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On Former Players Turning Pundits

This piece is one that had been brewing for a while.  Recent events compelled its completion.

More and more it seems that a career in professional sport is seen as a springboard into the media covering that sport.  Broadcasters and journalists are being replaced by former players, some of whom are little more than mouthpieces, puppets or poor jester impersonations.

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Introducing Mike “The Elephant” Yates

Folk may have seen the odd tweet or two about darts.  Please say hello to Mike “The Elephant” Yates in this autobiographical post.

Growing up we always had darts on the tv if it was on.  Winmau World Masters, News Of The World, Unipart Home Internationals and of course the Embassy World Professional Championship.  World Of Sport sometimes showed Darts and it was on World Of Sport that I saw John Lowe hit the first televised 9 dart finish.

Eric Bristow was the big cheese, cocked little finger, cigarette in hand and big mouth. He was on his way to 5 world titles so could walk the walk as well as talk the talk.  John Lowe was the England captain, calm and dignified.  Pear shaped flights with unicorns and rainbows on.  Still my favourite flight design now.  My darting hero was and remains Bob Anderson.

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