Thus far, 2013 has been a whirlwind. As with most years, there’s been the expected absurdity that accompanies the holiday season to keep me busy: the annual cornucopia of fixtures, plus the ensuing avalanche of (faux-)headlines that is the January transfer window.
But, unlike previous years, things have been especially crazy around the imaginary WSOTP office during this already hectic time of year thanks to the eclipsing of a number of major milestones for the blog. First, I had the privilege of having my first ever article published by legendary blog In Bed With Maradona. Next came the announced partnership with the stalwarts at the Free Beer Movement. And then piggybacking off of that, over the last week I’ve seen the WSOTP Soccer Pub Atlas get further attention from at least three major MLS blogs… which has left me buried in pub submissions.
If it sounds like I’m complaining, I’m not. If these were problems, they’re good ones to have. And thanks to the vast increase in exposure for the blog I’ve also seen an influx of new followers and likes from the social media channels. And if you happen to be one of the n00bs, don’t think I’m just a “soccer bar specialist” — as if that kind of specialization actually exists. I also write a bit, too. So make sure to check back regularly to read my musings on the world’s game.
So as I put some finishing touches on my next original treatise, let me kick the new year off in truly lazy fashion by sharing a few of my favorite links from the last week.
Sign this petition to end USSF support for Sepp Blatter. – theshinguardian.com
Kevin Prince Boateng takes a stand… and might walk away. – guardian.co.uk
“He eats other chairman sprinkled on his morning corn flakes.” – dearmrlevy.com
Want to find and watch an old match? Check this out. – reddit.com/fullmatch
A theory explaining why Gooners are the way they are.
Ben Olsen is a D.C. icon. – kckrs.com
Checkout any time you like, but you can never leave. – dirtytackle.net
The true centennial crest for US Soccer. – thebeautifulgear.com