Pope and Swift have been providing waffle and whimsy for those with a polygamous love of sport since 2008.
During that time we’ve dissected the character of the queen of British cycling, told the BBC exactly what they can do with Steve Claridge and even suggested new phrases to be inserted in the sporting lexicon. We’ve got a kick out of Scottish tennis (no, not him) and have reflect on how the public’s sporting tastes seem to be changing.
We’ll continue to do so until someone tells us otherwise.
A brief history
Pope and Swift, like all the best ideas, was formed by two bored students in a lecture theatre.
Two sport enthusiasts, aspiring journalists and English undergraduates, Ben Whitelaw and Tom Clarke were studying Verses on the Death of Doctor Swift by Jonathan Swift, when their lecturer began to comment on the line: ‘In Pope I cannot read a line, but with a sigh, I wish it mine’.
Clarke turned to Whitelaw and said; ‘That’s like me and you. You’re a better writer than I am. You’re Pope and I’m Swift.’ After also learning that Alexander Pope and Jonathan Swift were friends and even dabbled in the odd bit of hackery, the nicknames stuck and, when it came to setting up this fine site in 2008, there could really be only one name.
Since that point, Pope and Swift have been whisked away to Euro 2008 by leading beer producer Carlsberg, became embroiled in the darkened underworld of boxing and saved just enough pennies to travel 5,500 miles to watch England’s golden generation flop at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.