Friday 17 August 2018

Switching on to ups and downs of sport's winners and losers

Gary Nicklaus Jr salutes his hole-in-one during the Par 3 contest at the 2018 Masters
Gary Nicklaus Jr salutes his hole-in-one during the Par 3 contest at the 2018 Masters

John Masterson

Sport has been having a bad time recently with the Belfast trial exposing a world that does not usually receive such scrutiny. The evidence displayed an attitude to sex and to women that left most people disgusted. It is too soon yet to know what way that particular dust will settle.

Then there were the appalling scenes of the Liverpool fans attacking the Manchester City bus. It was a while since I had thought about football hooliganism but it seems to be alive and well. And don't even start me on Conor McGregor and yet another bus, though in his case I am never sure how much of the motivation is free publicity at which he is a past master.

Sport is one of those things that keeps live TV live. It just wouldn't be the same to watch a recording of the recent Grand Slam. Twice recently I was rewarded for keeping the box turned on.

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