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THINGS that drive me mad in sport? Well, for a start there are the referee’s assistants behind the goal-lines – just what is their actual job?
At the moment they seem to be one step removed from being pitch invaders! And just how many associations, leagues and clubs can find these extra officials during an actual season?
It’s nonsense, and whatever the reason to have them, was made completely redundant after last week’s perfectly good Ukraine goal was not given. Even Sepp Blatter agrees.
Another thing that gets my goat is ‘bad light stops play’ in top-class cricket. I’m with Sky Sport’s Sir Ian Botham on this one. Whenever the players leave the field for ‘bad light’ he goes on a rant about the paying customers, the crowd, and how they are being short-changed. He is spot on. Tickets for sporting events are not cheap and sports, like cricket, can’t live in ‘a bubble’ and not find a solution to action being curtailed because it’s got a bit dark out there. Put the spinners on. Come on.
And finally, when I was growing up I would watch BBC’s coverage of Wimbledon and then try and replicate the skills of the great players in the local park. With little success!
I particularly liked to watch the men’s doubles, with the likes of Bob Hewitt and Frew McMillan.
It was serious stuff – but tended to be ‘end of the day’ television.
Not these days, men and women’s doubles has become a business all of its own, and every point is preceded by a lengthy secret dialogue between each pair, speaking behind the back of their hands, and then, of course, the perfunctory high five after dispatching a winner. Just get on with it – there is a break after each pair of games, do your high-fiving and planning then.
Now, what gets your goat? Send your thoughts to sport @dailypost.co.uk