They’re not the brightest bunch down at the Daily Fail – they seem to lack any real intelligence or imagination. This is odd for a representative of the gutter end of the Fourth Estate which depends so much on fabrication and ludicrous hogwash for the majority of its output. Perhaps the strain of supporting Mr Camoron’s ridiculous and unelected regime has addled those tiny brains. Whatever the cause of this rag’s latest foray into Fantasy Island territory, it’s all getting more than a little boring now.
What the Fail‘s dim but persistent hacks have cottoned on to is the fact that the best way to rile Leeds United fans is to run yet another story linking our current best player (no challengers to Mr McCormack for this title at the moment) with Norwich City – based purely on that backwoods Norfolk outfit’s notable record of signing some of the Whites’ meagre pool of talent over the past few seasons.
The difference at the moment of course is that Norwich are now a Championship club again, having suffered an hilarious relegation despite securing the services of 75% of the Leeds United League One midfield. When those regular raids on the Elland Road playing staff were going on, the Canaries were, albeit temporarily, Premier League birds. It’s a distinction far too subtle for the booze-raddled mind of your average FAILOnline fantasist, but that Premier League status did make a difference for as long as it was a fact. It’s a difference that no longer applies, though – so what (we might ask) is the rationale behind the current story linking our Ross to the ex-Premier League (they are no more, they have ceased to be) Canaries? I’ll tell you what. Nothing. Nada. Zip, zilch and, as Mr Cellino would no doubts say, niente. It is all, to use a technical term descriptive of the journalistic standards at the Fail, bollocks.
It’s hardly unlikely that Mr McCormack will move on to pastures new this summer. He will have no shortage of clubs queuing up to recruit him, and on much better terms than his present agreement. But Leeds United have him tied to a contract, and Ross himself has spoken of the attraction of staying at Elland Road and winning promotion as captain. Much better, he said, than playing in the Premier League with “just any old club”. So how much better still are his current circumstances than the scenario of playing for just another Championship Club, against Leeds United (to whom he has consistently pledged his allegiance) – and uprooting his family into the bargain. It just doesn’t add up. Then again, neither does your average Fail hack’s expenses account.
The “writers” for the likes of the Sun, the Mail, the Mirror, etc etc, are never going to be good journalists, telling the truth and uncovering legitimate stories. That’s so far beyond the bounds of probability as to be laughable. But they could at least vary the standard fare a little, in the hope of eventually becoming slightly less pisspoor journalists. Why not link McCormack at least to a Premier League club? It’d still be made-up crap, most likely – but at least it wouldn’t be quite such transparently obvious crap. The current habit of using Norwich all the time, just because of the well-known irritant factor for those of a Leeds persuasion, is lazy; it’s unimaginative; it’s boring. It doesn’t help the clubs concerned, or the fans of those clubs – and neither does it reflect well on proper journalists working for serious newspapers, who tend to get tarred with the same brush by an undiscriminating public as the morons who rattle off the same old crap from their rightful place at the sewer end of Fleet Street.
So please – do us all a favour. Put a new record on, or just shut up altogether. Or stick to writing astrology columns. You wouldn’t be missed in the real world of sport – and at least doing horoscopes you’d have a bit more chance of being right once in a blue moon.