Below is Gerry's betting preview on Sat 30th June 2007.
The views expressed are solely those of the author.
I have nothing but admiration for the reunited Spice Girls. Their music may have been atrocious, and youd struggle to find a greater collection of dogs outside of Battersea, but their trailblazing work in the field of ginger acceptance remains unsurpassed. The minging quintet penetrated the public consciousness to such an unprecedented degree that the entire English language evolved as a result. The bints were slightly embarrassed when the meaningless soundbite Girl Power made it into the dictionary, but the moth-eaten, passé, semi-fossilised has-beens are rightfully proud of their place in the official betting glossary.
The Baby bet is the absolute certainty: it only goes down on rare occasions. The Sporty is the one that looked good in the beginning, but on closer reflection; it could really go either way. The Ginger is the loose punt you only consider after a few pints. The Posh is the all-in mugs bet, where you end up living on bread and water for a week, and the Scary is a complete guess, like when Mel B reached the fathers section on her daughters birth certificate.
I like to think that my ante-post football bets are straight out of the Baby drawer. Manchester United won the league last season with Darren Fletcher, Park Ji Sung and John OShea all playing a prominent role. The deadwood will now be replaced by Hargreaves, Anderson and Wayne Rooneys personal favourite, Nani. The 13/8 for the champions retaining their title is an exquisite piece of business.
In the relegation market, I will be going in hard on Wigan. The appointment of Chris Hutchings is probably reason enough, but the signing of Titus Bramble is an absolute clincher. Get on now at 11/8, or face a level of disappointment unseen since Eddie Murphy last opened his mail.
I used to really enjoy playing cricket at school, but my dreams of becoming a fast bowler were shattered by a particularly cruel PE teacher. I still remember the day he pulled me to one side and told me I had a disappointing length. The whole set up of the sport is fundamentally flawed though; if I wanted a game to last five days Id challenge the wife to noughts and crosses.
The one-day international is a far more entertaining spectacle. England have been priced up at 4/7 to see off the ineffectual Windies in Sundays opener; Id be considering getting on if KP was playing on his own.
Big Brothers Tracey remains a surprisingly popular figure outside of the house. Celebrities to have spoken up on her behalf include Eddie Izzard, Dana International and Hayley from Coronation Street. Nice guy Liam can still be backed at 9/2 for outright glory: thats an old fashioned shoo-in.
I find playing darts quite frustrating; theres nothing more embarrassing than suffering a bounce-out when youre on top. Paul McCartney refuses to watch an entire match; hes just happy to see a couple of legs. Phil Taylor is a clear favourite for the Las Vegas Desert Classic that kicks off on Monday, probably because of his years of experience at trying to get three in a bed. Barney is the new power; get on at 5/2.