Did you watch Aston Villa play Wigan Athletic? If you didn't, good job, you bad fan. You missed a rather entertaining first half, at least, but one that was marred by an unusual incident: Emile Heskey throwing what was basically a temper tantrum on the pitch, getting angry after a foul went unpunished, charging down referee Mike Jones and then attempting to get back in his face a few minutes later. Turns out, Ivanhoe left Villa Park at halftime, proving that 33-year-olds are not necessarily grownups.
Leaving aside those utter pearls of wisdom from Gary McAllister (the EPL is a physical league? Well no wonder you're a good manager!) you have to start wondering ... what on earth made Heskey snap that way? Well, let's see. He's on a club facing relegation, he's had four managers this season, he's been injured, and he's often the laughingstock of a nation. Plus he has very tiny ears. Seems like anyone with so much on his mind is one wrong trip from the dynamite exploding.
"It's not a great message for someone to leave the ground at half-time. I am not sure [why he reacted that way]. It's a physical game, the Premier League is a physical league."
But at the same time, you have to wonder about a manager, albeit a caretaker one, that simply shrugs his shoulders when a player goes home at halftime. And then takes no disciplinary action against that player. If I were a Villan, I'm not sure I could be assed to play at all. Kind of makes you wonder -- how many players will actually stay at Aston Villa next season?