gmdf wrote: ↑Tue Oct 24, 2017 7:50 am
I don't really mind if I don't fit your definition of a "real supporter". I was a paying customer who has now decided it's no longer value for money. As it happens I've also come to the same conclusion on the other team I formerly watched, namely Leyton Orient. I've now decided that the best value sport for me now is Cray Wanderers in the winter and polo in the summer. Unlike Kent all the Cray players put in good shifts, polo is skilful and exciting and both are cheap to watch. If you're happy to tolerate a chronically substandard product for your money on the basis of some kind of loyalty (which appears to be entirely unreciprocated) then good luck to you, but I'll no longer tolerate poor cricket any more than I would any other product I pay for. I've got no ulterior motive, I've simply packed it in for something better.
temporary wrote: ↑Mon Oct 23, 2017 9:12 pm
Not a real fan then, a 'fair weather' supporter isn't a real supporter.
Yes I'm afraid it does. It's not relevant where they were in the second half of August. They flopped and in the final analysis, which is all that matters, they were the second worst team in the country. I'm afraid you're being selective again. If they had been bottom of everything in August and then won trophies, I doubt you'd have said it was a poor season.
And by the way you should give polo a try. I've only dumped Kent after suffering yet another miserable season. Don't dump polo on the basis of some prejudice, see what it's like first.
And as for Polo - well, I'm as likely to get into synchronised swimming as I am polo. Which is to say not at all likely. You are welcome to it.
PS FWIW I think you are wrong about Kent. I grew up when we we the best, or one of the best, counties every season. I'd love that to be the case again...maybe it will be one day. But to exaggerate in the way you do reeks of an ulterior motive.
We all have a choice as to where to spend out money, of course, and what you value is entirely up to you.
Personally, though, I don't recognise your description of Kent's team - which on any measure has been stronger over the last 2 years, say, than it was over the previous 5 or so. Nor do I recognise your accusation that the Kent players don't put in 'good shifts'. Indeed I'd say the opposite - I've never faulted them on a lack of effort .
This season, indeed we've seen record breaking innings (Dickson), age defying bowling (Stevens) and fine batting (Denly, Northeast, Bell-Drummond in white ball games). In fact, having watched Kent since 1968, I'd say this year Denly and Northeast in particular have played many fine innings that rank alongside those by Denness, Asif, Hooper or Rob Key among others over the last half-century.
I can't actually understand how anyone who likes following one particular sport can - because the team they choose to support hasn't won any cups - give up the whole sport to watch another sport. But maybe that's just me.