This football lark is a funny old game right enough. Two men sitting in different sides of the stadium see two completely different games. Facts are blinded by bias. Situations that are clear to one are disbelieved by the other simply because they wish it to be so. Sadly this can continue for years into the future and no fact can ever cause this to cease.
Sunday was one such situation. Hurrying home I switched on the Heart of Midlothian v Hibs derby in the Scottish Cup, a game we usually win, and sat back to enjoy another rollicking 4-0 victory. This by half time was what I was expecting as we swept aside the wee teams puerile attempts at football in spite of the kicking they gave our better players and our manager deliberately giving Hibs a chance by playing two men who were not fully match fit. The kicks led to three our our noble players being replaced as injury forced them from the field, brutal Hibs tactics continued unceasing to the end I must note. The injuries and a rather strange desire to sit back and wait for full time led to Hibernian stealing two goals, one from a fluke of a header and the other while assaulting the goalkeeper, and this brought a great deal of rejoicing from the lower orders in the visitors stand.
Inevitably this led to wasting much time later that day attempting to transform the somewhat over the top reaction from the Leith faithful who saw a draw as a significant victory. I suppose as a wee team a draw with a Big Team is indeed a victory and it was important for them to make the most of their temporary position. However I fell it was my duty to keep them sane, a near impossible idea I realise.
Many rude and needless words flew from the enemy as they considered themselves victorious. I have required to remind them of the proverb:-
Haughtiness leads to a fall
Pride leads to destruction.
They will not listen. I indicated the fact that sitting in a stadium full to the brim was an unusual event for them and this may be playing on their minds, minds that are easily distracted,and the noise generated must have been an alien sound for them, but they still would not listen, possibly they are deaf.
Reminding them of the overall statistics did not hinder the wee lads attempts at argument, facts as you know are not acceptable to them. Indeed several clear penalties as well as the assault on the goalkeeper appear to have been missed by standards that Willie Collum would be proud off. I suspect sitting in the 'Roseburn Bar' for an hour before the game might be at the root of their failure to accept facts.
Now the whole weary business must be done again in a week or so's time. Once more our gallant boys will suffer bad decisions and many knocks as they continue our noble effort at football education in Leith. Will they be grateful for this free lesson? I somehow doubt it.
Now I discover they are unable to show this game on live TV as it clashes with European games, have Hibernian deliberately chosen this date to stop people watching them humiliated I ask?
It's a disgrace!
The successful Hibernian team on the open top bus
the last time they won the Scottish Cup!