The Glazers Really Don’t Care…

0 Shares

… which, of course, is blindingly obvious. But more significant is their flagrant disregard for a certain word called reality.

By now this is old news, but to refresh those of you not aware, there are reports that say the Glazers are likely to further increase ticket prices.

This in itself is no big deal; they have increased prices every year since their takeover. The context of the reports suggest that they are waiting till the prices reach such a point when no one in their right mind would want to come even close.

However, for supporters there might be hope. Even before these reports came out, MUST’s Green and Gold campaign claimed to have got a lot of supporters willing to not renew their season tickets. It’s quite possible that there will be a lot of undecided supporters around.

And if there is a significant number of them then this sort of a report ought to push them over the edge. (I am part hoping for that to happen, but I don’t think it’s entirely unfathomable.)

But the question is, how much of a boycott is enough to create any sort of dent to the Glazer steamroller?

I would agree with Stretty Ender on this, with whom I had a brief conversation about it on twitter the other day: he reckoned about 10,000 people at least should not renew. That is a serious dent. It’s enough cushion to ensure the day-trippers that visit OT, don’t make this sell-out. We’re already seeing matches with empty seats at OT. However, those seats despite being empty have been paid for in the pre-season itself.

The upcoming season will tell us a lot more. Green and Gold is all well and good for now, and might have even amused that family in Florida. However, if this campaign translates into underwhelming sales next season — it will be time for the Glazers, Gill et al, to turn off the autopilot ramp that’s been controlling their ticket price rise lately. Oh, and perhaps force them to consider the Red Knight cash on the table.

We’re dealing with an intransigent set of owners who, with the benefit of distance from the epicentre of protests, have remained unmoved. Change can happen only when it hits their bottomline.

But the war has just begun. And like most wars, this needs a lot of patience from fans.

*

A lot of you had questions on why this site has been dead, save for the preview posts [thanks, David!]. For the past two months I’d hit a creative rut where I didn’t really enjoy writing anymore. I mean, I enjoyed watching United. But the process of analyzing performances, writing my typical long winded reports, opinion pieces on players, just began feeling like a chore. I’ve had my share of the writer’s block in the past. But this seemed like it was going to last longer. It just didn’t feel right.

Maybe I needed my head to be cleaned. Maybe I needed a break from the blogging/debate part of it and just enjoy the football, take it in for what it’s all worth. And just, well, be a fan without the analysing part. I think the last month was like that. I think I am finding my way back, and hopefully things will be back to normal. But in the meantime here’s what I plan to do. I will invite reader submissions. Yes, you heard it. I will invite submissions. I will of course be very selective, and there is a chance I might edit them out to fit in my — what those editor types call — editorial vision.

Here’s the thing though. I am looking for specific themed posts, and not just about on anything. Here are some type of posts I want:

1. Pieces that are personal in the sense of how you became a Manchester United fan. And while you think it’s easy one to write, trust me, it’s not. It needs to be really evocative, inspiring and descriptive in the sense that one gets the feeling of being in those shoes. This is actually one of the harder themes to write about — or at least, hard to get through my scissors.

2. If you are a season ticket holder or used to be, or well, have been to Old Trafford — a post on one of your best match days. If you’ve been there, and are a good story teller, this should be doable.

3. Humourous posts. And actually this is as hard as number one, but this is entirely subjective. The humour needs to be pretty funny or at least work for me, before it goes in here. If you are not sure, then send it to me. If I don’t think it’s that outrageous enough, feel free to post it in your blog or in the comments. Irreverence works. Even the ability to laugh at United, as long as it’s in good taste, also works.

4. Research stats based topics: This is the slogger’s post. Where the number crunchers in you could do one. Again, your stats need to be well reasoned — not half-baked. And yet, shouldn’t be bogged down with stats to bore the reader to death.

5. Miscellany — this is a loose category where stuff which may fall in the above categories might fit. Or I may decide this post just works for me. I don’t want news-based articles. Or match reports for that matter. These articles are routine pieces and can be churned out quite easily. So no short-cuts.

Anyway, here’s the kicker though. I am leaving on vacation for three weeks; will be travelling on Saturday and Sunday which means I will miss the Liverpool match. Keep sending your entries, and I will hope to post them over the next couple of weeks or so. Although there’s no guarantee as of now on that.

But I’m sure, if I get good posts I will post them. If I don’t, you are free to post them in your blog, or submit them elsewhere. Remember to not take rejections personally. None intended. If you come back later, swearing at me for rejecting your magnum opus, I apologise, in advance.

