Tuesday, February 06, 2007
In a freakish and entirely aberrant display of good judgment, an apparently sane player has been picked to play for the worst football team in the world. Joey Barton, whose great virtue apart from sanity is that he plays for Manchester City, makes a point about the ineptitude of the publishing industry which I have often thought of making myself. Why, in the wake of England's dismal failure in the World Cup, did they suddenly publish some very expensive footballers' biographies? Or, as Joey puts it, 'England did nothing in that World Cup, so why were they bringing books out? 'We got beat in the quarter-finals. I played like shit. Here's my book.'' Well, quite. Frank Lampard published a book and is 'renowned for being sensitive to criticism and was deeply aggrieved by Barton's remarks.' Well, tee-hee. Now I only hope Spain win 4-3 with Barton scoring a heroic hat-trick and a cognitive therapist having to be rushed on to the pitch to get Lampard back on his feet after a Spanish player asks him how his book sold.
Posted by Bryan Appleyard at 6:13 am