Footballers in this country are cast rather stereotypically and perhaps at times unkindly as not being the brightest bulbs in the box and the extent of conversation we hear from them includes tired, but media friendly, clichés before or after football matches.
It’s no great surprise that there will be some amongst the footballing ranks who are well worthy of that stereotype when we encourage boys to prioritise their football commitments over their education from a very young age but this past weekend Leigh Griffiths has taken the stupidity bar to a whole new level.
Leigh was caught on camera yesterday singing, indeed leading the singing, of a chorus of the Hearts are going bust (see below). How stupid can one man be?
I mean unless Leigh has been living on a different planet for the past two years he should know that a football club cannot go bust!!!
I can remember the days when we all mistakenly believed, like poor Leigh, that a club go bust. Indeed it’s not so long ago that photographs of hearses outside Celtic Park or headlines such as RIP Rangers were emblazoned across the tabloid newspapers in this country. How was Leigh to know that these headlines were only designed to sell newspapers and were not actually the truth……mmm, let ponder that one again.
I remember my Grandfather saying, “if it’s in the papers son it must be true”. Well, as much as I loved my dear departed Grandfather I think we all know that this is certainly not the case in modern sports journalism in Scotland at any rate.
Hopefully, someone will take Leigh aside and explain that a club cannot go bust and that he was singing about an event which simply cannot take place. I’m not sure he’ll understand but on the basis that Mr Einstein (photographed above) would have difficulty following the logic of such luminaries as Derek Johnstone or Gordon Smith then perhaps on this occasion we should not be too harsh on Leigh who undoubtedly missed a fair chunk of his senior education whilst pursuing his dream of playing professional football.
Interestingly today I read in the newspapers that Hearts as a club are on the verge of liquidation because of difficulties achieving agreements with the Lithuanian creditors of the club. You see it’s so easy to become confused when talking about liquidation and football clubs. I suspect what the aforementioned Mr Johnstone and Mr Smith meant was that the dictionary definitions, the business definitions, the accounting definitions, the legal definitions and any other relevant definition of liquidation can apply to football clubs as long as that club isn’t Rangers because……and here I’m afraid my brain like Leigh’s becomes confused……..well just because.
The truly hysterically funny slant to all of this is the MSM attempts to justify the newly formed viewpoint. As Albert said, “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough”.
I mean what next? Ex Celtic players appearing on national radio proclaiming that a title win is devalued and Rangers were treated disgracefully by Scottish Football…nah, too far fetched, that would never happen.
In a country where the airbrush is taken to history and facts in such a cavalier and disdainful fashion how can anyone blame Leigh for anything other than daft boyness.
An educated man, and sadly dearly departed, included all of the following links/quotes in a blog piece when trying to explain things to us mere mortals. Paul you are sadly missed.
– The Herald: “Air of unreality as 140 years of history is formally ended in less than nine minutes” (The Herald, 15 June 2012: http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/home-news/air-of-unreality-as-140-years-of-history-is-formally-ended-in-less-than-nine-minutes.17876625).
– Roddie Forsyth: “Rangers in crisis: the final whistle sounds on Rangers’ 140 years of history” (The Telegraph, 12 June 2012: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/teams/rangers/9327256/Rangers-in-crisis-the-final-whistle-sounds-on-Rangers-140-years-of-history.html).
– Jim Traynor: “Rangers FC as we know them are dead. It’s all over. They are about to shut down for ever…They’ll slip into liquidation within the next couple of weeks with a new company emerging but 140 years of history, triumph and tears, will have ended… No matter how Charles Green attempts to dress it up, a newco equals a new club. When the CVA was thrown out Rangers as we know them died.” (Daily Record, 13 June 2012: http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/sport/football/james-traynor-spl-will-not-be-able-1129166).
Of course, journalists are not the most reliable barometer of definitive opinion, but why would they express such an unambiguous view in the first place? Even Charles Green held the same categorical viewpoint [speaking to the BBC]: “…the history, the tradition, everything that is great about this Club, is swept aside.”
I’m sure there will be more confusion to follow.
Tumble Drift out…