Exactly fifteen minutes after posting this article online, i wished i had been more critical. The subject matter is probably the most choking thing in football. Football analysis. In whatever way you look at it, something needs to change. Most local analysts are dull, lifeless and 100% watered down media puppets.
We need to make a stand with regards to the quality of punditry. They (analysts) are generally seen as lacking insight and knowledge on the subject. The way they discuss or comment on football matters simply lack rationale and clarity... Some even re-use the same sentences with every passing minute.Its a bit nauseating.
Don’t get me wrong, there are some exceptional analysts like Carol Radull, Ampher Apidi, and Ghost Mulee just to mention a few. It is not that punditry is on the way down; it is as good as it has ever been, but itcan be improved. Like referees, analysts are constantly under the spotlight and any mistakes they make are magnified. Due to social networking and the internet, the barrage of criticism they are likely to face... usually by people like me (and other keyboard warriors), who think we know more than the people who have played the game, is endless.
Football has changed from when a simple, friendly chat after the match was enough. Now information is easily accessible and simply saying, ‘it’s been a game of two halves or all manner of football cliques just does not boil the egg anymore. Fans want incisive, distinctive, insightful and detailed analysis of matches broken down with wit and flair. Don’t be descriptive, tell us something we don’t know, refrain from stating the obvious.Quotes like team X won because team Y lost are just sad.
Local football coverage is almost the same from game to game. The same stale clichés, with the same lazy comments, like a diet of microwaved ready meals. Seriously,if you listen closely, you may even hear the microwave ‘ting’ as the theme tune ends. Football coverageshould be better.
Tell us something we don’t know, do not use statistics that are simply data ‘droppings’ like reading the names from players shirts and stating their respective ages.Give an in-depth observation, explain a change in tactics or highlight some interesting battle zones so that the audience can be more aware of the nature and subsequent development of the game. Unmask the technical aspect of it.
Our referees have been more often than not, wanting. However, why shouldn’t we have a qualified referee as a guest pundit to comment on matters law? They understand the rules of the game and are conversant with the realities of human judgments when refereeing a match. It wouldn’t be that bad. They may also come in if questionable calls need to be interpreted or to analyze all the debatable decisions.
Make analysis fun. Let’s have analysts not just describing a series of events in isolation, but with the help of visual illustrations,give an overview ofthe movement of players, space created by players making runs and what not.
Finally, on behalf of all keyboard warriors, we implore(we are actually begging on our knees) all football covering stations to hire analysts who can make us understand and appreciate the game better. Theydon’t have to be ex-players or an ex-coach…heck! They can even be a chef, masseuse, nun, leader of government opposition, you name it. If you can add a fresh and concise way of delivering educational punditry, our ears are at your disposal.Otherwise,football analysis viewing will be a chore best done on mute.