Talking Sport: Relishing fun of Leicester’s title hopes

Trevor Watson.
Trevor Watson.

Like many other sports followers, I’m relishing the fun of seeing Leicester City at the top of the Premiership and their success has brought a new expression.

Leicester produced an incredible run late last season to avoid relegation but, understandably, were offered at 5,000 to 1 to win the title this time. Now they’re 7-4 favourites.

It also now means that if any team or individual, regarded as underdogs, win anything, they are said to have: ‘Done a Leicester.’

Well, you could say Batley Bulldogs ‘did a Leicester’ last Sunday when they beat hot Championship favourites Leigh at The Mount.

Stretching things, you could also say they’re joint top, along with neighbours Dewsbury Rams and a little matter of four other clubs, but it’s a great start for the locals.

Some supporters were even thinking of buying drinks for their friends on Sunday night. Mind you, this being Batley and Dewsbury, they were only thinking about it.

British No3 tennis girl, Naomi Broady, also ‘Did a Leicester’ winning a tournament in Michigan to enter the world’s top 100 for the first time and on we go, there’ll be more.

Somebody who might wish to ‘Do..’ - you know the rest is former Man U and England star Gary Neville, who has gone nine league games in charge of Spanish club Valencia without a win. Already fans are thinking of putting Gary into the bull ring – without a sword.

He was doing such a good job as a pundit on TV, you wonder why he was even tempted, especially as his best Spanish was: ‘Three returns to Oldham please.’

The BBC got carried away with coverage of the Six Nations, getting astronaut Tim Peake to give his view from outer space. It seemed the best place to be as England’s win over the Scots was a bit dour to say the least and the other two games weren’t much better. I told you we’d miss Australia and the All Blacks.

England centre Jonathan Joseph was said to have handled the ball four times during the game and he was supposed to be a threat. Still it got him six marks out of 10 in the posh papers. Now if that had been Sam Burgess...

At least the return of international RU brought back the popular expression: ‘A little knock-on’ when somebody drops the ball. It’s like being a little pregnant.

The Rugby Football League, have puzzled plenty by appointing Australian coach Wayne Bennett as the new man in charge of England. He’s a fantastic record Down Under but is part-time and 12,000 miles away. Warrington’s Tony Smith’s offer to be his eyes and ears here makes sense.

Lots of people stayed up into the late hours of Monday morning to watch American football’s, Super Bowl 50. The BBC, despite dropping coverage of many sports, gave it the big treatment.

Trouble is many others thought Super Bowl was a programme featuring Mary Berry. That’s why the Yanks are holding off launching a team in this country.