This is no joke
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.