Pecking order of the Day
It has not gone unnoticed that pundits on the BBC's Match of the Day programme are more circumspect with their phraseology when referring to Stoke City FC. However, this was not always the case when Stoke first arrived in the Premiership in 2008.
It has also not gone unnoticed that Stoke are by and large always screened last on the programme.
Whilst it is understood that the BBC wishes to entertain and the Stoke style of play does not always fit into these parameters, what is the fairest way to air our clubs on TV screens?
Should it be down to the club that has scored the most goals (then maybe whittle it down to the fastest goals of the day)?
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This methodology seems not to be favoured by the BBC, bearing in mind four goals were scored between Wigan and Stoke yesterday and still they were screened last. What is more, it was also noticed that the two first-half goals shown in this game were the only incidents projected and no other goal attempts featured.
Was it because there weren't any more goal-mouth action worth seeing?
The only fair way to screen English clubs on Match of the Day is to scrap the pecking order of Manchester United rule and mix it up. Besides, to screen Manchester United last or even penultimate would also see many viewers seeing the programme through to the end instead of abandoning it after the first couple of matches.