Nesbitt on Best

Cyberscribe has the Jimmy Nesbitt Independent/BelTel remembrance of Best, complete with the goal that should have been against Gordon Banks and his last great comic move, the nutmeging of Cruyff.

  • CS Parnell

    Tears in my eyes again. A bit awkward in a busy office.

  • Whatabout

    What more can be said? The man was a genius and, like a lot of geniuses (or geniii?) a little flawed for the modern world.

  • CS Parnell

    I did think that Nesbitt’s reference to NI as a “country” was a little silly though.

  • gg

    I did think that Nesbitt’s reference to NI as a “country” was a little silly though.

    I didn’t notice that at all when I read it in the Independent on Sunday – I was paying more attention to what he had written about George Best and wasn’t too worried about NI nomenclature.

  • TAFKABO

    I did think that Nesbitt’s reference to NI as a “country” was a little silly though.

    This tells us more about you than it does about Jimmy Nesbit.

  • CS Parnell

    Whatever.

  • Aidan

    I did think that Nesbitt’s reference to NI as a “country” was a little silly though.

    Oh come on. You think that says something about his political beliefs?

    Anyway, the public’s love for GB really did transcend all communities and both sexes in NI.

  • Aidan
    “You think that says something about his political beliefs?”

    Yes, absolutely.

    Do I care, no.

  • Aidan

    I could come out with a similar sentence easily and I’m a nationalist. I think people are reading too much into it.

  • CS Parnell

    I wasn’t reading much into it, really. My main point was about George and I agree. It was a more innocent time then – I remember both the 71 game and the Holland game (especially the excitement that Best was again playing for Northern Ireland). Many Catholics were strong supporters of the Northern Ireland team. But we’ve drifted apart and maybe part of the reason for that is that no Catholic would really regard Northern Ireland as a “country” – it’s that fundamental dissonance between how we see ourselves (was I the only Catholic who feels uncomfortable about the fact that this great cross community icon’s funeral is at Stormont? It has to be asked).

    Heaney was right in “whatever you say, say nothing” because sometimes it is the easiest thing. For speaking my mind here I know I am about to get slagged off, but is it better just to keep quiet? (serious question)

    I think there are a lot of things that could be asked and said about this death and maybe we’ll see some interesting things in the next few days – our own little Diana moment. It would be nice, for instance, if the graffiti and the flags stayed down.

    Don’t get me wrong – I am not saying this is all “them uns” to blame, far from it. The Nationalist victimology is often a cover for some pretty nasty sectarianism of the “hell, slap it up them” variety.

    But George’s death offers us all a chance to get together on some neutral no-mans land, briefly stop hostilities, understand our common humanity and … play some football. It’s an irresistible parallel…

  • radar

    an amazing article by Nesbitt. impassioned and raw – it moved me.

    The ‘NI’ reference really doesn’t matter in light of such a personal tribute to a hero, does it?

    as a ROI citizen and supporter – I really don’t think the NI as a country deserves a debate at this sad time.

    The warped and imbittered tribal fueds of Ulster weren’t GB’s motivation when he togged out for NI, he wasn’t a sectarian bag man, he wasn’t a champion of one community over the other. Remember he played in the days before NI’s ‘Billy Boys’ supporters element emerged.

    He wasn’t making a political statement when he wore the green of the North and he was a active advocate of an all-island team, counted a place called ‘Ireland’ as his home – he was a man that the entire Island, the two contries, could feel pride in, feel connected to and feel protective of. In Cork. In Donegal. In Dublin. We was ‘of’ all of us – while specifically a product of Northern Ireland.

    As for James Nesbitt’s political stance, does it really matter?

  • CS Parnell

    radar,

    You missed my point. George is one of those few (and fewer) things we have in common and we know we have in common.

    This is therefore a rare moment when we all stand on the same ground. Shouldn’t we use it to say a few things to one another? Or is it Whatever You Say, Say Nothing.

  • gg

    who feels uncomfortable about the fact that this great cross community icon’s funeral is at Stormont?

    As it’s the place where our cross-community assembly did and would sit if it were operational, I don’t see a problem!

    As for James Nesbitt’s political stance, does it really matter?

    This is Northern Ireland!! 🙁