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The sporting weekend

The benefit of keeping the wager to £10 was never better endorsed than in the German Open over the weekend. I backed Bryson Dechambeau, Patrick Reed and Paul Casey. All three were tidily placed in the top six before the final round. Reed was stung by a wasp which affected him. Dechambeau contrived [...]

July 30, 2018 // 0 Comments

Thomas Le Roi

It’s something of an irony that football is the British national sport and the World  Cup was won by France whose national sport is cycling and their marquee event Le Tour De France is going to be won by a Briton. In many ways it’s been an unsavoury tour of loutish behaviour by fans and [...]

July 29, 2018 // 0 Comments

A viewer’s view

We coach potatoes have our likes and dislikes when it comes to commentators and analysts. I sometimes wonder that one of the reasons why the Rust advocates no attendance as it saves sending out the chief sports correspondent, normally one of the highest paid on the paper, possessed of a creative [...]

July 22, 2018 // 0 Comments

Alpe d’Huez and 1st Day of Open

After such an enjoyable World Cup, I feared the After The Party syndrome but yesterday afternoon’s sport watched on the Pargiter sofa was as good as it gets. I settled on the crucial mountain stage of Alpe d’Huez. With its 21 hairpin bends and steepling ascents it would surely determine at the [...]

July 20, 2018 // 0 Comments

Tour de France

With the World Cup and Wimbledon, the Tour de France had had to take third billing which is a shame as it’s an intriguing competition this year with many issues. First, would Chris Froome be allowed to ride and if he did would he win his 6th Tour and 4th successively; could Mark Cavendish [...]

July 18, 2018 // 0 Comments

The march of sporting equality

If today I begin today’s post by issuing a denial that the Rust is one of the last bastions of bigoted misogyny, terminally opposed to the advancement of equality and/or feminism and political-correctness in any form, then no doubt the social media trollers will once again assault us with a [...]

July 18, 2018 // 0 Comments

Sporting ironies

It is indeed ironic with the World Cup and Tour de France looming up that England could be supplying the winner for France’s premier sport and competition and that France has a much better team in football, our national sport. Pargie and I reckon at 13-2 France offers the best value Their [...]

June 10, 2018 // 0 Comments

Well done Chris (possibly)

Yesterday Chris Froome completed a memorable feat by becoming only the seventh cyclist in history to win the Giro d’Italia (the first ‘Brit’ to do so) , the Tour de France (4 wins) and the La Vuelta trio and only the third – after Eddie Merckx (1973) and Bernard Hinault [...]

May 28, 2018 // 0 Comments

Well, whaddya know? ….

More reports on one of our hardy perennials – performing-enhancing drug taking in sport. See here for links to three reports in The Guardian by the excellent Martha Kelner, two of them upon cycling’s Team Sky – SKY ONE and SKY TWO – and the last upon our dear old friend LORD [...]

March 5, 2018 // 0 Comments

This fish is still rotting – can’t you smell it?

Well, whaddya know? At the risk of appearing partisan and disrespectful to one of Britain’s sporting icons and his extended team, I have never ‘bought’ the Sir Bradley Wiggins/Team Sky line that everything was totally ‘above board’ about their conduct relating to the [...]

February 13, 2018 // 0 Comments

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