A Lady and Tramp

Sport, that thing I usually find most diverting and uplifting in life (well one of the things) just seems deeply disappointing to me at the moment. Is it just me? Am I viewing everything through the prism labelled “back to school”? It seems I cannot go a day without hearing some new depressing corruption or malign behaviour in so many sports. This is the evidence that suggests I am not entirely made of Eeyorish tendencies in this respect:-

# Harlequins has turned into a club for mutants
# Chelsea are still Chelsea but they have been exposed
# Millwall have reverted to their mad, bad ways
# Renault stands accused of ordering Nelson Piquet Jr to crash in Singapore to benefit the boy prince Alonso
# Caster Semenya’s gender trial has been conducted in the most cruel Roman way
# Arsenal are already driving me to distraction
# Man City are accused of tapping up too (whatever that is (I know, but it’s an odd term)).
# We have to endure another season of Sir Alex’s posturing
# As above except it’s Rafa’s bleating about the above
# Less than 24 hours after Usain Bolt’s historic 200m victory the pundits were saying he would make the  sport “boring”
# We have diving, butting, stamping, shirt-pulling, elbows and teeth and great quantities of Colombia’s national crop going up hooters
# In fact, the only thing I can see that one might be uplifted by, is Andy Murray’s rampant tennis progress, but even as a half Scot, I cannot get at all excited by his dismal countenance (and after I drafted this he got beat in the US Open)

Oh and what I would look forward to, The Arc, I can’t because we don’t know what the great Sea the Stars is doing that day and if he runs I will be too anxious about him suffering a defeat to enjoy a thing. I am so hoping he will be washing his mane on October the 4th, but I know A GREAT cannot shirk the big question for the sake of vanity.

So I have looked outside the box for a sporting hero to admire and I have found one – our youngest daughter’s lovely Godmother who went in for an exciting event last weekend. Known as CaniX, http://www.cani-cross.co.uk/qanda.htm this is cross-country running for woman or man and beast. Last Saturday she powered round Exeter racecourse tied to the lab formerly known as Tramp. I don’t know what they are calling him after this amazing feat but I proffer “Super Tramp”.

As they were at Exeter racecourse my race report reads (this garnered entirely from an eye-witness account and stills):-

 “Punters never had a moment’s doubt as the Lady skipped clear at the furlong pole (notwithstanding the Tramp who we suspect of not putting it all in at times…) and passed the post in glorious isolation to the roar of the crowd.” Ok, I made the last bit up, but they do it for me 🙂

Noble contenders in a dirty world!

Noble contenders in a dirty world!

Posted on September 9, 2009, in Dogs, Horse racing, Punting and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. BUT Liam Fallon is doing all right on his return to racing. You may not like him but he’s a very talented jockey with a distinctive riding style.

    And at the risk of being picky (why change the habit of a life-time?) Chelsea/Arsenal/Man City is….Millwall has….

    But pleased to note apostrophes as they should be.

  2. Hello mother! x

    Is this your inaugural visit?

  3. Good old Mother! Mine put’s an apostrophe anywhere she likes, and usually shouldnt be, and vice versa.

    Diva – your pictures are very wide on my screen, or is it just my mac? You can reduce them by changing the numbers in the size detail (ahem, I cannot be more precise than this as it is teknical)

    Liam Fallon would never cheat 😉

  4. Yes – I am struggling with picture sizing and style sheets – the medium picture option did not show Tramp’s expression in all it’s Labrador glory!!!

    I have a choice of thumbnail, medium or ludicrously large – sorry 😦

    Having slept on the plural/singular wotnot – I have decided that the football club is and the squad or fans are…

  5. It was a most uplifting event and I would thoroughly recommend it. Despite our limited training and improvised equipment, we were only narrowly beaten by a wheezy Basset hound.

    But no need for dope tests; if the Basset was on anything, looked more likely to be downers rather than uppers.

  6. Lol – I have never liked Basset Hounds much since one wrecked my sandcastle with copious amounts of pee…

    I should have also noted that Tramp’s owners are the splendid exception to the rule that all Labrador owners “are stiffs” – copyright S. Foster 🙂

    I might rope Rudi into one sometime if you and Tramp are up for it? x

  7. Absolutely!


    Jerry and I will never, ever be joining you. We shall wait in the pub.


    Jerry is a spoilsport x

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