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Funny, well observed comments on sport as seen on TV
on 11 November 2001
Giles Smith experiences his sport the way that 99% of us do - through the TV. This collection of his articles from the Daily Telegraph is a wonderfully funny read, especially for those of us who have shared sports viewing experiences with the author - and several million other strangers at home in their own living rooms.
Often Smith says what we were all thinking. "Cheating Bastard robs Damon Hill" screams the title of one of his 1994 pieces, but there's plenty of balance too. In the same piece he notes "It's disgraceful to confuse the fact that Schumacher is a cheat with the fact that he is a German. The former he need not be; the latter he cannot help."
Smith isn't too bothered with the reality of sport. He lives in the world of pundits and personalities, memorable catchphrases and mind numbing analysis. It's a world where Big Ron's ability to turn attack into defence is as important as the actual game being broadcast. It's a world where Jimmy Hill matters and Sid Waddell is a living god.
As well as the big events we all tuned in to see Smith also he tracks down sport wherever it occurs on our TVs - such as Phil de Glanville's embarrassing appearing on Surprise Surprise - one which, regretably, I missed at the time and was glad to have drawn to my attention.
It's obvious how much Smith enjoys his fantastic job and any UK sports lover would enjoy this book.