Labour Councillor Bob Piper has quite an entertaining blog. He and I agree on virtually nothing. Until now. He writes today...
Is there a more boring 'sport' on the face of the earth than Formula 1 motor racing? Well, maybe. I mean, horse racing must be worth a shout. 20 minutes of watching the horses troop around the parade ground, 3 minutes of watching them sprint down the straight. In reality though, horse racing isn't a sport, it's just an excuse for people to gamble. For me, Formula 1 gets the vote by a very long street.
Too right, Bob. Mind you, watching West Bromwich Albion would be up there with them. There I go again. Have to shatter this sweet moment of unity, don't I? Must be something in the water.
Iain, sorry to reinforce this new found solidarity, but I agree with you on West Brom too! (you cannot have spootted the significance of my blog colours) I have had to attend two civic receptions for "the baggies" in the last three years to celebrate their promotion... and it's not easy eating volavonts through gritted teeth.
You have obviously never been to watch synchronised swimming. My dauhghter took it up a when she was younger and on compettitions days I thought that I would lose the will to live.
So a West Ham Fan and a West Brom fan agreeing on something - I personally do not find that too shocking, you clearly deserve each other.
Q: What's the difference between O J Simpson and West Ham?
A: OJ Simpson had some sort of a defence!
Q) What is the difference between West Brom and a lift ?
A) It doesn't take a lift nine months to go down
As a horse racing fanatic, I can't agree with your statement about it being boring. You've obviously not been with the right people. Still, not everyone can like the same thing otherwise life would be very boring. I find Golf tedious in the extreme for example.
Hopefully you'll be able to throw one soon to mark their relegation again!
I actually find Formula One tremendously entertaining.
For all those who decry F1 as 'cars going round and round', I refer you to football as '22 overpaid men kicking a pig's bladder around on a patch of grass'.
Don't get me started on snooker, darts and golf...
Frankly Iain you should probably refrain from having a pop at WBA given that the disgraceful action of your team (handing 3 points to your old mate Harry) could cost them and/or Birmingham their place in the premiership.
Sorry Bob, I saw a disparaging reference to Aston Villa on your blog, knew you hated the Blues and therefore thought you must be a Baggies fan. I must stop drawing conclusions! What do you think about O'Leary's future then?
Iain, it's a toss of the coin between O'Leary and Blair. Can't say I'll be upset to see either of them depart. Now, don't get me started on the Chairman.....
Formula one may not be exciting in the conventional sense, in that very few people actually care about who wins or loses, but its very exciting for us strategy geeks.
Its all about lap times measured in miliseconds, refuelling strategies and which tires to use. It's about two teammates competing against each other (which other sport does that occur in?), and competing technologies from different teams. Kind of like chess really, with the pieces moving at high speed.
Football on the other hand, is 22 men running up and down a pitch kicking a pig's bladder about...
"Football on the other hand, is 22 men running up and down a pitch kicking a pig's bladder about..."
No no no, the right line is Jasper Carrott's (another one who's no friend of the Baggies, but also Villa): "Football began more than 100 years ago, when a group of men used to kick a pig's bladder about. To nowadays they kick the whole policeman..."
Well, it's that or his philosophy on being a Bluenose: "You lose some, you draw some..."
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