Fan Diary #25: Going Into Arsenal v. Liverpool
Fan Diary #25: Going Into Arsenal v. Liverpool

It’s hard to know how to call this match. On one hand Liverpool are coming off back-to-back victories including a ten-man derby win. On the other Arsenal definitely have something to prove after Manchester United and Chelsea have patently exposed the holes in their armor. They’ll see us as a […]

Fan Diary #24: Recovering From The Derby
Fan Diary #24: Recovering From The Derby

Yes, I should be all wound up about the upcoming Arsenal match. Yes, that should be all I think about. But I’m still buzzing from Saturday’s derby. I went from being a shifty mess during the ninety minutes to climbing the walls and swinging from the chandeliers with pure elation […]

Fan Diary #22: A Quick One Before Liverpool v. Bolton
Fan Diary #22: A Quick One Before Liverpool v. Bolton

Liverpool v. Bolton. Alright. As I’m starting this it’s nearly 2am here on the east side of America so I’m going to reel off a few hundred words before bed. Sorry for the brevity compared to my usual output, but kickoff is eight hours away and this writer needs some […]

Fan Diary #21 – Give Yourselves A Lift, Liverpool!
Fan Diary #21 – Give Yourselves A Lift, Liverpool!

I won’t argue that Liverpool FC deserve something more out of the last two matches based on form. Reading were the better team in both cup ties and Stoke were just about on par with the flailing Merseyside giants last weekend. And with Torres, Gerrard and Benayoun still out for […]

Fan Diary #20 – Give Me Those Stupefying Moments, Liverpool FC
Fan Diary #20 – Give Me Those Stupefying Moments, Liverpool FC

In his chapter on Brazil in The Thinking Fan’s Guide to the World Cup, John Lanchester writes: “Most football writing is about that experience, one way or another; in the overall run of writing about football, most of it is about the epiphenomenon of being a fan rather than the […]

Fan Diary #19 – Liverpool v. Arsenal: Pre-Match Thoughts
Fan Diary #19 – Liverpool v. Arsenal: Pre-Match Thoughts

I’m more nervous about this Arsenal match than any other time I’ve awaited Liverpool taking on the Gunners. Well: outside of a European quarterfinal, anyway. It’s the context of this season that has me all wound up. The injuries. The results. The fall from the Champions League. With Liverpool following […]

Fan Diary #18 – Derby Day
Fan Diary #18 – Derby Day

Why do I love a derby? I nervously await each Merseyside derby as if it is the most important match of the season. I bite nails. I refresh webpages.  I await injury updates. I lose sleep. This doesn’t make sense for two big reasons: 1.) I am not from Liverpool. […]

Fan Diary #17 – Skrtel
Fan Diary #17 – Skrtel

Oh, Martin Skrtel. Since Sami Hyypia left, I’ve been cheering for Srktel to score from a corner or free kick. I’ve seen some sweet goals from Agger. I’ve even seen Carragher score (and he’s only scored 5 in 594 matches). In the pub, we used to yell for Sami Hyypia […]

How To Cheat At Football – A Primer
How To Cheat At Football – A Primer

For many, cheating is an ugly blight on the beautiful game. Players who break the rules are regularly vilified and criticized. But cheating, when used effectively, can be a great way to help your team out. It is so much easier to score from the penalty spot than from open play […]

Aquilani: Will He Live Up To The Hype?
Aquilani: Will He Live Up To The Hype?

As a child, I could never sleep on Christmas Eve. There was a greedy little materialist in me who sneaked into the living room in the dark to count, shake and feel up all the presents under the tree with my name on them and then stayed up all night […]

Adventures Of The Football-Curious: No Football, Religion, Politics At Work
Adventures Of The Football-Curious: No Football, Religion, Politics At Work

My co-worker Doug has become Football-Curious. Between me talking about Liverpool every week (lately: moaning about Liverpool most every week) and an article he read about Clive Owen talking about being a Liverpool supporter, he has taken an interest in the Reds. He asks me tons of questions whenever we […]

Fan Diary #16: Fearless Liverpool (As In, We Scare Nobody)
Fan Diary #16: Fearless Liverpool (As In, We Scare Nobody)

Liverpool aren’t scaring anybody these days. Danny Murphy pointed this out during the Liverpool/Birmingham City half-time show. Unfortunately, he’s too right. Against Birmingham, Liverpool spent more time with the ball than an NBA forward playing one-on-one with a ten-year-old kid. The Reds completed something like five times as many passes, […]

Fan Diary #14: Devastation, Red Cards and Horror
Fan Diary #14: Devastation, Red Cards and Horror

In my NyQuil haze, I screwed up the math. Through some combination of the time change (which happens earlier in England than in the States) and me sleeping through my usual routine of checking multiple sites to figure out the kickoff, I was an hour off. As I slumped into […]

Fan Diary # 13: 2-0 Over United
Fan Diary # 13: 2-0 Over United

My normal pre-match bravado wasn’t at full strength after the four-game losing streak (Liverpool’s worst run since the Spring of 1987) and going into the fixture against Manchester United Sunday I was a sleepless bag of frenetic nerves. We tend to play our best against the strongest opposition (I thought […]

Fan Diary #12: Flailing at Sunderland and Anfield
Fan Diary #12: Flailing at Sunderland and Anfield

It’s tempting to heave my piling anger, frustration, pain, and total bewilderment on a red beach ball.  It’s tempting to lament the many injuries my side picked up while the players were dispersed for the international break. But after watching Liverpool lose their third and fourth matches in a row, […]

Today’s Football Guru Searching For Answers In The Digital Abyss
Today’s Football Guru Searching For Answers In The Digital Abyss

“Who pays the players when they’re on international duty?” asks Doug. Here in the football wilderness that is the states, I find more and more of my friends, neighbors and coworkers growing curious about the beautiful game. The “football-curious” we’ll call them. And since they know me as somebody who’s […]