During the 1990s, the Sentinel had a regular sports column written by the mysterious Pat McHat, providing opinion, commentary and often a humorous take on what was happening in the world of sport. Here are a selection of Mr McHat’s columns that seem to fit the festive season.
December 1996: Pat appears to have come into possession of some letters sent to Santa from names that may or may not be familiar, depending on your knowledge of sport and perhaps how old you are!
June 1996: There’s been a lot of debate about Sports Personality of the Year and by now you will all know the result. Here Pat considers who should be named as the greatest British sporting figure of the 20th Century. Controversial as always, Pat challenges the choice of Daley Thompson who was given the title after a Channel Four phone in vote.
January 2000: With the arrival of the new Millennium, Pat decides to apologise to all the people he may have offended over the years, drawing up a long list in the process.
July 2002: Although taken from a summer edition, Pat’s round up of commentator gems surely belongs to the festive period. Better than cracker jokes and highly memorable, it includes Terry Venables reflective take on time:
“If history is going to repeat itself, I should think we can expect the same thing again.”