Have you missed football?

Have you missed football?

  • Yes

    Votes: 97 24.0%
  • Yes but not Spurs

    Votes: 77 19.0%
  • No

    Votes: 231 57.0%

  • Total voters
    405
Joined
May 12, 2010
Messages
23,802
Still no. To the point where if I'm checking out a news site like the BBC or summat and I see a link to a story where someone connected to football is putting forward some kind of plan for how it can all be re-started somehow (be it finishing the 2019/20 season or starting a new season later in the future), my first reaction is to think, "Oh fuck, I hope that doesn't happen."

Find myself in a personally contradictory position where I don't want the entire game to collapse because it would have disastrous economic implications for a lot of decent hard-working wage-earners employed by football clubs and the rest of the associated supply chain*, but also from my own selfish perspective I simultaneously hope that it doesn't ever start again because the last couple of months have shown me pretty emphatically that I'm happier without Spurs and football in my life.

*albeit zero fucks given about the players and staff at the top of the game earning vast salaries well beyond the dreams of us working stiffs; I would shed not a single tear if no player ever again earned tens of thousands of pounds per week
When talking about the top level, professional game, I would be in agreement with these sentiments. If the over-bloated, corporate manifestation of the game, that has mutated out of Abramovich's introduction of financial doping/sportswashing to football, were to collapse, I would actually be satisfied with that.

I see Spurs related headlines on SC, regarding transfers or players etc, and find myself completely uninterested.
 

Bensonrecon

Well-Known Member
Joined
Apr 4, 2015
Messages
368
Longer they keep desperately looking for ways to restart the less I want it. When even a pandemic doesn't halt the greed of sponsors, the league and the clubs, the transformation from a sport into purely business has never been more obvious.
 

Monkey boy

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jun 18, 2011
Messages
4,543
Couldn’t you just choose to no longer follow Spurs and / or football once it returns if you’re that much happier without it?
if only it were that simple eh? For what it’s worth I’m of exactly the same opinion as Scat and have been for a few years now.

I myself have recognised for some time that football and in particular spurs play a far too prominent role in my life and I hate it. Getting moody with my family and girlfriend because we lost, spending way too much money on following us which could have been spent on more important things or again my family. It’s again not only spurs games that have the ability to affect my mood / state of mind. Anybody that has read my posts know how much I dislike Liverpool almost as much as I love spurs so this season has just about sapped any love for English football out of me.

like you say though, why not just unfollow spurs, well that would be breaking a 35 year habit which as I alluded to earlier is a lot easier said than done.
 

vicbob

Well-Known Member
Joined
Aug 26, 2008
Messages
1,761
Haven’t missed it all, and found myself being much more content without it to the point that this the first time in about six weeks I have strayed into Spurs chat forum rather than just hanging out in chat. For years the first page I would click on would be the transfer forum or team news etc etc, now I couldn’t give a toss, and have no idea who’s still injured, who we are linked with etc etc and really can’t be arsed to get back in the Jose good or bad debates.
I know one way or other I will get sucked back in when it all starts up again, but I have already cancelled my membership and decided that even if we can, I am unlikely to go anytime in the near future, and to be honest, going to live games with my mates was the only plus point in the Spurs disease I have had for 30 odd years, as I have been slowly getting disconnected over the last few years.
At the moment, I couldn’t care less if it starts again this season, but it will be very interesting, when the first game is on TV, will I watch it?. Probably but hopefully from a slightly different viewpoint.
 

scat1620

L'espion mal fait
Joined
May 11, 2008
Messages
9,115
going to live games with my mates was the only plus point in the Spurs disease I have had for 30 odd years, as I have been slowly getting disconnected over the last few years.
"Disease" is a great choice of word that captures exactly how I feel about Spurs and football. Looking back on the 25 years I've followed Spurs for, I remember feeling miserable due to football far, far more than I remember feeling happy due to it, and that ratio of misery to happiness hasn't changed much even during our supposed renaissance period of the last 10 years, so it wasn't just Gerry Francis and Colin Calderwood colouring my present view.

Like @vicbob, I was already set to cancel my OH membership this summer because I could no longer stomach handing over money to ENIC, who I feel to be cold, unromantic and avaricious owners who are solely involved with the sport to increase the value of their investment and who are completely indifferent to making the lives of any Spurs fans happier, unless by sheer chance that happens as a by-product of an action in service of their overriding monetary goals.

