The Big Issue (2)
If the internet has done one thing during its relatively short existence, it has only worsened amount of open avenues for fans to drown their sorrow. Suddenly the options are open, the flood gates have been broken and what we are left with is hysteria and noise.
So that may be a fairly dim view of technology and how its effected football, but you know...try to get the reader interested and everything.
Of course for every negative there is something positive, like the pleasure pain effect they always talk about in yoghurt adverts; karma balancing itself out, except with football. For now let`s try not to get the two outlets of karma confused otherwise we might see Cristiano Ronaldo with a Muller Fruit Corner all over his face, and no one wants that, do they?
This forum is an ideal example of how these effects can be both positive and negative, for example it gives an open place for public debate, a chance to (fairly) anonymously put your heart and soul into a discussion and not ending up with a public flogging. It opens the avenues for great creativity, a chance to share information and let us not forget; the chance to discuss how Marlon Harewood is always a viable answer for any question.
Indeed, there are many positives, not least of all the chance to meet people and discuss your shared passion, but how often does this discussion become to the detriment of your common sense beliefs...how quickly can we follow the crowd and lose our minds when everyone else around us is losing theirs?
'Everybody favours free speech in the slack moments when no axes are being ground.' Heywood C. BROUN - U.S. journalist and author (1888-1939).
Of course Mr. Broun had a point here, when things are rosy, the kind of healthy debate we have on the forum is just that, healthy and positive. But when the tide turns, the thunder and lightning appears on the horizon and storm of negativity sets in, we are damned to point fingers and place blame with incredible haste, hell hath no fury like a football fan scorned!!
Every football fan has one major problem; they tend to get in their own way. It`s something of a catch 22 when you take of the title of 'football fan`, because although you want the team to succeed, it`s also nice to have something to talk about, someone to blame and the chance of change appearing on the horizon. Perhaps for us Villa fans it`s because we spent about 20 years waiting for the next manager, the next sense of hope, and perhaps we are still waiting thanks to that little habit.
Are we, the fans, more concerned about the spectacle, the drama (both good and bad) than the actual result? I suppose it is similar to that 'sexy football` debate which a certain dreadlocked Dutchman coined in the nineties, which the Baggies are currently struggling to fathom. Their team plays relatively attractive football but can`t win a game because of their shortcomings at both ends of the pitch, but Tony Mowbray is insistent on his playing style.
Similarly Arsenal is often the subject of this debate, they over play and are extremely intricate going forwards, which can often be like trying to open a jar with slippy hands - nothing but pure frustration. But when it comes right, like it did in the FA Cup yesterday against Burnley, it`s like that perfectly struck golf shot - it grabs you, takes you in and leaves you wanting more.
At the moment, Villa fans have been taken in and are being spat back out; to a certain extent we are victims of our own success. We have waxed lyrical about our top 4 hopes over the past few months and our expectations have grown significantly. Now it`s time to take the rough with the smooth, to put away 'that` side of your personality which makes you the greatest manager in the world. We are fans, not football managers after all...So I ask you; can you keep your head?