There has long been a stereotype that footballers aren’t the sharpest tools in the shed.
The lights are on but nobody’s home. A few sandwiches short of a picnic. Dumber than a bag of hammers.
Okay, that can seem a little bit harsh. After all, Juan Mata has completed two degrees during his time at Manchester United.
But then Darren Bent came along to prove the theory absolutely, 100 per cent, correct (sorry, Darren) on national television!
If you were channel surfing on Saturday night, which was likely with no football on TV, you might have seen the former England striker sitting in the Mastermind chair – like a rabbit in headlights.
He’d spent weeks researching his specialist subject – James Bond – to get a sum total of ONE question right.
And Bent has told talkSPORT it was the worst moment of his life!
“My wife and kids were watching it on Saturday and I knew how bad it was,” he said on the Sports Breakfast.
“What makes it worse is even by six-year-old boy said to me: ‘Oh Daddy, what happened?’
“As a footballer you get nervous before games, when you take a penalty in front of thousands of people, when you join a new club, but when you’re sitting in that chair opposite John Humphrys, it’s pitch black in there and all you can see is him, his eyes looking at you and he’s asking you questions and you just go blank.”
Bent, who counts Aston Villa, Charlton, Ipswich, Sunderland and Tottenham among his former clubs, added: “Honestly? It was probably the worst experience of my life!
“I’d spent weeks and weeks researching James Bond, but I had no idea about the questions he was asking me. I just went blank. I was panicking!”
To be fair to him, what were those questions about? Ridiculously tough!
All this week Max Rushden has been taking the mick out of Bent’s meagre score, asking his co-hosts the same set of general knowledge questions and challenging them to beat this tally of…wait for it… TWO.
Each one has scored better. Well, it’s not hard is it? (Again, sorry Darren)
So with Benty in the studio on Wednesday morning, talkSPORT gave him a chance of redemption.
Maybe we shouldn’t have bothered…
There has long been a stereotype that footballers aren’t the sharpest tools in the shed. The lights are on but nobody’s home. A few sandwiches short of a picnic. Dumber than a bag of hammers. Okay, that can seem a little bit harsh. After all, Juan Mata has completed two degrees during his time at […]