Hello Darkness my old Friend…
Well, that was as dark a week as we’ve had in a long time. Super League bombshell on the Sunday, a difficult game on the Monday away to Leeds that lost all its significance, the collapse of the Super League on the Tuesday making Mondays insignificant match extremely significant again, and the fallout afterwards. How could we have capped off an absolute stinking week? With another Anfield gift for the visitors of course after the capitulation against Newcastle. The concession of that late equaliser, minutes after a VAR escape, felt like a defeat. There was no other way that this week would have ended.
The week was filled with anger, uncertainty, fear and everything in between. And that was only among the Trippers!! In all seriousness, the shows were really hard to do this week, but we tried to put our feelings on the whole situation out there as best and balanced as we could.
Fans didn’t know how to react, nobly guided by those paragons of virtue Gary Neville and Sky Sports. If anything, the week showed that everyone had their own agenda, and were fighting to protect their own interests. Yes, the club owners were chasing the money, but so too were the broadcasters. A closed shop tournament that takes away competitive edge, with no recriminations for finishing bottom? I don’t think anyone fancied that model. It was seen as a victory for the fans after protests put a stop to the whole thing. UEFA, who staved off the threat to the integrity of European competition, then dropped their own plans for a revamped Champions League, which shared many of the hallmarks of the Super League. This went through with minimum fuss. Funny that!!