(This appears in my Monday April 28, 2008 column in the Business Mirror.)
More Than A Game
by rick olivares
In a pub, one man said to another, "My wife thinks I put football before marriage. That’s rubbish. Why we just celebrated our third season together."
When the late Bill Shankly made his bold proclamation about football being more important than life and death, many thought that it was mere hyperbole. After the Heysel and Hillsborough disasters, some ventured that the famous quote bordered on the extreme. Yet one thing is for sure, the game does permeate itself into one’s consciousness the torpedoes be damned.
Between reports that men prefer to go to a sporting event to having sex -- Deportivo La Coruna's midfielder Julian de Guzman* promised that if he scored against Real Madrid earlier this year, he would give up sex for a whole year. "I don't have a girlfriend and I'm willing to make sacrifices to help the team beat the leaders," he said. "I know what it's like to score against [Madrid keeper Iker] Casillas and it was like an orgasm” -- and how divorces can be even more acrimonious when it comes to those season tickets, football is now seeking to unite in many ways rather than be divisive like a hooligan.
A full Heathcotes wedding awaits those who live and breathe Liverpool FC at their home field of Anfield. It isn’t solely “You’ll Never Walk Alone” that you can sing together, but songs of Holy Matrimony! And now no wedding has to be interrupted with occasional updates on scores, yellow cards, and substitutions. You’re right there above the Kop where the bride and the groom can tell whoever is marrying them to “get on with it” so they can get on with the game.
Isn’t that cool? Now when a couple goes to watch a home game, it’s more than just telling their children to come that, “I sat here when the lads tallied eight goals against Besiktas.” It now includes, “this is where yer mam and yer da got hitched now.”
But where the rest of one’s so-called life begins there’s also the opposite – death.
In the La Boca neighborhood of
Not wanting to displease their massive fan base, team management established a cemetery just south of
That’s great. Take the fans money while their alive and take it still when they’re pushing up daisies.
Taking a cue from Since the
Even in death, something comes between sports and one’s marriage.
In between Shankly’s statement is that age old adage that singer Dave Matthews so cheerily warbled about: “eat and be merry for tomorrow you may die.”
And at North Holloway,
During the Gunners’ recent quarterfinals clash with
- Three-course buffet £29.95 (normal price £39.95)
- Three-course Buffet with drinks - £45.00 (normal price £55.00)
- And a children’s menu (13 years or younger) - £14.95 (normal price £19.95)
Real Madrid’s famous stadium, the Santiago Bernabeu, located in the financial district of Madrid boasts of three first-class restaurants – the Asador de la Esquina, Puerta 57, and the Real Café Bernabeu -- that serve Grade-A beef from the Guadarrama Mountains, traditional Spanish cuisine, and a spectacular T-bone steak. The Real Cafe terrace is open every summer from 10 am and is one of the most attractive places in So for all of football’s current concerns such as South Africa not being ready for the World Cup in 2010, the rich clubs getting richer, and the endless poaching of players for the more popular leagues, the game is indeed embedded in our daily lives. Where a win makes for a euphoric week and a loss, a bout with depression. And the experience… a season of joy.
So for all of football’s current concerns such as South Africa not being ready for the World Cup in 2010, the rich clubs getting richer, and the endless poaching of players for the more popular leagues, the game is indeed embedded in our daily lives. Where a win makes for a euphoric week and a loss, a bout with depression. And the experience… a season of joy.
* Luckily for Deportivo’s de Guzman, he missed out on an orgasmic experience against Madrid (with Depor winning 1-0 thanks to a Pepe own goal), at least he won't have to wait for a whole 12 months before having another one.