Archive for October, 2013

Are you less racist than Roy Hodgson?

October 24, 2013

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My favourite part of the Roy Hodgson and the ‘feed the monkey’ comment was the aftermath.

Firstly there was a debate as to whether it was racist? Was Roy guilty of racism. Then came the denials, from Roy himself, Andros Townsend and senior England players, such as Wayne Rooney.

Then came ridicule, with people trying to dismiss the idea that directing the phrase, ‘feed the monkey’ towards a black person could in any way be considered offensive.  People started to ask whether they were still allowed to say brass monkey or listen to the Artic Monkeys. Others asked if it was racist when Man City fans used to sing ‘feed the goat’ to Shaun Goater. Should anyone wish to know the answers to these questions, they are, Yes, Yes and as the City fans were referring to his name and not the colour of his skin, this was also ok.

Ridicule was replaced by blame and speculation as to which player was the mole and how leaking the story was the real crime. One player we know wasn’t responsible for the leak was Ashley Cole, mainly because he tweeted it wasn’t him. He even made up his own hashtag #BlameAsh. I have to give respect to any man who makes up their own hashtag.

Roy Hodgson also attempted to calm the situation by saying, “You would have to go a long way to find somebody who is less racist than me”. So with this in mind, are you less racist than Roy Hodgson? You can contact me via the comments button.

For what it’s worth, here are my thoughts, 1) It wasn’t a very good joke, 2) The monkey was actually the intelligent one, and finally 3) If Roy Hodgson works harder on his material he could be the comedy turn at the PFA Awards. I’m sure he’d be less controversial than Reginald D Hunter.

Til next time, stay safe!

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Space travel and monkeys

October 17, 2013

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I’ve never been in a professional dressing room at half-time but previously I thought it was a 15 min window where the manager and coaching staff can get their tactical wisdom across. Thanks to Roy Hodgson, I now know that this short window of opportunity is best served by telling a long-winded joke about space travel and monkeys.

The punchline, ‘feed the monkeys’ has forced Roy Hodgson to apologise mainly because the point he was making is that the players should keep getting the ball to Andros Townsend as he was causing Poland problems every time he ran at them. In no way do I think Roy Hodgson was making a racist remark or trying to put anyone down due to the colour of their skin, but it’s unfortunate that the person he was referring to in the team is mixed race (with a black dad). And although people might not want to admit it the word ‘monkey’ does have connotations with racism.

Of course context is also important in these scenarios, if Roy Hodgson had been telling this joke, whilst doing monkey actions and throwing bananas at the black players in the squad he may have something to answer.

My advice to Roy, would be to keep his half-time instructions as simple as possible. For everyone concerned, I think it would be best if next time Roy just says, ‘keep getting the ball to Andros’.

Til next time, stay safe!

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Im forever blowing my own trumpet

October 12, 2013

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The most embarrassing thing from the last round of Premier League games was Sam Allardyce, bigging himself up, after West Ham beat Tottenham 3-0.

He claimed he would get more praise for his tactical nous if he was called Sam Allardici. It’s not the first time Sam has said something like this. Previously he claimed he is more suited to managing teams like Real Madrid, rather than Blackburn and Bolton.

Some may argue that Sam would get more praise if his teams over the years hadn’t played such ugly one-dimensional football.

Anyway, in honour of Sam Allardici, outside of job interviews and dates when have you had to big yourself up? You can contact me via the comments button.

Til next time, stay safe!

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To absent friends

October 6, 2013

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Does anyone think that Sir Alex Ferguson is in some small way secretly happy about Man Utd’s poor start to the season. He left them as champions and now they’ve already lost 3 league games including a home defeat by West Brom.

If the period after his departure had gone smoothly and Utd continued to brush teams aside, it may have somewhat diminished Fergie’s achievements as people could use it as evidence that any top manager and David Moyes could do what he did with the players and resources at his disposal. But now due to their early season struggles it makes Fergie look even more brilliant.

I’m not saying Alex Ferguson doesn’t want Utd to have success but no one wants to think their contribution is negligible, so with this in mind, when did your absence go unnoticed? It could be in a sporting situation or at work, or life in general. Let me know via the comments button.

Til next time, stay safe!

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Musical statue

October 1, 2013

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I’m gutted that the Michael Jackson statue at Craven Cottage has gone. Since moving to London (3 years ago) visiting it was one of my things to do but as I have no business in West London, I put the visit in a box marked ‘things to get round to’. How was I to know I would live long enough to see a Fulham owner who thought it was ridiculous to have a statue of a pop star with no real affiliation to the club outside the stadium?

With this in mind what have you never got round to? And I know Fulham fans probably have more pressing things on their minds but I’m on a quest to find out if any of their fans are sad the Michael Jackson statue has gone. You can contact me via the comments button.

Til next time, stay safe!

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