Let's try this again! --The blog and Scots and the CAP!
Last week I had the brilliant idea to do my blog from the new tablet I'd purchased.... That went a bit wrong. But...now I'm back!
So let me wax lyrical for a moment about what's going to happen on Sunday. Wales is going to win. With the departure of Dan Parks and the way that Scotland played wmith such sloopy form last week, I don't think there can be any doubt. (One condition--Halfpenny should be kicking)
A brief analysis of last week. Rhys Priestland is a good kicker, but he's inconsistant. Our go to guy should be Halfpenny at this point. Now in the pub I heard ALOT of people shouting HHHOOOOOOOOKKKKKKKK. And obviously they wanted him to take it, but wpith all my inner Cardiff Blues energy I yelled back across the bar HALFPENNY!!!!!! It's the continued resistance to change. James Hook is our hero, he's the one who's pulled us out of the fire. Guess what--Halfpenny and Priestland can do that too. And a second guess what--one day Hook is going to be ready to walk away. I'm sorry to break it to you, but it happens. Stop looking so surprised. LOL
And as for Bradley Davies--he's one lucky man. That could and probably should have been a red card. But it's ok..our game is not dependent on one player..we bear the burden of victory or loss as a team!
There is a similar problem with change facing the Cardiff Blues. A large portion of supporters are on a mission to move the Blues back to Arms Park. On the surface, this doesn't seem like that big of a deal. However, lets break it down a bit.
Now I've talked to people I trust to know these things, and some (i know not all) of the reasons for the move were--better facilities for the players, better facilities for patrons, better front offices, more seating for larger crowds, better boxes to attract more sponsers, better facilities for supporters and the team to have events.
From the other side of the coin, I hear from some supporters and some rugbyfans in general, about the tradition that is Arms Park. I know some of this history, I don't live there and I've never seen a game there, but once on an unhappy occasion, it was a great comfort and joy to me to have a tour of the place. And yes it oozes with history and the sense of awe and warmth of a home. How could it not.
Now I've no stake in this one way or the other. I want to see my friends in the stands happy. And I want to see my friends out there sweating and in somecases bleeding for the game to be happy in their home. Let's not forget--whichever facility it is--it's the home of the Blues.
Here's my problem with this campaign about moving back to Arms Park. A small part of the people on the bandwagon are mucking it up. There are completely good reasons to move back to Arms Park,but I don't hear them above the loud, arrogent and selfish reasons. We can't smoke where we want, we have to go another mile, the pub is too far, I don't wanna pay to park, they don't come see me when i play bad---whining, whining and more whining. And now as I write this, the Cardiff Blues are playing in CAP! A one night only show us what you got supporters. So I go on twitter and I see tweet after tweet by people who some folks who have done some complaining and they aren't there...Why aren't you there?!?!?!
Why not go back to the list of reasons the first move happened...present the arguement of why those things aren't working. There are those who are working hard among you to make the voice of the supporters heard--most of them members of the Blues Supporters Club. And they are doing a good job--meeting with the head office decision makers, lending a voice or a ride to get to the CAP today, just tweeting about how great it feels to visit the old home.
It's that positivity that will generate more positivity. Instead of complaining about CCS, start praising reasons CAP is better. If it truely is the better place, they you will find all of there calling it the Blues home. But the selfish whining--just please stop.
Think about it from the players perspective these last few years....You get all excited to move into a new house, it's bigger, fresh paint, you can have more friends over. But then, people you thought cared about you just started complaining....you live too far away now, I can't smoke in that corner of your yard, I don't like your beer, I don't care you have a better bathroom, I don't care you have a proper changing room, I don't care that you can entertain your boss better--I'm never coming to visit you. But in this case, the Blues players didn't make the move, the front office did. And the constant stream of headlines, fb posts and tweets that only show the negativity--it hurts morale, it hurts to the core of a player.
I'll finish with this....a building is just bricks an morter...a pitch is just paint on astroturf. What makes a team--what makes a TEAM, are players and supporters. the human element. It can be housed in any shaped box out of any type of material....but it's the same. Even 6000miles away--my heart skips a beat when the Blues take the field.
Play on boys! (whereverthat may be!!)