Friday 19 October 2018

The jokers in the pack know that sport's really just daft

I've been known to give Newstalk's nightly sports show, Off The Ball, a good kicking from time to time (you get one witticism free with every column), mainly for their empty-headed adulation of association football -- or soccer to most of us in this country. But hats off when it's warranted, and there are many good things about this programme.

The main one is the fact that they don't take sport, or themselves, too seriously. I wrote a sports book a few years back, mainly because I thought all the other ones took an awfully sombre, po-faced approach to the whole thing. However important it may seem to a lot of us, it's all fairly daft and meaningless at the same time.

And Off The Ball is like that. They have a bit of craic with it. They make jokes, have silly theme tunes and keep an ironic eyebrow raised for a healthy portion of airtime.

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