Saturday, January 10, 2009

Hell Hath No Fury

HELL hath no fury like a football fan scorned. Football fans can spend hours arguing amongst themselves ad nauseam.

If you have been on club forums or football website forums you will know that it can sometimes be a brutal experience.

It takes courage to give your opinion on a subject knowing that at anytime you will be shut down by the resident know it all.

However nothing unites all the tribes and factions like a good old fashion bitch fight. The last good bitch fight was during the Beijing Olympics.

The uproar by football fans over Channel 7’s shocking attitude to the coverage of the football during the games resulted in the last qualifying game against the Ivory Coast being moved to SBS.

It was in no small part thanks to this website as well. Websites like this one have given a new voice to football. The fans spoke after being fed up watching our Olyroos on time delay, and constantly being interrupted by 10 minute blocks of mind numbing commercials.

I’m sure most of you have read the Rebecca Wilson article by now. She had a nice old go at the state of football in this country. You can have a go; but if you don’t know what you’re talking about and you’re only interested in baiting football fans so more people can go to your news website in a slow news week; then well I’m afraid you’ll meet the Football Army, and there is more of us around these days.

There are many that fear the rise of Football.

What did our friend Yoda say on the subject of fear?
“Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.”

Well if I was a Rugby league fan and had to endure the recent Rugby league World Cup I would be suffering as well.

No doubt still buzzing from the Socceroos effort from the last World Cup in Germany, Australian sports fans tuning into the Rugby league World Cup can be heard to exclaim “what is this shit?” - and that’s only at the Coogee Bay Hotel. Notice how football’s World Cup is just called the World Cup?

Now I’ve got that out of my system, let’s talk about Sydney. So next season it’s all about the youth; we are clearing out the deadwood; Robbie Middleby, Iain Fyfe and Brendan Santalab.

Well why not?

Our youth team is undefeated and a lot are in the 18-21 yr old mark. Some have come out of the AIS, where the current Sydney youth team coach Steve O’Connor was in charge for a while.It just seems our youth in Australia are overlooked sometimes, while in Europe and in South America there are new 17/18 yr olds coming out the woodwork and tearing shit up every week.

No predictions from me this week about Saturday night’s game against Adelaide at Hindmarsh Stadium. I’m sure the Football Gods took exception to the comment I made about Sydney FC giving Wellington a football lesson; so this week I offer them a sacrifice, unfortunately I could not find any beautiful sacred young virgins; do you think they would take Rebecca Wilson instead?

Con Stamocostas gave up his ticket to see Australia vs England in England in 2003 for a Sigur Ros concert. He had tickets to both and they were on the same night. He gave his ticket to his flat mate who along with the other evil flat mates had barred him from watching Football in the house. The evil flat mate got to see Australia beat England 3-1 in England. There are many stories like this all over the world, but you can help. Don’t be a victim of rationalising shit Icelandic music groups over watching the Socceroos. Be a real fan, support your team.

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