Monday, 16 June 2008

The cocks that crowed

"I don’t want to reinforce stereotypes but…"


Words of imminent doom from ITV’s John Champion during last night’s game. How do you end that sentence well? He didn't try very hard - “I don’t want to reinforce stereotypes but… Turkey do like a conspiracy theory”. Sidekick Jim Beglin immediately backed him up: “They like to find someone to blame. They’ve done it in the past”.


Awful stuff from both. 75 minutes of favouring the Czechs all the way and then an orgasm of hyperbole in favour of Turkey. Andy Townsend even went so far as declare them omnipotent – “They’re capable of absolutely anything those Turks”. Special game though and I can see them beating the waiting Croats...

2 comments:

John said...

The Turks also love a fight, always piling in for a ruck after another hotly disputed defeat. Plus their fans are an absolute disgrace, participating in too many eight year old incidents to mention.

fredorrarci said...

The thing is, I usually find Champion to be the least objectionable of ITV's commentators, though that is a bit like calling a team 'the eighteenth best in the Premier League'.

Townsend obviously believes that the louder he speaks, the more correct he is. It's been most entertaining watching him since the van Nistelrooy goal tilt at the windmill of the offside rule, aided by Sancho Allardyce.

Oh, and Beglin's a twat.