By Brian Hall
Tuesday 20 Sep 2011 10:41:00
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One thing I need to clear up straightaway.  I am not talking about that Sunday Sport paper with crazy stories and soft porn. That thing was accidentallly bought my Mam once, as she mistook it for the Sunday Sun. You can imagine!! Anyway, back to the Sunday sport last weekend.


Football. To be honest, I have little interest in the televised games. Usually billed at Giant Confrontations, Clash of the Titans, etc, etc, unless of course they have had to put Wigan v Bolton on,due to contractual obligations. In the main, it seems like every Sunday sees ManUre against Liverpool against Chelski against Spurs against Man City. I sometimes have to remind myself that this lot only play each other twice a season in the league.  Games are alwyays seen as crucial, vital - even in mid- September. It becomes a bit boring after a while, as WhoeverSki passes to SomebodyIio, and Nobodyia gets sent off in the colours of any of the above Giants of the Premiership. And I have not even mentioned the post-match analysis.


I did have sport on the telly on Sunday though to watch something in which I was far more interested. The Great North Run. That lass who won her race seemed to get to South Shields quicker than the Metro from Toon, and the overall sight of all those runners piling over the Tyne Bridge is a long way better than watching WhingingOnIio take the huff with a ref whilst playing for one of the Premiership Titans. Some of that grossly overpaid lot could take a lesson in supreme effort and dedication from the huge numbers running aross that bridge - for nowt, and in the main, for charities. One of the Bridge Crossers texted me much later - it only said 2 words...f...g knackered. Not surprised after his training schedule, which seemed to involve weekly 10 mile runs followed by 10 pints of Guinness.



Reading the Sunday sports sections in the papers took me to some other ones too, none of which I know much about, but it was better than watching the most important football game of the century on Sky or wherever. I  noticed the Rugby World Cup - at least I think it is their World Cup. What hit me was the countries in it!! Now. I know that the British Isles, Aussies, South Africans, New Zealand, get stuck in, with the French as well knocking about, joined by the Italians.But I certainly didn't know that Georgia, Rumania, and the Russians, had a bash as well. Suppose you learn something every Sunday, really. That rugby bunch reminded me of other odd countries who turn up in Cricket. I know Ireland popped out the hatch to beat England in one shock, and the Jocks have a bit potter, usually getting hammered by Kent Reserves. But Holland? How did the Dutch get involved!!?



Never mind, the average weekend is all about sport. In our part of the world, particularly so. Leaving aside very rough Sunday morning footy games - I agreed to be a midfielder for a Shiney Row Club team once, and all I can say is, never again  - we have indoor activity up here, obviously. Pool and domino handicaps, for example. And at this time of the year, Leek Shows. One took place at Causey Arch and saw a world record smashed with the heaviest leek recorded, produced by a bloke from Hetton. Now that would have been worth watching on Sky rather than Manchester City against Spurs against Chelski against Manure, etc. etc, etc.!





ps no insult to those who love follow motor racing, but at least there was no bloody Grand Prix on the screen on Sunda. Cars gannin round and round, and a sitting room sounding as if a nasty bunch of bees have landed in town, is not my idea of weekend entertainment. I even prefer the Most Important Clash of the Titans in the Premiership to that stuff!

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