A journalist friend once said that he’d never write a certain airline’s name “airBaltic,” because he refused to do their brand management for them. I can’t remember if he chose to call them “Airbaltic,” “AirBaltic,” or “Air Baltic” instead, but the lowercase initial was beyond the pale. In English, of course, proper names are always [...]
Coworkers today, knowing of my deep interest in football supporter culture, asked me what I thought of what happened in Egypt yesterday, where 70+ people were killed in violence in Port Said after a match in which al-Masri defeated visitors al-Ahly 3–1. I meekly responded that the football pitch is often a proxy for the [...]
Spurs party refuses to end. As @Spursonside explained:
One last pic from the Emirates – our fans still inside after the final whistle, pictured from the West Stand!
I’m still buzzing, after all, why shouldn’t half of North London be the same way?
Wenger wearing his “Chinese hobo grandma parka” sobs his way off the pitch after Spurs unlesh a psyops masterpiece, scoring three unanswered goals in the second half to take three points at the Emirates for the first time ever, defeating Arsenal twice in a row in the Prem for the first time in forever, and beating Arsenal at home (including Highbury) for the first time since the first season of the Prem. Oh, and Spurs haven’t beaten any of the Big Four away in something like 70 meetings.
Then to get goals from current darlings Gareth Bale and Raphael van der Vaart, as well as having Gallas be a solid central defender in his return to Arsenal… man. The only way it could be better would be to have Wenger walk off, sobbing. Oh, wait…
I still await news of his certain whingefest postmatch.
For @bryner99 and @rmisra.
Dimitri Payet and Saint Étienne will be in the Champions League next year. That is all.
Yet again, I’m putting off the “Fieldwork vs. Armchairwork” post, which began as a joke threat, but is actually slowly turning into a few ideas about methods courses from a total neophyte and non DGS. In the meantime, I’m getting very excited about 64 other “vs.” coming up in the next six weeks, namely the [...]
Since 1998, part of my excitement over the World Cup has been stoked by ads leading up to it. Usually, Nike makes charming and witty ads, like this one, in which the Brazilian national team messes around at the airport, having just been told that their flight to Paris is delayed: What Eric Cantona is [...]
The quarter is over, and that means that Male Fantasy Sports is also over. Since I wrote up the baseball section, I should write up the soccer section. The first book we read was Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby. The book annoyed me to no end, largely because Hornby comes across as an insufferable poser, [...]