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Ball of Shame: How cliches, captions and control are wrecking fans’ heads

by Sean Goff | August 19, 2013
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BENCH-MARK: Owen calls it as he sees it – and bores BT Sports’ fans to tears

Ball of Shame | Weekend wrap

You’d think it would be difficult to match the 100 per cent dissatisfaction rate that Arsene Wenger is running at – but Michael Owen is doing his best.

Nearly three quarters of fans who tuned into Liverpool v Stoke on BT Sport had what marketers call ‘ negative sentiment’ towards the much-travelled – and much injured – striker who made his debut in a starring role for Saturday’s season kick-off.

Liverpool beat Stoke 1-0 and unusually for Owen, and unfortunately for most fans, he lasted the 90 minutes. But if he continues to insult supporters’ intelligence with this cliche-ridden claptrap, he might be getting the sideline hook.

As we all know, one goal is never enough

It was for Liverpool, Michael.

With Danny Murphy and Alan Shearer failing to show Owen how it was done on MOTD, the BBC’s captions dept. screwed up too. Their pre-game line-up of Swansea v Man U featured goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard at right back and Fabio da Silva, Shinji Kagawa and new signing Wilfried Zaha looking distinctly different form their passport photos.

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Arsenal’s failure to wade into the transfer market has the vultures hovering over the Emirates.

Even a Spurs fan could see that the Frenchman’s thrift would bring trouble when the free-scoring Robin Van Persie wasn’t replaced in 12 months ago. But the 3-1 home loss to Aston Villa has angered even the most loyal Gunners.

And we don’t mean Piers Morgan.

Former board members are openly asking if having £150m in the bank is worth eight years of never having to clean the trophy room.

Hon Vice President and ‘philantrophist’ Nina Bracewell-Smith (NBS) has hinted that her decision to sell her 15 per cent shareholding to Stan Kroenke in April 2011 – giving him the controlling interest in the club – was a mistake.

NBS was soon forced to hit the delete button on the Twitter machine (but not before one eagle-eyed punter grabbed it) as the club batted away questions over Wenger’s future – and tried to steady itself for a Champions League qualifier showdown with Fernabache on Wednesday.

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