Archive for November, 2012

Sporting Radio shows- Compare and Contrast

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 29, 2012 by jackpinnock

In this report, I will be comparing two radio shows that completely contrast one another, and I will critically discuss both of their features and why they are effective and why some of their other features are not so effective. Furthermore, I will evaluate their running order, the language that is used, the style of their delivery and the style of their presentation. The two radio shows I will be discussing are Talksport and BBC Radio 5live.

Firstly, Talksport is one of the most popular sports radio shows in the country, with most of the presenters including Alan Brazil and Stan Collymore always creating controversy with their views and opinions on recent sporting events. The running order is rather predictable, as in any radio show, the most talked about event or piece of news is the main focus. With constant calls from the public to argue their case, it makes this radio show quite dramatic.

BBC Radio 5live has the same theme as Talksport, however, you can see and hear that there are some differences between the two rival shows. With most of the presenters being ex-professionals, including Robbie Savage and Steve Cotterill, you argue that BBC Radio 5live attempts to be a much more professional radio show. Another point to add is it’s much less opinionated from the public’s perspective. There are less phone ins from callers than Talksport, and the focus is more on what the presenters think of the recent sporting events.

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The Casuals- Identifying society in a wider context

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 29, 2012 by jackpinnock

Before the 1980’s, going to witness a friendly, but competitive sports match was nothing out of the ordinary. However, as times gradually moved on, a rise in the Mods and Rockers grew, certain fashion became high priority for many people, and hooliganism expanded. There were a variety of reasons for this, however, the birth of the celebrity culture, and some of the main events that happened in the 1980’s and beyond, were the main influence for the casuals in the 1980’s.

Before the end of the decade, the casual was solely based on styling yourself to be as unique as anybody else. However, a group of Liverpool fans took a step further, and eliminated sartorial elegance from the game. The stylish jumper and Doc Martin’s were vanishing quickly, and Tacchini tracksuit bottoms and Adidas trainers evolved. This trend setting theme swept the continent, which made the fans much more masculine, and the era of hooliganism began.

In the 80’s, violence and hooliganism was a matter of life and death for people, a hobby, or maybe even just something to do, and whoever involved, the lives of people they were conflicting with did not cross their minds.

In 1982, Argentina invaded the Falkland Islands and started a war with the British. After Britain fought them off, a sense of triumph spread amongst the British nation and we felt united. In 1985, hooliganism, especially in football, began to become ever popular, and with that, the Luton riot occurred. In that same year, the Heysel tragedy, when Liverpool played against European giants, Juventus, sadly claimed the lives of many fans and all English clubs were banned from European football for 5 years.

The grief and sadness of the Hillsborough disaster in 1989 was the last straw, and you could say that hooliganism had gone too far. The lifestyle of the casual had disappeared as the media had now discovered what had really been happening, and sportswear manufactures had dispersed into another form of fashion culture.

In this day and age, you could say that the casual has reborn into a new light, eliminating the Tacchini tracksuits and Adidas trainers, and moving onto the fake burberry hat and Hackett polo collared shirt. Even though it’s not as bad as it was, you could say that the world of hooliganism and the casuals is still upon us.

Everton 2-2 Liverpool

Posted in Football with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 29, 2012 by jackpinnock

Despite his comments made in the press before the Merseyside derby, Everton manager David Moyes still believes that most managers would agree with him about Luis Suarez’s theatrical diving, and that the Liverpool forward was a lucky man to even stay on the pitch in this thrilling 2-2 draw.

Suarez wasted no time in silencing his critics when his first goal came after just 14 minutes.  Spanish left back, Jose Enrique’s low cross found the feet off the South American, whose drilled shot took a wicked deflection off Everton’s Leighton Baines.

Suarez doubled his tally 5 minutes later, when Leon Osman’s foul on Liverpool’s promising young winger, Raheem Sterling, lead to Suarez glancing a tremendous header past Tim Howard from a superb Steven Gerrard free kick.

However, David Moyes’ men responded in dramatic fashion, and in the space of 14 minutes, the tie was all square.

First, Leon Osman’s drilled effort took a slight deflection off summer signing Joe Allen and past Brad Jones’ goal.

Then, on 35 minutes, exciting talent Kevin Miralles’ cross was expertly controlled by the returning Maroune Fellaini, whose low cross was latched onto by former Rangers striker Steven Naismith to put the Toffees on level terms.

With the loss of Miralles at the interval, Everton lost their flair and creative spark in the second half, and Liverpool capitalised on that in the second half, with good possession play, and creating multiple chances.

At the start of the second half, Sterling had a golden opportunity to put the Reds back in the lead, with a one- on- one chance that he wasted, much to the disappointment of Suarez, who felt the ball should have been squared to him to put Liverpool 3-2 ahead.

Man of the match Suarez then angered much of the Everton faithful when his late challenge on veteran defender Sylvain Distin should have been more than just a bookable offence.

However, another referee howler was to come on the 93rd minute when Steven Gerrard’s free kick was met by Argentinian defender Sebastien Coates, whose header reached Suarez, who tapped in, only for the fourth official and referee Andre Marriner to judge it was offside.

Liverpool chief Brendan Rodgers was surprisingly grateful for the point despite Marriner’s decision by saying “overall, it’s a good point at a difficult place, and its anpther strive forward”.

Aldershot Town suffer Johnstone Paint heartache

Posted in Football with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 29, 2012 by jackpinnock

Aldershot Town suffered an early exit from the Johnstone Paint Trophy on Tuesday night, after a narrow defeat at the hands of debt ridden Plymouth Argyle at Home Park.

All of the goals came in the first half, when Paris Cowan-Hall put the hosts 1-0 up after just 30 seconds of play. The shots responded in tremendous fashion when Craig Reid engineered a stunning from inside the opposing box into the top left hand corner of the net. On the 30 minute mark, Argyle’s Andres Gurreiri rifled home in the bottom corner as Plymouth knocked Aldershot out of the Johnstone Paint Trophy.

Aldershot manager, Dean Holdsworth said “there were plenty of positives to take from the game”, and that the Shots “should have deserved more out of the game”.