Best I Can Do For Today

Sorry  folks the three possible posts I had lined up for today have not materialised.  If one does I will publish it latter on.  Sorry about that but for new readers here is another look at an old item.  Sorry again.


Is it just me or are others infuriated by ignorance and stupidity?

Now I don’t blame people who are stupid, simply because they are.  I mean they are born stupid.  Nobody chooses to be an idiot.  Mostly they can’t help it.  Such is life.

No, what annoys me is that some stupid people insist on thinking they are smart.  And smart to the extent that they know more about a given subject than a top professional.

Of course this likely happens in all manner of activities, but I want to talk about football – and Arsenal in particular.

I am told all the time “I am entitled to an opinion”.

Of course when I claim that in that case, I am entitled to hold the opinion that they are idiots, that same ‘entitlement’ doesn’t appear to hold true for me.

If an opinion is formed from a position of almost total ignorance or built on falsehoods and misinformation, what is it worth?  It is in fact worth less than nothing.  I would prefer to hold no opinion on matters, rather than one which proves I am a foolish halfwit.

If I have a heart complaint I’d go to see a specialist heart Consultant.  If he tells me I am in decent health and half an Aspirin per day and some light exercise will see me well would I then insist that I need a quadruple bypass simply because my plumber mate down the pub says that’s what I need?

Or if I read a blog by an accountant in which he insists he has strong opinions on the matter, and I should therefore accept what he is saying, would I?


Well why does anyone who watches a football match and follows Piers Morgan on twitter think that they know better than Arsene Wenger?  The reality is that in all likelihood, Doris the Tea Lady knows more about football and Arsenal than them.  I get told “I am a season ticket holder, 30 years of watching Arsenal, that entitles me to an opinion.”  Well I have been watching Westerns for 50 years but I would not presume to tell John Ford how to direct one.  (I know he is dead by the way.)

Buying a ticket entitles you to nothing more than a seat and a game to watch.  It does not buy you the right to pick the team, choose formations or set tactics.

If someone tells me the world is flat, I don’t feel the need to debate the subject with them.  There could be only two reasons they believe that.

Complete stupidity.  Or ignorance.

Ignorance can be excused.  But if they have been told the facts and shown the evidence, ignorance can be excluded and stupidity is all that is left.  So when someone says something like “Wenger does not understand defence” they immediately fall into the stupid category.  And they should not complain when I tell them that they are a moron.

Or when people insist that Arsene has refused to spend money.

Again, idiot.

The annual accounts over the past 10 years prove there has been no money.  Arsene has said there has been no money.  So if they are going to ignore the facts then they can only be stupid. There is no alternative.

The biggest problem is not people like bloggers claiming to understand things that they clearly don’t.  There will always be people who hugely overestimate their knowledge and intellect.  No, the problem is the masses of ill-informed halfwits that accept and repeat as fact, the opinions of these leaders of opinion.  Hitler was not the problem.  It was the millions of followers he attracted that was the problem.

Some want-to-be manager writing a blog about Arsenal is not the problem.  It’s the pathetic halfwits that believe that what he is saying has some real value, who are the problem.

People claim to know why Mata did not sign for Arsenal, for example. When in fact they have no idea at all the reasons for him going to Chelsea.

Here is the thing.

I have opinions about players, formations and tactics.  Ask me on a Saturday morning to pick the team and I will have a go.  But the difference is that by Saturday teatime, if we have lost I won’t claim it was because the manager was too stupid to pick the team that I did.

Pointing to an outcome and claiming it would have been better if your advice had been heeded Is nothing but evidence of your own arrogance and stupidity.

I really can’t understand why so many people believe that their one field of excellence is football and Arsenal.

But I can understand why they infuriate me with their ignorance and stupidity.

You can railroad George on Twitter @blackburngeorge

20 comments on “Best I Can Do For Today

  1. PG That’s a great insight. I’ve been supporting now since 1948…and the manager’s have never listened to me. Which is just as it should be. Sure they’ve broken my heart on several occasions but I’ve had so much pleasure to compensate, I just think I’m lucky to be a Gooner and screw the rest of the world wot finks diffrent!


  2. Shit happens George.


  3. magnifique ! and you are very kind too. … the term “freedom of expression” has evolved into the village’s bicycle…

    ” because my plumber mate down the pub says that’s what I need?” hahaaa…bingo


  4. Gf60.

    1948! really?! Gawds must be crazy.


  5. It is not just the eye swivelling ignorance George, it is the determination that BLAME must be apportioned, and the wicked miscreant exposed to public ridicule and contempt, in spite of their previous years of unblemished loyal service to the club. The guilty must be SMASHED.

    Not only do people tell you that Mata signed for Chelsea and the reasons for it they have chapter and verse on exactly who in Arsenal football club was responsible for the inexcusable lapse. Days, times, sums involved – the whole case laid out.

    I attach a little known secret recording of the prosecutors from Le Grove trying those accused of signing Gervinho in February this year ( dubbed in German, sorry)


  6. Looking at your gravatar Gf60 it is the programme for the home game to Blackburn, 3rd April 1948 – was that your first game ??

