Points to Ponder, Streaming Success & Thanks To You From Me

Published on 1st October 2023
Author Mythman

The more things change, the more they stay the same, or so they say.

Now the last time I was here was a good while ago, and the time before that had also been a while too, and as I said back then I’ve not actually been away, I’ve just been a busy lad.

Because of that I have let my commitments on here slip a little bit and for those that care, I apologise profusely, however I’m not the only one, we’ve all been very busy.

Now I’m not going to shy away from the fact that results have been less than exemplary here at Shielfield in 2023 and when things are going that kind of way, it can be hard to see the positives in it all which is often the driving force behind this sort of content.

Now, it would be all too easy to come on here and say this rider isn’t performing or that rider isn’t performing and there’s this wrong or that wrong but let’s be fair, what would that achieve? Bear in mind this content is to be found on the club’s official website and me telling the world how awful it is isn’t going to put any bums in seats is it?

Putting an ass every 18 inches or so is key to the survival of any speedway club, any sports team for that matter so any sort of spread of negativity isn’t going to bring about that now, is it?

What I’ve never quite understood about a certain cluster of speedway fans is the incessant need to tell people how terrible the sport is or what a terrible state it’s in. Now, I’m under no illusions that the sport has its issues, that is clear to see but you telling all this to your mate who’s thinking about going, why would he bother when its own fans tell you it’s terrible? I know I wouldn’t.

That sort of attitude isn’t going to bring about new fans, and that is ultimately what the sport requires.

It’s well documented that speedway is a fairly simple sport which at times is made over complicated by its own rules but at the core of it, it is a form of entertainment and when it’s right, its simply magic.

What does every fan want to see when they part with their hard earned at the gate? We all want to see good racing and we all ultimately want to be entertained.

So, does it really matter if Chris Harris is in as a guest for an injured rider? Does it really matter that this guy has a nine-point average, and that guy is on a four-point average? What does it all mean? Ultimately, nothing, especially to the casual fan or the first timer, they just want to see good racing, like we all do at the end of the day.

The moral of the message, forget the politics, don’t overthink it and allow yourself to be immersed in the entertainment of speedway and its gladiatorial nature.

As I mentioned earlier on, it has been a fairly mad year with a combination of being very busy at work, keeping on top of programme columns, commitments with Speedway Star and of course the launch of Bandits TV, our streaming service.

Now a good while ago, three years ago in fact I penned a column here called “Prosperous Pay Per View” which for those interested can be found by clicking this link. https://www.berwickspeedway.com/dirt/8018/

In that column I spoke about the possibility of live streaming meetings perhaps being the future of the sport and being another income source for clubs up and down the country and at the time, I was really just spit balling, never really thinking too much about the gravity of any of the statements I was making.

So to have been a small part of the team behind Bandits TV and looking back on that blog, which I was kindly reminded of by commentary partner Marty Clyde, is a tad surreal, but something I am immensely proud of.

As I mentioned though, I’m only a small part of it and it very much is a team effort and it wouldn’t happen without my aforementioned commentary partner Marty Clyde, cameraman Graham and Martin Hunter, so thank you to those guys for everything and making it a memorable season.

I’d also like to take the opportunity to thank, in no particular order Scott Courtney, Jamie Courtney, Dennis McCleary, Steve Hayward, Dave Rowe, Dick Barrie, George Dodds, Graeme Martin, Nia Martin, Greg Blair, Norman Clark, The God’s Country Bandits and my nephew Alex. If there is anyone I’ve missed out on, I sincerely apologise.

Last, but by no means least a massive thank you to all of you for taking the time to read my content, either here or in a programme, anyone who’s bought a live stream throughout the season and to all who support the cause, it simply doesn’t happen without you and much love to you all.

With the season wrapping up, I’d like to think it won’t be so long next time…

If you wish to agree, or disagree with the Mythman, have an idea for a feature, or you simply wish to chew the fat over all things speedway, you can email me jbspeedwaymedia@hotmail.com or get in touch via the JB Speedway Media Facebook page. If your compliments, or indeed gripes can be contained to limited characters you can tweet @Mythman666.

Until next time…and there will be a next time.

Right, I’ll hae’tae gan.

Mythman

Mythman
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