Did anyone read Harian Metro's backpage lead? In red and in bold, it says: "TAHNIAH MYTEAM".
Someone in there is trying extra hard to play ball and stay on the right side.
I mean, MyTeam lost. Despite the millions invested in the MyTeam project, the shameless hype and unprecedented publicity, and the presence of the PM to give his support and blessings, and the opponents playing with 9 men towards the end, they lost. And it's OK to lose. Really. I put my money on them and I lost too, and it's OK.
But what's NOT that OK is how the match has been editorialised, how bitter the newspaper sounded over MyTeam's defeat.
The reporter wrote (he did not quote anyone so it must be his own assessment of the match):
"Berdasarkan aksi 90 minit, jelas memperlihatkan rendahnya mutu pemain skuad negara. Terlalu memalukan. Aspek teknikal mengecewakan dan daya berfikir tumpul. Jutaan RM yang dibelanjakan tidak berbaloi dengan apa yang dihidangkan di atas padang. Itupun pegawai kanan FAM baru-baru ini mempertikaikan geran Majlis Sukan Negara bernilai RM3.5 juta terlalu sedikit .."
Either way, you lose FAM. And if those under-20 national players were "paying for the sins of their predecessors" (read Vijesh Rai's commentary "MyTeam not so shabby" in NST today), they are not forgiven for winning last night's game.
So who do I say TAHNIAH to for today's backpage play-up, Datuk Manja or Datuk Hisham?