Sunday, January 15, 2012

The Good, the Bad, and the Downright Ugly

By Paul Frederickson

I went to a beautiful wedding in the picturesque and historic city of Adelaide on the weekend and in doing so missed out on one of the greatest endings to an A-League game, once again involving Brisbane. In saying that congratulations to Joe and Fiona on your magical wedding!

The Good

This could be be in the bad if you follow Sydney FC, brilliant if you follow the Brisbane Roar but regardless of who you follow the end to the Brisbane Roar v Sydney FC on the weekend was something to behold. Trailing 1 nil in the 93rd minute, the Brisbane Roar mounted one of their very, very late finishes. I won't spoil this anymore, the following clip should suffice.

Honourable mentions: Inter Milan's mid season resurgence, the return of the old boys Henry and Scholes to the EPL.

The Bad

The EPL races is one of the tightest in recent memory. Any mistake can be very costly. Tottenham Hotspur spurned the chance to be equal on points with both of the Manchester teams when they drew with Wolverhampton and Arsenal's spirited title challenge ground to a halt with a 3-2 loss to Swansea. The title is heading to Manchester for sure.

Dishonourable mention: Facebook and Twitter comments advocating racial vilification.
Social media has brought us closer to football stars and experts like never before. Twitter has allowed fans to have ongoing discussions with pundits in an open forum. Now two former Socceroos have become embroiled in a personal slanging match which the world came to view with some interest over the weekend. Downright ugly for two grown men to act this way. Some of Robbie Slater's tweets directed, reportedly, to Craig Foster were in response to Foster's criticism of Melbourne Victory's signing of new coach, Jim Magilton. A sample of the postings are displayed below:
Employ and of what race . Why do you pretend to know what and who is a good coach. You have never coached anyone and why is nationality important . British people have made a massive contribution to the history of our game and continue to do so just.

But back to your secret explain to all your followers why you are the only socceroo to have been to my knowledge effectively banned Never to be selected again after a disgraceful incident following a world cup qualifier in Tahiti . Maybe the true legend who got you out of that Tahitian jail should of left you there ! @Craig_Foster hang your head in shame and @lesmurraySBS you should haul him into your office and tell him his comments are unacceptable after all he does work for the excellent multi cultural channel SBS surely They can't be happy with this sort of behavior . Enough is enough !

The Twitter postings have been combined for complete quoting purposes and continuity.

For a full transcript follow @RobbieSlater17 on Twitter. Surely this will just be an opening salvo in a war that no one gains from.

So what do you think? What were your weekend's Good, the Bad, and the Downright Ugly?