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Daft phone-ins so maddening; PICK OF THE DAY.

Byline: Steve Davies

Live football Sky Sports, from 5.30pm THE Champions League is interminably dull and should be changed forthwith, writes Steve Davies.

At least that seems to be the general consensus of a phone-in I had the suicidal misfortune of tuning into last week.

The argument was that the matches were entirely predictable, the qualifiers just as obvious, and we may as well just hot-foot it to late Feb with the best 16 teams in the continent and let them get cracking.

It's a hoary old chestnut that barely needs repeating but such is the way of phoneins that these debates are always being churned out. I'm convinced phone-ins are a broadcasting alternative to care in the community. Why bother tag the insane when you can simply listen out for them on the wireless? If Apoplectic of Ashford hasn't contributed his two penn'th on some half-baked radio show on a range of issues from spot betting in Lahore to crap plumbing in Delhi, then social services know their man is out there somewhere and needs restraining.

For those who can stand the tedium, the choice is Chelsea or Arsenal or, if you don't already know how to make a sandwich, Australian Masterchef.
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Sep 28, 2010
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