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Thank You Ji

Today is a sad day.

Ji Sung Park, one of my favourite ever United players has retired due to injury. You always knew what you would get from Ji whenever you saw his name on the team sheet. He wasn’t fancy and playing in a team alongside Ronaldo you didn’t really need to be. He was an absolute workhorse, you would never see him stop regardless of how long was on the clock or what the score was in the game.

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A quote from Andre Pirlo

For me Ji was the kind of player that United could have done with this season, someone who would run themselves into the ground for the team and be 100 percent committed.

He was involved in one of my favourite all time United goals against Arsenal in the Champions League Semi Final 2009:

Well, good luck Ji and thanks for everything you did at United.

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Wrestling – Part 2

Ok, so I know it has been a few weeks since my last post and I said I would follow that up with two further posts regarding the topic of wrestling and why I enjoy it. Unfortunately I tore cartilage in my knee and have had surgery since then and it’s not been top of my priority list. So, I’m back and here’s my next post:

Why I love Wrestling

Have you ever watched a film, played a game or read a book that has made you laugh? Made you cry? Scream and shout out loud in frustration/anger?

I’m pretty sure you have because that is what entertainment is about. And a great piece of entertainment makes the viewer/reader feel emotion. I always remember watching a show like 24 and willing Jack Bauer to go in the next building and dispose of the terrorists waiting inside.

When done well, this is what wrestling can do for me. I have seen someone jump 50ft off scaffolding, someone falling off the top of a 16ft tall structure through a table and I’ve seen people put on 25/30 minute technical wrestling matches that have just struck me with awe. Now, the first two are the more extreme examples, of course a high fall or something that is pretty violent is going to make you gasp or shout out “oh my god” but then at the time the job that these performers went out to do, entertain the audience.

Wrestlemania

72,219 people packed into the University of Phoenix Stadium for Wrestlemania 26 in April 2010.

The days of the above are long gone, WWE is now strictly PG. You will not see blood, you will not see many weapons used and this is mainly so that WWE, the business, can gain sponsors and advertisers and be considered more mainstream. Recently on their flagship show Monday night RAW they have been able to attract some very big stars from outside the world of wrestling to appear on the show:

  • Floyd Mayweather Jr
  • Ricky Hatton
  • Shaquille O Neal
  • Ben Rothlesburger (NFL Superbowl Winning Quarterback)
  • Timbaland
  • Mike Tyson
  • Ashton Kutcher

Now that is just a few names. Don’t get me wrong, to some people those names might not sound that impressive, but for WWE they are some massive names. WWE has always had the problem of people calling it fake and comparing it to real sports and getting some of those “real” sportsmen like Floyd Mayweather (who also competed in WWE’s biggest Pay Per View of the year – Wrestlemania) automatically gives WWE and there performers that rub being shown alongside genuine sportsmen.

Arguably the best boxer in the world Floyd Mayweather Jr taking on the 7ft tall Big Show at Wrestlemania 24

I love watching matches, it not just two men in Speedos rolling around on the floor with each other, there is an art to it, there is pure athleticism to it. If any can prove to me that these guys are not as fit and in shape as the “genuine” sportsmen out there I will gladly prove you wrong. Running, jumping, lifting, falling for 25 minutes at a time, these guys are in shape.

Not everyone is going to like it, I can understand why people don’t like it and I’m never going to try to get people to like it. All I say is for people to just open their minds and not be so dismissive. If I go and watch an action movie this weekend at the cinema I wouldn’t come out saying “well, that wasn’t real, there’s no way that would happen” I would come out thinking if It was a good film or not, if it ENTERTAINED me.

Now, I have typed quite a bit and not a lot of it about exactly why I love wrestling. It’s actually very, very simple, it entertains me.

Daniel Bryan - My favourite wrestler at the moment. Once broke his eye socket in a match and carried on to finish the match.

Any thoughts on what I have had to say? Good, Bad, Indifferent? Let me know below. Feedback is greatly appreciated.

Where’s the honor in being misinformed?

Ok, my last blog post was over a week ago and going back over it I may have written it before I had time to properly sit down and think about it. I was angry at the time of writing and my judgement was clouded and this made for a very biased and, in the end, pretty poor blog…So, I apologise.

The reason I started this update off with the paragraph above is because something else made me very angry this week, comments from Liam Fox (Defence Secretary) calling for a soon to be released video game to be banned. The video game in question is Medal of Honor.

A bit of background on the Medal of Honor game for you (because not everyone is into gaming). The game is set in modern day Afghanistan and follows a group of elite US armed forces as they are in behind enemy lines in a battle with the Taliban. The Single player portion of the game will skip between different members of the elite unit so you gather their perspectives on what is happening. You will make your way through the game taking down Taliban insurgents and probably saving Afghanistan or, at least, a province or two from the Taliban Regime. A big part of all modern FPS (First Person Shooters) is the multiplayer. This involves people playing against other gamers all over the world in different match types, for example, team deathmatch (TD). In a Team Deathmatch you are playing a game with between 12-24 other players, you are split into two teams and then whoever kills the opposition team the most in a certain timeframe wins. Very simple.

Now, this is where Mr Fox’s comments come in. In a TD you will be automatically put onto a team, as this is game will be set in Afghanistan one team will be the Elite US forces and the other team will play the part of the Taliban. So after someone telling Mr Fox that you can “shoot British forces as the Taliban” in the game Mr Fox has called for the game to be banned and to not be sold in the UK and also said

“It is shocking that someone would think it acceptable to recreate the acts of the Taliban against British soldiers. At the hands of the Taliban, children have lost fathers and wives have lost husbands. It’s hard to believe any citizen of our country would wish to buy such a thoroughly un-British game. I would urge retailers to show their support for our armed forces and ban this tasteless product.”

