Sport and journalism are two of the Sceptic Tank's favourite things - so much so that many's the time you'll catch us at a game, back to the action, cheering on those bold inhabitants of the press box, gleefully bellowing 'olé' at every key struck and cup of tea quaffed.
Sadly, like many a football fan, we've been priced out of bigger games and have to content ourselves with lower league fare. Baiting confused local hacks with choruses of "who are ya?" is no way to live, believe us.
As such we were deeply concerned to learn that the higher echelons of sports journalism are currently facing a crisis every bit as severe as that faced by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger after overseeing the club's worst start to a season in eleventy hundred years.
Leeds Utd has banned BBC and Guardian scribes from its fixtures, resulting in a note accompanying Daniel Taylor's excellent coverage of the club's league cup tie with Manchester Utd stating it was written, "via television rather than from a seat in the press box".
And at the beginning of the season, most newspapers were unable to send reporters to Championship games due to a row over accreditation.
Now we've already addressed the environmental madness of sending 60,000 plus fans from Manchester down to London for last year's FA Cup semi-final, but could the same argument not be made for reporters?
What the Tank wants to know is if there's really any need to have journalists at games that are being televised? Has anyone really noticed the difference between traditional match reports and the television-reliant variety forced upon scribes at the start of the season.
A reporter friend insists you miss the atmosphere and can't doing anything more than report basic events on the pitch.
But could the savings in fuel and emissions make up for the lack of pre- and post-match response, most of which follows the "tough game ahead", "they're a good team, but so are we", "can't fault the lads' efforts", "how did that £*%!ing ref miss that #$&ing call - has he got @?;£ for brains or what?" formula.
Plus you've got replays, stats at your finger tips and now games in 3D, which the Tank can attest really does convince the brain you're sat in the stands rather than slumped in the local boozer sporting crummy plastic sunglasses.
Moreover, given the straightened times many of our finest media organs now face, we're sure certain newspapers' accountants would appreciate the cut to sports reporters' expenses.
In fact, we'd be all for it - if it weren't for the fact that Sky's utter dominance of televised sport meant that this new greener reporting model would only serve to make our nation's Fourth Estate even more dependent on Rupert Murdoch.
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