Whiskerino 2009

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  • posted: November 29 @ 10:19am
3-0 loss today. The first was poor defending. The second was unlucky. The third was skill at the hands (feet) of an Ivorian sharpshooter.

I came to be a soccer fan by way of a former Marquette University striker turned leg amputee (bone cancer). I came to be an Arsenal supporter by way of Dennis Bergkamp & Thierry Henry.

It's times like these that hurt your soul. The pints help though.


SoulGlo1976 says:
Drink up!
Posted: Nov 29th, 2009 - 10:19am -
j a t says:
no shame. how'd you settle on the Gooners, if you don't mind me asking? one of my best friends was an arsenal fan for shameful reasons. he bandwagonned when the untouchables were still around.

he realised recently that he should pick his team based on something a bit more noble, and through a few twists of fate, he's now a sunderland supporter. i would have made fun of him no matter who he'd chosen.

also...West Ham and Le Arse are drawn against each other in the FA Cup 3rd round. Should be interesting.
Posted: Nov 29th, 2009 - 10:31am -
michaeljstraub says:
No better way to watch soccer than in a bar with a pint. Cheers
Posted: Nov 29th, 2009 - 10:50am -
mercantilever says:
Pints help everything. Even old ladies.
Posted: Nov 29th, 2009 - 11:23am -
miguelito says:
marquette michigan? hey - have you heard of Craig Thompson and his magnum opus, "Blankets"?
Posted: Nov 29th, 2009 - 11:39am -
j a t says:
also...no offense, but Henry's a cheating bastard.
Posted: Nov 29th, 2009 - 12:22pm -
Andrew says:
@jat I started watching Arsenal in 2005, with the only reference to the team having seen Dennis Bergkamp and Thierry Henry play in the 1998 world cup. I just really liked the way they played. Not a landmark season by any means, but I liked the fact that they actually played the game and weren't overly physical or use the long-ball tactics so many English teams still use today.

And if you're referring to Henry's handball vs. Ireland, if you're going to call him a cheat and not Wayne Rooney or Drogba or Ronaldo or Gerrard (the list goes on and on) for their overly OBVIOUS dives and simulations over the course of their careers, then there's something missing. He admitted he did it and said it was an accident. After watching the footage I think it was more instinctual than something pre-meditated, it's not like he punched it into the back of the net. I think it's unfortunate that the official didn't call it, but that's the way it went down and things like that won't change until they bring in instant replay to help officiate.
Posted: Nov 29th, 2009 - 12:55pm -
j a t says:
I was actually just taking the piss. I've liked Henry for a long time, but I have a fondness for the Irish. For the record, I can't stand any of the players you mentioned for the exact reasons you mentioned.

And you're right...it's not like he punched it into the back of the net. Maradona literally was a cheating bastard.
Posted: Nov 29th, 2009 - 1:26pm -
Andrew says:
@jat I feel the same affinity for the Irish even though I have no Irish blood in me. Dutch/German/Belgian/Jewish. But I've been to Ireland and it's such a beautiful place, we were actually in Dublin this last March when Ireland won the rugby grand slam.

So how'd you get into the Hammers? Hopefully not another Green Street Hooligans story (juuuuuuuust kidding. sort of)
Posted: Nov 29th, 2009 - 1:50pm -
j a t says:
@Andrew - When I started finding ways to watch live games and/or recent downloads, I decided I needed to pick a team. I probably got a little too serious about it because I ended up tracing back my family to see where they were from and what teams were in those areas. Since most of my ancestors were in England/Scotland/Ireland before football became an organised sport, I had several options (London teams, Portsmouth/Southampton, Celtic/Rangers).

So at that point I just started watching as many matches as I could get my hands on. I figured if I just took it all in, that I'd find my team, or even better that my team would find me. It happened with West Ham and Celtic. Passion grew from anthropological research. I wouldn't trade either of them for all of the Top 4's silverware.
Posted: Nov 29th, 2009 - 2:30pm -
Andrew says:
@jat One of the reasons I liked Dennis Bergkamp so much is he's from Amsterdam which is where most of my Dutch heritage hails from.
Posted: Nov 29th, 2009 - 3:30pm -
Gavin says:
this makes me thirsty
Posted: Nov 29th, 2009 - 4:05pm -
The Despot says:
i feel so sympathetic looking at this image. nicely done.
Posted: Nov 29th, 2009 - 5:42pm -
The Soulburglar says:
I got to pay more attention. Haven't even watched a match since the guy who got me into soccer left the states.

Then again, I nerd out on too much sport to begin with. C'est la vie...
Posted: Nov 29th, 2009 - 8:57pm -
Bishop says:
Sir I'm a Chelsea man...my condolences!
Posted: Nov 29th, 2009 - 9:41pm -
revgoomba says:
Drinking helps sooooooooothe.
Posted: Nov 30th, 2009 - 1:28am -
Dschonn says:
I'd like a pint of that, if you've got another handy.
Posted: Nov 30th, 2009 - 1:40am -
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