I read the comments on Monday and after the last blog I have taken a couple of days to think about it and then write about my thoughts on Mr Fox’s comments…and here are my thoughts.

This is another classic example of someone commenting on something that they have no understanding of. In multiplayer games you are put on a side, I cannot imagine any gamer sitting in front of their screen waiting for their multiplayer session to load saying “you know what, I want to shoot an allied soldier today as a Taliban insurgent”. The team you are on in a multiplayer game such as Medal of Honor is completely irrelevant; it is merely a skin for the person to run around in. A spokesmen for Electronic Arts (who are publishing the game) has confirmed that British troops do not even feature in Medal of Honour, so that is something else he has been misinformed about.

Creating entertainment based around a current event, especially something as controversial as Afghanistan that has affected so many families across the world is always going to garner the attention of politicians. The problem is they are so misinformed and have a complete lack of understanding on the subject that they are commenting on that they come across to people like me as complete imbeciles. I wouldn’t expect a gamer to comment on the nation’s security policy so why did Mr Fox feel the need to make comments about a product that I would bet my (parents) house on that he hasn’t even seen.

Do I think that Medal of Honor will turn people into Taliban sympathisers who will get on the next plane to the area in question and train to be an insurgent to attack allied forces? In 99.9% of cases I do not. And the .1% of people that will were probably already likely to anyway.

Video games are there for people to relax to, a form of escapism just like going to the cinema…I can’t remember the last time I read something about a politician criticising a film about Afghanistan, can you?

One more thing, Mr Fox, please feel free to come and sit with me when Medal of Honour is released and come and have a game. Then you can make a statement about something you have had first hand experience with.

Let me know if you agree or disagree with my thoughts. I’m not here to say “I’m right” because I may not be so throw any thoughts you have into the mix.

Facebook Fail

Now then,

I cannot understand international companies who do not embrace the use of social media regardless of the kind of work they do.

I have just started playing for a brand new football team, the majority of the team all work for the same company and the founding members got permission to use the company name as the team name. Four training sessions later and we are on the verge of the biggest weekend in the clubs (short) history. We have our first friendly on Sunday 15th August, our first EVER game. We are ready we have a decent team and I’m hoping on Monday morning I will be reporting on a magnificent victory…

So here’s where my little rant comes into its own…I have set a Facebook group for our football team. “What a great idea” I hear you yell, “now you can interact as a team, update each other on results and football news and generally gel as a team”. Yes reader, that is a fantastic idea. As soon as I had set the group up, someone forwarded me an email from the company and it went a little like this:

“Hiya

I’m afraid we don’t condone any COMPANY NAME related Facebook activity. There has been issues with security, privacy, hacking etc related to social networking sites. Therefore we’ve prohibited employees any reference to COMPANY NAME in personal profiles. This would therefore certainly extend to setting up groups related to COMPANY NAME.

Sorry, you can share with the Club Secretary, but I’m afraid we would have to decline such a request.”


What utter Bull Shit…

Now I bet this person who has declined the request for us to set up a group on Facebook uses the company name on their LinkedIn page, don’t you think?

I will ask the team manager to take this up with the company (as he works there).

So, do you think I am having a rant over nothing? Or do you agree with me? Sound off in the comments section below.

JD

The Dreaded Unintentional Yawn…

There is nothing worse than being in a meeting surrounded by eight people who are experts on the meeting subject when you are not…

Facts, figures and abbreviations are flying around the room. You are trying hard to keep up and understand exactly what is going on but after two hours of your head being blitzed with information you feel your mouth try to force itself open. You have to do everything you can to hide the event that is unfolding, but you can’t…The unintentional yawn strikes.

There will always be someone who catches your eye mid yawn who will either give little smile or look at you like you have kicked their firstborn in the head.

Now, the worst thing about this is that for a second or two you are concentrating on trying to conceal your massive gob when you spot the chair of the meeting looking at you.

“What do you think to that?”

Oh Shit…

Here we go…

So, this is something a little new for me.

I have often thought “wouldn’t it be great to have a blog?”. That thought then disappeared out of my head as soon as I concede a dirty last minute goal on Pro Evo and vow to destroy my Playstation. This time I decided to set myself up a Word Press account and actually start to write something. That way, I may actually carry on writing!

This is where I decide what I’m going to write about, what am I going to keep the thousands of people who WILL visit this site (Positive Mental Attitude!)updated about? What do people find interesting? The more I think about it the more I think fuck it, this is my blog, my site, I will write what I want and people will enjoy it! The list of topics that I like and will write about are:

  • Football
  • Technology
  • Games
  • Movies
  • TV
  • Wrestling (yes, I know)
  • Work

Now that’s in no particular order so you will have to wait and see what I come up with…It may be rubbish, you will have to wait and see.

Before I sign off for this first entry I will just tell you a little bit about what I do. I am working for a marketing company based just outside of Swindon and I am enjoying what I do and I am looking to learn as much as I can. I have recently started to try to use Twitter a lot more in order to connect to others who are working in Marketing and PR. A lot of the people who I have been speaking to have provided me with useful lists or recommended people for me to follow and this is helping me to fill gaps in my knowledge (of which there are BIG gaps!). I’m really looking to understand the world of marketing especially the latest technology and how that can be used so any hints / tips or thoughts please just leave me a comment.

Well, thanks for having a read, subscribe to receive updates and leave me comments…I will be updating this regularly some of it will be insightful, some of it will be damn right ridiculous and then, of course, there will be some rants – I like ranting.

Until the next time…

JD