Happy politics-free day

2014-02-17 16:35

I missed the Commander-in-Chief’s big TV gig on Sunday. That’s not something I’d normally do. Even on Sundays. Politics is like that. It takes over your life. Especially in an election year.

I decided to declare Sunday a politics-free day. Take a break from it all. A one-day reality holiday. I need a break. It’s only February and things are already turning nasty. ANC and NFP members are at it in Ntshongweni. More of the same with the NFP and IFP at KwaMashu hostel. Dumb marches and even dumber petrol bombings. Uncool.

A politics-free day requires no newspapers. Buying them and trying to read the sports pages doesn’t help. If it’s there, you’ll read it. It is what it is.

A politics-free day also requires no email and no phone. The television also has to be off except for the football.

Sunday, just when it would normally have been time to watch the CiC, it’s time for one of the other opiates of the masses. Football. It’s the Gunners up against Liverpool in the FA Cup. A biggie on any Sunday. Even more so after last weekend’s hammering. And ahead of Bayern this week.

It’s been a mad season for Arsenal. Nerve-wracking. Like the last eight. It’s been a while since Arsene Wenger got out the chequebook and bought some adult players. That was eight seasons ago. The Gooners have played some magnificent ball. There’s been Champion’s League football every season, but no silverware to show for it. Zip.

This could be the big season. The defence has been far less fragile.

Mathieu Flamini’s added some muscle and experience. When he’s not red-carded.

It’s February. One point behind Chelsea and two ahead of Manchester City in the Premiership. Still in the Champion’s League, but the draw was tough. Everton in the next round of the FA Cup is no walkover. Roberto Martinez is a coach of note. Everton can be murder in a Cup tie.

I’m a big fan of Wenger. The Gunners’ Commander- in-Chief. I dig what he’s brought to English football. I was never much of a fan of it until he joined the Gunners. Wenger brought in something very un-English. Turned a team of 1-0 slog merchants into a team of artists.

Wenger’s fielded Pom-free starting elevens that gave out football lessons. That gets him my vote.

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