Ive got one of these and its pretty good.
I’ve been wanting to type this up for a long while, but since The FA announced their latest innitiative ‘Repect’ it has inspired me to write something down on my views. All these initiatives are all very well, but lets face it they don’t work, and never will because the players are ignorant, stupid and hold too much power in the modern game.
The whole concept of football is based on cheating, deceiving the referee and money, and its an ugly game because of it. The powers that be, namely The FA, FIFA and UEFA could have nipped this in the bud years ago and the game that we watch today would be much better for it.
In all my years of watching sport, football has to be the most ridiculous over-hyped and infuriating game of the bunch, and to make it back to the game I once enjoyed would take a few simple steps:
1) Referees and the rules: CONSISTENCY.
There are way to many rules that are open to interpretation, was the player ‘interfering’ with play for example. If he is offside, he is offside, lets get rid of this ‘he was facing the other way’, ‘was coming back from an offside position’. NO, he was offside, freekick. The Governing bodies need to make sure these are enforced and back their referees. Apply the rules, the actual rules not an interpretation of the rule, the ACTUAL rule.
2) The players: HONESTY.
This is where the whole game is ruined in my book and is a plague on the sport itself. Im sick of seeing players pretending to be injured, diving to ‘win’ fouls (and get opponents sent off), and badgering referees in packs. Its a complete and utter lack of respect and a joke. To make it worse its so blatantly obvious what they’re are doing its laughable. Sky Sports must take dozens of cameras to a football match they’re covering so all these incidents are scrutinised and seen from several different angles, so a player launching themselves on the floor after not being touched and roll around clutching their ankles and shins is a complete embarrassment. Do they not feel ashamed of themselves once they’ve seen the replays on TV?
A pack of players shouting ‘HEY AY AY HEY HEY’ with expressions of complete rage on their faces whilst all them are stood 12 inches from the ref needs to be punished, here comes that ‘respect’ word again, only the captain should be able to address the referee in regards to an on field decision. If a decsition goes against you I don’t want to see a player shout ‘FUCK OFF” to the ref, they should be sent off for crap like that. You only have to look at other sports for an example of how respecting the referee can work, namely Rugby League and the NFL.
Also the little things are getting stupid, if Team A gets a throw in, a player from Team B cant even leave the ball alone, he has to throw it over the player wanting to take the throw, or he taps it 3 yards to his side. On a similar situation is if Team A gets a freekick, some player from team B stands in front off the ball or pretend he was running that way anyway, Just get the hell out of the way or be booked.
Pinching yards is another annoyance, if a team is awarded a throw in, then the player taking it shouldn’t be allowed to move forward of that position, stop all the ‘pulling out’ of the throw, in essence walking 10yards further up the pitch from where its supposed to be taken from, or alternatively doing all that then give ball to another player to take the throw, who then gains another 5 yards. The referee needs to specify where the throw should be taken from, and NO FURTHER forward, or the players get booked. The same applies to free kicks, the skidding of the ball with some backspin to move ball several yards forward several times is stupid. Look at the NFL, 22 players end up in a pile on the floor with the ball in the middle, they all get themselves up on their feet, yes they help their opponents up too and every one of them steps over and leaves the ball alone, letting the referee get it and place it where it needs to be to carry on with the game, no messing about
Lets look at yet another scenario, Team A get a free kick outside the penalty box, the referee paces out the required yardage that Team B have to stand at. The ref turns his back and gets into his position, Team B shuffle 2 yards forward, the referee escorts them back and once again they shuffle forwards. This is all wasting time, if the referee needs to book all 7 players in the wall, then book them all. The players are breaking the rules by not staying the correct distance from the ball, they wont do it again if they are booked every time. Its not difficult, and they would soon learn about respecting the rules if half the team cant play because of suspension.
Commentators and pundits as well as ex-players don’t help the situation with comments like ‘he’s been clever there and ‘gone to ground’. What kind of statement is that? Gone to ground, in my book means he has dived, being touched by an opponent is not a foul and certain doesn’t warrant throwing your self on the floor, football is a physical sport, so you’re going to get contact, and not every instance of this means you fall over like you’ve been shot. Its so obvious its laughable and UEFA were meant to clamp down on this years ago, and like everything the governing bodies are powerless and weak and wont enforce it, its just lip service.
How hard can it be to use a replay to decide if the ball crossed the line or not? Im sick of hearing all the crap about it slowing the game down, it wont slow it anymore than the current system where all the players and management screaming and arguing about it for 10mins. They can manage to use a system called Hawkeye in Tennis and Cricket for seeing if the ball was out, or was going to hit the wickets or not respectively. The ball is much small and faster (in most cases) in those sports, so applying it to football really cant be difficult. But instead the governing body wont implement it, but instead mess about by using a couple of extra officials on the goal line
There needs to be a cap on wages, how can you justify a player earning £250k a week? its obscene, even the top teams are millions and millions of pounds in debt just to pay these players, how can players as employees of a team earn more than the manager and chairman? its like me walking into a job in an office and earning more money than the Managing Director / CEO, it makes no logical sense. It would also be nice to see players honour their contracts, because as it stands the contracts aren’t worth the paper they’re written on. A player signs a new 4 year contract in November worth more than his existing one, come January he signs for the flavour of the month club attracting a signing on fee, and his contract with his now former club goes in the bin. Pointless.
