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Angling for the big one

I spent a few days fishing last week. The weather was good but I didn`t catch anything too impressive - no records were threatened. But it did make me think how much like the current transfer market fishing can be.

There you sit in quiet anticipation that the next one you pull out is the one to take pride of place in your photobook and as the minutes and hours tick by you get ever more fidgety wondering what is going on under the surface. Are you using the right bait? Are you fishing the right spot? Such things pass through your mind as you sit in inactive contemplation. Passers by will tell you that just a little further along someone else has landed a prize catch and yet another is reeling one in as we speak. Of course a couple have got off the hook but that`s normal. You are offered different advice as to what you might have a chance of pulling in but really you only want those worth catching.

Still you sit looking at the float, which every so often gives a little twitch, alerting you to the tantalising prospect that something is going on only to sit back as stillness descends once again. Then suddenly the float disappears under the surface and you lift your rod certain that you will bring this one up to find that nothings there and your bait as gone. So you start again with fresh bait having been told that there are some Nasris just waiting to bring to the surface. Maybe also some quality specimen of a defensive midfielder to replace the one that got away last month. At the worst you might pick up a small Bischoff to go with the young Rambo you already have in the net.

Football didn`t always feel like fishing. At one point, before the age of instant information, you would only be fully aware of the summers comings and goings at the start of the new season. I suspect it was probably better that way. Still, every thing comes to those who wait. The excitement is in the anticipation. Time for a stretch and a pee in the bushes. Something`s bound to be happening by the time I get back.




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The Journalist

Writer: Amos Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday July 3 2008

Time: 3:14PM

Your Comments

i see you are the favourates too sign arshavin, you think you will get him?
wimp2k7
Fishing is a favourite pass time of mine, I spent most of last summer fishing, mainly to get away from the whole transfer frenzy malarkey, therefore this elaborate metaphor didn't instantly spring to mind. (I'd be more likely to formulate a cheap gag about nightclub dancefloors as the cream of the crop lady wise get picked off one by one). What amazes me is how people will take a rumour as gospel and then instantly get wound up when said rumour doesn't come to fruition. Literally, getting wound up over nothing at all, like shouting at your own reflection. This feeds certain idiots who really shouldn't have publishing urls to write all sorts of doom mongering clap trap. (I've had a Radiohead song in my head all day called 'There There', particularly the lyric 'there's always a siren signing you to shipwreck.' Quite apt really). Like the whole Adebayor thing, I can fully understand why people are angry, but I really, really just can't be arsed. UEFA can push my buttons, as can horrible greasy oligarchs trying to take over the club, but other than that, if it happens off the pitch, I'm really not that interested in truth. Maybe I'm just cynical and cranky, maybe there's a touch too much celebrity in football today, but I just can't get excited about it.
Little Dutch
Maybe your just getting old and leave the excitement to the youngsters
paul_ownz
I am effectively a 24 year old Victor Meldrew. Only difference is, I like hip hop, I own an I pod and a laptop, I don't read the Daily Mail and I have a pink paisley electric guitar……I also own several hoodies.
Little Dutch
I share all of those things with you except the pink guitar. Also i like Beef Jerkey, own a snake and play a ridiculous amount of 5 aside football(5-6 times a week).
paul_ownz
Forget silly season, that's too quaint, how bout "Endless Psychotic Summer."
zenchris
'There There' = GENIUS.
Moorish
we have same everything, except i hate hip hop, but love house music instead.
gooner_till_i_die
We have nothing in common, just Arsenal lol. Have fun Amos, the big ones will come! :)
Lou the Gunneress
A 24 year old into Hip Hop? Oh dear oh dear.... and to think you got all high and mighty with me on the other thread and telling me you'll put me in my place! LOL LD...I'd give you a clip round the ear and send you on your way! ;-)
Bergkamp was a Myth
Whats wrong with hip-hop.Old timers ;-)
Youngest in Charge
me loves me some fishing and hip hop too, and house occasionally and i can play 5 a side till im red (which is kinda hard coz im african but hey) @ wimp2k7 i don't think we will sign arshavin, don't think we were ever going to we seem to get linked with every player i mean even senna who is almost 50 someone wenger would never ever buy has been linked with us...
anonymous
 

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