WE ARE THE ENGUUUUURLAND!
Well, well, well… England turned in a pretty special performance to blow out the World Champions. I wrote yesterday that we had the semblance of an exciting team, and they proved it by clawing back a two 3-2 from the pits of a loss.
Sad part about the whole thing is that the England team is largely a Spurs team. 7 of the players have played under Poch… his workaholic theme buzzes around the side. Alli and Kane look electric. Jamie Vardy showed the world why he and not Wayne Rooney should be starting.
Exciting times. We’re the hipster outside choice this tournament. More than capable of the quarter finals this time around… just a question of whether Roy reverts back to star names over deserving names.
In more general footballing news, there’s story doing the rounds in The Sunday Time about Adam Johnson being sentenced too harshly because he’s a footballer. Whilst there shouldn’t be one rule for footballers, another rule for everyone else (though let’s be fair, it’s usually stacked in their deep pockets favour)… I think the article is kind of misleading because Adam Johnson wasn’t harshly sentenced for being a footballer, he was harshly sentence for being a total scumbag about the whole situation. He didn’t plead guilty until 3 days before. He put a child through a massive ordeal and scared her for life (in part, because of his fame and the abuse that came from the town). He lied consistently. This was a man who thought he was above the law.
Read the court transcripts here.
The role model thing is interesting. I’ve been debating it with James this morning. Footballers always bleat on that they didn’t sign up to the role model thing, they signed up to be a sports person. Now, I get this, if you like getting spanked with a barbed wire ladle in your spare time, that’s cool… but if you take massive deals from major brands, because you’re a marketable asset… you should play ball.
Role models = Good personal brands = more dollar
If you want to spank yourself off on Chat Roulette publicly, and you have a sponsorship deal with a family brand, don’t be shocked when people call you out on it. If you’re profiteering off your role in society, it’s only fair to expect you play by the rules.
John Terry lost his mind about losing the England captaincy because of lost pound notes more than anything. But if those pound notes are built around your captaincy, which is generally built around you being a good person the nation can look up to… don’t cry me a river when people have expectations of your behaviour.
It’s the same in most industries… do what you like behind closed doors, just don’t bring your brand or company into disrepute in the real world. Or you’ll get in trouble. Unless you’re in the NFL, where you can do literally anything and it’ll be fine!
… and look, role model banter happens in every job. If you’re senior in your job and you get pissed up in front of your subordinates and take your clothes off, you get pulled to one side. Why?
‘You’re not setting the right tone’
So come on… just don’t be dicks soccer boys.
Finally, Piers Morgan has heard through the grapevine that Wenger has a new 3 year deal on the table. Beyond parody if true. Arsenal are mad enough to give it to him. Wenger is shameless enough to take it. It’s just pathetic and upsetting. This really is football purgatory… can someone wake me up when a decision has been made?
Right, don’t think I have much more this morning? Good job I had that debate really!
See you in the morn!
P.S. Thought are with those in Pakistan where a bomb has gone off in a park. The madness of this world at the moment is truly terrifying.