Sport People on TV: Mark Nicholas

Oh yes, maximum! This week we settle in with Hampshire's finest, Mark Charles Jefford Nicholas. Face value Gives the impression of having been a very Dapper Dan in his pomp. In truth, he’s probably just grown into an age that suits him ‒ and that age is 59, which doesn't seem right. Rarely caught in anything … Continue reading Sport People on TV: Mark Nicholas

Trust Issue: Cricket’s DRS Farce Continues

At least there's no immediate threat of the machines taking over... The lights are not long out on the inaugural day-night Test in Adelaide and reviews are of the rave variety. The crowds turned up. Pundits pontificated excitedly - at excessive length - about a pink ball which ultimately behaved itself. And the cricket, despite … Continue reading Trust Issue: Cricket’s DRS Farce Continues

The Obscene Neglect of Women’s Football in Australia (and Everywhere Else)

Sports journalism is a topical business by nature. Desperate to fill column inches, writers will always jump on a timely issue. A few months ago, the Women's Football World Cup was the bandwagon du jour. The plucky underdog narrative was available. And the Matildas duly obliged with a strong showing. "Turns out our girls are … Continue reading The Obscene Neglect of Women’s Football in Australia (and Everywhere Else)

Shane Warne: Chief Symptom of the Ex-Pro Punditry Club

It's a path frequently taken. Reach the pinnacle of a sport. Conduct teary retirement press conference. Receive cushy commentary gig for life. This is how it works, and that's fine. Inviting viewers to tap into the thoughts of the best in the business - especially those fresh out of the game - makes perfect sense. The problem arises in … Continue reading Shane Warne: Chief Symptom of the Ex-Pro Punditry Club