This is no joke

Sunday Herald Sun - - Sport -

THE Herald Sun sports depart­ment will be­come a safer place to work af­ter the re­tire­ment next week of DARYL TIMMS.

Timms has spent the past 30 years split­ting his time be­tween break­ing a host of foot­ball and rac­ing stories (HawthornMel­bourne merger, JOHN GREEN­ING ex­clu­sive) and build­ing up a prac­ti­cal joke CV to ri­val any in the his­tory of news­pa­per.

“Timmsy”, as he’s af­fec­tion­ately known, plans to smell the roses for a while and just pot­ter around with the nags he trains at Cran­bourne.

He ar­rived at The Sun, as it was in 1986, via a cadet­ship at the Dan­de­nong Jour­nal, then joined the Sun­day Ob­server be­fore cut­ting his VFL teeth at Truth, or “Babe

Ruth” as it was known. Yes­ter­day he found him­self on the other end of the tape recorder when asked to name the most mem­o­rable mo­ments in his ca­reer, and he

be­came al­most se­ri­ous at times. So, Timmsy, it’s over to you. MOST MEM­O­RABLE MO­MENTS: TED

WHIT­TEN was a favourite. At a state game in Perth some lu­natic gate­crashed the pre-game func­tion. Ted told him to eff off, prompt­ing the bloke to push Ted. All the play­ers got in­volved and two VFL of­fi­cials came to me and said: “You didn’t see what just hap­pened.” Then Teddy called me over and said: “Did you see that? Write it, write it.” So I got a front page story out of it. PAUL COUCH was an­other per­son I loved be­ing around be­cause he could find a laugh in most things. BEST SPORT­ING EVENTS RE­PORTED ON: The 1989 Grand Fi­nal be­tween Hawthorn and Geelong; JEFF FENECH knock­ing out STEVE McCRORY in 1986; and Chau­tauqua com­ing from last to win The Chair­man’s Sprint at Sha Tin in Hong Kong ear­lier this year.

RUN-INS: I asked West Coast Eagles mid­fielder DANIEL KERR a ques­tion once and he said: “That’s a stupid f---ing ques­tion”. I told him I thought it was “a pretty f---ing good ques­tion”. He was just a smart alec. COACHES: MICK MALT­HOUSE once asked me at a press con­fer­ence whether I was deaf as well as stupid. A bit later, he came at me and grabbed me on the chest, which be­came a big deal. But af­ter that we got on pretty well. About a week af­ter that in­ci­dent, KEVIN SHEEDY grabbed me in a head­lock at a press con­fer­ence. But he was only jok­ing.

Daryl Timms in his Boo­gie Nights phase in the late 1970s and (bot­tom) the more re­fined Timmsy of to­day.

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