Archive for August, 2012

Ever sent a drunken text?

August 24, 2012

Hola. Hope you are well.

I’m back doing my intensive job tomorrow, (see my last blog) it means I will be away for Liverpool vs Man City, which might not be a bad thing having watched Liverpool against Hearts last night (Thurs).

So as I’m away for a few days I thought I’d write a short blog post on a couple of things that have caught my eye in the first week of the season.

Firstly, I’d like to mention Paddy Kenny now of Leeds, who allegedly sent abusive txts to the chairman and a director of former club  QPR, after they lost 5-0 on the opening day of the season. I can see how he might have been tempted to gloat at QPR’s misfortune, especially as his replacement Rob Green mucked up for the first goal, but call me old-fashioned but it’s probably not the best idea to so directly bad mouth your former employers. In no way am I saying drink had been taken but these txts were supposed to have been sent in the early hours of Sunday morning. So in honour of Paddy Kenny have you ever sent a drunken txt to someone, a former boss or otherwise and what were the repercussions. Feel free to contact me via the comments button.

And Finally… arguably my favourite story of the week surrounded speculation that Man City wanted to spend £30m on David Luiz. When he was asked about this, mild-mannered former Chelsea man Ray Wilkins said City shouldn’t go for Luis, instead they  should go for Arsenal’s Vermaelen. I’m not sure Arsene Wenger was best pleased that Wilkins was pimping out his captain.

In recent days David Luiz has been linked with both Man City and Barcelona, which makes me wonder who is best placed to judge the abilities of the player, two of Europe’s top teams or Gary Neville who said, ‘Luis played like he was controlled by a 10 yr old playing Playstation’. I know who my money’s on and it’s not Gary Neville.

Til next time, stay safe!

Anyone for dressage?

August 21, 2012

Hola. Hope you are well.

In my attempt to obtain an easy life, I’ve somehow ended up working harder than I’ve ever done. This meant that for the first time I was working on the opening Saturday of the season (probably not a bad thing West Brom 3Liverpool 0). I’m also working every weekend in September, so will miss more games. I really could’ve done with the football season starting in Oct. I did however get to watch Everton v Man Utd, last night, not the two teams I’d ideally want to start my season of watching with, but beggars can’t be choosers.

It was a bit odd seeing RVP in a Man Utd shirt but he had to listen to ‘the little boy inside him’. I have to admit that I have sympathy for Arsene Wenger, I know this isn’t a fashionable view. I see Wenger as some kind of foster parent at Arsenal, he takes these young men in, gives them a home, develops them as a men and gives them the skills to become better at their job and as soon as an opportunity to leave arrives, the ungrateful children are off without a thankyou. At least Alex Song, unlike RVP, had the decency to move to one of Arsenal’s feeder clubs (the other being Man City).

With the football season coming directly after the success of the Olympics it has allowed many people to have yet another go at football. I’m not one for pitting one thing against the other, surely you can enjoy the Olympics without having a go at another sport. I will however be interested to see if people are still talking about, sailing, the pommel horse or dressage in November. After England won the Rugby World Cup in 2003, there were those predicting rugby would replace football in the public’s hearts and Johnny Wilkinson would overtake David Beckham as the new sporting pin-up. How did that turn out?

And Finally… more and more players seem to be writing personalised messages on T-shirts and displaying them after they score a goal. I wonder if anyone other than footballers carry messages under their work clothes. In fact I’d like to start to a campaign for everyone to do this and should they do something impressive at work, they should lift up their tops and reveal their message to their colleagues. Let me know how it goes.

Til next time, stay safe!


Random Fixtures

August 9, 2012

Hola. Hope you are well.

Short blog today. I thought I would mention that I made my debut at the Olympics on Monday. I went to see Japan vs France in the women’s football semi-final. It turned out to be a good game, 3 goals and a missed penalty. The atmosphere was very family friendly, arguably the friendliest game I’ve ever been to. The only downside was when people decided it would be a good idea to do the Mexican wave. I didn’t join in, it seems a little disrespectful, this was the Olympic semi-final after all. How would the people who were contributing to the wave, like it if during an important presentation at their work, the audience started doing a wave?

Since moving to London just over 18 months ago, I have been to 4 live matches, including this one. The others have been Charlton vs Oldham in a League One game, Dulwich Hamlet vs Folkestone Invicta in the Ryman 1 play-off semi-final and the other was Crossworld v Fanatics FC in the final of the London Football League Saturday PM Plate competition. I think that is a pretty random set of fixtures. Feel free to let me know what your last 4 fixtures have been. (You can contact me via the comments button)

Til next time, stay safe!

When’s a choc-ice not a choc-ice?

August 1, 2012

Hola. Hope you are well.

After the last blog post being about John Terry’s court case and this one being about choc-ice-gate (as I’m calling it), I feel I have to say that I’m not obsessed about race. I also feel I have to say I have nothing against choc-ices, although on a hot summer’s day I will often favour an ice cream, that’s not a slight on choc-ices, it’s just that I have sensitive teeth and it’s easier to lick an ice cream than it is to bite through a choc-ice.

Anyway enough about actual choc-ices and on to metaphorical choc-ices. I have to admit that I was a little surprised when I heard the FA had got involved in choc-ice-gate, by charging Rio Ferdinand with improper conduct for his part in retweeting a tweet referring to Ashley Cole as being a choc-ice. The tweet does have something of the playground insult about it but obviously the FA felt they needed to show this behaviour wasn’t acceptable.

Some people have tried to attach racial connotations to the term, despite Rio Ferdinand and Ashley Cole being the same colour/racial mix. Can you even be racist against someone who is the same race as you? That’s a philosophical question that may be beyond this unknown comedian.

Secondly, as a black person I’ve not heard the phrase choc-ice being used in such a way. I’ve heard the term, ‘coconut’ and ‘bounty’ used as a derogatory term but not choc-ice, that’s not to say it hasn’t been used in such a way.

And thirdly, it seems obvious to me, that the view original tweeter Carlton Ebanks was expressing was that Ashley Cole was prepared to support his white colleague John Terry on a matter of racial abuse rather than Anton Ferdinand who like him is black/mix raced. So the tweet was more to do with Ashley Cole’s integrity, character and what he stands for, rather than a racist slur.

I’m not going to say the whole incident has blown out of all proportions but according to today’s newspapers the police have quizzed Carlton Ebanks. I’m not sure how he did in the quiz but he must have done ok, as at the time of writing it was reported that the police wouldn’t be pressing charges.

My biggest problem with choc-ice-gate is that on the same day as Rio Ferdinand was charged by the FA, Gillingham FC were found guilty in court of racially victimising and unfairly sacking black player Mark McCammon, yet which story received more press attention?

It will be interesting to see if the FA get involved in punishing Gillingham, although they might be too busy sorting out choc-ice-gate.

Anyway with all this talk of a choc-ices, I think I might buy one, the next hot day we have.

Til next time, stay safe!