Sporting looky-likeys: From Phil Mickelson and Geoff Hurst to Brian O’Driscoll and Jack Wilshere
With The US Masters now here in all its azalea-festooned glory, some big questions leap to mind. Is Tiger finally in the form to add to his 14 majors? Who’s going to be making those incredible putts to race up the leader board on Sunday? Can Justin Rose, Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood or Luke ‘Loooook’ Donald finally provide England with its first major winner since Nick Faldo’s third green jacket in 1996? Will Bubba Watson stop crying for long enough to mount a decent defence of his title?
And, of course, doesn’t Phil Mickelson look like Geoff Hurst? He does, doesn’t he? I cannot watch FIGJAM (as Mickelson is reputedly nicknamed, being an acronym whose final five letters stand for I’m Good Just Ask Me) without being transported back to 1966 or more specifically, the footage of that most famous day.
Oh and by the way. Anyone at Augusta shouting “You da man!” or “In da hole!” should have his (and it is always a ‘he’) face smashed off a giant tee with Bubba’s big-headed driver.
What other sporting looky-likeys are there?
Brian O’Driscoll and Jack Wilshere
A Roger Ramjet-style jaw, a boyish smirk and a pair of deep-set eyes. All shared by these two hugely gifted sportsmen.
It took me a while to peg this one. I think I was too busy telling anyone who’d listen that Wilshere was the closest English football had come to producing another Gazza since… well, Gazza. His low centre of gravity, pace over the first few yards with the ball, vision, passing, strength and balance are all reminiscent of the troubled Geordie genius.
Subconsciously, I’d registered that his face reminded me of someone. It was only months later, when watching an Ireland Six Nations game, that I leapt up and yelled “Wilshere!” at O’Driscoll on the telly.
Dead ringers, no?
Stuart Broad and Elysse Perry
Years ago, someone placed a bet that Michael Jackson and his sister La Toya were one and the same person. Odds of about 5,000/1, apparently.
If I were a betting man (ahem) I wouldn’t mind having a similar wager on Stuart Broad and the spearhead of the Aussie women’s pace attack, Elysse Perry. Alright, so he’s about a foot taller than she is but, well, details details. The fact remains that no-one’s seen them on the same balcony.
They may look identical but I doubt ‘Britsa’ would’ve played through the pain in the way that Perry did in the recent Women’s World Cup final. She aborted her run-up not once but twice at the start of her spell, raising fears that the ankle injury that had kept her out of Australia’s previous two games had not healed. Then, to the palpable relief of her team mates, she did complete her first delivery, a good-length ball that went through to the wicket keeper. She followed this with three wickets in her first three overs, effectively snuffing out the West Indies run chase before it had a chance to get going.
Take that, doppelganger!
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