By Dr Billy the Dog McGraw, head of psychiatry at the University College Hospital of the North Circular Road.
A little note on our trade marked rivals first, before moving on to the big story of media manipulation of a type so bonkers even I, with my PhD in Certain Things, was surprised…
Liverpool(™) have been charged by Uefa after fans ran onto the pitch during their 4-3 Champions League victory against Red Bull Salzburg on Wednesday.
If you are a regular here you’ll know that we predicted that no serious action would be taken against Liverpool(™) following their using of an unregistered player. After all as they only got one year ban from signing youngsters for all that they did in that scandal, no one is going to bother to take serious action against them for playing an unregistered player. I mean it is Liverpool. They don’t break regulations.
And so it will be this time. Another fine representing 0.00000000000000000000000001% of their annual profits perchance. Or less.
Meanwhile les tout-petits (as our near neighbours might be called if anyone speaking French possessd the Untold sense of humour) lost to the mighty Brighton & Hove Albion.
A misunderstanding among reporters seems to be appearing with the Tiny Totts, as when, for example, the Guardian reporter writes, after the Brighton debacle, “Spurs in crisis: it is a tribute to recent progress at Tottenham Hotspur that Mauricio Pochettino’s team has managed to attract this kind of talk so early in the season.”
Yes it is not a real crisis to concede 10 goals in two games because you have made progress in recent years. Erm????? Can you imagine what they’d say if it were Arsenal?
Surely that is nonsense. Arsenal’s crisis is set out repeatedly by the media day after day, week after week, century after century. The only thing the scribblers disagree about is the exact nature of the crisis. So we get
“Arsenal crisis on and off the pitch” from the aptly named blog, “Offthepitch” which is not to be confused with “Arsenal injury crisis this season” in the ever reliable Telegraph, and the “Crisis at Arsenal with Koscielny and the captaincy conundrum” from football365, not to mention the crisis of the failed tactical plan which has cropped up everywhere this season.
But in the media this is not the way of things with Tottenham. For Tottenham we are assured is NOT in crisis.
Indeed Sky’s “The Sunday Supplement” team have told us that there is no crisis for Tottenham are paying the price for their strict transfer and wage policies.
Which really made me think. This is not a crisis because the club has adopted a policy – in this case a policy of restricting transfers and wage increases. But how else do crises come about if not by a policy that has not incorporated plans to avoid the crisis?
Supposing I drove to Arsenal down the M1 by going down the right hand carriageway. I would cause an accident. But perhaps that would not be an accident because I had CHOSEN to drive on that side.
Supposing Arsenal ended up playing 13 year olds because they had a policy of cutting wages and not hiring first team players. Would that not be a crisis?
OK sometimes it might be a crisis through accidents, but normally the crisis element is caused by the lack of planning to avoid the accidents happening, so my imagined accident, and Tottenham’s real life 10 goals against in two games is still a crisis. Just seeing the cause of the crisis as being something that the club has done, rather than an accident, does not make it not a crisis. In fact it is the reverse. They have made this happen, just as I would have caused the accident if I drove down the motorway the wrong way.
In fact it makes it more of a crisis, because Tottenham has adopted a policy which has led to these results. If it is part of a plan it is a BIGGER crisis, not no crisis at all.
So now we see a perfect example of how Sky (and a few other bits of the media) repeatedly tries to manipulate our thinking about Tottenham.
The Sky Sports pundits do not believe that Tottenham are a team in crisis because the cause of the difficulties they have at the moment are entirely down to their policies. If that were Arsenal, Arsenal would be blamed wholesale FOR HAVING THE WRONG POLICIES.
Sky’s biased approach makes no sense at all. It is in fact the reverse of reality. Just look at these results…
|17 Aug||Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur||D||2-2||Premier League|
|25 Aug||Tottenham Hotspur v Newcastle United||L||0-1||Premier League|
|01 Sep||Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur||D||2-2||Premier League|
|14 Sep||Tottenham Hotspur v Crystal Palace||W||4-0||Premier League|
|18 Sep||Olympiakos v Tottenham Hotspur||D||2-2||Champions League|
|21 Sep||Leicester City v Tottenham Hotspur||L||2-1||Premier League|
|24 Sep||Colchester United v Tottenham H||L||0-0 (4-3)||League Cup|
|28 Sep||Tottenham Hotspur v Southampton||W||2-1||Premier League|
|01 Oct||Tottenham Hotspur v Bayern München||L||2-7||Champions League|
|05 Oct||Brighton and Hove v Tottenham H||L||3-0||Premier League|
One win in the last six. Four defeats in the last five. Two wins in the last ten.
No, of course it’s not a crisis. It’s a… (blog paused while writer goes searching for a dictionary of excuses…)
Editorial interjection: James Milner’s penalty was the 34th time Liverpool have scored a 90th-minute winning goal in a Premier League match – at least nine more than any other side.
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