5) Sepp Blatter
He hasn’t a clue.
You may think Im one of those people that doesn’t like football, which isn’t the case. I have supported Leeds United since I was a kid, and yes I was gutted when they got relegated from the Premier League after the times we were playing the likes of the Barcelona and Lazio etc in the Champions League. But now they are in the Championship and pushing for promotion I’m hoping they don’t actually get promoted because I think that the Premier League has got worse and is the root cause of all the problems I’ve listed so far, albeit easy ones to fix. I feel football is a much better game outside of the Premier League without the obscene amount of cash and bullshit thats associated with it, i.e. two teams playing a GAME of football.
Stop the huge wages, give the authority back to the referees and governing bodies and away from agents, managers and lawyers, in a nutshell make football a sport and a game again.
Ive nothing to post this week, so here are some videos that I have saved in my YouTube favourites. Enjoy.
A cat and a misbehaving printer
Mrs Mac’s Pies
Wheelchair pitch invasion (poor quality)
Classic Chris Kamara misses a sending off.
An awesome orange!
A classic Family Guy clip, over
I dont know why, but this amuses me!
Timeless classic sketch from Monty Python
A girl, a slingshot and a quad bike. It writes itself
Something about Google
Ok folks, thats your lot. Seeya next week, ish :)
Sorry, nothing to see here today
Subject to change.
The answer to this question is simple, Team Fortress 2 is bloody good fun.
For those that don’t know, its primarily a class based First Person Shooter, in a cartoony style, infact here is Valve’s description of it from their site
Team Fortress® 2 (TF2) is the sequel to the game that put class-based, multiplayer team warfare on the map. This year’s most anticipated online action game, TF2 delivers new gametypes, a signature art style powered by Valve’s next generation animation technology, persistent player statistics, and more.
Unlike other “class-based” games that offer a variety of combat classes only, Team Fortress 2 packs a wild variety of classes which provide a broad range of tactical abilities and personalities, and lend themselves to a variety of player skills.
Play as the flame-throwing Pyro, the room clearing Heavy, or the Spy, a master of disguises. Other classes include: Scout, Sniper, Medic, Engineer, Demoman, or Soldier.
For a game that came out in 2007 its still being updated by the developers Valve 3 years on, tweaking the game adding new stuff and all this for free, no DLC, no charge, for free, bugger all. Valve and their Steam system in my opinion is an awesome way of digitally distributing games, and the fact they have now started to make Mac versions is a bonus :)
It’s really quite amazing that the majority of times I play, and I have put in over 1200 hours is that I have a blast. I always play on the Simiancage servers, a really nice core base of regular players, a good time is generally had by all.
On top of that, its not a game like many others, whereby if you don’t get the game the day of release you’ll be ‘pwned’ every time you play, the learning curve is nice and shallow yet the good players do shine through, but like I started this post, its just fun whether your team wins or loses, Valve’s sense of humour really shines through with the style of the characters, the voices and the rag-doll effects are second to none make it an all round winner in my book!
Go buy it now.
Here goes nothing……
WordPress have set a challenge, to post a blog everyday.
Well they can sod off, theres no way in hell I would do that, even if I had something to write about and got past the ‘I cant be arsed stage’ which those of you that know me whether online or in ‘real life’ will know. I set this blog up back in the summer (along with buying a domain to stick it on) with good intentions to put a little bit of what goes on in my head onto the internet, and as you can see the ‘cba factor’ took over and Ive only done a handful of posts since.
I read on, and WordPress have a challenge for lazy people like me too: “Post A Week 2011″. I think I can do that, It doesn’t take long to knock a few paragraphs together about my musings, opinions and thoughts so here I am.
I’ll probably post towards the end of the week about something thats grabbed my attention in the news, on the net or something thats happened to me during that week, theres also a chance I’ll post something from my iPhone or iPad when Im out and about if the urge takes me, unlikely as the mobile clients are a bit ropey to be honest, but you never know.
So standby, bookmark, add to your RSS feeds, we have lift off!
Apple have done their annual iPod update as usual this month, of course its was preceded by the usual speculation of what they will do, what they wont, blah blah blah.
Before they made their announcement I was thinking I needed a new iPod as my old iPod Classic was starting to show its age, sometimes it doesn’t show up in iTunes on my Mac when I plug it in, which really winds me up, the scrolly wheely thing was also bugging me of late, it’s far too sensitive. So I was waiting to see what they came up with this time around.
So what are my choices from the new line up? I wont go into specifications as you can see them all on Apple’s iPod section of their site, but here are my options from the new range.
The iPod Shuffle.
I can immediately count this one out purely on capacity, 2GB is not nearly close enough to put my music, podcasts and what have you onto. I cant be syncing and re-syncing a music choice everyday. So this is out of the question. Its kind of cute, but way too small physically and in capacity for me. I’d end up losing it, or a rogue moth my come and steal it while I’m asleep.
