Let’s salute the fan-fare that gives
SOME of the best moments in sport have nothing to do with the heat of action unfolding on the field of play.
They come when a crowd rises to applaud a character they admire and cherish.
England cricketer Alastair Cook revealed the other day how emotional backing from supporters during a Test match against India helped to sustain him as captain during a particularly virulent phase of criticism in the summer of 2014.
We heard that spontaneous warmth of a crowded arena the other evening when Leicester City fans chanted the name of manager Claudio Ranieri with noisy fervour during an FA Cup tie against Derby.
Ranieri had suffered some snide tales leaking out of the club he inspired to fairy-tale title success last season.
There was dressing room unrest it was said; players were baffled by new tactics and fed up with a change of post-match meal from fried chicken to pasta. The sources were anonymous, of course, leaving their Italian manager in the firing line to take all the flak.
What did the Leicester supporters think?
Well, their answer was magnificent and heartwarming. THERE is a plan, apparently, to turn Great Britain into a “snow sports superpower” winning medals galore at future Winter Olympics. There is also a problem. “One of the challenges we face is lack of snow,” said Dan Hunt, the new performance director of GB ski and snowboarding.
Good job, too, most of us think, when we look at the weather forecast...