Being:Blackburn

Hola. Hope you are well.

I’m going to start by talking about John Terry (have we not been here before). First things being first I’m not here to call John Terry a racist as I don’t know him and I don’t know his intentions but if you’re a professional footballer and the phrase F*cking black c*** comes out of your mouth during a match, there’s a good chance the FA will investigate.

There’ll be plenty of people who will think he got off lightly with a 4 game ban, especially when you consider you get 3 games for a straight red card plus Luis Suarez got an 8 match ban and his case was complicated by cultural and linguistic issues.

The one thing I’ve learnt over time is that what ever John Terry does he always lands on his feet. That’s why I say, once this all dies down he will somehow emerge as the new England manager. When it happens remember where you read it first.

On to Being:Liverpool, the behind the scenes documentary on channel 5. I watched the first episode last week and couldn’t help thinking it had the feel of a comedy, in the vain of The Office, with Brendan Rodgers as the David Brent figure. I also feel it suffers from Being:Recorded, for example, you see Brendan Rodgers doing a rousing speech before the opening game of the season, knowing they got beat 3-0. He also talks about how Andy Carroll can fit into his system and he would only be allowed to leave the club if the deal was right for the club. I’m not sure loaning out your club’s record signing for £1m can be construed as being the ‘right deal’. I’ll still be tuning in tonight for episode 2.

If anyone at Fox is reading this (that’s a long shot) I think the perfect club for the Being experience would be Blackburn Rovers. Just the other week Steve Kean admitted signing players despite never actually seeing them play. Then this week there were rumours that Steve Kean had been sacked but refused to accept it and turned up to take training the next day. And now, as I’ve been writing this Steve Kean has been sacked/forced to resign. What a club.

Talking of managers I was a little surprised to see Alan Pardew getting a new 8 yr contract. Is there anyone out there who doesn’t think this is going to end in tears? Having said that, Alan Pardew has already exceeded my expectations at Newcastle but still, 8 yrs.

Now to Kelvin Mackenzie. I recently emailed the BBC to see if they would still be using his services on their shows, especially after the findings of the Hillsborough Independent Panel and his role in The Sun’s coverage at the time. They couldn’t say if they would or would not be using him in the future but did direct me to this page, should I want to lodge a complaint. So should anyone else not want to see Kelvin’s face on the BBC, feel free to submit a complaint. In the BBC’s defence, I contacted a few broadcasters and they have been the only one’s to respond.

And Finally… If you believe the papers, Roberto Mancini is annoyed that Mario Balotelli smokes. So in honour of Mario, who are the other smoking footballers/sports people of the past or present. Feel free to contact me via the comments button.

Til next time, stay safe.

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