Football has always been synonomous with hefty prize money competitions, afterall look at the pools. Football Fortunes is just the latest big money payout for fans who want a life changing event unrelated to the drab world of working for a living. Afterall, how depressingly grey is a world where everything is governed by a set of universal rules rigourously shaping everything?
Better we strike back with a chance to confound the tweed coated straight laced brigade and weave a little exotic odds into life that they won't approve of. "It won't change me" you can hear those who never win anything saying. It is precisely change that inspires even the most sober of us to risk a couple of quid. A Football Fortunes win won't be spent on anything remotely sensible - will it?
The art of a successful competition is to create a game that has a real chance of success for the entry stake, but allows us precisely to lose that stake without significant damage to our ongoing lifestyle. When that chance depends upon at least a dollop of skill then the odds are at least in part under our control.
Whilst the ever fashionable lottery is seen as a nonchalant tip of the hat to a star dusted future, dwindling ticket receipts suggest the reality of a win is understood to be far away in a pie laden sky. Football Fortunes is a bold attempt to put the dream back within the grasp of fingers that get tired of ploughing reality everyday.
The turnstiles are open for us to possibly rub shoulders with those whose skill, beauty and intelligence has outdone chance and scored a goal in the ranks of the priveleged. I personally don't mind being scorned upon as an undeserving and brash commoner when Football Fortunes smiles upon me - I'll warrant that neither do you.