04/03/2019

Crazy...

Brian Glanville, widely regarded as one of the greatest football writers of all time, once wrote a book called ‘Goalkeepers are Crazy’.

 

I have made my empathy with the position clear in another recent blog...

 

www.parkhouseschool.org/Blog/theres-no-i-in-team.aspx

 

Kepa
 

However, Kepa Arrizabalaga’s recent behaviour would appear to be right out of the Glanville textbook...

 

www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/47365945

 

It’s a classic, if somewhat unfortunate example of the way I like to apply examples from the world of sport to wider learning in school. In this respect, reflections on how to respond appropriately to legitimate authority and follow rules... And the consequences of failing to do so!

 

Not all behaviour on a sports field is appropriate or values-driven, and it’s important to pick up on the negatives - provided they illustrate a learning point - rather than simply eulogising the actions of heroes and heroines. Honestly, I can flip it around from time to time!

 

Gordon Banks

 

But... just to redress the balance, I have to make contrasting reference to Gordon Banks, who sadly passed away aged 81 just days prior to Arrizabalaga’s antics. Childhood Hero. Absolute gentleman. Greatest goalkeeper. Greatest save. I still remember the yellow jersey my Mum sowed the three lions badge onto like yesterday...

 

www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/47196017

 

I opened with one version of ‘Crazy’ . Here’s another. Older. A classic. Just for contrast. I won’t say which I prefer...

 

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