David Robbins: What the number-crunchers have forgotten: sport maketh the man
Sport exists in a world of cliché. There's the cliché of the plucky underdog who attains glory, or the season-long quest of a minnow club who make it to the final.
There's the Rocky cliché of the working-class misfit who fights his way out of the ghetto all the way to the top.
But there are other sports stories not covered by the usual tropes, such as the middle-class boy who was saved by sport from an unhappy home life.