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Off The Ball - Is it good?

Off The Ball  

361 members have voted

  1. 1. Is OTB good?

    • Yes, always has been.
      126
    • Yes, but only recently.
      2
    • Sort of, it has it's moments.
      127
    • No, it's got worse recently.
      51
    • No, it's never been.
      20
    • No idea, never listen to it.
      7


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On ‎10‎/‎02‎/‎2019 at 11:33, Highland Capital said:

Cowan says himself he knows nothing about tactics and formations etc.  I do find that odd considering he's being going to football for years - he must've had noticed something about what he's watching.

Tam Cowan has zero interest in or knowledge of football as a sport....indeed he has zero interest in or knowledge of any sport...He seems to wear as some sort of badge of honour his total indifference to European or international matches that don't have a Scottish connection, preferring to concentrate solely on the turgid tedium that is the Celtic ritual group phase hounding . Yet still he claims to be a 'fitba fan' … Like claiming to be a 60s pop music but having no time for the Beatles because they weren't from Wishaw.

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It astonishes me that Tam Cowan is only 49 years old.  His popular culture tastes and references are those of a man about 35 years older than that.
I'm pushing 60. I find him simultaneously crass, dull, sexist and stuck in the kind of 1970s vibe I found - you've guessed it - crass, dull and sexist then.
He's a genuine fan. I get this. The show was lively and refreshing 20 years ago. You know, before other genuine fans got mikes with the rise of the podcast. Many of them are refreshing, erudite and illuminative.
In his best moments, Cosgrove continues to offer insight; Cowan never has. And the format is as fresh and cutting edge as, well,
"Offside". What happened to it, and the hilariously named football mascot "Jock the Cock"?

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I like OTB, don't catch it often.

Tam & Stuart pride themselves on being about having a laugh rather than a talkshow about tactics and such.

 

It doesn't bother me at all. 

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I like OTB, don't catch it often.

Explains it

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yeah could be. I am usually at the fitba but the odd time I tune in I have thought it was ok.

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yeah could be. I am usually at the fitba but the odd time I tune in I have thought it was ok.

Tbf, it’s not rotten. Tam and Stuart can get annoying but whenever I’ve listened it’s been fine, not what it used to be but fine. Definitely room for improvement but it’s lasted the rest of time if nothing else.

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It's lousy.

Every time I catch a snippet in the car, it bugs me.   

On Saturday there, the only bit I caught involved Tam making some daft comment that sounded a bit insulting, about someone being drafted in to add authenticity to a photoshoot, to replace the glamorous model previously in place.  He prattled on endlessly, then said she should hire one of those law firms that advertise as 'no win; no fee'.  He stumbled around unable to find the phrase though.  He asked Cosgrove for help and he authoritatively chimed in with 'no claim; no fee'.  

I don't suppose it was a big deal, but it really is just symptomatic of the 'stupid old haver' vibe that the whole programme has now.  

Neither of them are as old as you'd think from listening to them.  It really is time they stopped though.

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On 11/02/2019 at 17:22, kennie makevin said:

Tam Cowan has zero interest in or knowledge of football as a sport....indeed he has zero interest in or knowledge of any sport...He seems to wear as some sort of badge of honour his total indifference to European or international matches that don't have a Scottish connection

But it's been sold as ill-informed since the beginning. It shouldn't come as a surprise that it celebrates its parochial nature at times. That's always been part of its cosy appeal to me, maybe because I share that indifference to European and international matches.

Edited by Mr Heliums

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