Raging against too many bright blue canada goose jacket goals is simply swimming against the tide
No, please, no more. Really, no more goals. This week the sense of altered pressure, a minor shifting of the barometer in English football has been almost tangible. It isn’t exactly raining goals out there, it is more a persistent humidity of goals, a rising fungal mulch.
The increase in goals scored per game in the Premier League has been clear for some time: each of the past three seasons has brought an increase on the old record, while this season we may for the first time top three goals per game. But it is also there in the way football feels now.
On Saturday lunchtime Manchester United will play Arsenal, a fixture that may once have conjured a sense of high level constriction, of a miserly buy canada goose parka cheap wringing out of decisive details, but which instead we must contemplate pre-exhausted with goal leap and net bulge, braced for repeated TV cutaways to that frighteningly unguarded moment when even the most contained and ruminative of managers will come rearing up like a startled silverback, buy canada burlington coat factory canada goose coat goose jacket online canada neck swivelling, fists bunched, face the colour of startled spam.
For all the cajoling of television, a glut of goals is not something that anybody really contemplates with any pleasure. Watching Arsène Wenger and Brian McDermott on the touchline during the 7-5 at the Madejski there was a shared sense of some collective bungle in train, the two managers standing helpless and baffled like empty-handed men at the top of a scaffold surveying, for a frozen moment, the wreckage of the ruined chandelier down below.
Nobody who really likes football likes goals that much. Not in the abstract, deprived of context or scarcity value. What is the pleasure, really, in witnessing a goal? Or in witnessing a goal surrounded by so many other goals that it becomes little more than its basic parts: a leather sphere propelled across a chalk line into a segmented nylon gauze. Does that sound fun? The only way in which a goal has any real content is against the wider background of an absence of goals. There must be struggle and despair, we must genuinely believe to the last that a goal may not happen at all.
This is why television commentators, in times of goal scarcity, would howl and yelp and say things like “Rammed it in!” and “Glorious from the Ipswich schemer!” still completely astonished that anything like this could ever happen, success so huge and wholly farcical. By contrast football that is flush with goals, its emotional barometer set constantly to delirium, is like watching an endless series of cinematic climaxes with no narrative ballast: two hours of car crashes, or closing musical montages, or Robin Williams looking wise and hugging someone as the credits start to roll. This isn’t enough. We need to know that Robin Williams has previously suffered, felt angry, clowned inspiringly in front of photogenic children, perhaps even that buy canada goose jacket edmonton Robin Williams will soon die of some decorative disease. Why is this happening? It has become fashionable to suggest that teams have “forgotten how to defend”, albeit it seems more likely that defending has become more difficult. Most obviously this is because of the rule changes that have dampened the concussive side of football, forcing a defending player to compete in registers such as balance, speed and agility, rather than just the catch-all smear of physical force. Plus there is the continuing nightmare of offside, confusion wrought by progressive fiddling around at the edges that echoes dimly the more major change to the offside rules of the early 1920s that led to the Football League’s greatest upsurge in goalscoring, the Dixie Dean era of Brylcreemed cannonball centre-forwards
And perhaps some credit is due here after all. Even in a traditionally conservative league, attacking innovations have become a cautious kind of vogue. The defining image of last season’s title race was the sight of Yaya Touré in his “advanced” runaway dustcart mode, the ball not so much glued to his foot as caught beneath his rearing hooves. A highly effective attacking tool, albeit one that, as a footballing spectacle, brings to mind a particularly chaotic West Country cheese rolling competition glimpsed briefly on the Saturday afternoon regional news.
This season it has been the turn of Chelsea to provide innovation via the attacking trio known to some (apparently) as “Mazacar”, and led by Juan Mata and supported most memorably by the luminous Oscar, who doesn’t so much run as glide and moonwalk and slither with a bell‑bottomed sense of chic and who could be teleported into any team in any era, past or future, and people would still sigh and swoon and blush and say: “Oh yes, oh … yes canada goose outlet, mmm, such lissome grace oh I say black friday 2013 canada goose sale he’s a doll, daddy, an absolute doll.”
Beyond this the current goal glut is perhaps not so much a function of tactics or tinkering, but of money, which has already skewed and flustered pretty much everything else in football. Recently, I asked a multiple title-winning defender about the current standard of defending and his response was that players don’t have the time now to perfect the art; that defending is boring, serious and horribly repetitive work, that the rehearsals and drills involved demand a sense of subservience, humility, even desperation, that is just not there. Players are too preoccupied elsewhere, too itinerant, with team-building too hurried and too much a process of ad hoc diplomacy.
Perhaps, just as buy canada goose jacket online cheap no one will ever draw like Michelangelo again because there simply isn’t the time or the inclination, nobody will ever defend like Jürgen Kohler or Steve Bould or Franco Baresi. And perhaps this isn’t even something to regret or revolt against, it is simply part of these wider currents.
It is what is happening now: a phenomenon to be observed best ideas about canada goose outlet on pinterest with a sense not of rising panic or best fake canada goose jacket a wringing of the hands, but buy canada goose jacket online canada glazed and burpingly sated, replete with our own sense of everyday delirium.