I'd like to thank Tom Furnival-Adams for contributing what is clearly a well considered and thought-provoking piece. It's a complex situation we find ourselves in, with many unknowns, and many challenges to our natural persuasions. He has outline his approach with elegance, and I'd recommend anyone reading it if they're looking for any semblance of pragmatism in this sorry affair. It's really very good.
Along with publicly thanking Tom, I also wanted to contribute a few additional thoughts from my perspective, not necessarily in response to his piece, but to the discussion it has provoked.
That's Sky Blues Blog code for "I'm going to be talking about the perceived value/lack of the boycott".
The arguments persist. The moral assertions remain. There's a suggestion we're not even allowed watch Sky anymore. How can we as fans address the situation in a matter than can actually have some impact?
I've had a go at figuring this out before, but it's bloody hard. In a similar attempt to reach sense, Coventry fan and writer Tom Furnival-Adams has used the time on his sickbed to do the same...
As bored as many are with the moaning, unfortunately I can't reconstitute my feelings after just two games. This blog is an outlet for these continued thoughts. If my being upset about Coventry not being in Coventry offends, you should probably brace yourself.
I note with great intrigue the latest effort to persuade City fans to turn up at Sixfields - suggesting we flip the current boycott to an extreme and instead turn up en masse, with the intention of making Sisu "think" and ultimately altering their position.
I don't want to get into this all over again, but typically I'm going to.
You've got to give it to them, the Trust are pulling out all the stops for this Saturday's rally. You've no doubt seen the video above - it's a jolly good effort at a battle cry, although I did break my vigil of anger and defiance for a few seconds to laugh at the devilishly dippy Tim Fisher slide.
Now, I'm the first to admit that I've criticised them for their approach in the past, the quality of their communications, and the fact that I still believe they could do with another recruitment drive. But that's not the point of this post. Credit where it's due - I think this rally on Saturday is their best idea yet. Surely we've all got to get behind it. Support the message.
Regardless of the slight differences we may all have about the current situation, this event gives a very visible opportunity for all City fans to show some active solidarity towards the cause. Let's face it; we're all livid that we're being forced from the Ricoh, so it's imperative we seize the platform Saturday provides to enforce that message.