of this entry »