Going with what Kxevin was saying the previous post, I am temporarily back from obscurity to bring the quality of the site down the site to greater passions….?
I’ve been thinking about this for a while but I never had enough free time to actually go about doing. Do you know about TV tropes? No? That’s okay. You can Google it.
[To save you time, it is a wiki that “catalogs the tricks of the trade for writing fiction” (their words, not mine).]
The inspiration of this post is the absolutely brilliant Xanatos Gambit. Have you watched the cartoon Gargoyles before? No? That’s not okay. Watch it on YouTube or some obscure website that is totally legal and doesn’t have viruses.
The basis of the Xanatos Gambit is the strategy you choose is such that all paths lead to your victory.
The namesake of the trope David Xanatos is quite possibly the most badass antagonist in cartoon history. Revel in his suave villainy below.
So anyway, I wanted make a Xanatos Gambit for football. It would have been very amusing and very fun to write up.
But then I realized that football is a very broad subject that divided into a lot of parts: managers, fans, players, even journalists. Which actually wouldn’t have been that difficult; there were more options for me to take. The problem, however, is you can even divide those parts into more parts; for example, fans can be divided into Barcelona fans, Arsenal fans, Roma fans, etc.
The players can also be divided into either ‘stereotypes’ or roles; The Quiet Genius (Messi, Iniesta), the Magnificent Bastard (subjective; Xavi for Madridistas), the Self-proclaimed Rich and Handsome Bastard (Cristiano Ronaldo), Respectable Veteran (Seedorf), etc.
The managers are most interesting I find. You can have the classy winner archetype (Pep, Pelligrini), the no-so-classy winner (Mourinho). But you could also have the perpetual failure (insert your own here), so-close-yet-so-far (Ranieri), how-the-hell-do-you-keep-getting-a-job (too many to name).
However, like I said I had no time to pursue this endeavor so I ended up putting the idea on the back burner. Until today.
I had some free time (thank you Family Day) so I went to MS Paint and drew up a crappy Xanatos Gambit for
fans internet warriors.
The idea: “no matter what the outcome of the game is, I still win the
pointless argument online battle.”
(If I find more time, I’ll do one for managers).
/shuffles back into obscurity.