Im an expat but when I did live at home I was truly engaged with the sport in general.
It was easy to do,,the papers are full of it and its common ground between workmates or even strangers over a pint . Then you had the wall to wall Sky Sports coverage going “ Rooney!!! “ all week to get you hyped up to nothing.
The package started an hour at least before the actual kick off by which time you had settled with cold beer and usually mates for a football feast to match the week of hype.
And it didnt did it. Jose set up for a draw or a narrow win and “ Rooney “ was only world class in the advertising industry . But still it was freezing outside and it was an excuse for a night out so you went along with it.
It took me to move away to break that cycle. Instead of a week of hype there was none or little that I encountered and then when you found time to watch the game you really werent impressed as it was dont lose for the most part. Slowly but surely I realised I had been suckered by the media hype and ad’s and once I realised that it was fairly easy to start to switch off.
A couple or even 3 games a week became 1 which has become the odd game . On some website or other, no more subscriptions or ads,,just watch the two halves one after the other to avoid the BS. Thats where I am right now,,pick and choose the odd “spectacle” game to watch.
But it had dawned on me that it was more habit and socialising than the spectacle we were being promised . My love of the game has just diminished a lot and it wasnt that hard at all to lose me.
Ironically my two closest friends who I shared those times with did not emigrate yet have gone down the same road .
One , a West Ham nut , told me last year that the team was dead. Words I never expected him to utter. He loved that team and wished for nothing more than a good cup run. The fans were gutted when certain managers played the kids in the cups and focused on survival. Betrayal my mate called it. Expected managers to really try at their only shot at glory ( a cup ) they did.
Can you believe that the owners actually thought they would get away with lying to the fans ? Did they think no one would go back and check to see if their promises were kept ?
You will be no further away from the pitch,,,and surprise surprise some enterprising chap measured it and shock horror he is further away.
Will help bridge the gap to the next level,,,yet it has brought in only 17 million more than they would have had. Lawsuits are still ongoing with the owners of their new home ground and the fans have just reason to grumble.
My friend assures me a lot of tickets are “ premier league tourists “ . People who just wanna watch the games without much allegiance to those in front of them. Some find it abhorrent. I say what do you expect of the modern day game. They chose there because its the cheapest ticket he tells me and they were available en masse in family size blocks.
The other is a long standing Real Madrid fan believe it or not and has watched them since the early 80s , in person . Now he tells me the league is the training ground for the “ Big “ cup and they couldnt care if they dont win it. The prestige that comes with those stars they are racking up enables them to sign more “ galacticos “ and tear away further in marketing , tv rights , and stars racked up . They are in effect a corporation who has a football team . He’s disgusted.
On the world stage the game might have did well out of Russia recently but that is a spark in what has been a dark chasm for the sport since FIFA started to implode . It has yet to be finalised just how a winter world cup will work, if it goes ahead and I myself would not lay money on that.
In Scotland its never been more farcical. Celtic themselves through circumstances that are beyond my comprehension have made a pigs ear of this transfer window and the fall out may well be fatal for someone’s career . I doubt we will ever know the full story and that’s another ugly facet of the beautiful game.
Rangers have signed an entire team despite certain Celtic facing bloggers telling us they are skint and due to go under and with their chairman they won’t get any dosh anywhere as he’s cold shouldered.
And on calling them Rangers,,I’m done with the sevco and the zombies lark.
A podcast I respect and listen to was telling us Rangers took a 1 nil home win away into Europe.
Tells me strangers and the sporting world at large recognise them as the same team.
The hype accompanying this Sundays hatefest will cement that, and I imagine many sitting down to watch it thinking it’s the Old Firm .
Now for all intensive purposes if you are playing in the same strip , badge , stadium and in front of the same fans while having the list of Rangers honours alongside your name then you are Rangers. I know they died. Some of them know they died. But that’s not the point here.
Nothing has changed. Nada. So I have faced up to the fact that what they did was cheating and unethical and I would disown my club if they done it , but they appear to have gotten away with it and are going for their 55th title so no matter what I think Rangers are alive. If a small pocket keep saying no they aren’t what difference does it make ? None whatsoever I am sorry to tell you.
The Celtic fans didn’t care when they snapped up every ticket going for the hatefest within an hour.
And try explaining to an outsider they are dead when they are all over the tv hyped up even more now. No . I’m over that. Its done as far as I am concerned.
I doubt future events will change that.
So this sport,,this “ beautiful game “,,, when your social life doesn’t revolve around it and when you can truly just take it or leave it , not need it , then its a lot easier to analyse it and see what youre really dealing with.
And truth is bhoys,,,aint beautiful at all. Infact she’s ugly , and shes seen better days.
Mahe the Madman
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Clear, concise & honest article today.
There will always be a ‘Rangers in Scottish football such is the size of their constituency, however having suffered only consequential damage and no real targeted punishment for their many misdemeanours still sticks in the gullet of many.
The ‘horlicks’ of the last three months must be addressed and never repeated at Celtic Park. The fans have put their money where their mouths are, it is time the board & management did likewise.
