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Last Updated: Monday, 12 January, 2004, 17:16 GMT
Easiest jobs in sport
By Chris Charles

Andy Fordham
You'd be hard-pressed to find a more popular sporting victory than Andy Fordham's triumph in the darts.

But let's be honest, how many people would have been cheering on The Viking had he tipped the scales at 13 stone instead of 30?

Fordham's appeal lies in the fact that he drinks like a fish, eats like a horse, does little or no practice and can still call himself a sporting world champion.

It's the stuff pub dreams are made of.

So when the man mountain announced shortly after his BDO win: "These trainers aren't for show, I am an athlete," Fordham's fitness trainer, Steve Walsh, must have allowed himself a wry smile.

Has he got the easiest job in sport or what?

Let's look at his rivals for the Sporting Idle crown.

Middlesbrough's trophy polisher

The Boro are still waiting for their first league championship trophy, first FA Cup win and first League Cup triumph. As for Europe, don't even go there - they certainly don't.

Just imagine the money they could have saved if they'd decided against building a trophy cabinet.

Aha, diehard Boro fans point out, but then where would they have put the coveted Anglo-Scottish Cup, won fairly and squarely in 1976?

Do you really want the answer to that?

Anna Kournikova and Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario
Anna celebrates winning a point

Anna Kournikova's opponents

Time was when drawing the blonde bombshell in the first round of a tournament would have caused a player some concern.

These days it's literally a case of turning up and racing to a comfortable 6-0 6-0 win - providing Kournikova hasn't pulled out with a broken toe-nail or split end.

And opponents needn't worry about kicking a girl when she's down.

The only question our Anna is likely to be asking as she walks to the net is: "Does my bum look big in this?"

Pierluigi Collina's barber

No need to go through the "shampoo and set sir?" routine, just spit on his head and rub it in.

The perfect job for Roy Keane when he retires.




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