Thursday, 8 April 2010
350,000 Angry 'Ammers!
Wow! I've just looked in and found that the little old fashioned hit counter at the top of this blog has now ticked round to 350,000 and, if I remember rightly, I have been using it for well under a year. I know this blog isn't everybody's cup of tea but it does seem to have a certain drawing power. Detractors and supporters alike appear to be unable to resist the lure.
At this little landmark point, I would just like to extend a few thank yous in best Oscar winning style. The detractors have made much of how few regular contributors there are, but to those who do make the effort to chip in, I am greatly indebted. I run the risk of offending by forgetting people but Stani, Sav (I can't spell the full name mate), Kevin from Manchester, El Martillo, Winston, Deane, TurdsOut and Essexhammer merit a special mention, as does our old friend Anonymous! People like Luke Eliot seem to be looking in more often. If anybody fancies submitting an article, I'm happy to run it.
A few friends have been lost along the way, or are keeping their peace. I suppose that's the nature of these things. After a while, my rants become tedious I suppose!(Cue TurdsOut, "After a while? By the end of your first sentence!")
Anyway, it has been a torrid year, a truly nightmare season. A recurring theme of what represents support has bristled through responses to this blog. I have answered one criticism by becoming a regular to home games. I do watch every minute of every game, one way or another, unless my internet stream breaks down on me. I have huge admiration for those who follow the club up and down the land and hope that, one day, they will be able to follow "over sea" too. Who knows, that European dream may be realised one day!
Where I cannot agree with the detractors is their belief that "support" means never criticising. How on earth people swallowed Duxbury's bullshit is completely beyond me. How people have retained "trust" in Zola has staggered me too. Just look at the table guys! Look where we were when he took over and where we are now! Yes Turds and Egg have a lot to answer for. Yes Brown should have had a double barreled name - Shit-Brown - but why do we have to wait for the villains and idiots to leave the stage before we recognise them for what they are? I love my children but I am not afraid to criticise them. Remember the old saying about drink driving, "Friends don't let friends drive"? Sometimes, being a true friend, being a true supporter, involves saying it how it is. We are in this mess because of Brown, because of the Iceland connection, because of Eggert's extravagance, because of Turds' poor transfer policies, because of Duxbury's incompetence and duplicity, because of Zola's poor tactics and poor team selection and because many of you guys just accept it.
In Animal Farm the pigs paint the six commandments on the wall of the barn and, as they break the rules, add additional words. May I suggest that to the maxim, "In Zola we trust" we add a single word, "blindly"?
Posted by Hammersfan at 14:13