Reader’s request: The meat market of elite sport

Try this exercise. Take your first and last names, put a ‘the’ in front of them and a ‘brand’ at the end. See if you can say those four words without sounding like a tosser. Can’t do it, right? Now look at this announcement made last month by the world’s third highest paid athlete. Long…

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An unexpected podium finish

As regular readers might have worked out, I’m not about to make an Olympics team in a hurry. Age being one factor, talent another. Plus a general aversion to cardio. In my teenage years, I was a cross country runner of middling capability, a gymnast who unexpectedly won a regional competition despite a fear of…

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On-field celebrations: The good, the bad and the ugly

After the Windies smashed Australia over the fence and out of T20 World Cup contention, serial slogger Chris Gayle took to the field and danced the jig he reserves for special occasions. As his teammates joined him in a fairly aggressive rendition of Gangnam Style, some asked whether it was the done thing to carry…

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