But it's more than just that. The enforced time-out that covid has put on mine and everyone else's lives has given me pause to realise that I dislike more things about football than I enjoy. I dislike the obscene money that has taken over the upper echelons of the game: players, staff and owners alike. I dislike my emotions being manipulated (more often than not for the worse) by events which I have no control over. I dislike inane small-talk chatting and point-scoring bait-y arguments about football with colleagues and friends, and sometimes my own family. I dislike the TV, radio and press coverage of football and especially the circus around football like transfer speculation and contract rumours. And with the likes of VAR and the dogmatic defence of its implementation by authorities who never even acknowledge its maddening inconsistencies let alone try to fix them, I'm increasingly disliking the game of football itself.

For my own peace of mind I'll allow my Sky Sports season ticket pass on NOW TV to expire without renewal when it runs out, and cancel the BT Sport add-on I have with my broadband. When football does restart, the sheer ubiquity of its coverage means it will be pretty hard to avoid even without those mainline feeds, but I think I'm going to try and frame myself in my mind as a former football fan and see how that goes for just not giving a shit about any of it. The hardest part will be getting across my change of heart to the people who know me and use football as a regular topic to shoot the shit on, because it's not easy to say to people that you'd rather not talk about something as (on the face of it) harmless as football because it makes you feel miserable.
 

Spurslove

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jul 6, 2012
Messages
2,223
if only it were that simple eh? For what it’s worth I’m of exactly the same opinion as Scat and have been for a few years now.

I myself have recognised for some time that football and in particular spurs play a far too prominent role in my life and I hate it. Getting moody with my family and girlfriend because we lost, spending way too much money on following us which could have been spent on more important things or again my family. It’s again not only spurs games that have the ability to affect my mood / state of mind. Anybody that has read my posts know how much I dislike Liverpool almost as much as I love spurs so this season has just about sapped any love for English football out of me.

like you say though, why not just unfollow spurs, well that would be breaking a 35 year habit which as I alluded to earlier is a lot easier said than done.
I share your sentiments to a large degree. It's like the moth to the flame syndrome. I watch and love football because it has become an unbreakable habit down the years, but more often than not, I get bored with it as I'm watching it. It's soooo predictable. All the players throwing themselves around, spitting and snotting, cheating, trying to con the ref all the time, feigning injuries to get free kicks, claiming free kicks and corners when they know for a fact they're not entitled, screaming and swearing at referees and linesmen for every decision which goes against them, and committing the most dreadful fouls with their studs up and looking like little miss innnocence when the ref awards a free kick, or a yellow or red card. Same old nonsense every single time. 90+ minutes of bullshit from a bunch of pussy-boys, thugs and cheats.

Sometimes I start watching a match after looking forward to watching it (usually a match in which Spurs aren't playing) and after only a few minutes, I think 'Seriously, WTF am I watching this shit for'?

And then every day since the lockdown started, I've been hearing all these different bodies from all these different factions (UEFA, FIFA, PFA, EPL, LMA and God only knows who else) trying to find new ways of starting football again because they're losing too much money. Over 30,000 people are dead because of this fucking thing, and they're worried about their billions of pounds lost in sponsorships and TV rights, so they come up with playing games behind closed doors or playing games at neutral venues. They've all got their snouts in the trough and it shouild be bleedingly obvious to everyone by now, that no decisions are ever going to meet with mass approval. Round and round in ever decreasing circles they go and it's soooo boring.

What next? Play the games with no physical contact? Make the players wear face masks throughout the matches to stop them spitting and snotting?

I say scrap the bloody season and have done with it. Award Liverpool the title by all means, but refuse to allow them an open-top bus celebration because it would attract mass crowds of people, shattering all the social distancing protocols and sticking two fingers up at the NHS.

To be perfectly honest,I find I'm missing my cricket far far more.

.
 

Monkey boy

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jun 18, 2011
Messages
4,543
"Disease" is a great choice of word that captures exactly how I feel about Spurs and football. Looking back on the 25 years I've followed Spurs for, I remember feeling miserable due to football far, far more than I remember feeling happy due to it, and that ratio of misery to happiness hasn't changed much even during our supposed renaissance period of the last 10 years, so it wasn't just Gerry Francis and Colin Calderwood colouring my present view.

Like @vicbob, I was already set to cancel my OH membership this summer because I could no longer stomach handing over money to ENIC, who I feel to be cold, unromantic and avaricious owners who are solely involved with the sport to increase the value of their investment and who are completely indifferent to making the lives of any Spurs fans happier, unless by sheer chance that happens as a by-product of an action in service of their overriding monetary goals.

But it's more than just that. The enforced time-out that covid has put on mine and everyone else's lives has given me pause to realise that I dislike more things about football than I enjoy. I dislike the obscene money that has taken over the upper echelons of the game: players, staff and owners alike. I dislike my emotions being manipulated (more often than not for the worse) by events which I have no control over. I dislike inane small-talk chatting and point-scoring bait-y arguments about football with colleagues and friends, and sometimes my own family. I dislike the TV, radio and press coverage of football and especially the circus around football like transfer speculation and contract rumours. And with the likes of VAR and the dogmatic defence of its implementation by authorities who never even acknowledge its maddening inconsistencies let alone try to fix them, I'm increasingly disliking the game of football itself.

