This isn’t so much an article but a bookmark of sorts. If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you were already aware that LCB was under the gun, a self-imposed timeline. August had been announced in early January as the make or break decision point to either continue with the Blog or close it for good.
If you actually care about the Blog, you’ll be happy to know that Jules, Nico and myself have decided to continue for another year. This is good news – bad news for the haters, but hey we can’t please everyone This year there won’t be an anniversary article, and if you actually enjoy reading that type of thing, this post will serve our purposes just fine – especially since we’ll be busy covering Uruguay’s progression in the Confederations Cup.
4 Years is an impressive benchmark, not even the original Star Trek television show went past 3 years… of course look at how far Star Trek has come since that initial series got cancelled, but it’s nice to know we made it to 4 years! – so now we’re looking at 5 years. 5 years… oh boy, 5 years would take us right into the 2014 World Cup tournament – will Uruguay get there? Although there’s a pessimistic streak that shadows most of my writing, a built-in default switch that was born out of years of watching Uruguay’s national team in the lean years, I want to be one of those delusional supporters who refuse to look at the writing on the wall, who believe whole heartily in fantasy and say, “yes absolutely, Uruguay will qualify to the 2014 World Cup and LCB will be there to cover it” but come on, this is La Celeste Blog ––– we don’t pull back punches, we always fall back on the truth; the truth is a questionable abstract, the truth I’m referring to is based on the immediacy of opinion.
Opinion is your first reaction to an event, an object, a situation. And if you want our opinion, well if you’re reading this, my opinion… I know I’m always glad to give it. Basically I don’t sugarcoat my opinion, if the team plays well, I’ll tell you. If blame has to be assigned, I’ll tell you. If the manager just screwed the pooch, I’ll tell you. If there are things that in my opinion are positives which must be brought to the forefront despite the prevailing view… I’ll tell you, why? Because that’s the way I see things.
And then the comments, some good, some bad, some moronic function to see where the truth is going. This reminds me of something somebody once said to me, “you tell one lie, I’ll tell another, and then we all get together and decide who the biggest liar is.” This is true. To me, no one owns an opinion, if your vision of Uruguay’s NT is simply a sky-blue shirt which you must support no matter what, well, good luck with that. If your vision of Uruguay’s NT is one where you must criticize everything you see, and wish for a bygone era you were never really privy to, well keep on trucking – and if you fall in between the two extremes I just laid out, and see the dangers of drifting from one extreme to another – then welcome to sanity!
This is perhaps the Blog’s biggest accomplishment, for me this Blog has been a learning process, there is no right way to following Uruguay’s NT. You can be the lone nut who shouts from the top of his lungs, screaming profanities that you and only you know what’s right with Uruguay’s NT or you can be the person who learns to accept different opinions and maybe allows those opinions to permeate your own tunnel visioned view of the world.
Sometimes of course, things get out of hand. This is normal though, sometimes we invest too much in something and “things” get fuzzy and downright warped. My advice, have a beer, drink your thoughts away. At the end of the day, it’s just a game. Confusing nationalism with superiority is a wasteful endeavor – look at how well that went for the Nazis. If you look at this as a game, trust me you’ll live longer. It’s a game, it will always be a game and nothing more. Pride is fine and in this regard the Sky-Blue functions to reconnect us to a collective psyche but at the end of the day, when the game is over, it’s over. On certain days Uruguay’s NT will make you proud, on other days, they’ll make you stinking mad, but this is natural.
The present is 4 years and now the future is 5 years. 5 Years and maybe a World Cup – this sounds good to me, I’m up for that, how about you?