Joe Root and canned excitement

There’s no excitement quite so depressing as mandatory excitement. Compare and contrast the following.

  1. Joe Root strides to the crease and a large crowd rumbles with enthusiasm
  2. A batsman strides to the crease and Somebody Told Me by The Killers plays
  1. Joe Root takes a quick single and a large, partisan crowd pretty much roars
  2. A batsman hits a six and is rewarded with four bars of Chelsea Dagger by The Fratellis
  1. Joe Root makes his debut Test hundred on his home ground and everyone goes crazy-mental for about 20 minutes
  2. Anything at all happens warranting Simply The Best or We Are The Champions

Now we may very well be old, cynical, jaundiced and miserable, but we’re also correct. Excitement doesn’t come from the tangentia surrounding a sports event. Either it arises naturally or not at all. If anything, canned excitement only draws attention to what’s missing.

Emotions cannot be scheduled nor coaxed into existence. If you’re anything other than an idiot, you accept that fact and so take extra pleasure on the rare occasions when the planets align and something half-decent happens.

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16 Appeals

  1. [Stands and applauds, plays no music at all]

  2. Ha! The last line pretty much describes my five years in grad school. Most days were spent hitting my head against the wall and the subsequent grim resignation, but on the one day when I had results…Ah!

  3. Phil Tufnell once choose Cigarettes and Alcohol as his walk-out music.

  4. I’d choose Metal Machine Music, Part 2, although I’d possibly end up timed out.

  5. Chelsea Dagger is a good song

  6. I was there yesterday on my stag do. I was dressed as a vagina. It was an excellent afternoon, root’s century being the obvious highlight.

    Although screaming at jimmy Anderson at the end of play to come and ‘sign my flaps’ was rather enjoyable as well.

  7. Heath Streak used to walk out to the wicket with Puff the Magic Dragon playing. I’m not sure if batsmen actually get to choose their music any more. If I was in a position to get entrance music I would pick Threnody to the victims of Hiroshima, by Penderecki.

  8. On the subject of young Master Root, he’s got Mark Nicholas rather excited, if the piece on cricinfo is anything to go by.

  9. For any Surrey players to use, should the occasion arise:
    http://youtu.be/NSflRlHPay4

  10. Of course, in the good old days you could take several canned excitements into the ground with you, to enhance your enjoyment of the cricket match. Cans of John Smith’s, Boddingtons or Heineken, to name three examples.

    But nowadays, the only sporting venues I can think of that allow you to take such canned excitements in with you are Lord’s and Wimbledon.

    It’s a strange world.

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