The State of Indian Sports – Rude electronic media leaves Deepika Kumari in tears (The Hindu)

Rude behaviour from members of the electronic media marred the felicitation function of the gold-winning archers here on Tuesday with Deepika Kumari breaking into tears.

Read the rest of the post here – The Hindu.

You. Yes, I’m talking to you.

Feel ashamed. Now. And learn to treat our sportspeople like the superstars they are.

Don’t suddenly wake up one day and effin crib, once every 4 years, that our sportspeople don’t win anything at the Olympics.

Gary Neville

Yes, yes and yes. He was an a-hole of the first order.

And now he’s the freshest, clearest, most sensible and yes, the best voice on the game in the media.

Read this. Excerpt here.

“My chances of making it as a pro footballer at the age of 18 in 2013 would be a lot less than 20 years ago. A talented 18-year-old today has to hope he’s at the right club with the right manager who believes in young players. But it’s become so short-term. The average manager has no time to think about the youth team – let alone create a structure and philosophy at the club. It’s a vicious circle and one that disappoints me about the modern game. I’m a traditionalist and think people should be given time.”

Neymar’s Brilliance, Media and Sportsperson as Imbecile in Need of Guidance

Neymar is brilliant. Full stop. The second goal in the 3-0 win in the Confed Cup against Spain (Link Here) was an act of brilliance.

It was an act of brilliance more for his spatial awareness in springing the offside trap, than of the instinctive goalscorer’s ability in rifling the shot past Casillas. Check it on youtube. Notice how he goes into a blatantly offside position for a split second, and then returns onside right before Oscar’s pass. That offside caper was pulled to distract the defenders  and momentarily allow them to relax. And at the top level, the difference between success and failure are these split seconds. Brilliant.

And now to this article. This is from Irish Times (Link here). While it is a good one, about the impact of the showbiz on the modern day sporting hero, there is a paragraph in the piece that I have a bone to pick with. Here:

Neymar may not feel he has much use for moral authority. He’s just a young footballer having a good time. You just hope he understands that every time he does another ad, he sells off another little piece of himself.

This is wrong. It is an opinion,a socialist opinion, which does not need the definite didactic tone. To add, it is an opinion that is not agreed with by the majority of the sports fans, seemingly.

We live in the world where opinions are forced upon us by the media. We live in a world where we are given to understand by the media that sports has sold its soul to the lucre. And we are never given the counterpoint that for professionals, it is a job. It is a job the professional likes to do; loves to do, even; but it’s still a job. it’s not a weekend kickabout.

The retort that I have to this writer is that I hope he understands that every time Neymar kicks a football in a match, or every time he dribbles past an opposition player, he is also selling off another little piece of himself.

We are happy to buy that latter piece of himself that he is selling. And by all means, it seems that we are not entirely reluctant to see what he has to offer of the former. Why should Neymar sell only what a newspaperman wants to buy?

Neymar’s name in the pantheon of greats would be determined by what he does on the field (he is far from being one yet, but he has potential). And it should be nobody’s concern what he does with brand Neymar. That’s his business. Just like it is nobody’s business what Pele has done with Brand Pele. A footballer is not an imbecile in need of superior guidance.

F365: The Arsenal Ticketing Myth– Putting an old jibe to rest

Quite shocked that F365 put this mail up. They often don’t do. — But the tides are turning, Wenger is not interesting news any more, now that there are Moyes and Mourinho and Martinez to bite into. But anyway, here’s the mail, from a certain Jon (Season Ticket holder since 1982) Clapham, London

In reply to TJ (Another Dig at Arsenal), Arsenal Season Ticket renewals were sent out on Monday 20 May, the day after Newcastle were vanquished and Champions League qualification was secured. Obvious reason being the club wouldn’t have been able to charge as much for a Europa League campaign. 

I’m pretty sure that with a waiting list to get on the season ticket waiting list, the club don’t need to make up rumours of player transfers, but hey, why let the truth get in the way of a good story hey TJ ??!

I have renewed my season ticket, at the same price as last season and for £989 I get to watch every home league game and receive 8 cup vouchers for the first 8 Champions League and/or FA Cup games next season. I also received a refund of £37 on last season’s as I didn’t use all 8 cup vouchers. Carling Cup tickets can be purchased on top of this for £10 per game.

So, for £989, I get 27 matches at the Emirates, which works out at £36.62 per game to sit bang on the halfway line, lower tier. Seems fairly reasonable for a season of Champions League football……

The constant abuse Arsenal get for high prices is, in my opinion somewhat unfair and a bit of a bugbear of mine. Yes, you can pay £5,000 for a season ticket, for the razzle dazzle of Club Level, with its marbled toilets, free booze and food, but there are a lot more reasonably priced options and £36 a match as an average is very reasonable. Most clubs season tickets only offer league games, with cup games extra on top, which the media very rarely point out. This is why the season ticket prices comparison tables always look distorted with Arsenal coming out top. Taken on average as to the number of games you get to see, it’s not too bad at all….. Just sayin’

Bale Dives. And is a Great Talent. Get Over it.

Horrible, sanctimonious, defensive post at F365 today.

Here.

And here’s my response.

You Brit media folks are funny.
You had a witch-hunt against Wasim and Waqar and Imran about reverse swing, and then when your own boys used that very skill to win you an Ashes, it was suddenly the best innovation in the world. Similarly the four fast bowlers of West Indies.

While the dirty foreigners were diving, it was all wrong. When Gerrard and Rooney were doing it, you feigned blindness… and when the evidence was glaring in front of your eyes, it suddenly cannot be SO bad. Bale is just jumping away from injury after all! Question, how many of Bale’s dives this season were when he was jumping away from potential leg-breakers? And if the dive was just to get away from contact, and if there’s been no contact, Bale and Suarez and Gerrard and Rooney should just get up and not writhe about in the ground like they have been shot. Isn’t it?

Be hypocrites, we all are sometimes. But agree that you are one, in this case. And don’t do it in the passive ‘it’s just to save his career’ manner that you did over here.

Bale’s a wonderful talent. And he dives. Just like Suarez. But of course you will not have a witch-hunt against him. He is the pet of the British media!

Newstalk || How English football forgot, and then remembered, Bobby Moore

Here’s a nice post: and says a lot about football today and yesterday in the Europe, I suppose. The below excerpt by Johnny Giles, is a clincher.

 

“These were great players who loved the game. Weren’t getting much money, weren’t playing for the money. They should have been treated with more respect and dignity when they finished playing. When I hear about the clubs now moaning about the wages – now I don’t feel sorry for them because I remember the days when they treated payers very, very badly.”