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One of the few ethical issues that trouble those that wager on sport is betting against your own team. On one hand there are those that say why not, winning can be a consolation for defeat on the pitch, whilst others view it as heresy. It is undoubtedly true that having a financial interest in the [...]

July 3, 2017 // 0 Comments

A long sporting day

In the old days before I wrote for the Rust and participated in the Great Debate (attendance v tv) it was a gimme that if I had a ticket – by no means easy to obtain – I would invariably go to the event. In those pre-SKY days there was virtually no live football, cricket and the BBC had [...]

July 2, 2017 // 0 Comments

Losing it on the descent

For me, Frankie Howerd was one of those ‘Marmite’ comedians – you either loved or hated him. As I remember his career, he originally made his name in the British late Music Hall and early radio era (he even had his own comic strip in The Beano or some similar kids’ publication) but then [...]

March 12, 2017 // 0 Comments

The whiff of rotting fish

For organisations such as British Cycling and Team Sky – who have both wallowed in the reflected glory of their supposed legendary attention to detail, pursuit of ‘marginal gains’ and savvy media relations all based around their avowed core principle of seeking to be a beacon of [...]

March 2, 2017 // 0 Comments

Transparency – and smoke, fire and maybe mirrors

Regular Rust readers will be aware that on the proverbial sports desk we take a uniformly tough line on the use of performance-enhancing drugs by athletes, irrespective of their sport or game. Our robust attitude does not quite reach ‘guilty until proven innocent’ territory but – because [...]

September 26, 2016 // 0 Comments

Someone needs to get a grip

Having yesterday posted to the Rust on the subject of boxing and then a broadcasting cock-up during Radio Five Live’s celebratory coverage on the 50th anniversary of England’s 1966 soccer World Cup win, I had not expected to be back against quite as soon as today. Nevertheless, I find [...]

August 1, 2016 // 0 Comments

The lessons of Team Sky

Watching the careful nursing of Chris Froome up and over Joux Plan reminded me of Sir Alex Ferguson in a documentary about himself saying he keeps a photo of migrating geese in his office for it’s a perfect formation. Froome was injured the day before and the road down from the mountain was [...]

July 24, 2016 // 0 Comments

[Embarrassed cough] … Sorry, I’ll be on my bike, then

Once again risking the wrath of the PC-brigade and the accusation that the Rust has been captured by a bunch of a unit of misogynistic male curmudgeons, I return today to the complex subject of female sport in its widest sense – viz. encapsulating aspects such as gender equality, positive [...]

July 10, 2016 // 0 Comments

Cav superstar

If Mark Cavendish was a Frenchman he would be hailed as a national sports hero and demi-God. His 29th win in the Tour De France elevates him above Bernard Hinault and second only to the legendary Eddy Merckx in the all time Tour standings. This is quite some record but I doubt if it will make him [...]

July 8, 2016 // 0 Comments

In pursuit of sports equality

For good or ill, today I return to the vexed and ultimately related problems of sexism in sport and extreme political-correctness – a subject that re-emerges from time to time on this highly-regarded media organ. I am taking as my text for this purpose the article that appears today upon the [...]

April 26, 2016 // 0 Comments

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