Saturday, April 26, 2008

Football, it's just a game?

'Some people believe football is a matter of life and death. I'm very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that.'

I agree with that as well, even more so today as not only was it my sons football presentation but it was also a small matter of a game between Chelsea and some team from Manchester. After dropping my Girl off to college I headed to football to meet up with my parents and the children. As today was presentation day there was a brief warm up before the action commenced, a football tournament to see what the kids are made of. There was some impressive skill from them, it emerged over the course of the matches played that Boy prefers playing in defence. I questioned whether he was going to score and he told me that he was just going to smash everyone. I asked him to do that with getting the ball and the sheer determination in his face was quality. He eventually finished with a certificate which was wicked but with further awards available hopefully in thirteen weeks time at the next presentation he will go on further.

Me and my daughter watched from the side with my parents and she does make me laugh. It didn't start too well though as she wasn't happy about my new tattoo. If you scroll through my pictures you will have seen a tattoo of her mother and her as a baby. This has now been replaced with a Carp which my tattooist designed for me. I could understand her being upset as I feel she took it personally but I went for a walk with her and talked things through about moving on and everything and she understood. She is so big now, she's looking forward to my next tattoo of her now as I have a space reserved and the picture I have chosen has her seal of approval.

I'll finish with the small match in West London, a win being the only result needed and that is exactly what the team in blue provided. It was an amazing match, Chelsea had United on the back foot from the offset and they were under pressure for most of the first half. Was worried that we wouldn't convert this into goals but on the stroke of half time Ballack nicked in to head home the goal that would hopefully bring us level on points. It wasn't to be though as Rooney latched on to a Carvalho mistake and slotted home to bring it level. Rooney was in a bad way so had to be substituted and on came that boy Ronaldo. Figured this would be game over but we hung in and then courtesy of a Carrick handball up stepped Ballack and sealed an emphatic victory from the spot. There was late drama with two goal line clearances from Ashley Cole and Sheva and it threatened to boil over at the death but we saw the game out. Classic match which had it all, a tussle between Ballack and Drogba which will have Chelsea in the news for all the wrong reasons, Rio caught a fan whilst kicking some boarding and just learnt on Match of the Day that it all went off after the game between United and the Chelsea pitch staff. It's just a game, isn't it?