Tuesday, February 19, 2008

You'll Never Walk Alone !!!

Two late goals by Dirk Kuyt and Steven Gerrard gave Liverpool a 2-0 victory over Inter Milan (FC Internazionale Milano - leaders of Italian Serie A) and put them in a comfortable position in the first knockout round of the European Champions League.

As some of you know and some of you have heard (mainly via complaints from my wife), I have caught the Futbol bug in a BAD way! As if there weren't enough sports in my life, I have finally found something to fill the winter void in my sports life. Once football ends in Jan/Feb, we are left with nothing.....The last time I cared about the NBA, Charles Barkley, Michael Jordan, (Oxford Comma) and Clyde Drexler were still running the court. On the other hand, we have the NHL who likely will never recover from their season on the brink a couple of years back. I haven't watched that mess since Claude Lemieux and Ray Bourque were still sliding around. I will say that the NHL's outside Ice Bowl in Buffalo earlier this year was one of he cooler things I've seen in sports in the past year (it should be happening all the time). Coupled with March Madness, soccer might help me make it this year. A serious competitive investment in the Memphis crew's Premier League Fantasy League coupled with my acquisition of 2 European classmates has sent me into a whirlwind of soccer madness! I have had a mild love affair with Arsenal since my time in London with Samford in 2000/2001 (the same can be said about my wife). I latched onto Liverpool year before last after getting a mild case of soccer fever brought on by the World Cup during the summer. This year, I have pulled hard for Fulham FC. Fulham is in west London by the Thames and is owned by Mohamed Al-Fayed (the owner of Harrods, father of Dodi, man of many conspiracies concerning Dodi and Dianna). Fulham also has more Americans playing for them than any other Euro team. They are likely to be relegated (read: demoted) to the lower league if they finish in the bottom 3 of the Premier League (an awesome consequence seen only in soccer that would send shockwaves in American sports if it was implemented - e.g. - Baseball). So, I will continue to pull and hope for the best. Catch the fever - GOOOAAALLLL !!!!!!!!!!


Unknown said...

one of a few banes of my existence.
i partially blame leland murphree and always will. i thought i hated (real) football, but turns out i don't. i just hate futbol.

Callen and Michael Martin said...

Rachelle, Rachelle...just read your blog title's sub-title. Long live Bette.

jccvi said...

I'm just amazed that you watched hockey in the first place.

The NBA gets a bad wrap, and maybe rightly so at times, like most of the regular season, but I'm not sure there's a better sport to watch live and up close. Before the move to the Forum, it was fairly easy to sneak waay down the lower level at the Pyramid for Grizzly games.

The crowd atmosphere and surroundings are better with sec football and the premiership. Baseball is a better all around experience. I can't comment on the NFL because those people should be in church.

Still, with all that in mind, it's amazing to watch NBA players fly around the court, even when they're loafing. The same sized court that middle school girls run around and have endless jumpballs on is literally flown around by giants.

Hard to beat if you can get to it.

I'm not just saying this because Rod Strickland hung out in my office and awkwardly almost broke my phone last week.