They aren't bastards mate ,only when they lose ( incidentally I don't bet) their bloodlines are better documented than ours . I agree regarding Cricket ,they are killing the game I,m not a fan of the shortened version of the game although some of the improvisation of shots is incredible.
Manchester is not only a hot bed of football ,it has a tremendous cricket history, in fact when you throw in boxing ( which I'm not a fan of) cycling nowadays ,rugby ( if we inc Salford) speedway,wrestling ,athletics,hockey even squash and tennis Manchester is one of the best sporting cities in the world,in fact short of a racecourse since the 60,s ( I think) Haydock is the closest.
But Each to their own ,I have never seen game of thrones on purpose and much prefer house of cards which is just the best.
So sport is in my blood.