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PICK OF THE DAY; Derby v Blackburn Sky Sports 1, 1pm.

Byline: James Milton

MY family used to own a rabbit whose sex drive would have made Russell Brand blush, writes James Milton.

This randy bunny would squeeze into the space beneath a shed in our garden and offer itself to all the beasts of the field.

Other rabbits would visit, of course, but also voles, weasels, cats - both domestic and wild - and, on one memorable occasion, a woodpigeon.

And, though I knew that the scenes beneath the shed would not make for pleasant viewing, I felt somehow compelled to take a peek.

Derby County fans will understand, I'm sure.

It's not been easy to watch the Rams this season, despite an encouraging Boxing Day performance against Liverpool.

Even in that game, though, there were some 'car-crash TV' moments for the Derby faithful to endure.

The ease with which Fernando Torres glided past Darren Moore for Liverpool's opening goal suggested that the Spaniard had actually ripped the space-time continuum to shreds.

And the hapless Moore's afternoon got even worse when he collided with teammate Stephen Pearson, dislocating his pal's shoulder.

But Derby's supporters will be watching again today, peering with grim fascination into the footballing equivalent of that space beneath the garden shed.

The rabbit died of syphilis, by the way.

He who lives by the sword dies by the sword, as they say.

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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Dec 30, 2007
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