Am I the only lover of the Beautiful Game on earth that was bored stiff by Transfer Deadline Day on Monday, and SKY SPORTS blanket coverage--I would rather have snuggled under a blanket and avoided it altogether.
I searched in vain in the early evening for LAMBING LIVE, SPRING WATCH, AUTUMN WATCH or anything else of value, but it was the wrong time of year. I did finally find FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, the first episode of the third season about the Dillon Panthers, afictional West Texas High School American football team. Well acted and well produced. The original non-fiction book of the same name by H.G. Bissinger in 1990 tells the tale of football and life at Permian H.S. Panthers during their 1988 season.
Possibly the best sports book ever !!
Anyway, back to Monday on Sky Sports. We had live coverage of two blacked out cars driven down the narrow lane in Cheshire to Manchester United's Carrington training ground. The lane has no pavement and is a danger to pedestrians. In one was Radamel Falcao, going for a medical before signing for £280,000 a week, SLIGHTLY less than captain Wayne Rooney.
We had James Beattie, manager of Accrington Stanley of the fourth tier, tell us of a signing of a released Bury FC fringe player. How exciting? Sky Sports ridiculously hyped up presenter Jim White, and the channels constant suggestion that fans should spend even more of their hard earned money in stadium, and on line betting. They even sponsor The Championship. Entering a stadium these days you have a choice of the line to bet on a match or get a Pukka Pie and a beer. Crystal Palace fans put a banner up at Selhurst Park berating Sky Sports 'SKY SPORTS...KILLING THE GAME SINCE 1992. Their fan group Holmesdale Founders Club set off red flares and chased presenter Kaveh Solhekel and his crew away, with chants of " We f*****g hate Sky Sports".
Gerant Hughes had to move inside The Emirates to announce the signing of £16 million Danny Welbeck from Manchester United. SKY had 20 crews doing 270 live presentations from around the country. " A ONE TRICK PONY" was one description of the Sky presentations in and out of the studio. Alan Irvine at Goodison Park had a sex toy thrust in his face, and elsewhere a naked blow up sex doll appeared in front of the camera.
WELL, maybe it was exciting after all, probably more so than Wednesday evening on ITV when England will 'entertain' Norway in front of a modest minus 40,000 crowd at Wembley Stadium in a pre - EURO 2016 friendly, the lowest international crowd so far at the 'new' Wembley. Tickets still available from only £10.00