The FA Cup Final 2008

In an age in which football has become almost wearily predictable in many respects, this year’s FA Cup has been a breath of fresh air. Whether we’re talking about Havant & Waterlooville’s demolition of Swansea City and their subsequent day out at Anfield, Barnsley’s extraordinary performances against Liverpool and Chelsea and Portsmouth’s tin at Old Trafford have been just some of the highlights of a remarkable year’s cup football, which culminates tomorrow at Wembley with the unexpected sight of Cardiff City taking on Portsmouth. A quick scout around this morning’s main sport websites gives away the rank hypocrisy of the British sports press, who are quick to laud the underdogs when they knock the big clubs out (presumably because it’s what people want to read) but then ignore the main event, presumably because there aren’t enough “stars” involved. You’ be forgiven for thinking that there is no FA Cup Final this year if you read The Guardian’s Sport Blog (though their football site does make a bit more of an effort). The Independent makes a better effort, but the wooden spoon goes to The Times, whose Ten Reasons To Be Fearful is largely insulting and, notably, takes clear precedence over the Ten Reasons To Be Cheerful article that it was a counter to. Why, one wonders, would The Times feel the need to run an article countering an article...

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