Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Whilst reading some old East Fife programmes from the 70's and 80's, it tickled me to read about the excitement generated by the fact that the forthcoming Scotland international was to be broadcast on TV or the disappointment when it was announced that due to contractual problems no live coverage would be on the goggle box.

In these days of over saturation and wall to wall blanket coverage of seemingly every league around the world, it's easy to forget that it wasn't always like that.

I remember growing up in Scotland when we just had the three TV channels to choose from. Seeing any football on my small screen was a joy and something to be looked forward to, along with the chance to sit down and spend some time with my grandad.

The commentary was shocking looking back. The coverage not just as bad, but not far off. No instant replays from half a dozen angles back then.

It really was exciting when you found out that the Scotland international was going to be shown live.

Now we're jaded. We put the game on in the background and that's if we even watch it at all. Maybe this week's Uruguayan match up isn't exciting us. We can always download the highlights later or watch East Fife's highlights on our team's website.

Times have changed for the better for sure but sometimes I do feel they've gone that little bit too far. I wonder what my grandad would make of it all.
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