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My sporting weekend

Unusually for me I did not have a tickle all weekend though I had some golf bets in the week. Sometimes I just want to watch sport free of angst. I started with the Bledisloe Cup as I’m watching a good deal of rugby in preparation for the forthcoming World Cup. I had little doubt that there would [...]

August 19, 2019 // 0 Comments

A bit of a damp squib

For my sins – despite the ‘Phoney War’ nature of all these Rugby World Cup warm-up games – yesterday I made a point of watching Channel Four’s live coverage of the Welsh 13-6 victory over England in their return fixture at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff. It the event, for all the [...]

August 18, 2019 // 0 Comments

The Tanner report: Huddersfield 1 Fulham 2

I had the utmost respect for those Fulham diehards on a very wet night – when the match was televised – who made it up to the Smith Stadium and were rewarded by a 2-1 victory. I watched it on the telly. Some of the key incidents I am sure I would have missed had I been there. In the [...]

August 17, 2019 // 0 Comments

The art of embracing the new

Sometimes in life you have to try and keep a sense of proportion. For some months now, from the side-lines, I’ve been following the Rust sports department’s campaigns seeking to condemn drugs cheats absolutely and point out the absurdities inherent in the PC-backed thrust to get elite female [...]

August 17, 2019 // 0 Comments

Perception and memories can play tricks

As I set off upon today’s post I’m conscious that I don’t know quite where I’m going or indeed where I’m going to end up. However – in the spirit of the famous catchphrase of Alfred E. Newman, the hero of America’s Mad magazine of which I was an avid reader about fifty-five years ago [...]

August 16, 2019 // 0 Comments

Pargie’s sporting weekend

It seeems strange to be just in August with all 4 Majors completed and into Fedex season. You might say business end as $15m awaits the FedEx rankings winner. After yesterday’s tourney at the Liberty National at New Jersey the field narrows to 70 for the BMW at Medinah and the final one is [...]

August 12, 2019 // 0 Comments

The weekend’s rugby union matches

Let us be blunt about it. Few rugby fans will be drawing conclusions about the outcome of this year’s Rugby World Cup if, like me, they watched the Northern Hemisphere warm-up games between Ireland and Italy (29-10 in Dublin) and England v Wales (33-19 at Twickenham) on television over the [...]

August 12, 2019 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report: Fulham 2 Blackburn Rovers 0

There is a well known tactic usually symptomatic of the classier footballing team: “playing out from the back.” Fulham in the first 30 minutes created their own version of “playing in from the back”. Time after time again the ball was passed laterally between central defenders [...]

August 11, 2019 // 0 Comments

Rugby World Cup preview

With the Rugby World Cup beginning in Japan next month, rugby union fans are gearing up for the biggest festival of the 15-a-side game on the planet with mix of keen anticipation and restrained nervousness as regards their own nation’s prospects. In my view the 2019 tournament is one of the most [...]

August 9, 2019 // 0 Comments

Up and down, up and down

Although not part of the Olympic cycle, the summer of 2019 has already provided a positive glut of sporting excellence and entertainment and there is plenty more to come, not least the commencement of the 2019/2020 Premier League season and the Rugby World Cup in Japan. I cannot personally claim to [...]

August 6, 2019 // 0 Comments

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