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Brighton 3 Crystal Palace 1

If Fiorentina v Juventus is Stefano’s game of the season this is indubitably ours.It is not about local bragging rights as Selhurst Park is 50 miles away, but a number of controversial decisions – normally in Palace’s favour over the last 20 years – has created a fierce rivalry. The [...]

December 5, 2018 // 0 Comments

Reflections upon an extraordinary day

I don’t know what other Rusters were doing yesterday but for the most part I ‘did my thing’ against a backdrop of the developing political situation in the House of Commons which – for want of anything better to do and in my capacity as a semi-official observer – I followed at various [...]

December 5, 2018 // 0 Comments

My sporting weekend

Even by my standards this weekend was charged and full of sport. On Sunday morning I followed the Fury v Wilder fight on the radio. It reminded of my youth listening to the Cassius Clay fights against Sonny Liston with an old fashioned Bush Bakerlite radio by the bed, all snug as the brash pug From [...]

December 3, 2018 // 0 Comments

Fiorentina File: Fiorentina 0 Juventus 3

For us Viola fans this was the big one. We have always thought that a penalty denied to us at Cagliari and one awarded to Juventus at Catanzaro presented them with the 1981 Scudetto: we hated the sale of Roberto Baggio to them and more recently the young talent Federico Bernardeschi. Sadly for the [...]

December 2, 2018 // 0 Comments

Good entertainment with a result that stank

Having duly paid my £19.99 to BT Box Office in order to watch the Wilder v Fury match, for which the first bell sounded at approximately 4.45am UK time in Los Angeles, I am now sitting in my home drawing room frustrated and exasperated  – as so often one is with professional boxing – [...]

December 2, 2018 // 0 Comments

The art of kicking a dead horse

Yesterday afternoon, somewhat at a loose end and suffering from the effects of the first of my annual ‘two colds per winter’, by chance I realised that Southampton were hosting Manchester United in football’s Premiership and switched to BT Sport’s live coverage (commentary by Darren [...]

December 2, 2018 // 0 Comments

Golf betting

Here is a link to an excellent article on the Mickelson w Woods match. I could not have put it better myself and no I did not have a tickle on it: Mickelson v [...]

November 26, 2018 // 0 Comments

No doubting the Thomases

Thomas Pieters and Thomas Detry won the World Cup at the Royal Melbourne Club for Belgium. The amount of top golfers who swerved the event is indicative that golf is not a team game, Ryder Cup excepted. Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson preferred to hoover up the moolah in a winner takes all showdown [...]

November 26, 2018 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report: Fulham 3 Southampton 2

Superficially you might conclude that little had changed. We conceded a sloppy goal early doors. Except for Seri coming in for the injured Anguissa, the team that fared well in the first half against Liverpool was selected. However, poring over the entrails the ‘little steps’ referred to by new [...]

November 25, 2018 // 0 Comments

End of term report

Yesterday the England rugby autumn international season ended with a relatively straightforward 37-18 home victory over a depleted Australian side at Twickenham for an overall three wins, one loss (15-16 to New Zealand) record. Personally, I’d describe this as a 7 out of 10 outcome given where [...]

November 25, 2018 // 0 Comments

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