Friday, January 16, 2009

The Genius of the Crowd Jan 15 2009

I had my blog ready to go about the infighting that has been occurring between the Sydney FC board, John Kosmina and John Aloisi and the absurdity of the so-called “gentlemen agreement” regarding the second year of the strikers contract.

However even more absurd is the news today about Robbie Middleby being attacked by his own fans.
Charles Buckowski said it best: “There is enough treachery, hatred, violence, absurdity in the average human being to supply any given army on any given day.”

This part is the most sickening of today’s story: "If my wife hadn't turned up, something serious could have happened, but these blokes didn't want to stop," Middleby said.

The old NSL was derided for years by the mainstream media as a hot bed of ethnic tension that occasionally turned violent. The main violence used to be amongst opposition fans.

This new violence where we bash up a current player that has given four years to the club and won a championship is something new to football in Australia.

Again with Sydney FC the talk is about the off field drama’s rather than talk about the stuff that happens on the pitch.
After the Central Coast Sydney game a few weeks ago in Gosford I saw Robbie Middleby with his wife and kids go into the same car park I was in, a very similar situation he was in after the Wellington game.

I’m not shy at yelling out smart arse comments but I let the man go on with his business; how can you justify an attack on a player while he is with his family?
The team that Robbie Middleby is leaving for, North Queensland Fury, only exists in name and colour. They haven’t even played a game yet. How can you get that angry?

This is a joke of course and I don’t mean any ill will towards anyone but why choose Middleby? He seems like such a nice guy, he hasn’t the dubious history of players like David Zdrillic or John Aloisi which I could understand with a little bit of the special sauce some fans could hurl abuse at, but even those playersdon’t deserve a bashing. No players do.


So it’s with some sadness that I look towards the game against Queensland Roar. John Kosmina won the fight against Paul Okon to keep his two young players Rhyan Grant and Kofi Danning who has had more Coffee innuendos and puns than Kofi Annan, the ex-leader of the UN.I’m looking forward to seeing the young kids go at it again against Queensland Roar.

If Central Coast and Wellington lose this week and Sydney win, the final week will still see Sydney with a chance to make the finals perhaps undeservedly.Nevertheless we are still on the ride, let’s hope we can ride the train to perfect laughter.

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