Comment on It Is Better To Offer No Excuse Than A Bad One by incredibleadamspark.
DARKBEFOREDAWN, again a very sensible post and a good read. I don’t think looking abroad for examples is particularly informative. Different countries will have their own set of rules and it’s probably not a one size fits all situation.
Why not keep it in Scotland and use Airdrionians as an example? They may have got their name back but they were founded in 2002 as Airdrie Utd after the original club went into liquidation.
It Is Better To Offer No Excuse Than A Bad One
DARKBEFOREDAWN, that’s a good post. What I would say is that this Rangers are the same but different. They are a result of the old one being liquidated. An emotional connection is obvious but surely there can be no claim to any titles previously won by the old club?
As for the EBTs was it not the incorrect use of them that was the problem? It’s the side letters, not regestering payments with the SFA, not supplying information and lying to authorities that is the issue.
An emotional response is understandable and when all is said and done it’s only a football club. I sat in the rear of the Govan stand for years with my family. For me this is the second version of the club and I don’t think that’s a big deal. They still play at Ibrox, play in blue strips….
Who Is Conning Whom?
I personally haven’t read anything that has made me think anyone should be removed from this site. From what I’ve read, the debate has been pretty civilised. I really dont see a problem. I think sometimes the terms ‘troll’ and ‘squirrel’ can be misused to shut down conversations.
No one has to read every post and if anyone wants to raise other issues for discussion then they are free to do so. I’m sure the Mods will step in if they feel things are getting out of hand.
The discussions this last week or so have improved my understanding of certain issues and I think that’s a really positive thing.
I read, and occasionally post, on SFM because I’m broadly in agreement with what is discussed on here. We shouldn’t exist in a self-congratulatory bubble or be unwelcoming to posters who have a different take on things.
Specifically who has this vice like grip on the football authorities and media? It seems everybody, whichever team they support, is unhappy with the authorities and media. Reading, listening and interpreting the exact same things but coming to completely different conclusions.
On on that note, whilst I don’t agree with our new poster, I have enjoyed reading his posts and the responses from the more clued up on here.
As for JJ, it seems to me he is just offering his readers an updated version of succulent lamb. Let’s call it cyber lamb. I think he knows his audience well and has no problem playing to it.
I think everyone has been poorly served and continues to be poorly served by the SMSM. Is that because of an agenda, finances, a lack of journalistic talent or just the media doing what the media do? Take your pick, I guess.
Time to Ditch the Geek Show
Nice picture at the top from Nightmare Alley. I do like a good Film Noir. For the purists these are low budget affairs with no major stars (Rangers) that may or may not involve a death (Rangers, again), a double cross (Greene/Whyte), a private detective, also known as a ‘dick’, trying to work out what the hell is going on but is hopelessly behind the curve and manipulated by others (Keith Jackson), a collection of chancers, charlatans and criminals (Rangers boardroom) and with a narrative and worldview that’s undeniably pessimistic (armageddon). Have we been watching one these past few years?
In the 1940s when loads of these classic movies were made the term Film Noir wasn’t around in Hollywood. It was coined by a French critic who noticed the similarities within these movies and the term stuck. Some argue that Film Noir is not a genre but a state of mind. What’s the state of mind of many in the Rangers saga? Cognitive dissonance?
So Film Noir is seen as an accurate and widely used description these days. Seems like the opposite is true of the Old Firm.
Towards a More Professional SFA
As poor as the SFA/SPFL are I’m not too sure I’d want private sector involvement in our governing bodies as a solution. In the example of the FA providing this service, or any other larger foreign FA, I’d suggest it would be inconceivable that politics, football or otherwise, would not get in the way to screw it up.
When it came to votes on hosting major championships or European finals would the SFA be able to vote freely in this situation? The danger I see with this idea might be the SFA, and Scottish footballing interests, becoming collateral damage is a global power play with the actual running of our sport an afterthought. I could also see more money simply disappear into the pockets of whoever provides the service.
The debate about referees seems to be the same all over the world. Nobody is entirely happy with them and accusations of bias and cheating, proven or otherwise, will always be there no matter what.
I used to be against video replays but now think they would help. I agree with SC in that they should only be used for goal line, red cards and penalty decisions.
Really interesting new blog and podcast. Ultimately all we really want to see is the game improved and run in the correct way. These are hardly unreasonable expectations.
Small Price to Pay?
SMUGAS, if anyone thinks they have a God given right to be anywhere would it be apt to point out the big man can give life but also take it away? Apparently.
In my FFP heaven Club and club wouldn’t matter. There would be no way unsustainable losses could be allowed to put any of the Cs in danger of disappearance. Sensible, break even business plans leading to long term stability and financial good housekeeping. Making debates like this redundant. Praise be.
JOHN, correct. Enforce the rules without fear or favour and problems are solved.