Mr Byrne+Nov 6 2004, 09:24 PM(Mr Byrne @ Nov 6 2004, 09:24 PM)
1. "You worship men that don't care about you or even know you"
2. "I doubt any of you are actually good at football"
3. "The reason you english bastards are so into football is because your heads are so full of S*** from being bombarded with adds and news about David Beckham or Wayne Rooney or whatever all your lives."
- this is phrased very badly and insultingly satrical but you do get the gist of it that we are bombarded with advertisements and money seems to be the biggest factor in soccer (in particular) today.
finally: "after looking at some of your lives, I no longer fear death. " - LOL!
I support Southend United. The only reason for this being that I'm from Southend. Then again, imho there can be no better reason whatsoever to support a team (barring family connections). Football is completely tribal in that way and i don't mean that in a pejorative sense.
From what you're saying there, i don't feel you fully understand football or what it's like to be a football fan. We 'worship' players because they play for our team, which is in turn an extension of our community and ourselves. If an opposition player hacks down one of ours, or goes for a blatant dive in the box, we're not individually affected by it, yet we still take it as a personal affront. The players are direct representatives of the fans. You worship a team because it's in your blood and because it's part of your identity. Being a Geordie, for example, is in many synonymous with being a Newcastle fan.
On the second part of that point, they don't know the fans as individuals, granted, but they still care and interact with the fans on the terraces and to say they don't is ridiculous. Admittedly, some don't, but they get found out. If you're playing in front of thousands you want them on your side, not against you, so it's in your interests to care, and the players that do sincerely care about the fans more than most, become firm favourites with the fans, getting their full vocal backing at matches. The majority of players are fans themselves and, for the most part, they respect the emotional investment put in by the fee-paying supporters. If they don't, as i said, they get found out.
I've probably said too much already, so i'll keep the rest brief.
As what i've written already implies, footballing ability is utterly irrelevant, as others have already rightly mentioned. If you can't play, then the next best thing is to watch. Also, you want to watch the people who are good and at the pinnacle of their profession.
As for the third point, that is so far off the mark it's untrue and again highlights a severe lack of understanding of football. Football's been around a lot longer than mass-media and part of the national psyche for over a hundred years. Traditionally a working class sport, it offered (and still does) a life away from the boredom of the coalface, factory or office desk where you can revel in the fortunes of your local side, watching local lads take on other towns. Admittedly, it has moved on since then, but the sentiment is still the same.
If all the ads stopped tomorrow, would people stop going to football matches. Absolutely no way.