Friday 19 January 2018

Declan Lynch: The little mistakes are no small matter

A big-time screw-up is more likely to happen where people regularly screw up small-time, writes Declan Lynch

ONE Saturday evening, maybe a year ago, I was listening to the day's football results being read out on RTE radio, when I heard something I have never heard before. A few of the matches had ended in draws, so the announcer would give the score -- say, Bolton 2, Arsenal 2 -- and then he would add: "a draw".

It is a formula that we know well from the GAA scores, where it can be helpful to confirm to the listener that Antrim 3-18; Down 1-24, is indeed a draw.

But, of course, it is never needed in football. So I found it hard to believe what I was hearing, and indeed anyone to whom I have spoken about this finds it equally hard to believe. To which I can only say that it must have happened, because otherwise it simply could never have entered my head.

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