Well I think it’s fair to say that I’ve written some controversial blogs before. Often these are because of my strong views on Christianity, and my unashamed faith. But maybe, just maybe, for some people this will be even more controversial. But I have to be honest, I hate, and I really do mean hate, football.
I want to mate it quite clear that I’m not joining in with the modern temptation to always use extreme language, to dress everything up with the strongest adjectives that can be found. No, I really mean it, from the bottom of my heart, I hate football. But I guess I should make some things clear.
Now let’s get some things sorted out. If you tell this to some people, they seem completely unable to comprehend the information and assume that it must just be that you haven’t understood the game properly! Honestly, it’s infuriating. Of course, I understand the game. I understand the rules, I understand offside and goal difference. I’m not stupid. In fact, it’s actually not the game I hate. I quite enjoy the world cup, or a one-off game. I can enjoy a short burst of interest. I get it. But let’s be quite clear. I watch the world cup, watch as England inevitably do terribly and then shrug my shoulders and get on with my life. Because, and I want to be abundantly clear about this, IT’S NOT IMPORTANT!
And there in lies my first problem with football. Everyone seems to take it so seriously. Honestly, I talk to people who know nothing about what’s going on in the world, can’t be bothered to take even the slightest interest in politics, or the economy, despite the fact that these affect all our lives. They’ve never even considered the ultimate questions of life and death. And yet, they know every football score in history and will be depressed for days if “their team” (I’ll come back as to why that’s in quotation marks!) has lost. Not to mention that they only seem to bother discussing important issues when they affect football, like the discussions a while ago about racism. Or, to be even more up to date, only 25% of people voted in the May local elections. That means 75% of people couldn’t be bothered to think about who leads their local area. Simultaneously, everybody debated and discussed who the next England manager should be! That they can be bothered to think through, but who actually leads the country, they can’t be bothered. I mean, could there be a stronger example of bad priorities!
Then we’ve got the fact that it never stops. Never. The football season seems to be never-ending. There’ll never be a winner, because it just goes on and on into eternity. Over and over and over. Every game is THE big game, THE one to watch. Not to mention the extreme allegiance people give to their teams. So they personify their team, saying things like “Haha, we completely smashed you”. No you didn’t, you weren’t playing. This Mitchell and Web sketch sums up my feelings.
Add to all this the appalling wages these footballs get paid and the disgusting example many of them set. There are real heroes in this world, people who give there lives for others, and we hold up these people as heroes, because they can make stupid amounts of money for being good at kicking a ball about.
Then one last thing. Guys always talk about it. I’ve had to accept that when I get together with friends, any friends, I will have to sit there bored for at least half an hour as they discuss football. Some people will walk up, ask which team you support and when you say you’re not interested in football they literally just go silent. They are unable to have a conversation without that topic!
So there you go, I hate football. I can’t be alone, there must be others like me? Surely? Even if not, can you football lovers do me a favour. I don’t want to take it from you, I’m glad you enjoy it. But do me a favour. Remember that it it’s not important and try to take some interest in the stuff that is. And, please, just remember that some of us just don’t care about it and would rather not have to pretend that we do, so don’t try to convince us otherwise. Football is simply not important. Just remember, that’s all!