Send your entries to: redrants [at] gmail [dot] com. In the subject put “Contribution Piece for Red Rants”

0 Shares

95 Comments

  1. @Johnsom33: He was a criminal and he’s dead. That says it all for me. Listen mate,no offense but please do not go defending these punks to me. They are talentless scum and they represent everything that is wrong with youth and the music industry today. Just my opinion and I am entitled to it. To call individuals like that intelligent is an insult to everyone in the world who truly is deserving of the label intelligent.

  2. @EduardoDaVinci4: Tupac = DEAD. Blown away like the gangster and thug he was. Not the kind of person anyone should idolize or look up to. I never like to speak ill of the dead but in his case I will make an exception. Good riddance to bad rubbish.

  3. @Johnsom33: I’ve read about him (in a music mag, a not on some biased internet forum) and I think we can safely assume he was a pathological lying twat. πŸ˜›

  4. @Grognard: Wel we shall see how good their defence is then, and lahm. I say he gets ripped to shreds and we win comfortably on aggregate

  5. Forgot to comment about RR’s good post.

    I totally understand your situation. I wish I could do some writing myself but this requires way too much discipline, and there’s no fun in putting such effort on this when another little piece of information can easily derail the focus of the post topic. At the end of the day, (football clichΓ©) many come here to simply comment and vent their own feelings.
    One solution could be for you to make posts about non-footballing matters, provided the matters talked about appeal to most people in general. For instance what was RR’s take on avatar? And this being a United blog, sooner or later discussions will automatically refocus on utd things..
    Just a bit of random musing there…

  6. Errrrr not sure about links but if you have Spotify then it’s on there or just search on Youtube.

  7. @NicoQB: @Grognard: Of course you guys are entitled to your own opinion, I’m just asking that you know a little bit more of what your talking about. Tupac was much more than a rapper, which is why I said to do a little research. I can understand if you can’t be bothered too, but don’t just make blanket statements about something you clearly know zero about.

  8. Back too the football…

    I’m desperate for a win tommorow against the scum. Obviously it’s Liverpool and we are in a heated titled race, but it would be extra special because we could all but seal their fate in finishing outside the top 4.

    I just hope our guys are fired up for the game.

  9. @Grognard: I’ve always had alot of respect for Klose his goals speak for themselves. My question to you is how do you see vidic will fare against him over the two legs?if vidic is at his best do we have anything to worry about?

    And who is #27 for bayern? I believe he was playing left back today against Frankfurt. He pretty much singlehandedly lost the game for Bayern.

  10. @Johnsom33: I’m open to all kind of musics, and unlike grog, I don’t think that all rap sucks.
    I may not know much about him in the musical sense, but I did read an article about how much of his legend, and quite possibly his downfall was ultimately self-generated.

    By the way, I’m always happy to know more, what was he apart from being a rapper and an actor?

  11. @NicoQB: πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† No argument there. You know, at times like these I am reminded of my childhood when I used to defend to my father the music I listened to. Gangster rappers like The Beatles, The Who, Queen, The Stones etc. I then went into early adulthood and got very involved in the British New Wave scene and adopted bands like Depeche Mode, The Clash, The Cure, Sisters of Mercy etc and by then my father was really shaking his head wondering what the Hell was wrong with me and my generation.

    So when I openly put down the music young people like Eddy listen to these days, I do so with very serious reservations. Under no circumstances do I want to be seen like my father as some old codger who is out of touch with the modern music scene and too old to get it. The fact is that I am not too old to get most things. I own an iPod, I love a lot of the new shows (except reality tv) and fashions, I love Lady Gaga and the Black Eyed Peas because in them i see true musical content and ability, as opposed to just back alley poetry, anger, stupidity and irresponsibility. Whereas Tupac shouting out anger and violence in his music, The Peas ask the question “Where is the Love?”. As much as I liked Madonna in my day, I think Lady Gaga is even more talented. Her music is not that more different than Madonna’s or artists who were big in my day. So I’m not totally out to lunch and too old to get good music. Pearl Jam, Smashing Pumpkins, is good music. Gangster rap and most hip hop is nothing but garbage and a horrible message that is being sent to our youth on how to act in society, on what is important, and on normal societal values.

