The simulation debate is one I’ve grown tired of. Players dive and referees are made to look foolish. This will be part of the game for as long as you or I are on this planet.
Spurs won a crucial away fixture this morning — the word ‘crucial’ could be used to describe just about any game at this time of year. Aaron Lennon’s goal in the 51st minute capped the comeback. The win adds to a remarkable run for André Villas-Boas’ club that’s seen Tottenham go 7-2-1 in their last 10 games.
In any case most of the post-game discussion will focus on Gareth Bale’s yellow card for diving in the 81st minute. Martin Atkinson got this one wrong. For as long as Bale plies his trade in England he will be subject to calls like these. Blame can be directed at both sides for this. In the end it just plain sucks.
Round, like a circle in a spiral, like a wheel within a wheel, never ending or beginning on an ever spinning wheel. Like a snowball down a mountain or a carnival balloon. Like a carousel that’s turning, running rings around the moon. What I think Dusty and Petula were getting at, in the late sixties and mid-eighties, ahead of their time as usual, was Gareth Bale’s non-transfer from Tottenham Hotspur to nowhere: every transfer window he’s supposed to move, but every transfer window the move fails to arrive. Like a circle, see.
Here’s what’s up with that. Unlike Luka Modric and, soon enough, Wesley Sneijder, Bale is actually too good to move clubs, and that explains, in full, the non-transfers. Basically, if you have a look around at all of the big European clubs Bale is being linked with at the moment and try and identify one which has the capacity to handle a player with his credentials—otherwise known as his thighs—you’ll find no-one suitable.
There is, quite simply, not a club out there which could sustain that kind of leg power in its team. Many people will have seen and admired his performance against Liverpool on Wednesday—it was, after all, magnificence of a kind which has hardly been abundant in the Premier League this season—but none of those people will have had the benefit of some of genuine analysis of one moment of particular brilliance – his free-kick goal. And thus those people will remain in the dark over just how good it was. Read the rest of this entry »