The iPod Nano
This was the model I had my eye on hoping they would update it to something I was interested in, alas they didn’t.
Sure, it’s a neat little thing and has a nice little screen akin to the iPhone and iPod Touch, allowing you to move the icons around to your liking, but in my opinion it’s too small to have such a screen, it would have been nicer on the previous generation Nano.
I use my iPod primarily at work, my classic sits nicely in my pocket and I can operate the basic operations, pause if someone wants to talk to me, skip forward and back which is just fine, to operate the click wheel I need to take it out of my pocket for everything other than volume control but that’s no hardship and I usually have it on shuffle, a podcast or playing an album.
This new one however has no physical buttons to control it, other than the volume buttons. Of course it has a clip to attach to your belt or whatever but again that’s no use to me, I know for a fact I’d snag the headphone cable on something or bump into something at it’d go crashing to the concrete floor, it’s not that I’m particularly clumsy its just the nature of my job, theres crap all over the place. I want something safely in a pocket. The capacity options are just about right for me, 16gb would do me nicely, I wont be getting one however. It looks too fiddly for my liking.
The iPod Touch
I have an iPhone 4 so this would be a complete waste of time, its pretty much the same, of course without the phone part and the quite significantly lower specification cameras, Theres no value in it for me, as I have my iPhone in my other pocket.
‘Use your iPhone to play your music then’ I hear you say. Again like the Nano is all touch screen operation which is of no use to me for the reasons I mentioned. I like buttons that I can press for basic controls, I know that for a fact, it does seem however that Apple cant decide if they like buttons on their devices or not.
So, what options are left?
This is where I’m a bit stuck, do I carry on with my Classic and wait for it to die a death, or perhaps go for the previous generation Nano which in all honesty would probably be the better option, it has the buttons and the click wheel, which has its issues for me but nothing major, but how long are they going to have stock of them, if they have stopped making them, which they probably have. Do I buy now just in case?
As far as I know Apple haven’t discontinued the Classic, they have updated it a little since I bought mine, but not significantly enough for me to get that new device feeling I like so much. Another thing is 160GB is TOO big for me, it’s like tossing a handful of peas into a shoe box. Of course a filled device weighs no more than an empty device, it just feels a waste. There’s no way in hell I’d fill up a 160GB iPod. Its not just Apple that make MP3 players, but what am I going to buy, a Microsoft Zune? I don’t think so.
Its German Touring Car (DTM) time once again at Brands Hatch in Kent.
DTM cars are the fastest touring cars in the world and they have arrived in the UK. The 470bhp V8 fire spitting spark spewing monsters battle it out this weekend for Round 7 of the Championship with the likes of ex-F1 drivers David Coulthard and Ralf Schumacher representing Mercedes, along with Mclaren F1 test driver Gary Paffett and fellow Brit Jamie Green. While Paul di Resta, reserve test driver for Force India drives for Audi.
They will be tackling the 1.2 mile, 6 cornered clockwise Indy Circuit at Brands, lapping in approximately 40 seconds.
Ive been going down to Brands Hatch since 2007, and its always a good day out, and no race event at Brands Hatch would be complete without starting the day with a fry up in The Kentagon, the on circuit pub/restaurant.
It was a close call whether I was going to make it this year, only decided at the last minute, but now I’m looking forward to it, I’m just going for the sunday this time around but even so it should be good times. I’ve even got all my gear organised, camera, lenses, batteries charged and memory cards erased.
Theres a decent line up of support races in between the DTM main event, including the Trofeo Arbarth, F3 Euro Series, Formula Ford, Lotus On Track Elise Trophy and the VW Scirocco Cup. Plenty to keep me going :)
So here we are approaching September and it’s time for Apple’s latest keynote address, traditionally September is the time in which they update the line of iPods and release an iTunes update.
Rumours this year suggest that AppleTV or iTV as it’s being touted is due for a update, whether this is true remains to be seen, personally Im not so certain based on Apple’s lack of interest in this in the past, it’s a case of wait and see what they have to say, either way its not something I’m interested in. The name iTV however, is something I’m not sure they will be able to use here in the UK, as it’s shared by the name of our largest commercial TV channel.
Next on the rumour mill is iTunes, apparently it’s based on old code with updated stuff bolted on top, similar to Windows ;). So yes that wouldn’t go amiss, wireless syncing would be handy as well. What’s worrying me however is the talk of it going all social media on us, ill not be happy if I see Facebook links all over it. Facebook needs to die a painful and swift death.
This brings me on to iOS4 for iPad, is this worthy of inclusion in this keynote, or is it something they would do a separate presentation on? Perhaps it’s Steve’s famous ‘one more thing’. Even though I have jail broken my iPad, OS3.x is starting to annoy me, so I’d be happy if they said it was ready, it is nearly ‘the fall’ or autumn as the rest of the world call it.
Whatever happens, I won’t be getting all excited and scouring the rumours sites looking for the latest speculation, which is just that. Apple keeps it’s stuff firmly under it’s hat, or sometimes left in a bar in San Fransisco.
Wait and see.