A caution before you read this – I am going to talk about the Sunderland defeat again – so if you have managed to recover from the awful pain of that game, the 5th win in a row by the red and whites – you may not even want to read this – because it could bring that pain all flooding back again and you could have a relapse.
And for those readers of a serious disposition – this is not meant to be taken seriously.
The game on Sunday was at 11:00 am eastern time over here in the US, and my wife Madeline was at home after she had hand surgery last week, and was still recovering so she was in the house.
Madeline – a Geordie girl who knows nothing at all about football – usually makes sure she is out shopping when the Newcastle games are on – which has proved to be a good strategy over the years.
So after I had watched the game and went through a lot of pain on having to report on how hopeless we were and watching John Carver’s reaction after the game where he looked bewildered, ashamed and unbelieving at the pathetic performance – I ventured downstairs from my study.
It must have been well over an hour since the end of the game.
So here’s how a (very) brief conversation went:
“I suppose they lost again.”
“Yes, they were absolutely hopeless, embarrassing, useless and terrible.”
“But it’s only a game.”
“You just don’t understand dear.”
Armed with another cup of high caffeine coffee I returned to my study in an attempt to recover and be more upbeat – yes – an almost impossible task.
After all, it was our 4th defeat in a row and the fifth defeat against Sunderland in a row.
My wife Madeline, as long time readers will know, doesn’t know much about football – in fact that’s a huge overstatement – she knows absolutely nothing about football.
And whenever Newcastle are playing on TV and I’m showing her a great Newcastle goal – she always asks – which team is Newcastle?
The ones in the black and white stripes dear.
And having gone this far – I’m sorry – I should have taken my own advice in that first paragraph – I have to end it now – I’m having a relapse.
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