The English poet Alfred Lord Tennyson once wrote:
“‘Tis better to have loved and lost,
Than never to have loved at all.”
Given that old Alf penned his greatest ever line in 1850, it’s safe to assume he wasn’t talking about supporting Tottenham Hotspur Football Club – which wasn’t founded until 1882. Nevertheless, you can see how Alfred’s wise words might strike a conciliatory chord with many long suffering Spurs fans, following a big defeat.
For others, these words are simply not enough. And without wishing to tempt fate, there is still an uncomfortably high chance that Spurs don’t finish fourth this season. There you go, I’ve said it. Maybe a little pessimistic? It all depends whether you take a ‘cup half empty’ or ‘cup half full’ kind of attitude. Mine is nether, as there’s usually no cup at all at the end of the season.
The reason I take this downbeat tone, with so much still to play for, is that there is preemptive action you can take to ease to pain of defeat. But it involves decisive, courageous, and downright disloyal tactics. What am I talking about? The answer is simple. Just follow the step-by-step guide below:
1) Ask yourself how much you would pay to see Spurs finish fourth this season
2) Go to the betting shop and bet this amount that Spurs will NOT finish fourth this season
There are two outcomes to this strategy: 1) Spurs finish fourth, and you get what you paid for. 2) Spurs don’t finish fourth, but you get your compensation. Isn’t this a win-win strategy?
I was going to follow these steps to safeguard against defeat to Arsenal and Chelsea last week. Clearly I’m mighty glad I didn’t. However, despite the team playing so well, I still think we won’t beat Manchester United this Saturday. I’m worried about our ability to pick up points away from home. And three of the last four games of this season are away.
I’ve already opened up an account with Paddy Power, and I’m mustering the courage to do the dirty deed. Somebody tell me why I shouldn’t act now to avoid another broken White Hart?