- Sep 25, 2012
You realise that farming and building have had radical advances in technology, processes, health and safety over the last 40 years right? And the average life expectancy and health conditions later on in life has improved across the UK over the last 40 years including for farmers and builders? This seems like that sketch "in my day we had to get up before we went to bed, lick a moss covered rock for breakfast...." and didn't do us any harm spiel. Well actually it was doing harm back then. Look at the state footballers from the 60s and 70s were in when they got to their 40s and 50s compared to footballers from the 80s and 90s. Those from post 2000 will be even better condition when older too. The winter break (or lack of it in England) has been a self imposed hardship in England for a long time. The science and reasoning for a winter break has been accepted everywhere for a long time just England is funny about change. Theres people out there who still think the balls should be thick, heavy, leather ball busters.I am 55 and not once did the likes of Kenny, Hansen and Co ever once say that they wished they played less. Nor did Shanks or Bob Paisley - they thrived on more games because that meant you were more successful!
And no, that's not what I meant, obviously. They train and work every day... who doesn't? It should never be a problem to play twice a week if that is exactly what you get paid a shed load of cash to do. They have the very best of everything and being tired should never be an issue - "Professional" sportspeople seem to be given a free ride because they have to run and jump and stuff. Never hear farmers or builders etc... being mentioned like this do you? But if they screw up tiredness is not an excuse is it?