Leading article: Bitten by the superlative bug

Click to follow
The Independent Online
Modern sport is all about superlatives. Tennis has been reduced to two simple benchmarks: the speed of serve in thousands of miles per hour, and the length of time that plucky Brits manage to survive in Wimbledon before being knocked out. Golf is all a matter of how young you were when you hit your first hole in one. Cricket is measured in millimetres of rain.

But these are innocent pursuits. Today we report a new superlative in another sport: the force exerted by Mike Tyson's jaws when he bit off part of Evander Holyfield's ear. Anyone for tiddlywinks instead?