Grrr @ Football!!!

XmisterIS

Purveyor of fine nonsense
Last night it was on no less than three of the five main channels simultaneously!

There was one channel showing what looked like Germany vs. Austria and another one showing what was perhaps Ghana vs. someone else, I forget. Then there was another channel showing a program about football trivia or something like that!

I am actively anti-football because of the hugely disproportionate coverage that it is given! And I don't care that it is the World Cup, I mean, do they have tennis on three channels simultaneous during Wimbledon? Or cricket? Or golf? Or snooker? NO!!!! Why the hell do they have to have three main channels at once devoted to football?

And, everywhere you go, the marketing is relentless - you can get football everything - and it seems to get more and more hyped and aggressively marketed each time it comes around.

I have two words ... (read 'em and weep!) ... bread and circuses!

:cry::huh::wacko::blush::thumbsdown::eek::biggrin:xx(:sad:

Rant over ...
 

mark barker

New Member
Location
Swindon, Wilts
I can't stand football either, although it was nice to be out on saturday evening, just me, my bike and the dog. Two hours of totally empty cycle paths and parkland to enjoy!
 
What is a "main channel"?

My freeview TV has 32 channels, so that cuts you down from 32 to 29.

Then there is the off button too!

I don't watch soaps but they are often on over about five channels at once. In fact I could say that I only actually like about 5% of TV output if that but it is fairly easy to record a pile of programs for when there is not much else on.
 

Paulus

Started young, and still going.
Location
Barnet,
Never mind, only 55 more matches to go. The sound of those horn things is really starting to grate on my nerves, and I have only watched a couple of games.
 

PaulB

Legendary Member
Location
Colne
XmisterIS said:
There was one channel showing what looked like Germany vs. Austria


I am actively anti-football because of the hugely disproportionate coverage that it is given! And I don't care that it is the World Cup,
Really, Germany played Austria? Fascinating; what tournament was this? Monkey Tennis? U21s? What?

I quite like de football but even I am getting weary of it given the excess of coverage which treats it like it's THE most important thing in the world. Now, as important as it is, it isn't THAT important. Yes, we quite like a bit of it so show the match, the match alone and then bugger off. Not an hour's lead-in, some blerty know-alls on a panel potificating (has anyone else noticed that Patrick Viera looks exactly like a ballon on the end of a stick that someone's drawn a face on?) and then an hour's dissection at the end.

Lastly, how annoyed must the Norwegians be at the moment? The state broadcaster has a finite amount of money and a choice to make. Spend it on a competition Norway were involved in or spend it on the World Cup? They spent it on a competition Norway were involved with. Yes, the fahcking Eurovision Song Contest! This means they've nowt left for coverage of the World Cup so can't show it! That's about the most stupid thing I've heard of this year so far!
 
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XmisterIS

XmisterIS

Purveyor of fine nonsense
PaulB said:
Really, Germany played Austria? Fascinating; what tournament was this? Monkey Tennis? U21s? What?
I believe it was sychronised buggery, but it was hard to make out ...

Over The Hill said:
What is a "main channel"?

My freeview TV has 32 channels, so that cuts you down from 32 to 29.
Quite so ... but not everyone has freeview! My GF is a case in point.

Over The Hill said:
Then there is the off button too!
That's what the GF and I decided to use in the end ... :blush::sad::wacko:

Over The Hill said:
I don't watch soaps but they are often on over about five channels at once. In fact I could say that I only actually like about 5% of TV output if that but it is fairly easy to record a pile of programs for when there is not much else on.
It doesn't matter what you want to watch, it's all about what I want to watch! Do you know who I am?!
 

battered

Veteran
Don't worry, it will all calm down when England get stuffed in the first game of the knockout stages.

You want hype, try French telly during the TdF. Starts 10 am with analysis of the previous day and predictions for the afternoon. Then a bit of footage of cyclists warming up on a turbo for a bit. Then interview of a cyclists wife, usually with a nice cuddly child for the camera to look at. Back to yesterday's racing, a few key events, and what happened last year when we were in this area. Back for another young woman in summer clothing ("all that beauty....gonna swallow you up, let's go!") and more young men on turbos. It's not 12 o clock yet. After a few more hours and the odd interview "Actual race coverage is on France 2 in 15 minutes" and they switch over. Uniterrupted coverage of the actual race, then footage of the stage winner's caravan while he has a shower (I kid you not), of course the ceremony, interview, post race analysis, chat to riders in caravans getting massage, what's happening tomorrow, predictions...it's probably 8 o'clock by now, better get some dinner. Now I *like* cycling and it's a bit much. What it's like for others I dread to think.
 

PaulB

Legendary Member
Location
Colne
XmisterIS said:
It doesn't matter what you want to watch, it's all about what I want to watch! Do you know who I am?!
Ooh, ooh, I do; sir, sir, me, me (yes, he chose me to answer):wacko:

I reckon you are one of those people who don't GET football. That's a bit of a shame for you. Try and get on with it and become involved. Any man that isn't involved in football or doesn't like it is usually a right Mary-Ellen what likes flower arranging. Get over your dislike; you've got another month of it yet. Go with the flow and learn to enjoy it.
 

Rebel Ian

Well-Known Member
Location
Berkshire
I have this amazing cencorship device that cuts out anything on TV I don't want to watch. It's called the 'off' button. Try it!
 

PaulB

Legendary Member
Location
Colne
Rebel Ian said:
I have this amazing cencorship device that cuts out anything on TV I don't want to watch. It's called the 'off' button. Try it!
I like that bike in your avatar. I've got two Bianchis, which one is your picture of? (I can recommend some SERIOUS bike porn featuring the new range of Bianchis BTW):wacko:
 
Never mind TV, I have amassed seven World Cup Guides and they seem to be dropping out of every publication I pick up.
I now have a pile of little booklets and charts on every team, every player and manager and flag and mascot of every team and every trivial nonsense about everything connected with the World Cup.
I have actually used one just so that I dont go and phone up one of my clients in the middle of an England game.
 
PaulB said:
The state broadcaster has a finite amount of money and a choice to make. Spend it on a competition Norway were involved in or spend it on the World Cup? They spent it on a competition Norway were involved with. Yes, the fahcking Eurovision Song Contest! This means they've nowt left for coverage of the World Cup so can't show it! That's about the most stupid thing I've heard of this year so far!
Ticket to Norway, please.:wacko:
 

PaulB

Legendary Member
Location
Colne
Rhythm Thief said:
Ticket to Norway, please.:wacko:
That's two Beatles songs what you got mixed up; Ticket to Ride and Norwegian Wood. Or did you thieve those rhythms (hey, d'ya see what I did there? Comedy genius, that's me!)
 
XmisterIS said:
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Quite so ... but not everyone has freeview! My GF is a case in point.
Well sort her out a freeview box you mean sod! They are only £20 new or there are millions kicking around now unused where people have got a built in tuner.

You can really annoy her then and sit there watching old reruns of Top Gear!
 
I've had an idea ... why not have, say BBC2 dedicated to football and then all the rest of the football can be shown on two or three of the channels at the arse end of Freeview. Not that it bothers me ( I only ever watch the F1): I'm more annoyed by not even being able to turn Radio 4 on without hearing something about it. But I'm sure I'll get over it.
 
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