There will always be, in our situation, the inevitability of a regular ‘one step back’ as we have experienced with Moussa and others who have gone before – so it is vitally important that we make intelligent decisions in all other matters.
I do believe in the board, the CEO and the management, that said, they ‘dropped the ball’ big-time over the summer.
Let’s hope we can pick up a free agent to back up Eddie & Leigh.
That’s quite an indictment of the game in general,done through you and your two mates!
I have to pretty much agree. Apart from Celtic,there are very few matches I’ll watch-and I only have to cross the road for a pub with wall-to-wall tellies,all tuned to various sports channels. Nor can I recall the last time I arranged to meet the troops to watch one.
Re Real,Pop Will Eat Itself. People worldwide will decide-as you and many others including myself have done-that the subscription doesn’t match the hype,the product is poorer than the bling.
It’s been a long time coming. But think of NowTV,a one-off no subscription subsidiary of Sky. £8 a day because they too see vast numbers cutting the cord.
Ha, so Mahe is the host 🙂
Been reading a few things about the game yesterday and something that struck me but everyone seems to be missing, to a man, pundits n all have said how poor the huns were, even a few huns said they were rank.
We should be spanking teams like them for breakfast, to think our troubles are over cos we beat a crap hun team isny a road I would venture down, just saying like.
There is still problems in the higher echelons of the club imo, the footballing side needs to be backed, end of.
Hello Tet . We opened this so you couldnt really flounce 😉 Its nice you can link the shop also and the wife will peruse later. PLease keep posting and grace us with articles any time you feel like it.
I think hitting 10 ( without being presumptuous ) would bring a lot of change with it naturally and I think thats the aim of a few key employees. It does look as if the 10 will be hit. Would be calamitous not to with the given advantage but I have learned never to take anything for granted in the sport. Blackburns former owners didnt even know about relegation yet we are always thinking they are smarter than us to have got where they are lets trust them. Didnt see the hatefest myself but its on the net to be watched if I want to. When you are only getting time for the one match a week say you do tend to want decent quality footie. The farce of a window will be getting coverage soon I believe. Take it easy.
Mahe the Madman
Majoc, 8 quid a day is robbery but they are onto the right idea offering cordcutters some access. Most footie games are on the net within an hour. The EPL is about survival for 14 teams and the others share the podium. Well marketed though I will give it that. Hail Hail
Hi Gold and thanks for the comment.
We have now seen that in Scotland as long as you are a variation of the original club then fans will accept it. What a joke but hey. So that constituency will continue to attend Ibrox as long as someone is playing there in blue. Whatever floats their boat. But handing over the old teams titles I mean do they think we were born yesterday ? I say the games ugly but that takes the biscuit and this after attempts to do the same south of the border failed yet those precedents get tossed out the window . Many teams would have pulled the same stunt if available .
The ” horlicks ” will I suspect get brushed under the carpet with a couple Jan signings and a bit of a lead built up plus a decent Euro run. I dont anticipate anyone of significance jumping off in the next 3 years but then again if one of the bigger EPL sides comes in for BR he would have the biggest decision of his life. My mate would never leave me alone if the Hammers poach him but its the Arsenal I would be worried about.
One step back syndrome can potentially be offset by a spine of home based players who one would not anticipate leaving or at least getting long term service from them as they know they are at the domestic peak. More homegrown players also goes down very well with the fans. We should be seeking that perfect balance of some foreign hotshots complimenting the best of domestic talent . In fairness sprucing up the Celtic way and our own hotel are very nice and I will tip my hat where its due. The standing section also deserves a pat on the back. I know Liverpool are using the club as precedent to their FA and hope to replicate the standing section soon.
Free agent,,,we probably will and fair enough. I would love a kid promoted or put the onus on a midfielder perhaps but I suspect we will move for a freebie.
Mahe the Madman
Test after change.
Maybe we have solved some of the issues?
My wife often comments that I am not a football supporter, only a Celtic supporter. I guess she is rift!
Best of luck with the blog
Keep the adverts away, and sure you will get many happy to contribute to upkeep ?
As for yesterday
I’m one who does not recognise the team Celtic were playing
Pay for a season ticket knowing I am missing 1 (hopefully) or 2 games a season
Mind you my daughter gets a bonus if having her sister at game with her, or her cousin
Hi partner and hope you are well. We as a unit should not recognize them and that would lead to the wider sporting world questioning who exactly they are but that first time we snapped up those tickets and treated them different it was done. The two boys I mention in the article dont know they died, one was shocked when I told him , and thought it was to do with wrong tax forms being submitted over a long period of time leading to demotion. It was always gonna be easy to scramble the message and hide behind smoke and mirrors in this situation ie engine room subsidiary and Bill Millers incubator plan remember that one,,put some on life support, let the rest die, add the new bits to those on life support and resuscitate. Its farcical and to ask grown people to go along with it shows they think we are blind. Sad fact is most are when it comes to their club or the game as a whole. I think most think better broken than nothing which is sad because its there to be fixed. Those that run the game dont seem to understand loyalty can easy fade with neglect . Hail Hail
Another point to consider re TV subscriptions. There is roughly ten weeks between the end of the season,and the first league game of the next.
