Who has the right to judge the professional sportspeople of the world?
The Celestial Sports Adjudicators are a group of absolute sports nuts. It doesn’t matter if if it’s played on a field, with a ball or a cock, with a bat or a crosse – the Adjudicators love sports and the people that play it. With backgrounds in sports journalism and coaching, the team here at Saints & Sinners love nothing more than to sit back with a nice cool pint and watch two competitors duke it out. Of course, wherever there’s a game being played, you’re always bound to find the best and worst examples of humanity. Each of our writers have their own specialities and each of them have their own pet-peeves when it comes to sportsmanship.
Meet the Team
Hailing from the United States of America, Marvin is our resident ‘yank’, but don’t expect him to report on baseball…
“There’s nothing I hate more than a slow sports game. Show me a game of cricket and I’ll be asleep within a matter of minutes. Show me a game of baseball and I’ll have to reconsider why it is I’m talking to you in the first place. The sports I love are fast paced and frantic, where it’s a challenge to keep your eye on the action and there’s always something happening. Ice Hockey is one of my all time favourite and something that the UK needs to invest more money in. When it comes to summer sports, you can’t be a bit of Tennis, I moved here for Queens and Wimbledon alone!”
Pet Peeve: Refusing to shake hands.
“At the end of the day, it’s just a game. Sportspeople get paid well to play but also to set an example for the rest of the world – if you don’t shake hands, you’re a wrong’un.
Even toffs like sports…that’s what we found out when we met Holly at the 2015 T20 County Cup Final at Edgbaston.
“English cricket has really transformed over the last 10 years or so. From a game that was exclusively reserved for the elite of English society, that was totally impenetrable for any newcomer and would literally take days to play it has turned into one of the country’s most popular days out. With the advent of T20 and the ODI, the sport has become infinitely more accessible, it also helps that spectators can drink pints in the stand. I met the Saints & Sinners gang at one of these games and we quickly got chatting about sports, I’ve been on the team ever since.”
Pet Peeve: Disrespecting the umpire.
“Without the umpires and referees, sports do not work. They might not always be right but that doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t be respected.”
Sports can sometimes just be about an individual player – these are the sports that Emma-Lee favours.
“It takes a certain kind of person to be able to hold their own when playing an individual sport. Pro golfers, tennis players – heck, even darts players, have to develop nerves of steel to compete at an international level – that’s something I have real respect for. Of course, when things go wrong for these players, they can often turn out to be the most volatile and violent think John Macenroe or even Tiger Woods on one of his off days. On the flip side, when these guys succeed they do it all by themselves and deserve every plaudit they receive.”
Pet Peeve: Destroying gear.
“There’s nothing worse than seeing a player smash up their gear like a mix between a frustrated toddler and a punk rocker. Bats and rackets cost money, there are many who can’t afford them – players should respect that.”
Football is undoubtedly Britain’s favourite sport and Karl prides himself on knowing everything there is to know about it.
“Ever since I can remember I’ve been into football. I can’t play the game for love nor money, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t enjoy watching it at every available opportunity. Thankfully, with streaming services broadcasting sports almost 24/7, I’m no longer limited to just watching the English Premier League. With the world of football now at my fingertips, I’m honestly spoilt for choice for football. Germany, Brazil, Italy, France – all the leagues, cups and tournaments can be watched at the touch of a button!”
Pet Peeve: Diving or feigning injury.
“The basic rules of fair play demand that each player competes to his full potential. When a player dives they throw that away and send an awful example to young players watching. Not cool.”