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Author Archives: Ethan Armstrong

Fan Diary #25: Going Into Arsenal v. Liverpool

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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 … Continue reading

Fan Diary #24: Recovering From The Derby

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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 … Continue reading

Fan Diary #23: I Love The Smell Of The Merseyside Derby In The Morning

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7:45am. That’s the time to tune in here in Boston if you want to see Liverpool FC take on Everton FC. And though I could feasibly be at work tonight until 3:30am (that’s if I get the closing section: worst … Continue reading

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

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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 … Continue reading

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

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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 … Continue reading

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

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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 … Continue reading

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

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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 … Continue reading

Fan Diary #18 – Derby Day

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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 … Continue reading

Fan Diary #17 – Skrtel

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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). … Continue reading

How To Cheat At Football – A Primer

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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 … Continue reading

Aquilani: Will He Live Up To The Hype?

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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 … Continue reading

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

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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 … Continue reading

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

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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. … Continue reading

Fan Diary #15: Curse You, Lisandro Lopez! Now, Get In There And Win It In Italy…

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So… to review… for Liverpool to qualify for the Champions League round of sixteen one of the following scenarios needs to occur: 1.) Liverpool beat Debrecen AND Lyon beat Fiorentina AND Liverpool beat Fiorentina. 2.) Liverpool beat Debrecen AND Lyon … Continue reading

Fan Diary #14: Devastation, Red Cards and Horror

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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 … Continue reading

Fan Diary # 13: 2-0 Over United

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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 … Continue reading

Fan Diary #12: Flailing at Sunderland and Anfield

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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 … Continue reading

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

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“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 … Continue reading