    Anger, violence and filth is not what record labels should be promoting. In my day they promoted freedom, drugs, love and parties. They promoted some negativity but when i see what the majority of hip hop and rap offer, I absolutely laugh out loud at my father and wonder what he would think of this garbage if he were alive today? πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ™„ My God, he would have just been beside himself. He actually liked the Beatles and some of the bands I liked if it wasn’t for the long hair. I have to admit although I have no problem with long hair for the most part, I have picked up that bias a bit in my old age. But overall I feel I am pretty cool and forward thinking about a lot of things. The four things that get me bent out of shape these days other than politics, Republicans and the lack of quality in people’s lives are really pretty trivial, but they bug me none the less. Rap music, Tattoos on women, women acting like men and finally, black athletes with long corn rows and especially wearing that ugly head of hair under a helmet in the NFL. Just pet peeves. I make no apologies for disliking them, I just do. And I am being honest enough to share that with all you here because I have always believed that as much as this is a Man Utd blog, we all share that passion and should also share a little about ourselves. How else can we get to know each other in this very limited format?

    So before people I respect like Johnsom jump all over me for my close minded attitude, just remember, we are all not the same, but I do think that some of my arguments have merit, while some are just born out of insecurity and being sheltered in a country like Canada that does not understand the inner city anger and reasoning behind gangster rap and the culture that has destroyed the once talented black man and turned him into an angry, resentlful, bling bling wearing threat to all us scared shitless white boys. πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

    Seriously though, it’s really about the music and good taste over no taste. My music still lives today, it’s considered as culturally significant and as great as the classic from centuries past. The Beatles will never die, nor will many of the great artists from the 50’s right through to the 80’s. But starting in the 90’s I would rate the majority of music to be nothing more than fad driven, angst driven and disposable. Nothing that will live on through the ages because most of it had very little musical content or hooks that one could even hum to. It’s hard to convince a lot today’s young that their tastes are truly in the toilet. They automatically and rightfully rebel. I understand that. What they don’t understand however is that unfortunately and regretfully, I am right. I may be wrong a bout many things in life but I am right about this.

    And it’s a shame really when I consider the great talent and acts that have come out of black communities for generations and decades and who have for the most part dried up because they forgot about the natural ability they had in performing and writing great music like Motown material and decided to get all angst driven, violent with poetry and forgot to introduce all this attitude to some musical notes along the way. They have created a sub culture where the dialect they use is tougher for someone to understand than Gaelic or where anger has replaced rhythm. Sad really. I am sad that good young bloke like Eddy would rally around and defend a thug and a talentless moron like Tupac Shakur. The only great contribution that prick ever made was getting himself whacked. I’m supposed to bleed for him and care because he deprived us of his contributions to society? πŸ™„ πŸ˜† πŸ˜† No, I’d rather mourn the passing of the great John Lennon and Jimmy Hendrix and others like that who contributed greatness in their music and who’s legacy is still felt decades after they left us. Sorry for the rant lads, just felt like getting this angst off my chest because one thing I deplore is bad taste and talentless morons being built up to something they are not, which is significant and vital to society and pop culture history.

    Now back to footy and rants about how much I hate Anderson’s, Sagna’s, Beckham’s and Pienaar’s haircuts.

  12. @EduardoDaVinci4: And that’s the way you should feel. Unlike me you are not in the unenviable position of loving both clubs. But make no mistake about it, as much as Iove Bayern, I too want United to win. How much they win by matters not to me although i do not want to see Bayern get embarrassed they way Milan was. I want United to go through but to save some of the firepower for the next round and especially for Barca if they are still around.

  13. @Red Ranter: That’s interesting RR because I saw both and felt underwhelmed by both. For those who don’t know already, I am a massive war movie fanatic owning over 500 war titles and tv series in my vast dvd collection. In fact I consider myself more of a military expert and war movie expert than I am a footy expert (although I’m sure many of you think I a am full of shite when it comes to football. πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€ ). That is why I am surprised how underwhelmed and bored I was by the Hurt Locker.

    Not a bad film by no means and a pretty good war film in general. A strong message and an interesting look at a part of the military that gets very little attention but which is full of danger, tension and sacrifice. But still, I just found it rather dull. Good acting, well written as far as the subject matter would allow, but certainly not on the level of truly great war films like Saving Private Ryan, Das Boot, Black Hawk Down, Full Metal Jacket and Platoon.

