Boat Race

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  • MuttleyMuttley ✭✭✭

    Those who claim it's a British institution should count the number of Brits in the boats.

    Just saying ... 

  • A bit like the Top Football teams then ?
  • Muttley wrote (see)

    Those who claim it's a British institution should count the number of Brits in the boats.

    Just saying ... 

    I commented on that when I watched it on iPlayer yesterday.  Wasn't it Oxford that had no British amongst them?
  • Mr PuffyMr Puffy ✭✭✭
    The one British lad in the Cambridge boat was from Chester so as far as I'm concerned the local lad won it.
  • JoolskaJoolska ✭✭✭
    I went to Cambridge (state school, before Trenton gets too excited), coxed whilst there and struggle to understand why the Boat Race is on the telly - it's only relevant to a small number of people and I'd rather they used the money to cover a more significant event from another minority sport. Although in fairness to the Beeb they do show other rowing stuff like the rowing world cup, too, but only the Boat Race gets shed loads of coverage and publicity. I wouldn't mind so much if they'd at least show the women's and lightweights' races, too; they've got 2 hours to fill so they might as well show an hour of rowing and at least then the gender balance would be better. But the whole gender balance in sports coverage/careers is another debate...
  • I don't think I gave the impression that the boat race was in any way interesting. It took a series of cock ups to make it laughable this year but normally it of no interest whatsoever. I don't have to watch it but the BBC is funded by me so if the toffs want to have a race then so be it but don't expect me to help pay for it.

  • Harpoonists - that's what they need next year, stick a harpoonist on the prow of each boat instead of a cox and harpoon any tosspot who gets in the way... (I'd make the crews sing sea shanties whilst they're rowing - but that's another point).

  • Muttley wrote (see)

    Those who claim it's a British institution should count the number of Brits in the boats.

    Just saying ... 

    importing foreigners to take part in ritualistic behaviour is something of a British tradition. The monarchy has been leading the way on that front for centuries.
  • *sniggering at bos1*

    Doesn't matter to me if it's Oxford & Cambridge or some sink estate's kids football tourney, disrupting sporting events in this fashion is distinctly, well... UNsporting. What a tosser!

  • Sussex Runner - the BBC is also funded by me and I like watching the boat race.  I'm sure you watch a load of stuff that I'd rather not have to fund, but I do as that's part of the package and I don't whine about it.
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    he may have been an idiot but i think 6 months is too long.........what will be achieved......

    people get  only 8 months more for killing someone

  • People have done worse for less punishment.

    240 hours Community Payback would have been sufficient.

    Don't like the idea that he gets board, lodgings and entertainment  at the expense of the community.

    Let's face it the Boat Race is a long way and it really relies on the goodwill of the public to be staged without incident. It does risk disruption if too high a profile is given to incidents like this.

  • the people who put down tacks at various cycling races .did any of them get prison sentences.....and they put lives in danger

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  •  ourt of interest.......is the boat race like closed roads.........do they put signs up the week before warning people that it will take place and telling them to refrain from using the water during that period

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  • Funny how severe the sentences get when you annoy the toffs. This shows how unfair our society really is.
  • I don't understand why the same two universities qualify for the final every year...

  • *thinks twice about sneaking across private land to go for a swim in a river on Sunday*

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  • Well I would expect him to get a sentence for assault on the runner. Which never happened at the Toffs day out. He just went for a swim in the river.
  • It is true that nobody was hurt at the boat race... other than a bit of dented pride and disappointment.

    At London it is less likely to happen due to railings, security and the fact that the public would probably lynch you before the coppers got there anyway.  I guess its harder to police a river than the streets

  • MuttleyMuttley ✭✭✭
    Sussex Runner (NLR) wrote (see)
    Funny how severe the sentences get when you annoy the toffs. This shows how unfair our society really is.

    What he said. If an Oxbridge or Bullingdon type disrupted a footie match would he get six months?

    Cf the community service dished out to a well-known comedian for systematically bullying and abusing his girlfriend ...

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  • MuttleyMuttley ✭✭✭

    So the guys spent a long time training. So the BBC spent a lot of money preparing.

    But nobody got killed and no damage was done to property. The guy's a dick but let's face it, he's been given this much for upsetting the establishment. A hefty fine and a good stretch of community service would have been more appropriate. I object to him now becoming a guest of her maj at the expense of our taxes.

    Most of the guys in the boats are yanks anyway image

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  • I think he's just taken hid ball back home
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