Wise words from aging newspaperman Maxwell Scott to senator Ransom Stoddart in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. The advice came galloping to mind when I read that Rod Marsh denied his role in a famous sledge; you know, one of those sledges on high rotation whenever a current sledge prompts yet another go-around of "10/20/30/etc. Greatest All-Time Favourite Famous Sledges":
"It makes my blood boil every time I am quoted as having delivered one of the best ever cricket sledges. Supposedly I said to Ian Botham on his arrival at the crease during a Test match 'how's your wife and my kids?' He also supposedly replied 'the wife's fine but the kids are retarded'. I can promise you I would never ever make a comment like that to a fellow cricketer. I have too much respect."
Don't know how I missed this article from September last year. Thankfully Peter Lalor, who also missed it, exhumed it this morning on Facebook.