Saturday, May 20, 2006

"Goodbye grey skies, hello blue (and red)..."

Sadly strange though it may seem, I'm joyously happy at Wednesday night's schadenfreude shenanigans. That is, the Vermin's truly gutting defeat at the hands of the blue-and-red might of Barca. An honourale enterprise anyway, not just for the Catalan region's brave battles against the fascist Franco, but also for the uniquely-odd way the football club is run, as explained here...
But also, well - it's good to see the top trophy in Europe actually going to the best team in Europe, for a change...
But, mostly, because it was the Vermin who missed out so heartbreakingly, and after having felt so deludingly close to the trophy, they were already getting high on each sniff of the Brasso...
I was sadly unable to watch the game in its entireity, so missed (as did most newspapers) such crucial incidents as Eboue's double-somersault-with-pike which led to the opening goal... And the foul by the hateful Lehmann which justifiably led to his red card, but rather unjustifiably had a perfectly-fine Barca goal disallowed...
Ah, but the ref could have allowed the goal, and merely given the goalkeeper a yellow card... say some...
Hmm, well, yes. Let's file that suggestion under the "making-up-an-entirely-new-rule-on-the-spot", shall we...?
Henry and Wenger, the sourest of sour bad losers, both... Eto'o was onside. Henry was justifiably booked for a nasty, dangerous challenge. Eboue could have been sent off for his first lunge let alone receiving a second yellow for his dive.
Yup, treated really, really badly, weren't you...? Shame Dein isn't a vice-chairman of Uefa, not just FA, eh...?
But anyway, this isn't a time for griping.
Yes, finishing fifth hurt, especially in such never-to-be-repeated circumstances, a perfect Spurs-stiffing if ever fate could so wish.
But this week has certainly been some consolation.
West Ham losing it at the last. Now the proper Scum.
Yukyukyuk...
Certainly more encouraging than I dared hope, when below-ground at Storm on Wednesday night, the act that followed me announced on-stage that the Vermin were a goal up, and a 'keeper had been sent off... I assumed it was Barca, and was instantly cursing the usual Gooner luck (just check up how many opposition players were sent off against them this season just gone...), but eventually found a moment to dart outside and upstairs to discover Barca had just gone 2-1 up and the lovely Lehmann was the red-carded culprit... So I managed to forget the drinks I'd promised to buy my friends downstairs, and darted into the Moon Under Water to enjoy Barca's last few, surprisingly-comfortable minutes...
And then, the joy...
The alternative? I don't want to think about it...
And, as it goes, there's no need to.
Hurrah. Y viva Espana...

4 comments:

prolix said...

"Y viva Espana..."

I'll drink (sangria) to that...

Mike said...

I'm just happy that a season of such abject failiure is finally over. Our worst league position for nearly a decade and defeat in the Champions League Final. I don't think I could cope with any more underachievement. We also have to put up with that Frenchman up front for another 4 years.

Spurs, on other hand have got everything to look forward to, with another bargain Eastern European to spearhead their UEFA Cup Campaign. I wonder if he'll turn out as good as Rebrov?

Aidan said...

Hello, Mike, fancy seeing you around here...
Please, allow me at least a little, very useful "distraction therapy" from the post-Upton-Park-traumatic stress disorder...

I'm hoping my Blondie-adapting ode to Berbatov catches on at the Lane. All together now: "Dimi, Dimi - he joined from Germany - Dimi, Dimi - he's better than Henry - Dimi, Dimi - Dimitar Berbato-o-ov..."
But maybe not...

But still - looking at the list of Uefa Cup teams, some cracking awayday trips look perfectly plausible, so I am finding plenty to which to look forward, for now...
And don't dismiss the Uefa Cup so contemptuously - it's not entirely beyond the realms of possibility that you could find yourselves facing us in that same competition at some point next season...!

Mike said...

Next season should be interesting. The way that Chelsea's season petered out into anti-climax and stale performances was definitely promising, even if they do carry on gobbling up all the talent and flashing their ill gotten gains all over Europe.

From our point of view, the new stadium could be a massive help or a huge hinderance. Maybe we could still have the odd game at Highbury if things don't work out (I peaked through the gates the other day and saw them still mowing the pitch!).

At least you're guaranteed more than one European trip too as the UEFA Cup now has a group stage. No doubt the Spurs players will be fresh and up for a bit more exertion having played the fewest amount of games that any team has had to play in living memory...

Thank God it's over for another few months anyway...The little sideshow in Germany will be amusing, but it's nothing like the real thing.