Top.Mail.Ru
You only sing when you're winning - The Ex-Communicator — LiveJournal
? ?
The Ex-Communicator

> Recent Entries
> Archive
> Friends
> Profile

May 8th, 2004


Previous Entry Share Flag Next Entry
06:15 pm - You only sing when you're winning
I just had a phone call from my boyfriend leaving a football match. For months now we have been expecting his team (Chesterfield) to be relegated at the end of this season. Their performance has been, frankly, rubbish. The only way they could avoid going down was if they won today's match (against Luton) and if Tranmere Rovers simultaneously beat Grimsby.

Tranmere had a man sent off, and neither they nor Chestefield had scored. At 5pm Sky Sports announced that Chesterfield were going down.

But - the match had been two minutes late in starting. It wasn't due to finish until 5:02. Tranmere had rallied and defeated Grimsby, despite being a man down. And, in the 89th minute of the last match of the season, Chesterfield finally scored a goal, and beat Luton.

This is why you can't make good films about football. It only works because it is unscripted.

(15 comments | Leave a comment)

Comments:


[User Picture]
From:hafren
Date:May 8th, 2004 10:34 am (UTC)
(Link)
and the best thing of all is Sky making asses of themselves.
[User Picture]
From:communicator
Date:May 8th, 2004 10:36 am (UTC)
(Link)
That does spice up the pleasure doens't it?
(Deleted comment)
[User Picture]
From:communicator
Date:May 9th, 2004 03:15 am (UTC)
(Link)
Basketball isn't as culturally embedded on this side of the Atlantic as it is over there, so I haven't really got enough of a feel for it to answer that. I think that the more structured sports like Baseball or Cricket might work better in fiction, not sure how structured basketball is.

Also, I think it's possible to write good non-fiction about sports, or use real-life sporting events as the backdrop to a made-up story. 'The Separation' that I reviewed about a week ago has a chapter set in the Berlin Olympics of 1936 (I think that was the date). I think 'Fever Pitch' is an excellent book, it's an autobiography paced against the fortunes of Arsenal football club (by the guy who wrote High Fidelity, which is better known in the US).
(Deleted comment)
[User Picture]
From:communicator
Date:May 10th, 2004 02:07 am (UTC)
(Link)
what do you do for a living?

I was a writer during the 1990's, but it was hard to make a decent living, so now I work for a British government agency, which promotes computers in education, as a kind of corporate trouble-shooter. I adore the people I work with, but find the job a bit dull.
[User Picture]
From:gfk88
Date:May 10th, 2004 01:28 am (UTC)
(Link)
You'll also be wanting to congratulate Ipswich on their nothing-short-of-amazing achievement in getting to the play-offs. Now watch us fail feebly or, even worse, actually go up and then get duffed up week in week out next season.

[User Picture]
From:communicator
Date:May 10th, 2004 02:03 am (UTC)
(Link)
go up and then get duffed up week in week out next season

I think this is another example of Nietzchean eternal recurrence, and you must assent to the process, and embrace the agony.
[User Picture]
From:gfk88
Date:May 10th, 2004 04:57 am (UTC)
(Link)
Any Ipswich supporter will tell you that we have already embraced enough agony for one eternity, thank you very much.

Well OK, being a Chesterfield supporter (or the supporter of a Chesterfield supporter), you will know all about this already, I think.
[User Picture]
From:communicator
Date:May 10th, 2004 05:55 am (UTC)
(Link)
It's worse than that: after Chesterfield were put into receivership, Howard was temporarily on the Board that 'ran' the club. They were traumatic times.
[User Picture]
From:gfk88
Date:May 10th, 2004 08:52 am (UTC)
(Link)
God - Respect ! I will shut up right now about this subject.
[User Picture]
From:communicator
Date:May 10th, 2004 09:00 am (UTC)
(Link)
I hope not
[User Picture]
From:edblog
Date:May 10th, 2004 03:06 am (UTC)
(Link)
I assume you've temporarily forgotten Escape to Victory?
[User Picture]
From:communicator
Date:May 10th, 2004 03:42 am (UTC)
(Link)
If only I could
[User Picture]
From:altariel
Date:May 10th, 2004 07:23 am (UTC)
(Link)
This is why you can't make good films about football. It only works because it is unscripted.

*whispers* I quite like Fever Pitch. But that's based on real events, isn't it?
[User Picture]
From:communicator
Date:May 10th, 2004 07:27 am (UTC)
(Link)
Oh, yes, I agree. I haven't seen the film, but the book is fab. I should have made it clearer (I only thought this through properly when replying to fagzukka) that I think making up pretend football matches doesn't work very well as drama, but recounting real sporting events or using them as the backdrop to a story doesn't have this problem.
[User Picture]
From:altariel
Date:May 10th, 2004 09:48 am (UTC)
(Link)
The film is a lot of fun - I'll force the DVD on you next time you're here.


I think making up pretend football matches doesn't work very well as drama, but recounting real sporting events or using them as the backdrop to a story doesn't have this problem.

And surely there are plenty of examples to choose from.

> Go to Top
LiveJournal.com