Add in another five international breaks of two weeks each,that’s only 32 weeks of the year that your megabucks subscription is any use to you.
gonna keep trying to post if it reaches you mahe keep up the good work.hh.
Thanks Big Packy and the dugs are welcome also. Hail Hail
Is it a goer ?
Is it working now?
Yes it is!
So McGregor didn’t get done, now there’s a surprise, the new way the sfa have set it up makes it virtually impossible for any hun to be sighted, I would bet my last penny that a Celtic player will though.
Hopefully this goes through, teething problems are a bu*ger.
Site is looking good.
Seems you’ve upset a few poor souls on CQN ????
3 points to make.
1st: Celtic’s profligacy in front of the hun goal facilitated the temerity of Sleazy Gee to get away with the “we wiz done!” lie.
2nd: Quit moaning about the filthy Huns your PLC love them.
3rd: Anyone else believe PL played the ‘ omg those bad Lyon types and greedy crocked Moussa left me no choice Brendan” while whispered to Lyon “Aye ok only £20m?” and to MD “talk to Brendan”
Fairhill BHoy, thanks for stopping by. If I have upset anyone Im unsure as to how let me tell ye. The quiz will be there God willing on FRiday. Take it easy and Hail Hail
Thank you Sir but I expect many more teething problems , ah well. Hail Hail
They will go all out to stop 10 and or get Brendan to leave due to the noise surrounding being in charge of one half. I would like to see the club getting respected refs to grade the performance of the masons in black and keep getting those results out to the world. Maybe a dossier from someone with a rep showing they are bent or poor would help the case for overseas refs full time. Remember the Polish refs came over( or maybe it was Belgium ) well that set precedent and should have set the bar. Hail Hail
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Fond memories of a car load heading to Troon or Prestiwck on Sunday afternoons in 80’s to watch the English Cup games (tv signals from Ireland?)
Not to be missed and every second of the action ( lots of it) actually watched.
Around ’92 sky or bskyb launched and Sunday afternoon live games not to be missed in pub and Monday night game and jammed pubs.
Fast forward 25 years and hardly bother even when I can access decent streams. The product is fairly garbage and we know it.
I sacked my Sky account after 25 years of constant subscription – partly bored, mainly brassed off with slant on commentary and more and more outrageous hunnery…
My Celtic access, due to work & travel, is mainly via Celtictv and despite some seriously dull commentary, (George McClusky and honourable exception) it is still unmissable for me as the only real source of uncontaminated chat when watching Celts.
Hopefully, the day will dawn when we can pay per view to watch games in real time and be confident that cash is going directly to Celtic with a fair share to matchday opponents and to a league development fund.
I prefer to pay my share and wonder if anyone has any idea how big that market could be for Celtic. Does anyone have any data or aware of any projections on potential revenue. Would it make a significant difference in terms of building a funded team capable of having a crack at the big boys?
Best of luck with the site Mahe.
Hi Saltires and thanks for stopping by . In la liga the big two sell their own tv rights and this is the obvious way to go but I doubt the splhell would allow that. Over the decade or so I had CTV it didnt improve and it felt very dated when watching it . When you cant watch the Euro games either it hardly makes for an enticing package. I dont think its priced well either and I have mentioned before that for the same amount I can access an entire sports replays or live games not just the games of one individual team . As far as putting the money into the clubs coffers though I would imagine most teams outsource their streaming services and take a percentage . As Majoc pointed out ppv games already exist but at 8 quid a pop its daylight robbery. I am curious to see if they publish their viewing figures and will look into it. Cordcutting ( not having tv channels subscription and watching online ) is clearly on the rise and that will only increase as this tech generation come to the fore and the older tv generation pass on. My own grandfather couldnt live without his ” wireless ” .
Back in the day Sky had it all sewn up and looking at them now they have not played their hand well at all, not that I care with that odious Gray being their public face for soo long. I actually caught him and his sidekick on whatever channel they present on the other week and they were soo dated it was cringeworthy . Keys,,,” Manchester United in the black strip tonight Andy ,,, powerful isnt it ? ” Andy,,,” It is ! ” So there you have it folks,,wear black strips and be ” powerful ” . Tossers.
Take care partner . Hail Hail
Site looking very good now
what are you doing awake ? 😉 Im playing about dont tell no one
New article posted
All looking great,well done!
lol , according to one of the board \ PB acolytes on CQN you are a, ” thief ” !! , stealing Pauls bloggers ;)) .
Good luck on your new venture , if you don’t fudge the big issues , i’m sure the site will be a huge success .
Thank you ! And the day I fudge the big issues shoot me ! Screw that, call it as I see it till the day I die . I am many things but Im not a thief . Hail Hail
I’m in Florida on holiday so I’m 5hrs behind Celtic Park time?
Well get yourself on the latest article and say Hi ! lol