With my wife sick, this past weekend presented itself as an opportunity for a whirlwind of football viewing here at WSOTP. I’ve not kept any statistics on this kind of thing, but I can say with confidence that I watched more soccer this past weekend than I ever have before. Saturday included a marathon of five straight live games which, between Twitter and A.D.D., my brain had a hard time handling.
The morning started well with Spurs bagging a win, Arsenal and Chelsea both losing, and an unexpected, entertaining shootout between Manchester United and Reading. And while the (oddly timed) midday MLS Cup Final might have seemed the marquee match, I was really looking forward to watching my former college team — the Ohio Northern University Polar Bears — play in our school’s very first NCAA Division III National Championship match. My former teammate Milky even stopped by to take in both the late matches, also allowing me a solid four hours of Liverpool jibes…
Much to our chagrin, ONU were quickly picked apart by an admittedly impressive Messiah College side. But the result doesn’t dim my pride in my old team for everything they accomplished this year. Considering the program only had 8 winning seasons prior to my class’s arrival on campus, and had never made the National Tournament prior to Milky’s, to see the program continue to build on our successes — even despite a heavy loss — had us both beaming. The sky’s the limit from here, boys.
Anyway, below are some of the better links from around the world of soccer from the last week.
A photographic essay of grassroots football in third world countries.
Beckham’s kids old enough to be called full kit wankers. – angelcitybrigade.net
Carlos Tévez’s paystub will make you very jealous. – dirtytackle.net
Shout out to local Casey Weddle for being named All-American.
“We need to be more assertive,” mumbles Rosický to nobody.
Floridian city most likely to land an MLS side… Tampa? – theoffsiderules.com
Once again, Spooky captures how I’m feeling about Spurs. – dearmrlevy.com
A top-25 list for boots from Sneaker Report… I’m in. – sneakerreport.com