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I HATE FOOTBALL - Ed's journal
Sorry. Just thought I'd make that clear.
Actually, it's not so much that I hate football, as I have a complete utter disinterest in The Match.

This is starting to become a problem, as workmates insist on discussing Runey (sp?) The Match and how Card Happy the refs have been.

Apparantly England won last night.

But I still don't actually care, I'd much rather be scooping my eyes out with a small plastic picnic spoon.
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scouseboy From: scouseboy Date: June 22nd, 2004 07:27 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, behave yourself. It's a europe-wide event, held once every 4 years, for three weeks. Fair enough if you don't like it, but there are millions who do. Moaning about its justifiable exposure seems petty.
sobrique From: sobrique Date: June 22nd, 2004 07:59 am (UTC) (Link)
Yep. And I make similar complaint about Wimbledon, the Olympics etc.

I've no trouble with people doing whatever the hell they like in the privacy of their home be it wank in front of the TV, stuff cucumbers up their arse, or watch football, but I'd just as soon not hear about it all day at work.

(evil grin)
nuala From: nuala Date: June 22nd, 2004 08:08 am (UTC) (Link)
Your workmates discuss telly wanking and cucumber stuffing?! Dude. I knew that the workplace in England was different, I just didn't realize the extent of its ... differences. ;o)
sobrique From: sobrique Date: June 22nd, 2004 08:18 am (UTC) (Link)
You'd be amazed at the topics of conversation when you work with a guy who hosts a pr0n site.
nuala From: nuala Date: June 22nd, 2004 08:26 am (UTC) (Link)
Ya know, I was going to make a comment, but then I realized that would imply that I had gone to check out the sight. :D
mrbear From: mrbear Date: June 22nd, 2004 08:13 am (UTC) (Link)
Quite so. I don't need to hear about 22 blokes chasing a ball round a field. I'd rather we lose so the coverage and hysteria would die down. I'd rather not turn on the TV to find five different channels of football/highlights/football related programs. I'd rather the morons who chase the ball weren't held up as role models, as they are notoriously bad ones. I'd like not to hear about our citizen's hooliganism at home and abroad. I'd rather not see those sad bastard flags on every other car I see. I'd like every professional footballer in the world to be paid a sensible wage, I think 10k-15k per year is adequate for what they do. But that may just be me.
scouseboy From: scouseboy Date: June 22nd, 2004 09:33 am (UTC) (Link)
OK, I'll bite...

You'd rather we LOSE just so the hysteria would die down? Childish, frankly. Because YOU don't personally approve of something, you'd like to spoil the enjoyment of millions. Go you.

5 channels of TV spouting football? Wrong, you'll find. Channel 4, channel 5 and BBC2 have no football coverage for the European Cup. They may show extremely brief highlights in their news programs, but they'll be little more than 30 seconds. And even if they did... it's two weeks every four YEARS. For fucks sake, get yourself to Blockbuster.

Hooliganism? Contentious. Now, is hooliganism the fault of the GAME? I don't think so. Indeed, the FA tries immensely hard to distance itself from such talk. Let's say that football was banned tomorrow. The yobs that masquerade as fans will find other outlets for their loutish behaviour. The press is largely to blame, exaggerating stories with a british slant in order to sell papers. But then, believe what you want. I know that Euro 2004 has been relatively trouble free.

The high pay-level for football. Hmm... well, rightly or wrongly, there's a huge amount of money to be MADE in football. I for one am happy to see that cash go to the people who actually PLAY THE GAME, rather than faceless fat-cats who 'run' things (a la don king, boxing promotors etc). Whether the cash should be there in the FIRST place is another argument entirely, one I suspect we'd agree on.

Sad bastard flags on cars? I agree COMPLETELY.
mrbear From: mrbear Date: June 22nd, 2004 08:14 am (UTC) (Link)
For some value of justifiable.
karen2205 From: karen2205 Date: June 22nd, 2004 07:35 am (UTC) (Link)
Me too re hating football.

I recommend Radio 4, the internet and a good book as distractions.

Guess it's a bit hard to avoid conversations at work - could you go and hide in the machine room or come into work later and work on after everyone else has left to watch the games?
sobrique From: sobrique Date: June 22nd, 2004 08:03 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh I'm everyone's friend at football time. Cos I don't care about the match, so have no trouble covering for booked time off. Although that doesn't seem to matter so much this time around.
From: feanelwa Date: June 22nd, 2004 09:23 am (UTC) (Link)
They can talk about it all they like, as long as they're not planning beating up people who don't join in the conversation.

However if everybody in a workplace is allowed to go home early to watch the match - damnit, I want to be allowed to go home early to watch the birds fly past. I like it just as much as other people like football.
the_wood_gnome From: the_wood_gnome Date: June 22nd, 2004 10:26 am (UTC) (Link)
here here!

We were let out 15 mins early to get to watch a match, I spent the time reading what bits of the newspaper didn't have football over them. Then I got 10mins kip.
scarletdemon From: scarletdemon Date: June 23rd, 2004 02:28 am (UTC) (Link)
sobrique From: sobrique Date: June 23rd, 2004 02:43 am (UTC) (Link)
Ah, but have you been sticking those evil flags out of your car?
scarletdemon From: scarletdemon Date: June 23rd, 2004 06:09 am (UTC) (Link)
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