Biggest mess I ever seen
Billy Connolly needs no introduction on these pages. What was noticeable about him, not quite immediately, was that he was a comedian that didn’t tell jokes, something of an oxymoron indeed.
The reason why was simple, he didn’t need to.
He found enough humour in the everyday transactions of the folk around him,and maybe his best skill lay in transporting you into those situations, during which both the protagonists and antagonists had no idea they were being hilarious.
He found life funny,and made an honest living from that simple fact. Chapeau.
These days I increasingly find myself at the opposite end of the spectrum, although like Mr Connolly we are both only interested in the truth, having no need for make believe.
The daily and weekly goings on in Scottish football provide this site with more than enough talking points, but even though I don’t need it and try as I may to avoid it, there is a certain element of make believe involved for everyone involved in the national sport.
We have reached the stage that in order to get involved by supporting a team, any team, you must accept lies and falsehoods. You must accept an unbalanced brandishing of the rulebook, that all do not start out on an even footing, that there’s an institutional bias towards one particular club.
To get involved you must compromise and simply accept certain things as they are, or the league is not for you.
As children we all watched big games on the television then hit the streets throwing down jumpers for goalposts attempting to emulate those titans of the sport who graced the beautiful game, Pele, Zico, Maradona, Rumminegge and so many more. Inspired by packed stadiums, loud and colourful crowds, delicate chips and dinks, heros being made in the flesh, how many little boys and girls of every creed, colour, and religion, watched a World Cup game and wanted to do that themselves one day?
All of us.
How many of those starry eyed little boys and girls who feel in love with the beautiful game had no idea it would involve malicious prosecutions, kettling of supporters, engine room subsidiaries, Employee Benefit Trusts, and Liquidation?
All of us.
The scenes at the weekend, the tit for tat press releases, the dragging into the fray of innocent parties, trashed and pissed on public areas, broken memorial benches, have nothing to do with football.
Yet all football fans are automatically dragged into it, the league might be at stake and it’s upcoming big match could well be cancelled on safety grounds.
This will cost refund money to broadcasters, who will now baulk at being asked to consider increasing their bid for television rights.
The responses to the weekends scenes show that the system is broken as much as the sport,,pandering to the mob is not only expected but essential for any public servant, more than their career is on the line just ask that copper in Manchester who was deemed lucky to be alive.
The SNP are part of the problem, afraid to lose their vote to stay in power, yet will never get a tick beside Independence from them.
The police take the easy option time after time, which coincidentally happens to be the safest option, dont tug the tail of the tiger orders come down from above, lodge and work.
The biggest losers are the ordinary fans of all other clubs, and the ordinary people whether football fans or not. Whether your taxes are paying for services they should not have to such as Mr Whitehouse and Clark’s damages payouts,, whether you can’t take a seat and enjoy a minute in a public area because it’s full of broken glass or drunken maskless ned’s,,or perhaps you’re a fan of Hibs or Aberdeen watching your team play by the book while a financially doped up rival is just never tasked with trading responsibly,,you are or will be a victim of this to some degree.
The national sport has been the biggest victim though. From conquerors of Europe to the worst league in Europe, Jesus wept.
It’s normally at this juncture wiser heads than myself would step forward with words of wisdom, ideas on a roadmap to normalcy, and introduce rational thought into the debate.
Not only is that lacking, I’m not sure normal could even exist at this point.
Normal as in adhere to the regular rules of business and don’t spend more than you earn like other clubs?
No can do. One club just cant be completely above board, and even worse I believe that business model can’t be changed now. Given they are at a natural disadvantage through facing a better funded rival via bigger stadium and season ticket base, and given the superior mindset of club and support, playing with debt along with a blind eye turned is about the only option they can turn to in a bind.
Player trading too risky, building a team too slow, but with Hampdens ‘support’ debt can butmy the league IF NEEDED RIGHT NOW.
Moving away from that model to an honest one is a lot easier said than done, thats the big pickle now because the support are on a roll which means they spend more, but they expect the team strengthened and deep European runs to continue, not consider this title job done and step down five notches to living within their means.
Now top place must be maintained or face fury, which means more debt.
Leave and kick it down the pipeline, which more than likely puts the average citizen on the hook again.
Thats the governing bodies toothless against them (again) as they will be ones who killed the Old Firm, should they force the blue half to play by the actual rulebook.
That’s their safety on the line,the kids houses and careers, advancement in the lodge, nice days out all over if you are ‘that’ guy, Turnbull Hutton (RIP) would confirm. Blind eye it is then.
The SNP won’t tackle them and like any bully, cops only fight battles they can win. Their nice normal protected life suddenly at risk and it’s better to go in easy unlike Timmy. Recent events have only served to ingrain this mentality making it that much harder to break.
The Rags serve the establishment and it’s team fullstop, blind eye is the unwritten rule. Put both giants in the same situation and you’ll see two different slants emerge, something Meghan just noticed and quite rightly brought up very publically. It happens to minorities, rich and famous or not. It’s clearly not just a Scottish thing given what happened re Megxit but up north they will never turn on their master,,their last great demographic being the daily buying The Rangers fan who succumbs time after time to the tried and trusted good Blues, bad green headlines.
The Scottish media are thus locked into the cycle completely.
The corruption runs deep, its hooks fully set in. In its eagerness and haste not to loose it’s world famous sporting spectacle, a monster has been created. The knowledge it’s protected and deemed vital for society has only served to embolden those who lead and follow that particular ‘team’.
With announcing 55 being the admission that ‘we need you’ the chances of forcing the rule book upon the entity diminished, and with it the chance of ‘normal’.
What we’ve just seen looks set to be the new normal.
We have a national government and its mechanisms afraid of it, the sports rulers afraid of it and of losing their biggest export, joe bloggs paying for it whether fan or not, other clubs victim of it, a presspack that needs it so feeds it, fans through their club forced to endure it.
No one, not a single entity out there, will stand up to or stop it.
It’s the biggest mess I’ve ever seen.