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BBC Commentator Brings Back Sports - But Not In The Way You Think

He wanted to bring some laughs to those stuck at home during the pandemic. Now, he's using his broadcasting skills for good - and one lucky pet owner will get a coveted prize!


With most major sports remaining at a standstill, fans are getting desperate for some competitive activity to keep their minds occupied.

That's why Scottish sports broadcaster Andrew Cotter started posting videos to Twitter of him narrating his dog's daily activities.

Cotter is a regular sportscaster for the BBC, and he's provided commentary for sporting events like the Olympics, Wimbledon and the Masters. Now, with most of those events canceled or postponed due to the coronavirus, he's turned to his pair of Labrador retrievers, Olive and Mabel, for some much-needed recreational amusement.

Cotter's videos have covered such nail-biting "matches" as Mabel stealing Olive's squeaky toy, which Cotter said was "a famous win built on patience and sheer belief," and another clip of the dogs partaking in a "speed-eating" breakfast competition, where Olive, who was "focused, relentless, tasting absolutely nothing," took the title back from her sister.

The videos have gotten thousands of comments and likes from people all over the world, including one Twitter user who wrote: "Andrew, Olive and Mabel...you have easily been the best thing to come out of lockdown. Genuinely, thank you."

Cotter's most recent video hits close to home for those now working remotely as he carries on a Zoom meeting with Olive and Mable. In the video, Cotter discusses the "annual report" with the pups, where he notes that "you've pretty much ruined the sofas," and "913 squirrels chased, none caught – so not a good return."

Thanks to the popularity of his videos, Cotter has decided to put his broadcasting skills to good use.

He's teamed up to host a contest with Dogs For Good, a U.K. charity that helps to train dogs to help people with disabilities.

Cotter and DFG are asking pet owners to post short video clips of their own dogs using the hashtag #WinningFromHome and tagging @DogsForGoodUK. The winning video will get the Cotter treatment and receive its own personal commentary.

The contest is meant to raise awareness for Dogs For Good, and also to bring some cheer during the lockdown. DFG is asking anyone who submits a video to make a donation of £2 (that's about $2.50) to help with the organization's funding.

All videos must be shot in landscape format and submitted by midnight on Sunday May 17th U.K time (that's 7:00 pm EST). The winner will be announced a few days after the deadline.

The submissions have already started rolling in, including a tug-of-war contest between a Golden Retriever puppy and his poodle sibling, and an epic pooch vs. pillow wrestling match.

Kudos to Cotter for using his talents (and pets) to bring smiles to so many during the pandemic. We can't wait to see who takes the #WinningFromHome title!

How can you start something good?

You can submit your own video for the challenge by posting it to social media using the hashtag #WinningFromHome and be sure to tag Dogs For Good. You can also submit your video in the comments section of this Facebook post.


If you don't have a pooch, you can still take part in the fun and sponsor a puppy or make a donation to Dogs For Good.


Let's #StartSomethingGood together!

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