Have you ever been forced to deliver a “presentation” at work? Or even worse, been forced to sit through one given by somebody else that you don’t rate either professionally or personally?
These “events” at my old company were so boring we used to print out “bullsh*t bingo” cards, i.e. if you heard phrases such as “touch base”, “let’s do lunch”, “go with the flow” or “call me anytime” you’d mark them off and whoever got the first straight line would get a free beer courtesy of some of the rest of us afterwards. A loud cough and right hand scratching the forehead meant a full house was claimed.
Not realising we were stealthily corrupting the bingo world, one of my old bosses once gave me a right tongue-in-cheek shellacking for “flying by the seat of my pants”, i.e. making it up as I went along when it was my turn to present.
The reason I did it was because the lady who went on the podium before me had made almost every point I was due to deliver. She was from Germany (naturally, just like NCFC it was a German-based company, hehe) and said everything far better than I could have managed. So my only choice was to reinforce everything she had said, throw in a couple of off-the-cuff add-ons and some stand-up comedy, which I’m pretty poor at.
Powerpoint (as it was then) and my notes were binned by necessity.
Gary has basically taken on the role of the then German presenter Silke Meier by stealing any creative thunder I had regarding Bristol City. No sycophancy, just fact. His was an assessment I would struggle to disagree with.
So, here come the off-the-cuff add-ons (no attempts at comedy in this situation, you’ll be pleased to know).
I’m right behind the Barclay goal so feel I’m able to mention a positive and a negative.
Positive: Angus Gunn’s save from Jamie Paterson was top drawer, it really was. A very clever chip that might have defeated a shorter keeper. Plus Angus now has his own chant, which will surely only commit him even further to the cause.
Negative: CamJam was offside when he hit the back of the net. We all sat down as soon as we had stood up. CJ has many previous convictions for straying offside and there was no doubt it was the right decision by the linesman. No moans from myself or anybody around me; fair decision.
As for the Marco Stiepermann miss, well it happens. And unfortunately it did. Happen.
I reckon some praise for Bristol City is in order – they had much more adventure than Burton, and contributed to one of the brighter 0-0s that we’ve seen. And their fans, many of whom were around the City inexplicably early on the day, were pleasant folks indeed.
This game really wasn’t a Burton; it was just a case of two equally matched sides giving it everything in their own way. The kind of football I like to see.
Four consecutive clean sheets in four Championship games – yes, I’m content, as somebody I read about a lot might say. My post-Millwall malcontent has evaporated. A number of folks still think we should be banging them in at the other end. I think they might have to wait for that for a while, but we seem to be developing along some pretty good lines just now. First things first.
And as for the few (luckily, very few) idiots having a go at Josh Murphy: please desist as it says more about you than it does about him.
If you don’t stop having a go at him, I might make you listen to one of my presentations.