Happy New Year from Salut! Sunderland
They cannot all read and write as well as Michael Gove would like, but it was good to have so many Tottenham fans coming here to respond to Pete Sixsmith’s dangerously provocative comments.
Consider these samples taken from the offending march report:
“Spurs played well, looked a potential top four side” … “they had a little bit too much for us” … Lloris “had an outstanding last half hour, his punching the ball a great lesson for any aspiring keeper”.
I’ve had a word with Pete about his future conduct.
But in case none of those extracts persuaded you there was any need for a Tottenham supporter to raise the least protest, go to http://salutsunderland.com/2012/12/tottenham-soapbox-a-lesson-for-galloping-gareth-from-another-welsh-maestro/ to see what else the fuss might have been about. If I say Arise Sir Gareth and Sir Jermain (OK, they didn’t go so far as to defend Defoe’s dive), you’ll get the drift.
But now it is on to Anfield. Another big, big game. I’ve seen a few draws there and the odd unlucky defeat but never a Sunderland win. Wednesday night would be a good time to show those with short memories we can actually visit the city of Liverpool and come away with three points. Even one point would be a decent effort.
And here’s your chance yet again to Guess the Score. No buy two/win two nonsense for a change. This time it is a straightforward case of win the competition, get a Martin O’Neill mug free. I beg you not to win if you live outside the UK as that means I don’t benefit from free postage. But Liverpool fans are as welcome as ours to enter; I’ll modify the mug design if one of them wins. Just have a go for fun if the mugs don’t interest you.
Talking of diving and other forms of cheating, which by implication we were, look at this extract from the Liverpool “Who are You?”. See it in full here: http://salutsunderland.com/2012/12/liverpool-who-are-you-the-anfield-wrap-lowdown-on-kenny-rafa-and-dreadful-hodgson/. It’s an interview with Neil Atkinson, presenter of http://www.theanfieldwrap.com/:
Q: Salut! Sunderland: Suarez finally got a penalty and it was as clearcut as any but he has a dreadful reputation for diving which may well have cost you points. For all that, has the time come to accept cheating as part of the modern game?
A: ‘Cheating’ has always been part of football. We all ‘cheat’ when we play football all the time. We always have. You appeal for things that aren’t yours, you commit fouls, you go down easily. This is at park level. The idea that there is good ‘cheating’ and bad ‘cheating’ is intellectually weak. Lance Armstrong is a cheat. Luis Suarez is someone looking for an advantage in an equal contest against an opponent with a neutral referee. English football twisting itself into overly masculinised knots and turning the virtue of cleverness into a vice to be suspicious of has long been a symptom of a wider illness within the national game. I also think that most match going supporters are aware that their players all ‘cheat’. It is the neutral Super Sunday crowd that place a moral aspect on the game that simply isn’t there. No one accuses bowlers who ask for LBW when it clearly wasn’t of ‘cheating’.
A brave new world looms.
Happy New Year to all, even those who feel being against cheating is just for softies, and Ha’way the Lads. Liverpool away is a game in which we need to do well …