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Day: May 22, 2011

Things I think I think – #SurvivalSunday Special

Carrying on with my occasional/more than occasional column for all those little tidbits that do not warrant their own blog post. I have called it ‘Things I think I think’. Today we have a #SurvivalSunday special.

*I am gutted. Seriously gutted that Blackpool have gone down. I know it is a cliché but they have been a breath of fresh air for the league. They couldn’t defend for toffee and tried to overcome that legitimate deficiency by scoring goals. In all honesty their squad wasn’t good enough and I think that gives them even more credit for the way they played. They will be missed.

*Unlike Birmingham. Birmingham are a dull football team who thought they had done it all when they were gifted the Carling Cup by Arsenal. The new owner was said to be willing to put in £70million this summer but now they have been relegated I suspect that won’t happen (not that it was likely to happen anyway mind you). On paper with that chairman, Birmingham should walk the Championship at a canter but I just don’t see it.

*In this day and age how on Earth can players not know what is going on at other grounds? When Wolves scored their second it meant Birmingham had to score again but they didn’t seem to know this. They kept playing with no urgency like they were safe. Was bizzare.

*Wigan stayed up and in all honesty that disappointed me. I know this sounds bad but I don’t like the Wigan in the Premier League story one jot. They play in front of small crowds week in week out and wide open empty sections of stands. Every other Premier League town or city gets fully behind their club and the people of Wigan just don’t. I have visited the stadium and seen Pompey win 0-2 there with goals from Benjani and Glen Johnson so it holds good memories (I wasn’t there the year we stayed up thanks to the Matty T penalty and Benjani goal off his chest) but they just seem like a pointless club (Yes I’m an arrogant so and so…)

*Wolves had their worst 45 minutes of the season at the worst possible time but they just about did enough. I like Big Mick McCarthy so am happy they stayed up but boy were they lucky. They will be down there again next season just like Wigan will be.

*Was great to see my boy Michael Owen score again. He honestly still has it in him to be a top class Premier League striker. He’ll score 15-20 goals a season for a good Premier League club. Not sure who would be a good fit but a club like Villa with their creative players certainly wouldn’t be a bad one. Would he go to his childhood club Everton?

*Arsenal. Oh Arsenal, Arsenal, Arsenal. Talk about a season collapsing but this has been sad to see. Arsene Wenger needs to spend money this off season to make the move from playing great stuff but falling short to being winners. Heck if Michael Owen would go there he’d be a great addition. They are so close but the past two months has been painful to watch.

*Last but not least yet again Jeff and the boys have shown us that great TV can be had just from watching blokes watching TV. Soccer Saturday and Soccer Special are wonderful programmes and not just the in-game action but the discussion pre-match is first rate and a great prequel to the games. Soccer Saturday yet again the class of the Football watching TV.

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How to ruin your public image by an unnamed footballer

So a famous footballer in the Premier League had a six-month long affair with a Big Brother star called Imogen Thomas. Now in the context of what footballers get up to it isn’t even a scandal. The tabloid media would have a bit of a frenzy for a couple of days and the situation would die down. The public wouldn’t really care as having an affair isn’t a big deal in this day and age – whether you are famous or just an average Joe.

However the footballer in question decided that he didn’t want this story to come out. Fair enough in one way as he had a family whom he didn’t want to suffer. He didn’t think about that whilst screwing the Big Brother contestant senseless for months but that is not the point as we all know. He is famous so he believed he could have his cake and eat it.

So he got a superinjunction. The newspapers couldn’t report a thing. He got away with the affair and his wife was none the wiser. He could carry on with his life with no repercussions. Perfect. However something happened – the story got leaked. People on twitter talked openly about it and they talking about seemingly the right person. The footballer in question hasn’t publicly denied it and that speaks volumes.

So what does he do next? He sues twitter for breaking the superinjunction. Yes seriously. Considering only a small percentage of the country uses twitter his name still wasn’t really in the public domain but by bringing attention to the situation it has caused the casual observer to ask around and find out how it is. The name is now very much out there and they aren’t talking about the affair as no-one cares but they are talking about the superinjunction and the decision to sue twitter.

People are saying how incredibly dumb he is to sue twitter and it would be very interesting to see how it all pans out. By starting legal proceedings all he has done is confirm that it is him who has taken out the superinjunction. If it wasn’t him who people were discussing on twitter then why sue?

Had the story come out there and then weeks ago it would have blown over by now but all he has been successful in doing is drag his misery out. He wanted to protect his privacy but instead he has allowed the public to make a mockery of his privacy. Whoever his lawyers are must be rubbing their hands in glee. He has an extremely long road to win in court and yet the longer the situation drags on the worse he looks in the eyes of the public.

Football having an affair is a short-term non-story. Football suing Social Media for telling truths about him is a long-term legit news story.

Who said footballers had nothing between their ears?

Note: There is some conjecture over whether this was a regular injunction or the fabled ‘superinjunction’. Either/or the point remains the same but if it is just a regular injunction then apologies for the inaccuracy.

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