The problem of football with silver medals
It is indisputable, of course, and that was indeed the logic adopted by Ashley, but it always seemed to me to be a false parallel. There is no conclusive evidence, to my knowledge, that teams that take National Cups seriously are relegated more frequently. There isn’t even convincing evidence that it necessarily makes the difference between finishing 15th and 16th.
And an intriguing point of Paul Bauer: “I suspect the Premier League would find a way around the Saudi ownership controversy, thinking that if they didn’t allow it, the Saudis would probably go to other leagues with their money.”
This idea has been raised elsewhere, including by one of the lawyers involved in the takeover, but I’m not sure it reflects the way the Premier League thinks. The major leagues in the United States seem – at least from the outside – to think strategically and collectively much more naturally, and far more frequently, than the major football leagues in Europe. Many members of the Premier League have an unfortunate tendency to confuse the best interests of the league with their own interests.
It was the serious thing; the trivial comes in the form of many inquiries about the correct pronunciation of my name. It’s Roar-Ee – spelling it that way might actually be better – but get as close as possible.
There have been a few suggestions that maybe this wasn’t the best parallel – my name is apparently pretty common, although I’m not sure the kids of Leeds in the 1980s saw it that way. – and that using it was indicative of my own privilege. First of all: it wasn’t necessarily a serious example. But, after thinking about it, I’m not sure I buy the idea of lien on this one.
Some names are difficult for some people to pronounce. It is universal; it transcends creed, color, nationality and everything in between. And I would have thought that accepting that is also universal. We should all make an effort, of course; I am very proud to put my accents in the right places. But we also have to make an effort to understand if people sometimes fall short.
The last word this week goes to Joe bellavance. “I was ready to fall off my chair laughing when you signed on as ‘Greg’, he wrote, reminding us all of another universal truth: that the best jokes are the ones you forget to make. .