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Bristol 28 Birmingham 0
Posted by: Blessing
Date: 08/12/2009 08:27
I'm really torn between two different camps on how to appreciate this game. On one hand, my natural inclination is to simply enjoy the company, admire the courage and skill of the players and perhaps only criticise because that's what we lesser mortals do. Considering Birmingham are bust and also ravaged by swine flu, they did well, tackled ferociously and frustrated Bristol famously.
But there's another side, perhaps a devilish one which wants Bristol to be the best and to do that one has to be brutally honest. There's no room for sentiment. And the professionals within the club want to be the best, right from the ladies earning vital money doing the cleaning and washing, through the stewards and turnstile operators to the players, executives, shareholders and Chairman and Board who sink their hard earned cash in the hope of reward, be it not in monetary terms.
And we the paying public, perhaps we expect something. I know everyone is trying and certainly any player worth his salt wants to get back to the Premiership.
But should we openly criticise certain players? Well someone once said "All the world's a stage and we are but simple players who strut the boards and wander off" etc etc. and it takes all sorts. I don't like to hear spectators being rude from the terraces, but maybe I'm a bit sensitive. But if we step out into the limelight, and even us wimps on the boards risk embarrassement every time we commit pen to paper, we have to take the hits and hope to work towards the occaisonal applause. We are all here but to please each other, are we not? So we learn from our mistakes and thus do better.
Each game is a fresh page on which to write. And it is on the pitch that the player has the chance to prove his critics wrong, and where we can respond as we think fit. But the worst thing that can happen for any entertainer is to be ignored, and I think we are unlikely to ever do that, are we?
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