For my own peace of mind I'll allow my Sky Sports season ticket pass on NOW TV to expire without renewal when it runs out, and cancel the BT Sport add-on I have with my broadband. When football does restart, the sheer ubiquity of its coverage means it will be pretty hard to avoid even without those mainline feeds, but I think I'm going to try and frame myself in my mind as a former football fan and see how that goes for just not giving a shit about any of it. The hardest part will be getting across my change of heart to the people who know me and use football as a regular topic to shoot the shit on, because it's not easy to say to people that you'd rather not talk about something as (on the face of it) harmless as football because it makes you feel miserable.
nailed it and put that accross far better than I could especially the last sentence about being able to tell people you aren’t interested in football anymore.
 

mpickard2087

Patient Zero
Joined
Jun 13, 2008
Messages
20,984
"Disease" is a great choice of word that captures exactly how I feel about Spurs and football. Looking back on the 25 years I've followed Spurs for, I remember feeling miserable due to football far, far more than I remember feeling happy due to it, and that ratio of misery to happiness hasn't changed much even during our supposed renaissance period of the last 10 years, so it wasn't just Gerry Francis and Colin Calderwood colouring my present view.

Like @vicbob, I was already set to cancel my OH membership this summer because I could no longer stomach handing over money to ENIC, who I feel to be cold, unromantic and avaricious owners who are solely involved with the sport to increase the value of their investment and who are completely indifferent to making the lives of any Spurs fans happier, unless by sheer chance that happens as a by-product of an action in service of their overriding monetary goals.

But it's more than just that. The enforced time-out that covid has put on mine and everyone else's lives has given me pause to realise that I dislike more things about football than I enjoy. I dislike the obscene money that has taken over the upper echelons of the game: players, staff and owners alike. I dislike my emotions being manipulated (more often than not for the worse) by events which I have no control over. I dislike inane small-talk chatting and point-scoring bait-y arguments about football with colleagues and friends, and sometimes my own family. I dislike the TV, radio and press coverage of football and especially the circus around football like transfer speculation and contract rumours. And with the likes of VAR and the dogmatic defence of its implementation by authorities who never even acknowledge its maddening inconsistencies let alone try to fix them, I'm increasingly disliking the game of football itself.

For my own peace of mind I'll allow my Sky Sports season ticket pass on NOW TV to expire without renewal when it runs out, and cancel the BT Sport add-on I have with my broadband. When football does restart, the sheer ubiquity of its coverage means it will be pretty hard to avoid even without those mainline feeds, but I think I'm going to try and frame myself in my mind as a former football fan and see how that goes for just not giving a shit about any of it. The hardest part will be getting across my change of heart to the people who know me and use football as a regular topic to shoot the shit on, because it's not easy to say to people that you'd rather not talk about something as (on the face of it) harmless as football because it makes you feel miserable.
Spoiler: He'll be frantically searching for a stream at 2.59pm on Football Returns day.
 

Phomesy

Well-Known Member
Joined
Aug 20, 2013
Messages
8,266
I’ve not been in but would always look in.

The Ship is my favourite. Midweek you find some serious games of dominos going on in there.
Ah... The Ship!

Me and my mates always went the Pride... Then one day, for whatever reason, we decided to go the Ship. That was the comeback game against West Ham when Kane won it with a pen in extra time.

It was a sign. so we went to the Ship every single time. And Spurs went undefeated at the Lane.

It was down to us. All down to us. :cautious:
 

UncleBuck

Well-Known Member
Joined
Aug 20, 2003
Messages
6,386
I think football has finally met its nemesis. For years we’ve all been banging on about the money involved and this might be the wake up call when half the worlds population is bankrupt and finally realise they can’t be arsed to watch some of the garbage thrown up let alone pay for it.
 

DJS

Steel is for humans, silver is for monsters
Joined
Dec 9, 2006
Messages
26,422
Nope.

We were so depressingly crap it’s been nice to have a break from it lol.

Although looks like we could have Son and Kane back now when we resume so eternal optimist in me hopes we might improve nice it resumes.
 

wrd

Well-Known Member
Joined
Aug 22, 2014
Messages
6,180
"Disease" is a great choice of word that captures exactly how I feel about Spurs and football. Looking back on the 25 years I've followed Spurs for, I remember feeling miserable due to football far, far more than I remember feeling happy due to it, and that ratio of misery to happiness hasn't changed much even during our supposed renaissance period of the last 10 years, so it wasn't just Gerry Francis and Colin Calderwood colouring my present view.

