Sunday, 12 August 2012

Sid Waddell RIP

Sid Waddell was renowned as a darts commentator at the BBC and then Sky TV, and for his skill at manipulating the English language to suit the unbridled excitement he personally felt about every dart thrown. Sid, known as "the voice of darts", who has died of cancer aged 72, played a key role in the promotion and development of the sport's modern era.
Well-known phrases, such as "there hasn't been this much excitement since the Romans fed the Christians to the lions" and "there's only one word for that – magic darts", endeared him to fans and fellow commentators. Mike Walters, of the Daily Mirror, summed up Sid's appeal: "If puns, pathos or peerless analogy is your currency, nobody does it better."

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