I probably could’ve left it at the title I guess… its explanatory enough, but yes, Viva Rovers is having a break. Regular readers (or even occasional ones) will have already fathomed that I don’t have much love for top flight football in its modern guise, with particular disdain for all the hyperbole and guff which surrounds it. I don’t like rumour, or speculation and I believe the usage and encouragement of the word ‘banter’ to be a worse crime than pedophilia. The one saving grace is that I do genuinely love what all this gubbins revolves around, the eye of Hurricane Shitstorm, the actual football, but that continues to be lost in a sea of bollocks.
Take for example this ‘story’ which appeared on the Daily Mail website yesterday; Doncaster slap £3.25m price tag on Birmingham target Sharp screams the headline delivered in a font so large it is bigger than the text of the 33 word long story. Text incidentally that doesn’t match the headline. Doncaster haven’t slapped a price tag on Billy Sharp. He has not been valued at £3.25million, thats just a figure Southampton reportedly tabled for him. He’s apparently seen as a replacement for a striker Birmingham haven’t actually lost. And as for the opening sentence “Birmingham have enquired about Billy Sharp”. Have they? Really? How? And who to? What exactly would they enquire, they know who he is, what he does and that he is under contract at Rovers. This non-news, its guff, pure speculative guff, the sort of misinforming crap that perpetuates a newspaper which recently tried to link the death of a girl in n unfortunate accident a to the strike action being taken by her teachers. Its tedious, and increasingly there’s no escape from it.
Ordinarily its the love for the game that keeps me motivated enough to ignore the sensationalism and keep churning out the sort of stuff on here that was once deemed worthy of an award, and the label ‘high-brow’. But, in the off-season, there is no game. And at current a combination of personal circumstances and the increased cost of watching football means that when the game does return, its highly likely that I won’t be able to afford to watch it anyway. With that beacon dimming, my apathy for football has extended outwards to the sport at large and so I’ve decided to hang a Gone Fishin’ sign on the panelled oak doors of Viva Towers.
I’m not sure how long this break will last, hopefully not very long. I’m booked on the fun bus to Brighton so hopefully a ‘Looks Like We Made It’ backed Love In with the Albion fans will reawaken some enthusiasm. In the mean time may I suggest turning your attention to the much keener Vikingsbloggen site, a Rovers blog started last season by two or three Rovers fans. Its different in tone to Viva, but they’re independent and usually on the button so certainly deserving of your attention in the interim.