16 September, 2020

AUTHOR: Star Sports Content

BETTING ODDITIES: Questions Of Sport

BETTING ODDITIES: In his latest weekly blog, DAVID STEWART takes a sideways look at some of the stories making the news in the betting world and beyond.


News today that Question Of Sport is to axe host Sue Barker, along with team captains Phil Tufnell and Matt Dawson.

It’s a huge surprise to me that the show has survived as long as it has. A must watch for me in the 1980’s, I haven’t watched it for years and don’t know anyone who still does, sadly.

Perhaps the kindest thing to do at this juncture is to close it permanently?

It’s musical chairs at the BBC but in this case the chairs are deckchairs being shuffled on the Titanic.


There’s always room for satirical humour – even in these dark times.

Barclays requesting customers to wear a mask before coming into the bank.

Who would ever have thought it…… masked punters entering a bank!


Quite correctly, I was picked up on a mis-spell of Pythagoras last week by the Guardian’s racing editor (and friend) the maestro that is Tony Paley. I was so annoyed as I thought I had all angles covered.

I must admit I’m old school when it comes to getting spelling right so was mortified.

However, there were bigger cases this weekend for the Spelling Police who were on overtime with the running of the world’s oldest classic – the St Ledger (sic). A free leather bound accounts ledger presented to the winner as always …..


You know you are in trouble on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire when your phone a friend says ‘can you repeat the question?’.

Even more so when the questions are long winded like Friday’s £16,000 question.

In Doctor Who, what was the signature look of the fourth Doctor, as portrayed by Tom Baker?

(a) Bow-tie, braces and tweed jacket
(b) Wide-brimmed hat and extra long scarf
(c) Pinstripe suit and trainers
(d) Cape, velvet jacket and frilly shirt

Try asking that question and possible answers TWICE in 30 seconds and there’s no time (conveniently) for your clueless friend to answer.

PS: That question was answered correctly by ‘Human Google’ Donald Fear en route to his £1 million win.

His final question was:

In 1718, which pirate died in battle off the coast of what is now North Carolina?

(a) Calico Jack
(b) Blackbeard
(c) Bartholomew Roberts
(d) Captain Kidd

er, can I phone a friend please?


I was alerted to this offer from Pret A Manger (other coffee shops are available blah, blah, blah).

A score a month subscription gets you up to five coffees a day.

If you max the deal out, that works out at 13p a pop – compared to around £2.20.

For fellow caffeine addicts it’s a seriously tempting offer if you live/work close to a Pret.

The only stipulation is you can only order a coffee every 30 minutes. That should be long enough, even for me. GULP.


DAVID STEWART is a freelance digital betting producer and journalist. His CV includes: The Sun, The Sporting Life, Racing Post, At The Races, The Sportsman, lead feature writer for Sky’s Betview magazine and senior producer Timeform Radio.

Views of authors do not necessarily represent views of Star Sports Bookmakers.

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