A mini-blog, on a thought that occurred to me in relation to all of this football reform chat that is still doing the rounds in football. Here I draw on some BBC resources.
First, the story detailing the proposed 12-12-18 model is found here, and this has apparently found favour amongst the relevant footballing bigwigs. In this model, the top two 12s splitting into three 8s after each team has played the other eleven in the relevant 12. Simple, aye? Everyone is delighted with the idea. Moving on…
What are these mini-leagues to be called? I hereby start my campaign to have the middle of the three 8s to be known as the Middle 8. Why? Simple: music. As explained in this BBC resource, in musical terms a Middle 8 is a section that exists “to break up the simple repetition” of a structure by introducing new elements.
The name sounds perfect.
I might add that the quality of Middle 8 varies from song to song. Just think of the potential for the theme music of a highlights programme.
I will leave it to others to suggest names for the top and bottom 8. Then again, Top 8 and Bottom 8 might just do it.