Saturday, 14 November 2009

Scotland's not so finest

This week has seen plenty of discussion about the prospect of the Old Firm joining the English Premier League. This is a ridiculous proposition for a number of reasons - including the possible threat it would have to the Scottish and Welsh football teams. If Celtic and Rangers played in the EPL, the possibility of FIFA saying there should be a UK team would increase. Then no Scottish players would get a chance to fail at World Cup or European qualifying again.

Also - we must remember how the Rangers fans behaved in Manchester at the UEFA Cup final. A disgrace. We already have a rising problem again amongst English fans for trouble - and inviting the Scots to join in would see a huge increase in costs for police.

Ultimately England doesn't need Rangers and Celtic as much as they need the EPL cash. Maybe they will look at joining a Scandanavian league or north european conference.

While the arguments against this proposal are so strong - and it was rightly rejected by Premier Legaue chiefs on Thursday, there is one key element that will decide whether it ever happens. Sky TV. If the broadcaster feels more money can be made by having the Old Firm in the league, they will join. One thing is certain in modern football - and that's that TV money talks the loudest.

Give it five years more of Chelsea or Man United winning the league and the pressure for change will increase.

If SKY want it - it will happen.

Monday, 2 November 2009


It baffles me that if someone spends 20 to 50 pounds (or more) to attend a concert that they then spend most of the night talking.....why? I have raised this issue with many people and no one has ever said "Oh I do that...what's wrong with talking?" who are these daft daft people?

At a recent U2 gig - the four people in front of me spent the entire concert chatting....occasionally looking up to see what track Bono had moved onto....At work on the Monday they probably told everyone what a great gig it was - how the hell would they know? Why not book a nice table in a quiet restaurant?

Are these people ignorant or thick or both?

For sure you might want to point something out to your mates during the show but not discuss the third world debt or whether Jedward should still be on the X Factor....

So I repeat - who are these people?

If you've spent a night watching a great band - jab jabbering away to your pals - tell me why....I'd love to understand your rudeness.....because while you may not be that interested in the music, you can be sure that most of the people around you are and they don't want to listen to your shouting voice.....