    I honestly do not think this film should have won the Oscar. When there is ten nominees I would say no problem with it getting nominated, but to win, no way. Just my opinion. In fact, there was a British tv series back in the 80.s called Danger UXB which dealt with the same theme but was situated in London during the Blitz of World War 2. And I’ll be honest, it was just as entertaining if not bette r in my view. At least I cared more about the characters. No this film left me as cold and as disinterested as the highly rated HBO mini series “Generation Kill” did. To high and sanctimounious for it’s own good and above all, lacking in action and tension. Hurt locker never suffered from that, it suffered from a lack of caring. At least for me. A good movie definitely, but not good enough to beat Avatar

    Funny thing is, I wasn’t that thrilled about Avatar. Great special effects and CGI and 3D camera work but overall, I found the plot unoriginal for Sci-Fi, the characters unconvincing and the overall plot just a rehash of many themes that have been used over and over. Still it had it’s WOW factor and it sure looked great but after I saw it, I just looked over to my friend and he to me and we both shrugged and said, good, but not great, Certainly not “Titanic” and not even close to being ground breaking as was “Star Wars” or the Lord of the Rings trilogy” in their time. Much ado over nothing I say. For me the two best films of the year hands down were “UP” and “Distirct 9”. I also loved the script and acting in “Up in the Air”, but I’d recommend that only for the older sect as well as people who have live, worked, endured and survived the corporate world. If you haven’t seen “UP” or “D9”, I strongly urge you to do so. Smart, original intelligent, visionary and creative. But they weren’t as political as having a film about Americans fighting in Iraq or a woman director trying to be the first female to win the award and going up against her ex husband, the self proclaimed “King of the World”. That over hype over nonsense completely persuaded voters to look at two films instead of ten and for me that was a shame because there were other well deserving films out there.

    For me Pixar still turns out incredible masterpieces every year and I am generally not a big fan of animation. But then I would never call their films animated. They have more heart, more soul, more substance than 98% of the films out there that are not animated. Pixar simply GET IT.

  14. @Johnsom33: First impressions mean everything mate. I know enough about Tupac to not have an ounce of admiration or respect for his rotting soul. He was a gangster and a punk. If you choose to see light where there is nothing but darkness, by all means do so. I respect your right to like and appreciate whomever you want mate, honest I do. But I will call things as I see them, and I would expect you to do the same. So what if we do not disagree, it’s not that important. I think a lot of this has to do with the different cultural and perhaps ethnic upbringings we have. We can’t all see things the same if we come from different worlds and where we have experienced life in different ways. I am just offering my opinion from my biased perspective. I make no bones about it. All I can say is my feelings are sincere and not as misinformed as you might think. It’s all a case of perspective. I may disagree strongly with your opinion of him and of rap, but I respect your right to like and feel the way you do. That’s what is most important here. After all, the most important thing here is that we all love United and despise Liverpool. Everything else is light weight. πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  15. @Johnsom33: I will be so gutted if we do not win tomorrow. I somehow feel that Fergie wants this one even more than we do and he will use all his skill and experience to put Rafa and his clown shoes back in their place, with a thud. United to win 3-1. So help though, if we lose this game I will not be gentle. No way should we be losing to those junk dealers at this stage of the year with so much at stake.

  16. @Johnsom33: Klose and Gomez do not worry me. Robben and Ribery worry e greatly and i also feel we need to show special attention defensively towards van Buyten coming up for wide set pieces and corners. His predatory presence in the box and his height and aerial power is a threat. Robben and Ribery at top speed and in great form are a massive concern. Evra as good as he is can be prone to poor positioning and getting skinned by far lesser players than either of these two. No way do I believe Neville or Rafael can cope with Ribery on our right side. I would hope Fergie sees the light and starts Wes Brown at RB as I think his physical presence can cause more trouble. But it’s Ribery’s pace that concerns me most. On the left side Evra will have to cope with Robben who is quick, can dribble and cut in but who also will have the assistance in service and overlaps of Philip Lahm. Vital that Fergie places Park on that side because of that double threat.

    What makes this so tough is that against Barca, the wide game could be controlled by just shutting off supply to Messi on the right. A hard job in itself but still only one man. With Bayern you have two men to worry about and both are world class and dynamic. In the end, if we lose this series, it will be because we were unable to stop their wingers and fullbacks. We have our own weapons for Bayern to worry about and certainly their defense has more holes in it than ours, but this series will be won based on how our back four and keeper play.

  17. @Johnsom33: #27 is David Alaba. A 17 year old Austrian who is destined for greatness. His skill set and maturity is well beyond his years and from all reports, is going to be Bayerns new LB for years to come. But he is inexperienced and can be exploited if Fergie decides to pick on him. Like Jonny Evans who also has a great future, youth is still capable of mistakes and if you center your attack on making life for them difficult, it will unsettle them. At 17 he will fold against a winger or fullback who really takes him to town. Still, he shows great composure and maturity well beyond his age. A real find for Bayern

  18. @owen: Oh how wrong you are. Sorry mate but that is truly an uninformed and biased opinion. The club has made it to the final 8 of the CL yet you wear your blinder when it comes to the overrated EPL. If Bayern were in the EPL, they would be challenging for the title with United, Chelsea and Arsenal. They are that good and are loaded with talent. Christ they have so many full Internationals sitting on their bench, how could you say something like that? πŸ™„ πŸ™„

  19. @Grognard: Ok, I’ll be quick.

