Friday, 1 April 2011

G. Boycott in mean-spirited big-headedness shock. Nation reels.

On Radio Four's excellent obituary programme Last Word this week, the first speaker commemorating England spin bowler Fred Titmus was Geoffrey Boycott. Well, I say commemorating: in fact the first thing he said was:

'Well, I played against him many times, for Yorkshire against Middlesex, and I think, I'm pleased to say, he never got me out.'

Yeah, that's the spirit Geoff. The important thing is that everyone is very clear straight away that he wasn't as good as you.

5 comments:

theficklepickle said...

That's pretty standard Boyks, though, isn't it? I'm always astonished (but shouldn't be) by how well he knows his stats; it's all he really cares about, even now.

(OTOH I'm sure Douglas could have got him out, wearing very little and bowling a bread roll down an aeroplane fuselage...)

'Scuse me, off for dinner with Mark Ramprakash ...

cucaracha said...

what about that dismissal out of hand of the poor young man who left India due to deep depression. One G. Boycott said it was because he had not moral fibre and couldn't stand the stress. Nice man, that bloke!!! not.

Davy Crockett said...

OK let's see if I've got this straight.

You Brits hate people who promote their own ability.

Meantime you suck at sport.

A connection?

John Finnemore said...

Cucaracha - Yes. And also that the reason HE had never suffered from depression was that he was a better player than Yardy. Idiot.

Davy - No, you have not got this straight.

Edward said...

In response to Davy Crockett .... There's a time and a place for self promotion, possibly, but taking part in someone else's obituary is probably not it. I almost think I'd prefer to lose than play against a team of Boycotts...