Milton Keynes Dons: a force for good in English football?
By The Seventy Two - Follow on twitter @The72football
There were seven of them. No, eight. Nine. Forty-seven, it seemed like at times. All pushing forward. All going for goals. All ending up on the losing side. As Xavi recently said, “sometimes, in football, the result is the imposter”.
Peterborough United dominated for long periods at the Stadium:MK last Monday and still returned back to Cambridgeshire with nothing except the moral high ground. Not just given their side’s expansive, attractive, attacking approach, either. Most visiting fans leave Milton Keynes with a sense of superiority, regardless of the result. The place has no history, no tradition… But this is well-chartered territory. Full article >>
Captain Caveman: The De-evolution of John Terry
Despatches on a Football Sofa - Follow on twitter @gregtheoharis
So much for Fabio Capello’s thunderously ominous pronouncement that the aggrieved John Terry had made a “big mistake” after the former had seemingly conspired to promote a mutiny in the ranks during last year’s World Cup. Apparently, some of the squad weren’t happy with the head coach’s disciplinarian methods and Terry used a press conference to publicly challenge the Italian’s authority. At the time, Capello’s swift rebuttal was largely commended and it seemed a fractious power struggle had been avoided. The father had reproached the son and a tentative détente had been achieved. Full article >>
Player Prejudice: The blinkered nature of football coverage
Polly's Pause For Thought - Follow on twitter @DominicPollard
We, as football fans, are naturally highly subjective. We often have preconceived ideas about teams and players which will inevitably detract from our ability to make fair and accurate judgements. This unavoidable instinct extends beyond simple, negative prejudices against rival clubs or unpopular players, often it is applied in a positive manner as we lavish praise on someone’s performance when it really is not warranted. Full article >>
Review: The Fix by Declan Hill
By Twisted Blood - Follow on twitter @Twisted_Blood
Theories about why sport attracts the attention it does are as plentiful and varied as Djibril Cissé’s haircuts, though some at least make a little sense. Sport has been proferred variously as an alternative to war — which is why I take a bayonet to Champion Hill — as a channel for the unhealthy energies of young boys — your John Terry joke of choice here — and as the opiate of the masses — on which this, this and this. Rather charmingly, Declan Hill offers a simpler theory: that the attraction of sport is that it is the one arena of life that is free from bullshit. That it is honest, open, fair and free; that the triumph of A over B is nothing more than the reflection of the relative levels of luck, ability, and performance. Or at least it should be. Full article >>
Fantasy Football: My friend and yours only because we have no friends
By Ethan Dean-Richards - Follow on twitter @SurrealFootball
For the happy people, with their places to be and their people to see, fantasy football is just a game – easily forgotten once the going gets tough. But for the tortured souls with unattainable goals, there’s nothing easy about giving up on another Fantasy Football season. Hate begins at home when you use up the last days of your holiday building up the fantasy team that will inevitably ruin your whole football season. Every hour you put into the selection process is an hour you’ll later put into despising yourself for it. Full article >>