Match of the Day. Four words. Four simple words. All four words mean something in their own right, but combine them and you are handed a formidable combination of football highlights, analysis and opinion.
Oh, and jokes…
The beauty of Match of the Day, for me anyway, is that, in amongst the corporate bullshit, the advertising and all that shitty nonsense that we don’t give a fuck about, it hasn’t changed. MOTD hasn’t sold its soul and it still reminds me of a time when I was a lot younger and had that genuine excitement for football, to see my heroes on the television screen in front of me.
Sure, it has got a little bit sexier…
…but ultimately, in the grand scheme of things, the BBC show has remained, for want of a better word, pure.
So, why has a show that allows itself less time to analyse games than most similar shows, bores us with managerial interviews and is on at a rather annoyingly late time on a Saturday evening/stupidly early time Sunday morning, remained such a staple part of the British football fans diet?
I’m half tempted to write: “Fuck knows” and be done.
Are we a glutton for punishment? After all, Monday Night Football over on Sky Sports is nothing short of a footballing analysis masterclass – although it certainly has lost that spark since Gary Neville went off for some paella.
But maybe that’s just it, maybe the fact Gary Lineker, Alan Shearer, Danny Murphy et al have at their disposal the paper and pen equivalent of analytical tools is…refreshing(?) It certainly feels purer, it certainly lends itself to that Sunday League vibe more so than the Sky Sports hyperbole machine.
Perhaps it’s…comforting(?). Actually, that may well be the best way to describe it. Comforting like getting into bed at the end of a long day or the comfort you get from being able to select your favourite cup for your coffee or the comfort you experience when throwing on your faithful and long serving jumper.
Nothing exciting, no thrills but it’s back to business as usual, a familiar and friendly face. Nothing has changed, no new all singing and dancing technology, no bells and whistles, just a few chaps, continuing to highlight that no one really understands the handball rule, whilst giving you what you want, football highlights minus the in your face intrusion that comes from the spectacle the likes of Sky Sports have created.
There will always be a place for national treasures, and, that in turn means that there will always be a place for Match of the Day.