My latest Cif, posted on Saturday:
"I’ve written before on the great philosophical question of what football is 'all about'. This great debate centres on two categories of thought. One contains the conventional wisdoms: football is 'all about' pride, passion, opinions, competition, winning-and-losing, balls-in-the-back-of-the-net and so on. The other comprises the more unofficial definitions, the type identified only by unbearable pseudo intellectuals like me.
These include the view that football is 'all about' complex moral paradoxes arising from the conflict between the urge to win and the virtue of fair play; generating a populist narrative that argues for the inevitability of wealth and power becoming ever more concentrated within a self-serving elite; and providing a social context where men who would sooner eat quiche than give expression to a homosexual feeling can get naked together under a shower."