There’s nothing more irritating, especially during the transfer windows, than trying to decode the cryptic teasers that pass for blog headlines these days.
I take it personally if someone gets me to their page with the illusion of something new, only to find that it’s exactly the same story that I have been fraudulently lured to twenty times before, on twenty different pages, and all based on the same pie-in-the-sky speculation attributed to “a reliable source close to the club”.
Even worse is the “turnaround” where a blogger deliberately “miss-words” a headline to get your attention. This summer it was “Newcastle United Clinch Deal For Exciting Young Forward”.
Now what kind of proper Toon fan wouldn’t follow that link?
The deal that we had “clinched” was the LOANING OUT of Adam Armstrong to Barnsley. Blatant reversal of clincher / clinchee roles for the purpose personal gain! The site were serial offenders and went straight onto my personal blacklist.
On the day that the outcome of Shelvey’s hearing was announced NewsNow gave me the choice of 157 sources to read the same story.
In addition to this never-ending stream of repetition there are opinion pieces. Most of these just serve to confirm to me why I am all for the concept of free speech, it’s just the practicing of it that I despise.
As a recent retiree I’ve had plenty of time to scan through the stories that surface every day and was surprised to see that on your average day there are only maybe 4 or 5 different factual stories that were of any interest to the average, sane, Toon fan.
So, in a moment of boredom, or possibly even madness, I decided to do a round-up of all the NUFC stories that pop up on the net, that are worth bothering with.
Over the last week I’ve spent hours dredging through the quagmire of info on the net just to provide you with a few minutes of newsworthy news