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More Thoughts of Chairman Moore By Brian Moore

Release date: 07th November, 2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

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The Thoughts of Chairman Moore
By Brian Moore

In contrast to the majority of ground troops who comprise a veritable army of insipid, laughably predictable sporting pundits, many of whom regard TV and radio commentary as easy money, Brian Moore stands out for a number of reasons.

He is, as one essay in his latest book is at pains to confirm, almost fanatically unbiased. He's also well informed, knows his stuff (he reckons he scrummed down in the front row around 100,000 times during his playing career), though above all, he's intelligent. Not in a demonstrative, boastful way, but as a trained lawyer, he can clearly argue his corner as he does here to great - and often amusing - effect.

Though once a professional rugby player, Brian Moore is today primarily a sports fan who happens to know a lot about rugby. You find yourself reading his essays on a variety of sports and the red tape or restrictive practices that prevent their development and nodding in complete agreement.

For example: "In ten years' time," he writes, "Michael Gove could well be seen as the man who wrecked school sport in the UK"; of last year's Wayne Rooney 'saga', he suggests it was: "another step down the road to football being a game where all managers compromise rather than control."

Of the Felipe Massa / Fernando Alonso slowing down / overtaking incident, he gets straight to the point: "If F1 and all those involvedÖare happy for these practices to continue, they should at least stop claiming F1 is a sport like any other."

The man is not short on opinion, though in one of his book's longest essays, entitled You are the worst, most biased commentator in the world, he succeeds in showing how opinion is mistaken for bias. That's not to say the reader agrees with everything he writes, but even when his opinion is diametrically opposed to one you might hold, he argues his case well.

Moore also provides the reader with an insight into the type of abuse (in this instance Twitter-based and reproduced verbatim) one assumes many opinionated pundits must suffer. Perhaps this explains why so many of them are capable only of waffle and clichÈ.

Let's hope that Moore never falls into the co-commentator comfort zone and hope too for a continued flow of his intelligent sports writing.


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