Like @vicbob, I was already set to cancel my OH membership this summer because I could no longer stomach handing over money to ENIC, who I feel to be cold, unromantic and avaricious owners who are solely involved with the sport to increase the value of their investment and who are completely indifferent to making the lives of any Spurs fans happier, unless by sheer chance that happens as a by-product of an action in service of their overriding monetary goals.

But it's more than just that. The enforced time-out that covid has put on mine and everyone else's lives has given me pause to realise that I dislike more things about football than I enjoy. I dislike the obscene money that has taken over the upper echelons of the game: players, staff and owners alike. I dislike my emotions being manipulated (more often than not for the worse) by events which I have no control over. I dislike inane small-talk chatting and point-scoring bait-y arguments about football with colleagues and friends, and sometimes my own family. I dislike the TV, radio and press coverage of football and especially the circus around football like transfer speculation and contract rumours. And with the likes of VAR and the dogmatic defence of its implementation by authorities who never even acknowledge its maddening inconsistencies let alone try to fix them, I'm increasingly disliking the game of football itself.

For my own peace of mind I'll allow my Sky Sports season ticket pass on NOW TV to expire without renewal when it runs out, and cancel the BT Sport add-on I have with my broadband. When football does restart, the sheer ubiquity of its coverage means it will be pretty hard to avoid even without those mainline feeds, but I think I'm going to try and frame myself in my mind as a former football fan and see how that goes for just not giving a shit about any of it. The hardest part will be getting across my change of heart to the people who know me and use football as a regular topic to shoot the shit on, because it's not easy to say to people that you'd rather not talk about something as (on the face of it) harmless as football because it makes you feel miserable.
The hard part will be the people in your life being negative about your decision or dismissing it, I'm sure some of them will feel the same as you but we're so predispositioned to fear missing out that they'll be purposefully negative towards you to vindicate their own actions of watching football which is absolutely fine for them to do but I liken it to crabs in a bucket where one crab tries to make an escape for freedom, all the crabs at the bottom drag him back down. If you can acknowledge that difficult aspect of the people around you then you should be able to make a clean break.
 

Humbolt

Member
Joined
Jan 31, 2020
Messages
17
To answer the original thread title...

Actually no I haven't at all...

Nothing to do with how bad Spurs are or anything, but my Nan died of COVID-19 a couple of weeks ago after a long illness (not entirely COVID related) so I've been otherwise occupied. Personally I'd like to live in a world where thousands of innocent people aren't dying daily before I concern myself with football...
 

Spurslove

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jul 6, 2012
Messages
2,223
To answer the original thread title...

Actually no I haven't at all...

Nothing to do with how bad Spurs are or anything, but my Nan died of COVID-19 a couple of weeks ago after a long illness (not entirely COVID related) so I've been otherwise occupied. Personally I'd like to live in a world where thousands of innocent people aren't dying daily before I concern myself with football...
Really sorry to hear your very sad news mate, may your nan rest in peace.

I'm sure she'd love you to be happy, and maybe that's something to always bear in mind, once the grieving process is done.

.
 

Styopa

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jan 19, 2014
Messages
2,114
I do miss certain aspects of football. For all it’s faults it can bring people together be that friends or family - something we’re all missing out on at the moment. It provides an event to gravitate around, a reason to get together. Of course we shouldn’t need football for that but life isn’t perfect and football can serve as a useful bonding tool, especially between generations.

I’ve not had any major epiphanies about it since the pandemic started though. Really all of the worst aspects about football have been there to see for some time and they are little more than a reflection of the worst excesses of society as a whole.
 

ralphs bald spot

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jul 14, 2015
Messages
573
I really fail to understand that people come on to a football board to say that they don't miss football?

Geez what I would give to be going to a game this afternoon a couple of pints with a few mates watch the game have a moan complain about VAR about the referee how shit Aurier is and then make plans to do it all again next week. Some things in football aren't right but don't miss it your having a laugh !!

Frankly no football at the weekends no racing and nowhere to go
 

spursfan77

Well-Known Member
Joined
Aug 13, 2005
Messages
26,079
I really fail to understand that people come on to a football board to say that they don't miss football?

Geez what I would give to be going to a game this afternoon a couple of pints with a few mates watch the game have a moan complain about VAR about the referee how shit Aurier is and then make plans to do it all again next week. Some things in football aren't right but don't miss it your having a laugh !!

Frankly no football at the weekends no racing and nowhere to go
There’s some talk we maybe able to avoid this is football restarts and next season too. That would change my opinion of not missing it PDQ.
 
Top