Archive for June, 2010

From St. Ives to South Africa

June 18, 2010

a vuvuzela

Hola, Hope you are well and enjoying the World Cup.

It’s been an odd World Cup for a number of reasons, mainly because the big talking points have been about inanimate objects, the Vuvuzela and the ball.

Firstly, I want to say I’ve no problem with the Vuvuzela. Some of the people who have complained about them, have said that it has spoilt their enjoyment of the game. I’d say some of the football has spoilt the enjoyment of the game.

Secondly, I think that the Africans have pulled a fast one with the Vuvuzela. It’s said that they are part of African tradition but I reckon they’ve said this so they can  use them to annoy the sensibilities of their European cousins.

Other people have said the Vuvuzela is distracting for the players, this might be true but I reckon this is more distracting for the players.

Some journalists have speculated as to whether the Vuvuzela will catch on in this country. I don’t think we have to worry about that. It’s one thing seeing and hearing them at the World Cup in South Africa, it’s another on a wet Tues night at Barnsley in December. (it’s always a wet Tues night in Barnsley).

Now onto the ball. I can’t believe the amount of fuss that has been spoken about the ball. It’s just a ball! Anyone would think that the players have been asked to play with a rugby ball. The way the commentators have been speaking about the ball, you’d think that before this ball, no footballer had ever hit the ball over the bar, or ever over hit a pass.   Having said all that, I do think it is odd that before every major tournament the powers that be introduce a new ball. Surely the World Cup isn’t the best place to make changes, it’d be like before an important exam you deciding you will write with your weaker hand.

On a personal point of view I’ve had an odd start to the World Cup. I started it on holiday in St. Ives (nice place). For the opening game Sth Africa vs Mexico, I was at the Minack Theatre, an open-air theatre, watching the Kafka play Metamorphosis. If you had told me a week before the World Cup had started that this would be how I’d be spending the opening match, I would have thought you were mad.

I did however get to see the Eng vs USA game, but I did miss the Gerrard goal, not because I was watching on ITV HD but because  I was washing some cups. That is probably the lamest reasons for not seeing a goal. If you can beat that feel free to let me know via the comments button.

One of the things I noticed about the coverage of the Eng/US game was the amount of camera shots there was of David Beckham, in the dug out, wearing his Eng blazer. There must have been as many shots of him as there was of Fabio Capello. This made me wonder if David Beckham, in his head, pretended he was the England manager.

And Finally… Does anyone else think the ITV World Cup theme has elements of  the Bucks Fizz song ‘Making your mind up’? I think it’s that song, I’m not a Bucks Fizz aficionado, honest.

Til next time, stay safe!

A Pre-World Cup Special

June 2, 2010

over the rainbow

Hola, I hope you are all well.

I had a wasted day yesterday sitting by my phone waiting for Fabio to call and did he? Did he b*ll*cks, cheers for that Mr Capello.

Talking of which, apparently the reason the official announcement of the 23 man squad was delayed was because Fabio couldn’t get hold of all the players. It begs the question what were these players doing that was so important they couldn’t answer a phone call telling them whether they were going to the World Cup. If I were Fabio (and I’m not) I would have had a 3 missed calls and you’re out rule. Imagine if you missed the World Cup because you couldn’t be arsed to check your phone.

Having said that phoning people to tell them if they are in or out of the squad seems like an old-fashioned way of doing this. Surely this selection process is a TV show in the making. We know that TV likes two things, famous people and humiliation, so a TV programme where professional footballers are told their World Cup dreams are over is tailor-made for TV. Maybe the programme could take its lead from ‘Over the Rainbow’ (I didn’t watch honest) and the ones that miss out could take off their football boots before they get carried off in a half-moon. I’d watch.

It also appears that Fabio Capello is contemplating playing Lampard and Gerrard in a midfield two, if Gareth Barry doesn’t recover from his ankle injury. I can’t believe we are back talking about this, I thought it was an accepted view that this combination doesn’t work. What next, are we going to start re-stating the world is flat? Having said that, if the Tories and the Lib-Dems can get into bed together then maybe Lampard and Gerrard, can work.

Something else that seems to have also got plenty of column inches and air time, is whether people can put up England flags at work or on their work vans. I think these people should just get over it, if your boss says you can’t have a flag at work, just accept it. You’re an adult and it’s just a flag. Let me break it gently to you, you having a flag on your van (probably white) isn’t going to make England win.

 Away from England and Maradona has said his Argentina squad can have sex with their wives and girlfriends, but the women have to do all the work. You have to hand it to Maradona,(no pun intended) in this world of metrosexuals and back, crack and sacks, he’s like the last champion of the men’s rights movement. He’s the male equivalent to Germaine Greer.

And Finally… Due to my inability to plan ahead I will be a way when the World Cup starts, so I’m not sure at what point during the tournament I will do my first post. You can all rest easily however, as I’ve now printed a fixture list so there shouldn’t be any major clashes from this point forward.

Til next time, stay safe!