Saturday, April 11, 2009

Michael Grange: Learn Your History

The Globe and Mail TO section did a number on Toronto sports fans today, singling out TFC for encouraging rowdy, Euro-style faux-hooliganism, as if we've been stocking up on Football Factories DVDs in hope we might one day get our own football club to throw beer at every Saturday.

Here Grange: in case you slop by my own little contribution to the Canadian soccer panoply, click on this link. We've had football unrest for a while now, and your paper was there to cover it.

3 comments:

Andrew Bucholtz said...

Just my view, but I didn't think Grange's piece was too hard on TFC; he pointed out the advantages of the atmosphere as well as that some people lose sight of where the line is. It seemed more critical of the Jays, in my mind. You're right that it could have used more of a historical perspective, and I don't agree with all of his conclusions (especially the idea of banning alcohol sales, as most of the problem fans either drink in advance or smuggle in their own beer), but I'm not sure it was all that bad. It's an issue that's worth looking at, in my mind.

Richard Whittall said...

Well, to be fair he went out of his way to put recent events in context, and yes, he did focus on the Blue Jays too, but there is a growing "Toronto fans are getting drunker and madder" meme that would wither and die if propped up against Toronto's sporting history. I've got loads of old Globe and Mail inter-ethnic soccer riot reports dating back from the late 1940s if anyone would like to read them...

Andrew Bucholtz said...

Yeah, you're quite right that this isn't really a new development. It can be tough to get that kind of subtlety and background history into the space limitations of a newspaper piece, though.