I'm on cable (ie: not a dish). NTL to be precise.
I pay for the sport and films and get a load of (other) tat thrown in.
One of the things that happens fairly regularly is that channels just.... appear. I'll be flicking channels one night and suddenly 456 is now the Cheese Channel (457 - Cheese+1)
When we were offered the ESPN (to replace Setanta) I subscribed in that pathetic Pavlov's dog kind of way that so many of us do (how lucky was Pavlov's cat!?).
And it IS pathetic - I could rail for hours about the 'wrongness' of anything to do with Murdoch, but show me one of those 'Premier' compilations (goals flying in, 'that voice' etc) and I'll immediately start throwing handfuls of cash at you
Anyway, when ESPN was up and running, I noticed ESPN Classic had arrived with it and since then...well just can't I can't leave the bleeding thing alone.
I'm spending FAR too much time there... Reg and Harry looking at the first Turpin-V-Robinson fight? I'm rooted.
Thommo and 'Lamby' looking at the 1981 Ashes series? I'm going nowhere.
And of course 'classic' matches.
The first Everton game I saw on there was a a couple of weeks back - a home game with Leeds from 1974. As soon as it started I thought 'this is 3-2 for us' which it...turned out to be. An amazing memory?
Selective memory more like - I can't remember what I had for breakfast (or..er..IF I had breakfast)
Anyway, it was great and I was and am... hooked.
There was a lovely kind of light winter mist over Goodison, there was no diving, proper tackling was allowed, "you're going to get your fuckin' heads kicked in!" was sung one second after they scored, no sponsors and... we won.
We don't win all the time of course.
The night before last, it was the Glen Keely 5-0 derby and last night Villa beat us 3-1 at home, though to be fair, they do go on to be champions and we had Gary Megson playing for us (who should have never played for Everton again after the 1980 semi).
The other great thing about 'the classic game' is that teams that win things do so because they bought good players and coached them well - not because they could spend unlimited cash, buy 20 of the best players on the planet and say "there you go - you're called Chelsea" (City etc).
As for my addiction well I know I'm a long way from 'rock-bottom' and I know it's down to me and that I have to want to give up. At the moment I don't.
However, I thought I'd mention all this in case anyone is going through the same thing.
If it's any help - you're not alone...
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1 Posted 23/09/2009 at 13:51:51
2 Posted 23/09/2009 at 14:12:39
Those were the days eh!!
When people were... well people and you could get "Real Hovis".
Footballers didn't dive (unless they were foreign!! .. and there were’nt many of them).
Referees weren’t corrupt (maybe still a bit useless but not corrupt).
Supporters and players mostly showed mutual respect.
Ah Well........ and then came along Sky, Setanta and ESPN but we wouldn't do without them would we?
3 Posted 23/09/2009 at 14:12:55
I watched the first Ali v Liston fight that they showed the other night. it was one of the best fight Ali ever had. And the Buster Douglas v Tyson fight was fuckin brilliant.
4 Posted 23/09/2009 at 14:19:37
My week is crammed full of various ridiculous sports - which over the last 7 days has included a 2 hour ’synopsis’ of this years cheese rolling competition in southern England - in Serbian; professional water polo (which I can seriously say I was glued to)......and a completely new ’sport’, which I can only describe as a hybrid between basketball and trampolining.
And don’t get me started on midget porn....
5 Posted 23/09/2009 at 14:20:38
6 Posted 23/09/2009 at 14:20:43
If I could make a suggestion, you should send that to everyone you know who is called Eugene.
I can guarantee they will be HUGELY entertained by it’s sheer humour and originality.
I am 50 and on hearing my name, not one person has EVER said this to me - yet now you mention it, it seems so obvious.
I don’t know how I missed it all these years!
Keep ’em coming!
(Hey - if someone called Billy writes, you could comment ’Billy Don’t be A Hero’)
7 Posted 23/09/2009 at 15:07:20
The biggest difference for me is the pitches, you forget just how bad and uneven they were, no wonder the football can be better these days, you had to boot it in the air just so it didn’t get bogged down in the mud. Watch out for classic reruns of the ECWC, they’ve shown that a few times.
8 Posted 23/09/2009 at 16:07:00
Eg: Fourteen blades of grass in the 18 yrd box and I’m thinking "Now THAT is what a goalmouth should look like!"
(why IS the past so wonderful? I’m sure I didn’t think it wonderful at the time - almost certainly quite the revesrse)
9 Posted 23/09/2009 at 16:24:55
Back of the Gwladys St in 74, only young myself at that time so it’s quite hazt, what were the names of the songs you remember then? I only remember the main ones the whole ground sung. No Sky for me, I have to get my memories unlocked this way! Come on Freeview get your act together get ESPN!
10 Posted 23/09/2009 at 18:34:33
11 Posted 23/09/2009 at 18:44:41
Thanks for your contribution.
I have been wallowing in nostalgia with that 4 minutes or so compilation of Bob Latchford and some of his goals.
I also caught a clip the other night of our defeat to Derby(FA Cup 3rd round) at the Baseball ground in January 76. I lived in London at the time and went up with the London branch of the supporters club.
Great days with Big Bob, Andy King, Dave Thomas and others. Keep the memories coming and lets celebrate after a win tonight!!
12 Posted 23/09/2009 at 18:50:18
13 Posted 23/09/2009 at 18:37:18
14 Posted 23/09/2009 at 18:56:58
15 Posted 23/09/2009 at 21:40:11
16 Posted 23/09/2009 at 21:54:47
17 Posted 24/09/2009 at 05:13:58
Ray Robbo - nor Emlyn Hughes!!! I’m sure Gerrard’s training includes watching old vids of crazy horse tripping over the penalty spot.
18 Posted 24/09/2009 at 09:50:12
He was, even back then, considered a fat cheat.
Can’t really think of any others though.
19 Posted 24/09/2009 at 10:39:01
You may have heard of a certain.....Tommy Smith!
(played for Liverpool? Spent much of the time after he retired, suggesting foreign players were shifty cheats and nothing like our brave honest lads)
Well, this snippet from the Guardian (an old one)
"...Liverpool’s Cup-winner’s Cup run in the 1974-5 season, Bob Paisley’s first in charge.
Having dispatched Stromsgodset of Norway 12-0 over two legs, clocking up a club-record 11-0 victory in one of them, the campaign was going well. And things looked even better in the next round when Kevin Keegan gave the Reds an early first-leg lead at Anfield against Ferencvaros.
However, Mate Fenyvesi scored a last-minute equaliser to totally knacker the plans of Paisley’s men, who failed to come up with an away goal in the return leg.
Insult was added to feigned injury when Tommy Smith went down near the end, pretending to have been clocked by a missile which was chucked onto the pitch. Yellow card and European ban ahoy!"
No doubt ’The Anfield Iron’ would also have a few choice words for Mr Diouf as well!
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