Pre-Match Report by Mr. Horace Harker.
From our Special Correspondent, Mr. Horace Harker, of the Central Press Syndicate.
BODMIN June 24.
Bradstreet Watson Lestrade Hopkins
Trevor Stamford Baskerville Wiggins
Holmes (S) Crocker
Stockdale Roylott Moran Dixie
Stark Slaney Giorgiano Oberstein
Von Bork Clay
On the Bench:
Adler (unavailable - c0mpassionate leave).
Tonga (failed anthropometric test)
Garrideb , Stapleton & Merton (life-time bans).
*In the event there is no result after extra time this "Final Problem" will be resolved by "Sudden Death".
YOUR BLOGGER, DEAR READER, SAYS:
I had great fun writing this light-hearted post. You will, naturally, quarrel with my team choices! But that's football!
Speaking of which....
Italy may have won in 2012
but Pietro Venucci would not score a penalty against Mrs. Hudson!
Postscript: "Playing The Game" is something new for me. I am a strong advocate of more literary analysis of Doyle's original stories as artistic constructs. See my previous posts on SCAND & EMPT and watch for my forthcoming "Moriarty- the Final Problem".
So the genesis of 'Reichenbach Challenge Cup' and its critical value fascinate me.
Euro2012 and current musing on Moriarty blended in my mind like the images of a metaphor and resulted in my creating complete lists of virtuous and vicious characters as player pools.
Such a process involves a lot of refresh reading and assessment.
4 4 2 for both team line-ups seemed the most elegant pattern.
Names for the teams went through a long process starting with 'Good City' v 'Evil United' (Bunyanesque) evolving through eg: 'Illuminati', 'Underworld'....I settled on 'Tenebrae' (the shadows) as a delicious word that also sounded like a mid-European football team. 'Britannia' came last as a better all-encompassing nomination than 'Queen's'.
Key characters had to figure but in character. Hence, Moriarty and Mycroft as schemer managers came first.
Mrs. Hudson was first onto my team sheet, followed by Sherlock Holmes and John Watson.
Crocker (whom I see as Jack London) and Lestrade seemed strong complements to Holmes and Watson in forward attack and at the centre of defence.
Beppo leapt up next as the ideal comic opposite of Mrs. Hudson to keep goal.
Other particularly delightful choices (for me) were: Irene Adler (who would have partnered Holmes but, finally, I realised she was more faithfully effective as 'unavailable, on compassionate leave' (to marry). The 2 supersubs. And I remember wanting to include Tonga somehow - but he'd be too farcical on the field and when the notion of having Bertillon check identities came to me, I realised the comedy of Tonga as disqualified by reason of failed test.
Having listed Bertillon and the neutral Pinkerton agents as match officials, I cast about for a match reporter and realised how grateful Horace Harker would be to be offered exclusive rights by Holmes himself after missing his scoop in SIXN.
The last idea to come to me (after completing the team sheets) was a development of naming Harker coupled with a sense the post would benefit from pictures.
'Twas here the fun (for me) really started - I heard Harker's voice clearly and wrote as it were to his dictation, allowing him to promote himself ad extremis as well as write with respectable literacy. I suspect we shall hear from him again, as I sense a rich vein not yet worked out.
So> playing the game - yes. But along with it accrued the benefits of renewed detailed knowledge of Doyle's originals and a singular intimacy with his creations.
Ray WIlcockson 25. June, 2012.