The caption competition over on e-Tims the other day had a photograph of Olivier Ntcham standing beside his rather nice Range Rover just after receiving a parking ticket. Actually,considering what he was wearing at the time,it was probably a summons from the Fashion Police,or perhaps some helpful,advice on the location of the nearest optician.
Given the hammering that Leigh Griffiths has been getting since his return from illness and injury,we should be grateful that he wasn’t the perpetrator of this heinous crime. The media would have been calling for the return of the death sentence.
Just when you think you’ve got used to the fevered workings of their imaginations,along comes more. Ten days after wanting Griff banned for throwing a piece of tape towards an adjacent bin liner,they now want him cited for the incident on Sunday which saw him inadvertently stand,while off balance,on an opponent who had a hold of his leg. You couldn’t make this stuff up-well,not unless you had an agenda to follow.
Earlier,we had been treated to the Colombian loose cannon doing a riveting interview for Sky. He,of course,cannot speak English,so we got fed a translation of his words. Or did we? Some are suggesting that is not the case.
I’m reliably informed that it was riveting stuff,with our favourite little cherub holding a peeled onion to his eye while doing his favoured impressions of Calamero-It’s an injustice,so it is-and Balotelli-Why is it always me?-and explaining to everyone how he comes in peace and loves everyone.
Yes,Alfredo. And the papers are sitting on a lot of information regarding how often,and who with.
But let’s be honest,Morelos is only the latest manifestation of the disease which infects the Scottish media. The real problem is how those with an agenda are allowed to drive their poison into the minds of those who are only too eager to be led by the nose. At the heart of it all is Jim Traynor,a man whose appearance and demeanour are as repugnant as his work practices. A former journalist of some repute,he has repeatedly sold his soul and his morals to anyone with the money to pay for them. Ironic really,since they are now worthless and as tarnished as his reputation.
Don’t take my word for it though. There are still one or two people with a media profile in Scotland who are prepared to tell the truth as they see it while caring little for the opinions of others. Possibly the most forthright in this respect over the last few years has been Michael Stewart,and he lashed into Traynor over some of the press releases recently which have his grubby paws all over them. To the absolute horror of the host Kenny McIntyre,he informed the audience that Traynor was a bully and a dangerous guy who pandered to the lowest common denominator. Well,McIntyre shit himself! He was last heard pleading that Stewart’s views were not the views of the programme and please Jim don’t send those photos to my wife (allegedly,though I might have just made that last bit up!)
McIntyre and Darryll Broadfoot tried manfully to return the show to the main topic of the evening-the prosecution of Leigh Griffiths for drowning six innocents puppies in a sack on the way to the match. Donning the black cap,we even heard from Hamilton manager Brian Rice on the subject,insisting that Griff should have been shown the red card and presumably taken outside and shot. Nice one,Brian. Next time I see an article from you looking for sympathy for your own problems,I’ll save some money on bog roll. Again,Michael Stewart had the balls to call it as he saw it,and that no red card was necessary.
Traynor will be livid,and if I were Stewart I’d be a bit wary. Look out for unflattering reports in the coming weeks-they don’t have to be true,as Traynor has shown over the years. You just have to get people talking about it enough and the mud will stick. Look at Ryan Christie and the charge of brutality against him. See Griff,the evil thug who stamps on opponents and throws projectiles at pensioners. Look at the way Traynor has railroaded the ever-willing members of the media into ignoring the principles of their once-honourable profession. Then look at Jeremie Frimpong,still on the treatment table after being assaulted,and ask yourself just WTF is going on in Scotland.
Admittedly they have had a hard act to follow,but the sports media in Scotland are the new permanent embarrassment and occasional disgrace.
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