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The sporting weekend

When it comes to golf coverage in the media two players  dominate: Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods. Rory has not won a Major for 4 years and I don’t think will add to his total of 4. He has blown up on the fourth round several times this year. Nor do I think Tiger will add to his 14 but he is [...]

August 13, 2018 // 0 Comments

Blighted by the weather

I travelled up to London to watch the Test with Dougie Heath only to spend much of the day in the hotel room following sport. I am not the only Rust staffer to fall foul of Southern Fail. All trains from the station to London were delayed or cancelled because of an earlier trespass incident. What [...]

August 10, 2018 // 0 Comments

Pre-season and some armchair watching

We rugby union fans are now in the annual ‘Phoney war’ period before anything actually happens. Thus the (rugby) media is full of little ‘puff’ pieces from every last Tom, Dick and Harry detailing how their poor form last season was due entirely to a long term niggle but happily – this [...]

August 6, 2018 // 0 Comments

Swimming against the tide

The wonderful world of supposed female political-correctness continues to dominate the British media agenda because, of course, that is where some of its most articulate proponents live and work. From this world-weary and cynical observer’s perception – and I do acknowledge the qualification [...]

August 2, 2018 // 1 Comment

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

Molinari’s Open

After reading my guru’s Jeremy Chapman’s predictions for the Open – Koepka, Garcia, Fleetwood, Grace, Hatton,- I still had some cash in my betting account and was looking for a further tickle. I was attracted to Francesco Molinari at 28-1.  He had won the PGA Championship at Wentworth, a [...]

July 23, 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

A sporting nomination

‘Each to their own’ and how ‘long is a piece of string?’ are two phrases that immediately come to mind when addressing the complex issue of which sport lends itself best to television coverage, not least because – well, apart from those who would bet on which of two flies was going to [...]

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

World Cup and golf

I predicted the French victory and had a pre-tourney tickle at 13-2. I’m part of my old school footie email group and was asked why I picked les Bleus. They offered the best value; the last 4 finals have been competed between European countries; Spain have been in decline since 2012; Bob [...]

July 16, 2018 // 0 Comments

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