THE PITCH — The 24-hour news cycle isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
Needing to fill all day, every day with news bits and soundbites that are relevant, interesting or entertaining can be exhausting for news professionals, their subjects, and their audiences.
This may be especially relevant in sports. How many questions can you ask about how you won or lost a game when the answer will always be incredibly similar. In fact, a comic by VectorBelly.com is always relevant when speaking of sports interviews, including the line "We sportsed our best and scored points, but the other team was sportsing too, and they scored even more points."
Maybe that’s why rugby player Joe Marler gave a recent interview that leads us down a garden path toward an impression of a horse that is "slightly Irish."
At first, you may think this guy fits into the movie stereotype of "dumb jock" since it’s tricky to grasp what he’s actually talking about. Even when he gets to his impression of the horse, it’s hard to tell if he’s "taking the mickey" or if he’s being completely serious.
It’s not until the reporter tries to pick up the horse thread, asking Marler if he’s ready to "get back on the horse," that you know Marler knows exactly what he’s doing. He answers with a perfect deadpan delivery: "I don’t like horses. I can’t ride."
Marler plays loosehead prop for the Harlequins in Twickenham, a suburb of London.