When I was a child I played football from one end of the day to the other, when I became a teenager I still played football but started to watch football on tv any chance I got, I would watch any game that was televised. Now though I seem to be losing my interest in watching football on tv, bar the Arsenal. This season I have watched 5 games, the four Arsenal League games and Everton v Man Utd. No champs league, no other prem games as I literally turn the tv off as soon as the Arse are finished playing on the Super Sunday.
I work in a pretty male centric workplace and of course most of the talk at lunch and break times turns to football; this season I havent been involved much in the conversation as I haven’t been bothered to watch other games, I even have taken to skipping to the Arsenal highlights while watching MOTD. I’m not sure if it is due to an over saturation of football thanks to the largely poor in my opinion Euro 2012 coupled with the constant Olympic coverage but my interest in sitting down to watch a game has seriously waned. However when it comes to our club I seem to be getting worse in my desire every game that I can manage to see.
I literally will not leave my house on a Saturday if I wont be back in time for the 3 p.m. kickoff just in case I miss anything and I’m not even watching it on a big screen tv or anything. Just as well my missus is very understanding and comes from a football mad household too. My viewing is taking place on a 13″ laptop screen watching a blurry screen & I’m loving it. Give me blurred Arsenal streams over 50″ HD pictures of some other club any day. This Saturday I go on holidays to Spain for a week and will be seeking out some sort of drinking establishment to watch the Citeh game, I will also be doing the same before my flight home for the Chelski game. Why do I do this? Because I genuinely don’t feel right if the Arsenal are on and I havent managed to watch the game, sure I can follow twitter or listen on the radio or perhaps follow along on the excellent and always funny Arseblog Live but I feel the team just wont manage to play as well as they could if im not sitting down to watch them.
While I will head out when im away to watch the game it’s not something I generally do. I don’t like the company of others when im watching my team play( bar my Arsenal supporting brother and the missus for her well intended but usually misplaced encouragement) and the local pub provides plenty of other people including supporters of whatever team of twats we are playing against. The local pubs also presents 4 other drawbacks.
1.You can’t pace around the room nervously in a pub
2.You can’t make 3 cups of coffee during half time just so you don’t have to listen to Jamie Fuckin Redknapp shite out of him
3.My pub doesn’t actually serve any beer that I like to drink, craft beer FTW
4. Most importantly you can’t sit in your match day chair.
I feel that the rest of the season will follow much of the same pattern for me of ignoring all other teams bar the Arsenal and having a sense of demonic possession in my need to watch the team, how many of you will be the same?
Till next time
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