THAT WAY DOTH MADNESS LIE...
And so the Premier League is back in action and despite the more agreeable distractions of Test Match Cricket and the Olympics, I confess to a passing interest in how things went for Southampton FC over the weekend.
To say that things were `mixed` is to underplay the reality of life in an environment where the only things that seem to matter are money, money and more money. It`s really quite depressing especially for fans like me who have followed the fortunes of one club for well over half a century. No wonder we hark back to the days of flat caps, rattles and Sloan`s liniment.
Any road up, the Saints first game of the season ended in a 1-1 draw at St. Mary`s to visiting Watford. Wasn`t great, could have been worse, but it could have been, oh, so much better. Problem is we keep selling our best players to clubs who have more money and who pay outrageous wages, leaving clubs like the Saints finding it hard to compete - no such thing as an even playing field in the self-styled `best league in the world (tm).`
But what infuriates me is that when I look at other results this weekend, I see that Arsenal lost 4-3 to Liverpool, that all three Arsenal goals were scored by players from Saints` academy (Oxlade-Chamberlain, Walcott, Chambers) and two of Liverpool`s goals were scored by ex-Saints Lallana and Mane, as well as Clyne and Lovren also featuring in the Liverpool line-up. And that was just one instant of `our`former players featuring elsewhere - it`s quite a long list.
Now, even if I was inclined to, which I cannot bring myself to even think about, it`s much too late for me to change my allegiance to the Saints, who I first saw in 1946 when I was seven. But it increasingly occurs to me that if you keep doing the same thing which leads to disappointment, bewilderment and despair over and over again, then truly doth madness lie that way.