OK…I admit it, I’m a little bit obsessed with Football Manager at the moment. I grew up playing those sort of games, and after a few years of near addiction to the Internet, I decided to buy the 2009 edition. On the plus side, I’m not on the Internet nearly as much as I used to be, vacantly staring at screens doing not so much (and yes, the wife banning me from Facebook helped that), but, now I’m on FM every chance I can manufacture…..and I’m not exactly all that good at it. However, the way it’s taking over my life is going too far now.
There I am, in bed, sleeping nicely thank you very much when I start dreaming. Not all that unusual really, but, it’s an FM infestation. My club was struggling against relegation in the game, andmy dream revolved around the fact that the board wanted to get rid of me. Except sacking me wasn’t an option, this was a full blown plot to force me into either topping myself or them hiring a hitman. Players were “poisoned” against me, it was a living hell. The real kicker however was that the dream was me watching a “dramatised for TV” version of the events, in which I was played by Ken Stott. Ken Stott!?!?!?! No disrespect to Mr Stott, who’s performances I’ve enjoyed in many shows, but, outside of Scottishness, we have nothing in common. OK, so Brad Pitt wouldn’t be a realistic choice either, but Ken Stott? I know I have low self esteem, but surely my psyche could’ve found someone a tad more, oh, I dunno, I mean christ, not even Michael “I can do anyone” Sheen….maybe I should just switch off the laptop!!
On that subject, I will be doing just that very shortly. Cricket season is underway, even here in the frozen north, and it’s our first pre-season match today. Sadly it’s on the plastic at Roseburn, where it’ll be cold and miserable, but it’s action. I’ve had nothing but one fielding session in preparation, so no doubt, I’ll be firing the ball all over the place (no real change there), a full report will follow, as will a preview of the upcoming league season, starting on May 2nd.
I’m off to Roseburn…..