Monday, 14 September 2009

Beginning

First blog. Experiment.
Badly want Federer to win. So much so I cannot watch the blasted match. Why should this be? Surely the neutral should root for the underdog? I also tend to want Man Utd to win things. I want the best to be the best. Then again perhaps I simply crave authoritativeness. Is that so odd in one who aspires to be an author?

7 comments:

  1. You think Man Utd are better than Barcelona?

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  2. Yes, well, I said it was an experiment. But as it happens I do. I don't think Barcelona would win a Premiership, which in my opinion is a much tougher competition than the Champions League.

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  3. Ah yes, 'better' for what I should have asked. Barcelona are clearly better at winning the Champions league at the moment but you could well be right about what would happen to them in the premiership. And what does it mean to say the premiership is 'a much tougher competition'? It is longer and perhaps more gruelling but its clearly tougher for Man Utd, Chelsea & Arsenal to win the Champions league whereas for Liverpool its tougher to win the premiership.
    Funnily enough I think that Man Utd crumpled against Barcelona because they were weighed down with visions of their own destiny and dynasty. Barcelona on the other hand just got on with the job of showing us who was best (at the Champions League).
    It seems you would prefer it for Federer and Man u to be given it all on a plate. Perhaps it is order you crave, with all things to have their place in that order. Is that so odd in one who aspires to be an author?

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  4. All beginnings must have an end. And here, most beginnings seem to be an end in themselves.

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  5. Or, as the old rhyme do zay, Time present and time past Are both perhaps present in time future. Personally I don't think there's any perhaps about it. Be that as it may (perhaps) - I think my fondness for Federer/Man Utd is simply sentimentality - a pretend feeling born of an (equally pretend) familiarity with a kind of Platonic ideal I find embodied in both: sport as art.

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  6. What platonic ideal is that?

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  7. A "kind of" Platonic ideal. Federer and Utd as embodying ideal forms, thereby raising sport to the level of aesthetic idealism associated with high art. Or something like that.

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