||[Nov. 25th, 2005|01:29 pm]
Listen in, listen Ian!
And I never got to see him play.|
I wish I'd gotten to meet the fella, but I was never deemed important enough at SkySports to warrant an invite to their London based functions.
2005-11-25 01:47 pm (UTC)
I'm very upset by this... the attitude from the Press has been appalling. Alcoholic or no, everyone deserves respect on their deathbedm and they have afforded the man none. I know the family we have in Belfast will be feeling this too; the loss of a son of the City is always a sad affair, but Bestie was the City's most famous and a beloved one.
He was the first celebrity footballer in a time when fame was earned by being ace at the gane, and could not be bought with a popstar wife or outrageous spending habits.
RIP Georgie Best, be proud that every lad wanted to be you.
Dammit, that was me, in case you were wondering who the mad random commenter was.
2005-11-25 01:50 pm (UTC)
On the basis that he was an alcoholic wife-beater, the press seem to have been very kind.
2005-11-25 01:51 pm (UTC)
And don't forget "transplant waster"!
Was he ever convicted of beating his wife? Are we referring to Alex here? I believed she'd admitted that their fights were 50-50, althoug that could be another sparring celeb couple I am thinking of. I know that he himself was assaulted by a woman in Reigate last year, but chose not to bring charges as the woman's husband wasn't aware of his wife's drinking habits.
As for transplant waster... undoubtedly he didnlt make the best of his life, or seize the chance to live beyond 60. That's the best hope his surgeons gave him at the time of the operation, and I don't know that dying at 59 is proof that he wasted the chance. Plus, let's not pretend that he's the first alcoholic to fall off the wagon. The people of this country hardly did anything to help him, did they? Pressmen would regularly line drinks up in front of him at events, just to be cunts, and try to get the scoop that George was drinking again, much the same as they did with Richard Harris and Gazza.
I'm sad about it. And no, I never saw him play, and never will, though my Dad met him once. He never had the mental makeup necessary to cope with the talent he had, nor the reception it would get. If that makes him a weak man, I guess he was. But there are a lot of people throwing stones today who don't know how they would be in the same situation. In fact, it's usually best if those without sin etc etc....
sorry, i think he was overrated.
Saw him play much, did you?
his legend is a myth based on celebrity.
he had a very short footballing career of any real note.
OK, he was pretty good for a season or two, but after that drinking got in the way and he became famous for being famous.
he was a drunk not a hero.
It is a shame. He always seemed a bright man who didn't get the sort of treatment and advice that star-footballers get these days. From what I can tell of the news clips, he was a decent dribbler of the ball too.
On a much smaller level, Joey Barton said the other week that he doesn't know what would have happened to him without the team counselling service.
Funnily enough, I actually did see him play. It was around fifteen years ago (maybe slightly less), at half time at Bruce Grobbelaar's testimonial at Anfield, where a bunch of ex-pros played, I dunno, probably soap stars or something. I think he turned up late, and (obviously) was overweight and in the grip of his 'ism, but when he came on for a bit it was amazing to see the deftness of touch with a football was still there. And it was cool to say I actually saw Best play, even in those circumstances.