Making sport safe — 14 Comments

  1. FYI: In regard to motor racing, it has been shown that there is considerable benefit to be had from restricting driving speeds to 20 mph. It might be worth considering in case pedestrians wander onto the racetrack.




    • Welcome Silverbear!  How silly of me and of course you are right.  Scrap the speed limit and introduce a man with a red flag.  Historical precedents are always right.

  2. Horse racing: Just look what can happen in the Grand National at Aintree when there's a pileup of falling horses at Beecher's Brook. It's like the recent election when about 50 sitting deputies lost their seats, except some of them get pensions. Fallen horses often get put down by the vets, and jockeys get broken arms and backs.

    They should keep jockeys away from the race horses and replace them with inflatable figures sporting the owners' colours.

    • Replace the lot with midgets on Shetland ponies. They'll all stop at the first fence. It's the only way to be sure. 

      • No, no, no, Ger and Rick.  They should replace the horses with the deputies, and get them put down by vets when they fall over.  It’d be safer for the jockeys, too – not so far to fall. 

        Then they should allow the horses to stand for election as deputies – they’d probably do much better job than the current incumbents are doing, and they’d get a pension at the end of it.  Sorted!

  3. Rick,

    I'm from the, "Society of Cruelty to Shetland Ponies," and the authorities have been alerted by us to your scandalous comments!!!

  4. Rick,

    I'm from the, "Society of Cruelty to Little People," and the authorities have been alerted by us to your scandalous comments!!!

  5. should all jerseys for field sports be made from bubble wrap and outlaw running.

    • If they abide by the six foot rule then the bubble wrap shouldn't be necessary.  But then you can't be too careful?

  6. Funnily enough, I saw an item on one of those daytime TV shows about walking rugby – seems to be an idea they've had for keeping pensioners active, where oldies stroll round the pitch and you're not allowed to break into a run. Never got how you were supposed to tackle though – maybe ask the lad with the ball politely or something?

    Mind you, I've always thought there was a logical flaw with rugby. In college most lads (and lasses) joined the rugby club for the trips away,  the drinking and the chance of a shag in a strange town. What I could never understand is why they insisted on  that 90 minutes running round a muddy field on a cold day before getting on to the main event. You could catch a cold or something before your first pint. Crackers!

    • My idea of a great night's sport is a few ends of Bowls followed by a feed of drinks.  I skip the Bowls bit though.

      • I was once persuaded to try my hand at Bowls at a local club, after a few pints i agreed, then dropped the  bowl thing on my foot………Fuck that.  Ive not been back since.

  7. I am a bit disappointed Grandad i would have thought you would have known that the best way to make water sports safer is to taken them out of the water after it is real dangerous that,even before Irish water send you a bill!! lights fuse retreats to a safe distance

    • No need to worry about drowning.  Aren't there enough rules, laws and regulations that has everyone wrapped to the gills in life jackets, safety harnesses and floatation devices? 

      [*chucks some water on the fuse*]

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