Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Tidbits




It’s been two weeks since I’ve updated the site. I apologize to my loyal readers, but life conspired to snatch me away from writing. Life has a way of doing that, no?
Like a good football match snatches one away from reality and the hardships of life.

I’m starting the fine memoir 'Fever Pitch' by renowned author Nick Hornby on his obsession with Arsenal FC. Here’s a grand quote from the beginning of the book.

“I fell in love with football as I was later to fall in love with women: suddenly, inexplicably, uncritically, giving no thought to the pain or disruption it would bring with it.”

Doesn’t that just sum it all up right there? I couldn’t say it better.

- Here’s a great article by Spanish football scribe Phil Ball about mortality, relegation and Real Sociedad. A great, thoughtful read and a sad case of reality for a club that came oh-so-close to winning the Spanish league a few seasons ago.

- What do we make of Ronaldo waddling his big-boned frame to AC Milan? I feel somewhat heartbroken. This man was a phenomenon, the most devastating striker in the world. His performances for Barcelona and in particular, the Brazilian national team, are stuff of legend. But fame and his insatiable appetite for short-term pleasure seem to have caught up with him. Football media is full of reports that he’s lazy, unmotivated and aging rapidly.
Maybe this will be a wake-up call. Maybe the glide will come back into his step and we’ll see small glimpses of the Ronaldo of old, stroking the ball into the net, wagging his finger with that big gap-toothed grin painted on his face. Sadly, I think the train stops here. I’ll always have images of him scoring that hat-trick against Manchester United at Old Trafford in the Champions League in 2002. What a display. What a monumentous player he was. How wonderful when the Old Trafford crowd stood up and applauded his masterful effort? How sad that he’s faded so quickly.

- Africa update: I’ve got some exciting things I’m working on for the near future. I can’t say I’m any further along than I was when I started the blog, but the ideas are coming fast and furious. More on this later. And if you have any ideas, please send them to me. I am forever grateful for your input.

More in general later. Thanks for the support so far. I think this is a very doable concept and your support has been wonderful. Stay tuned. More to come in a few.

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