How We See It.

Perception is a strange thing. Take two youngish men, both of whom have, let’s say, taken advantage of their status and the attraction it brings and had affairs. So far, so normal. One of the men had an affair with a friend’s ex – girlfriend, breaking the unwritten – but well known – rule of never getting together with a mate’s girl, ex or current. The other man slept with his brother’s wife.
   For those who do not know, whether it is because of not following the UK’s dominant sport – football – or because UK news does not affect you, the fact that this story is about two prominent sportsman will be of little surprise. What is a little strange is that the reputation of the sportsman who slept with his brother’s wife is less tarnished than the other.
   John Terry has the reputation of being a bit of an oik. A man of true working class roots, with a face that is to an Adonis what brick is to marble, Mr Terry, an uncompromising, but highly accomplished defender, does not project the air of a cuddly fella. A one club player, Terry has been a stalwart of Chelsea football club since before vast riches made them a force in world football. He more than any other player, represents the nouveau riche, cash-without-class, we’re-rich-and-we-don’t-care, attitude that irked so many opposition fans, made jealous or envious of the club’s sudden wealth.
  Being the captain  of such a club pushed Terry more into the limelight. So when the papers found out the married Terry was sleeping with a former teammate’s ex – girlfriend,  they could not wait to break the story. How could he sleep with his friend’s girlfriend?! What would happen, now that they played for different teams, when they met? What about his wife? John Terry did not get an easy ride.
  Ryan Giggs slept with his brother’s wife. Maybe they are not very close as siblings, maybe he was sick of lending him money, maybe she was an unrequited love. Maybe. He slept with his brother’s wife.
   The Manchester United former winger was a player of some talent. Fleet of foot, beautifully balanced, a footballing brain and given to – though I would argue too infrequent  – moments of brilliance.  He was the sort of player people paid to see and he played for one of the most famous teams on the planet.
  A good looking, urbanite, Giggs has enjoyed sporting success, a, relatively, blemish free reputation and personal acclaim. Even after failing to keep knowledge of his indiscretion suppressed – he tried to have the story legally squashed – he is still held in high regard in sporting circles.
   John Terry is no paragon of virtue. His reputation  outside of football is subject too many negative rumours; greed, gambling, racism. Ryan Giggs, currently enjoying life as assistant manager of Manchester United, slept with his brother’s wife.    

Before I Die: 101 thing to do – part four

Back to the list…

22.) Drive a supercar
I am not really a petrol head. A motor vehicle is for the purposes of transportation. I do, however, love a fast car! Porsche, Ferrari, Lamborghini, doesn’t matter as long as it is stupidly fast. Zoom.

23.) Attend a major sporting event
Six nations, Olympics, World Cup, even the World Series and I don’t even understand baseball! I just love a big event atmosphere. The London Olympics were magnificent. It is both inclusive and tribal. Everyone should experience it.

24.) Go in a spaceship
So space travel is not really a thing yet. It will be. When it is – and I expect it to happen in my lifetime – I want on that ride. Imagine actually seeing the planet from space! The planet! Would be so awesome.

25.) Float on an updraft
Like sky diving with out the need to jump out of a plane. Also, it is only a few feet off the ground. Genius.

26.) See a north London derby
Of all games in football – soccer, not the random American game played using one’s hands – the derby is the game that most fans look forward to. There is no game that carries more passion or intensity, than that of a contest against your local rivals. Being an Arsenal fan, the thought of my team putting Tottenham to the sword….! That I want to see.

27.) Join a soup run
Not everyone in the city is living the high life. Some, whether it be life circumstances or their own poor choices, live a hard life in the city. I have had many a Xmas when I’ve thought – usually after stuffing too much! – I should do a soup kitchen. So it’s on the list.

28.) Pay off my mother’s mortgage.
Doesn’t everybody want to do that?

That’s seven more. Hmm, even I’m curious about the next seven!