    Lady Gaga: Good: Agree about the Madonna analogy.
    Black Eyed Peas: Not good. Talent? What talent? Have you considered the similar but infinitely more talented M.I.A?

    And no, definitly no, some rap can be rather good, if not great.

    And finially District 9? Now there’s an overrated movie. πŸ˜€

  20. @Grognard: Juventus are the most successful team in Italy and they have some Brazilian stars + a lot of internationals.What happened with them.4-1 to Fulham who are not in top 8 here.Bayern are nothing but a group of good players,They are not a team.Spurs,Villa,Shitty are much better than them

  21. @Grognard: Wes Brown is out for 4-6 weeks with broken bone in foot from Wolves game. So it’s Neville or Rafael at RB.

  22. @owen: Christ you really can make lame arguments sometimes. First of all, Juventus has not been the top team in Italy for quite a long time now. The scandal really did them in. Secondly, The EPL has successful teams that generally crash out in Europe but a few are doing well this year in that new EUFA cup setup. The League is strong but outside of a few teams play a boring and uninspiring style of football. I’d rather watch paint dry than watch clubs like Fulham, Bolton, Stoke, Sunderland and Birmingham play. Hell, life is too damned short to forcefully put myself through such drudgery. I’d rather get a root canal than watch Bobby Zamora and that gang put me to sleep. For me it’s not about the result, but the 90 minutes they offer in terms of entertainment value. A value I would say is presently at ZERO. If it floats your boat, well all power to you mate. My sympathies. πŸ™„

  23. @rsg: Yes I forgot about that. OK so we are royally fucked on the right side. Ribery will have his long lost brother Neville for breakfast. I seriously doubt Fergie would make the mistake of throwing Rafael out there to watch Franck. That would be a big mistake.

  24. @Grognard: I am not talking about playing style but i am trying to tell that these clubs are well built,play to their strenght,knows to play against majors and some how force some good results.Zamora is not better than Klose but he will definitely create more problems to Vida than him.
    Now it is the business time.So the brand of football has nothing to do.Win will count.Fulham beat Juventus where as Bayern are lucky to be still here as Fiorentina were completely cheated in pre.

  25. @Grognard: You told the samething when Ronaldinho started against RedNev but you know the result what happened.Dont over estimate Ribery and Under estimate RedNev.Ribery is no way near the player he was.Even he is not the best player of Bayern also.It is Rooben.
    It is sure that a great tackle from our RedNev will definitely end the hope of Ribbery to play in the World Cup.

  26. @owen: What a load of bull crap. Ribery is still out of this world. Where you get you in for is beyond me because it’s crap. Ribery is as good a winger as they come. Ronaldinho was in good form of late and I thought he would give United more trouble. He didn’t. But he is nowhere near the player he used to be and right now, isn’t half the player Ribery is. I know what you are doing. You are just trying to get me all worked up. It’s working because you know shit about Bayern Munich, that much is obvious. Stick to what you know mate, EPL.

  27. Ribery and Robben. Teo players that really could/should have played for us during their peak years.
    The question can be asked: Was Queiroz overrated? We always assumed he was a great coach (tactics, fitness, etc.) and Fergie was the man-manager. Now we’ve not fared to bad since he left. Perhaps those two would have been united players if we didn’t pursue Nani and Anderson…

  28. @NicoQB: Robben was seriously looked at by Fergie while playing at PSV, before his eventual move to Chelsea. He could still have been a United player along with Wesley Sneijder had they have been included as part of the Ronaldo deal. πŸ™„ Remember we wouldn’t have even had to really negotiate with Madrid for their inclusion seen as how desperate they were to offload the pair along with Huntelaar, Van der Vaart and others. It’s clear how Bayern and Inter Milan have benefited from the two. Not only would it have been a creative boost to the team but also covered the future loss of ageing players in Scholes and Giggs. 😐 😑

  29. @NicoQB: Nico, mate. You talk about Ribery like he is 34 years old. He’s still relatively young. I think he has his best years ahead of him but has to stay away from injuries. When you are so small and you are so good, injuries come because defenders want to cripple you in order to stop you. That’s the only thing that’s holding him back.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *