The Times has an entertaining interview today with one of UK TV sport’s most recognised voices. Sid Waddell’s gravelly North Eastern tones and outrageous metaphors and aphorisms helped propel darts to the top tier of televised sport making unlikely national heroes of large sweaty men who could drink gallons of lager and yet still repeatedly propel a small metal object into a tiny target with unerring accuracy.
Here are some choice Sidisms
“Bristow reasons . . . Bristow quickens . . . aaah, Bristow”
“He looks about as happy as a penguin in a microwave”
“Keith Deller’s not just an underdog, he’s an underpuppy”
“Jocky Wilson – what an athlete.”
“His eyes are bulging like the belly of a hungry chaffinch”
“The players are under so much duress, it’s like duressic park”
“If we’d had Phil Taylor at Hastings against the Normans, they’d have gone home”
“When Alexander of Macedonia was 33, he cried salt tears because there were no more worlds to conquer. Bristow is only 27”
“He’s sweating like a hippo in a power shower”
“There’s only one word for that – magic darts.”
I was looking for some YouTube footage to go with this post but my search found instead this clip of the late unlamented Live TV. This was British tabloid TV at its best/worst. The connection is darts….or topless darts as Live TV twisted it and in this short clip you can also witness or re-visit the genius of the News Bunny and Rusty The Bouncing Weather Midget.
[tags] Sid Waddell, Live TV [/tags]