RaW Sport’s Punt the Pundit
Tune in from 2pm today at www.radio.warwick.ac.uk (or on 1251AM should you be on campus) to get involved in our new blog based feature ‘Punt the Pundit’. In a secret part of Leamington we have locked 10 football pundits in a Big Brother-style house. Each week one pundit will be eliminated by audience vote until only a single pundit remains – the RaW Sport ‘Punt the Pundit’ champion. Beginning on RaW Sport this Saturday we will be nominating two pundits for eviction. It will then be your job to vote on who should go by posting a name and a reason here on the blog or e-mailing the show. On Wednesday we will then announce who is saved and who is evicted and then the following Saturday another two house mates will be put up for eviction. Simple.
Tune at 2pm on Saturday to hear who will be the first couple up for eviction. In the mean time you can peruse our list of house mates. Who is your favourite and who do you really hate?
1) Jeff Stelling (Sky Sports)
Host of Sky Sports Soccer Saturday, Jeff is a one man football encyclopaedia. Nobody, not even Motty, can claim to be the master of stats like Stelling. If a goal goes in, he always knows ‘how it changes things’. Over the years he has also become highly skilled at dealing with dubious co-presenters and pundits such as Paul Merson, Rodney Marsh, Matt Le Tisser and the late George Best, and if that was not enough to prove he is the consummate professional, he was also the winner of a Weakest Link sports presenter special in 2003. Maybe a dark horse to win this competition too?
2) Alan Hansen (BBC)
Famed for his terse Scottish-ness, Hansen gives Match of the Day the gravitas which for some unknown reason Lawro and Lineker seem totally unable to provide. Indeed Hansen’s authority is such that if he expresses an opinion it usually becomes fact pretty quickly. His catchphrases include ‘diabolical’ and ‘sloppy’ (usually in reference to poor defending), and quite a lot of people remember him saying something about winning nothing with kids. However this simply serves to verify that the best pundits can live down rubbish predictions.
3) Andy Gray (Sky Sports)
Equally adept in the commentary box or in the studio, Andy Gray treads the Alan Hansen line of authoritative punditry. Nobody ever dares argue with Gray, however the reason as to why this is the case is that he is simply never wrong. As with Hansen he has an arsenal of handy catchphrases including ‘right out the top drawer’ and ‘you don’t save those’. Apparently he is also such a footballing institution he has a drinking game named after him.
4) Gary Lineker (BBC)
The man with the cleanest image in television, Gary is the ying to Alan Hansen’s yang. Armed with more one-liners than the South Korean monorail network, Gary puts the fun into football. However he also has an adept football brain and it is not unknown for him to make cutting observations, particularly with regard to the England side and former manager Sven Goran Eriksson, for whom he clearly had much respect.
5) Andy Townsend (ITV)
Never one to pass up ITV’s latest eye catching novelty (anyone remember The Tactics Truck?), Andy can now regularly be found down on pitch-side with Ally McCoist and ‘that’ desk during Champions League coverage. However whilst the whole set up is ridiculously stupid, it does have the benefit of ensuring that the viewer must only suffer a minimal amount of Townsend’s punditry skills. Surely a candidate for going home early?
6) Mark Lawrenson (BBC)
Long gone are the days of the Chuckle Brother moustache, yet the feeling that Lawro is in some way related to the comedy siblings never quite goes away. Like Gary, Lawro is not adverse to a one liner, although his efforts are invariably much, much worse. Arguably he is the worse pundit in the house with his opinions usually clichéd and hackneyed or just plain wrong, however grudgingly I think most would admit there is some sort of charm in this. He could an unlikely bet to make the final.
7) Chris Kamara (Sky Sports)
The face of Sky’s Championship coverage, nothing excites Kammy more than a good old fashioned tackle. Having said that, Kammy gets pretty excited at almost anything to do with football and his irrepressible enthusiasm make could make even Barnsley v QPR seem like a glamour tie (well almost). Surely the ever popular Kamara is set for a long stay in the competition?
8) Alan Green (BBC)
Perhaps the most controversial pundit in the Big Brother house, there are very few people that have not suffered the wrath of Green at some point. He is renowned for telling-it-like-it-is, so that if a match is rubbish he is not afraid to say (and then talk about something else rather than commentate on the game!). Green’s style has led to a permanent falling out with fellow house mate Andy Gray as well as Alex Ferguson and the usually affable Joe Royle. However whilst he may upset his fellow pundits, he remains popular with public.
9) John Motson (BBC)
A throwback to yesteryear, Motty reminds us all (frequently) of the days when footballers were proper men and scorelines were more often 5-5 than 0-0. Like Stelling, he claims to be a master of stats, yet usually he succeeds only in irritating the viewer with trivial irrelevances. He is also a known stickler for pronunciation, however his trade mark sheepskin coats seem to have disappeared in recent years. Much like his chances of winning this particularly competition I would guess.
10) Garth Crooks (BBC)
Not to be confused with country singer Garth Brooks, touchline reporter and pundit Garth Crooks has the distinction of being the only pundit in the house to be regularly compared with Jeremy Paxman. This is owing to his rather pressing interview style that often results in him making statements rather than actually asking questions. He is also similarly irascible to the Newsnight presenter and is rumoured to have called Ray Stubbs gay* after a disagreement on Final Score. *may not actually be true