Bring back David Baddiel & Frank Skinner

by Dexy Longshot

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

It’s so funny how we don’t laugh any more

“Why so serious”? The Joker said. However, this could be said for the vast amount of football on the tele-box. I’m not talking about the football which is played, more the commentary and the programmes that support our great game.

Let’s face it, gone are the days where Tim Lovejoy and Helen Chamberlain where at the helm of Soccer AM and used to be funny. Say goodbye to Des Lynam’s amusing face on Match of the Day. Instead we have a boring Gary Lineker, with his even more boring, so called, football pundits. The only glimmer of hope we have is Adrian Chiles on Match of the Day 2, and even is humour is sometimes given a wide berth, not that it’s because he’s a Baggies fan!

So, where do we go from here?

Cast your mind back, way back, where television was in a golden age and you stopped up late to watch 2 people sitting on a couch with some strange looking guy sitting down at the breakfast bar. That’s right! Fantasy Football League.

It was great fun to watch, headed up by Frank Skinner and David Baddiel and accompanied by Statto it made great viewing. Surely, given the plight of football punditry, we need this sort of programme back. Let’s give Fantasy Football League its own Phoenix from the Flames.
Football is all about fun, people enjoying themselves and having a laugh. Comedy and Football go hand in hand, much like X-Factor and Simon Cowell, or Victoria’s and Secrets. So why aren’t broadcasters doing anything about it!?!

It stops here. I believe we should petition to bring back Fantasy Football League. If I can have a show of votes on this blog for those in favour of bringing it back I’ll arrange it with the guys from UKFootballFinder to send it on to Channel 4.
Who is with me? Your votes count.

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  • stevie

    good shout! to many planks with no charisma on TV. What happened to Ian Wright and Tim Lovejoy!

    Martin Keown & Alex McClish are the worst, so boring. Bring back Stato too!!

  • Darren

    What about John Barnes, he was classic comedy on Channel 5, he could read an autocue like a 3 year old! Des was only good with Hansen and Lawernson as back up.

    So yeah man, lets bring back B&S asap! Football needs more sillyness and the sooner the better!

  • Dexy Longshot

    i think Steve McClaren should front the show, in fact make a new show, the toilet roll charisma show featuring 99% of people in football. Including special guests with template clichés such as Micheal ‘it’s a game of 2 halves’ Owen, Frank ‘Just concentrating on the next game’ Lumpycoat & John ‘Two footed I can get away with it cos I do wee wee’s on dance floors’ Terry.

    Failing that, lets bring back Baddiel & Frank Skinner!!

  • Tom

    He’s got a pineapple on his head!

    Plain, Simple, Effective….. Nuff Said!

  • Darren

    Frank Clark with a Jason Lee haircut

  • Jamie Farrier

    I’d have to disagree here. Fantasy Football League was brought back for Euro 2004 and as far as I remember, it wasn’t very good. It just never got close to matching the golden era of the 90s. What was once unplanned and laugh-out-loud funny banter and witty but unserious routines had turned in to slick, unfunny and over-rehearsed set pieces.

    It was a great show but I’m sick of all these Bring-Backs from people who can’t control their nostalgia. Enjoy it! Savour the fact you were of the generation that got to appreciate the zeitgeist of 90s football with Baddiel and Skinner! Tell your grandkids about it in years to come! Revel in the re-runs! Just for God’s sake don’t try and bring it back; you’ll only be left dissapointed.

    I agree football television magazines aren’t the same these days, but such is life. If it still bothers you, there’s always Football Focus…

  • Dexy Longshot

    I thought that show was mustard, what’s wrong with a little nostalgia? The Rolling Stones have made a VERY successful career out of it. You don’t see David on the TV anymore so he doesn’t really have anything to lose does he!!

  • Darren

    Jamie has a point Dexy, come backs are usually crap. Career breaks are all about timing and what’s going down in society, Sex Pistols for example, please don’t bother doing a come back tour, punk is dead, Madness, please don’t do a comeback, baggy trousers dirty shirts are dead, Duran Duran and all the other 80’s bands, please don’t do a comeback tour because YOU ARE SHITE!!!!!!!

    Saying that, as I’ve said before, there are no charismatic people on the TV football box. So Beddiel and Skinner, why not, yeah bring them back along with Russell Brand on Soccer AM, then we might actually start to enjoy watching the football box again…

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