-- Posted by Anonymous at 2:20 pm on June 15, 2012
-- Posted by allsmiles at 2:32 pm on June 15, 2012
I wouldn't say it really reflects the atmosphere here in Britain with regards to our team. I'm no expert, though, I don't follow the sport, but the article seems to suggest that the actual sport itself is irrelevant. That's definitely not the case.
-- Posted by Disillusion at 2:40 pm on June 15, 2012
Nah, I don't reckon so.
"What happens when the conversation about the thing overwhelms the thing it's supposed to be a conversation about? Hodgson needs his team to stay calm, to be the eye of the gossip/rage hurricane. But the whole point of the eye of a hurricane is that there's nothing there."
British football fans generally don't concern themselves with the media bullshit surrounding the players, at least not more than the game itself. I'd say most of the "omg he cheated on her with this prozzie" story lines are primarily for the female readers tbh. There's a lot of England that doesn't really like football, but follows it half-heartedly because it's just a national institution. Of course there are more that just want to watch the game, have a pint and talk about formation (or whatever, idfk).
The footballers are celebrities, and so they're treated like celebrities by the media. But the people who pay attention to it are the people who pay attention to celebrity gossip, not necessarily the people who like football, and therefore I think it makes very little sense for a sports writer to be decrying the team because of it.