    By coincidence my first game was Blackburn too – 8th September 1964


  7. Nice one, George.


  8. Arshavin 23 and Anicoll. The God’s were crazy…my Spudlette gran was trying to indoctrinate me…but the family went for a knees up to Southend, leaving my Gooner cousin to baby sit. No way was he going to miss the game v Blackburn so I was smuggles in! Gran was very pissed off and I was a Gooner for life. Happiness is.


  9. smuggled not smuggles.


  10. Being the shortest player on the pitch always, I identified myself with Michael Owen and his game and thats how I started watching football. I supported Owen a couple of seasons(1997-1999) , but I was always rather indifferent to Liverpool’s cause. Slowly and slowly I became attracted to Arsenal as team however. I was starting to identify with the clubs philosophy of attractive yet highly spirited football, particularly this one player who was playing an otherworldly game. I fell in love with them over one complete season.1999-2000 was when I became an Arsenal “FAN”. It was a season Arsenal did not win anything. Uefa cup final was the closest they got what with Man Utd winning league by a very big margin.

    However all that did not matter to me. Whether in victory or in defeat Arsenal shone atop all of them. Why I cannot say exactly. It just appeared to me that way.

    It did not matter to me then that the long serving players would leave at the end of the season. Infact it was like a new era synchronous with my budding love affair.

    I never looked back again.


  11. ha ha ha!
    Hear, hear, PG.
    The trouble is that people love black-and-white approaches and can’t deal with nuances or complex answers.


  12. Uncommonly quiet.
    Perhaps we should pick the team and formation for tomorrow


  13. It’s Friday and it’s sunny. I’m trying not to think about the game. As usual I’m bag of nerves thinking about the game, so I’ll pass on team selections. If the TR7 is revved up & ready to rock I’ll be happy.

    Could be worse. I could be flying back from Lisbon like some of my colleagues after having watched their team be torpedoed by Cardoso.


  14. Sorry George I am just off truffle hunting with a friends pig. Why is our game tomorrow set for 17.30? It is not even on the telly.


  15. Is it not on ESPN?


  16. Oh is it? Great. My apologies.


  17. The world is flat. Fact.my dentist knows a little about everything and everyone . He told me so and he was very convincing.
    All jokes aside George no one doubt that AW is a very shrewd spender and if the player is right for the club he will do everything to get him signed up. That is everything except morgaging the clubs future on a handful of players. With other managers price is no object. They could care less if the club is up to its nostrils is debt and/or they spend 100mill more from the sugerdaddies endless bank account. ITS THEIR OWN PERSONAL LEGACY THEY CARE ABOUT. I doubt very much AW desire to match or surpass these certain clubs in spending for the sake of procurement of a tin cup title. His aim is the betterment of ARSENAL and the sport in general. He could see the damage caused by these clubs on steroids to the other clubs and the body of the sport way before any one else .
    There are principles at stake after all. As such I don’t see ARSENAL ever spending in excessive fashion and trying to buy a title.
    Not as long as he is the manager. Nor are we ever going to go toe to toe with these opponents in terms of weekly wages. IMHO.


  18. Looks like Arsene Wenger wants to stay at arsenal for a good while longer
    Yay yay! Stuff that up your pipe doomers.
    George, if we didn’t give out about the media, bloggers and amateur sleb mangers we would get a bit bored now and again. Apart from the wonderful posts off course.
    Thank the DB10 we don’t get much of the “Wenger should buy xxx and sell deadwood zzz ” on here.


  19. I’m not interested in laughing at idiots. Robbie Savage on 5Live doesn’t do it for me. The contrast with, at random, the Tuffers & Vaughen cricket show on the same station is extreme. Now, those two players played at the the top of their game, and importantly they have a sense of humour. Skill, experience, humility and humour. Traits the former lacks. So why does he get the gig? Is it a mystery, perhaps, why there are so many idiots covering football? When the bleeb reports that Arsenal are a nightmare for agents in an attempt to critique the clubs operations it is very revealing.
    Yup, I’m sure that the likes of those who got their pound of flesh from say the Andy Carroll transfer are not happy with being told to fark orf by le scrooge. Not happy at all!


  20. It’s a really good point Fins – I’m a big follower of cricket at Test level and find the coverage on the whole an absolute joy, by and large. I get, in abundance from the commentary, the very things I hardly ever get from the footballing equivalent. Sky’s cricket coverage is first class and one of the reasons for this is their insistence on having only former England captains forming the ‘spine’ of the coverage with overseas captains also pitching in with superb insight and wisdom. Aside from Sky there has been a long history of top class coverage pioneered by the much-maligned BBC.

    The footballing coverage could be so much better; it provides a fraction of the education or, as I say, the insight, it’s cricketing brother routinely delivers.

    Some might say ‘so what’? but to be honest I really think football is missing a massive trick here; how many of us rush in to listen to the build up to any game these days? Some, for sure, but I bet it could be so much more …

    Great article by Stew the other day – I read it at the time but didn’t have the chance to make any kind of sensible comment (little change there then).

    Another big game today – will be rushing home later to catch that – if not the build up. Or even the post-match ‘analysis’.


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