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2012-04-21 11:52:51 AM  

tom servo bit me: ADubs86: Well those four clubs have the most supporters on Fark, so it's no surprise that people don't comment when thier teams are playing.

The hockey thread last night was pretty boring too. Here's a fun question - how'd everyone come to their allegiances?


I root for Tottenham, but I'd be hesitant to say its an allegiance. I wanted to understand the game better and felt I'd get more of a feel for it if I picked a team that I could follow all year. I didn't want to be a bandwagon jumper, but I also wanted a team that would be 'pretty sure' to stay in the EPL.

It came down to Everton, Fulham, and Tottenham. I settled on Spurs because they were the team I had the most fun watching that season. I do attempt to keep myself grounded though, don't want to turn into a rabid fan who can't see reality:)

/plus its fun to watch all the teams
//understands a LOT more about soccer in just one year
 
2012-04-21 11:53:31 AM  

zoobaby: Billy Crystal Meth Lab: HaywoodJablonski: Awesome! So what did you win, other than a nap and a sure Sunday afternoon hangover?

The game was our deciding factor on who paid, and RvP was an inconsiderate bastard and didn't finish, so it was technically a draw. I win the distinction of getting hammered before 9:30am and hopefully one of the greatest Saturday nights in history.

/Probably end with me playing FIFA alone.

Making a girl feel uncomfortable sounded a lot more entertaining.


These two things aren't mutually exclusive.

Uncomfortable girl + drunk me = going home and playing FIFA alone
 
2012-04-21 11:56:45 AM  
hello, kinda late,
anyways, Koscielny saved the gunners on many occasions and was incredible.
Torres needs help and sturridge need to learn how to aim or pass better.
 
2012-04-21 11:58:33 AM  

TheKnownUniverse:
My cats woke me up at 7:30 so I was going to watch the early match but then I couldn't find my glasses and I didn't feel like putting my contacts in so I went back to sleep. Doesn't seem like I missed much.


Torres played the entire second half shirtless after it got caught in the weed whacker Miereles uses to style his hair. Not that that would interest you.
 
2012-04-21 11:59:03 AM  

Billy Crystal Meth Lab: I am taking that nap. But, on my way home, I picked up a 64oz growler of Stone Arrogant Bastard. That should be polished off by the end of dinner.


Well played, and good luck, sir.

I've had a week from hell in regards to work, so my plan is to drink until I can barely see and make some girl feel uncomfortable at a bar, because I deserve it, damnit.

You do, and frankly, I think some girl deserves it too.

/Walcott supposedly missing the rest of the season.

To be fair, he's only been around for about half of the season anyway. But hey, fark it, no Arteta, no Jack, no Theo, Gervinho is in witness protection, Abu Diaby is back until his leg explodes, I'm excited about Rosicky's play, RvP forgot how to put it in the net all of a sudden, Gibbs...GIBBS, yeah I think we're in good shape.
 
2012-04-21 12:02:36 PM  
My hopes for the late match: QPR take the points, and Joey Barton spontaneously combusts while standing very close to Adebayor.
 
2012-04-21 12:03:08 PM  
My team has taken six points from Wigan. Thusly, my team is better than your team.
 
2012-04-21 12:09:05 PM  

StRalphTheLiar: TheKnownUniverse:
My cats woke me up at 7:30 so I was going to watch the early match but then I couldn't find my glasses and I didn't feel like putting my contacts in so I went back to sleep. Doesn't seem like I missed much.

Torres played the entire second half shirtless after it got caught in the weed whacker Miereles uses to style his hair. Not that that would interest you.


Sweet, I'll incorporate that into my next slashfic
 
2012-04-21 12:12:01 PM  
Okay, the short version of how I came to be a Liverpool fan, because I really don't feel like typing:

I had always been a fan of soccer ever since I played it as a kid at my local YMCA. I wasn't good enough to get on a school team, so I relegated myself to being a casual observer.

Around 2001, after watching for a few years, I figured it was just about time to start picking a team. I was a bit of a bandwagoner back in the day, so I looked at the last champions, which happened to be Manchester United and Arsenal. I liked the teams, but didn't really come to love either one of them. Don't know what it was, but I just didn't feel drawn to them.

I kept watching, but I continued looking for a team to support. I relied on an old standby of mine: who was champ the year I was born. A quick search for First Division 1986 champs lead me to Liverpool. First Liverpool match watched: 2001 FA Cup final at Cardiff. What a game that was. Ever since, I've been a fan.
 
2012-04-21 12:12:37 PM  
Wow, Friedel could make his 300th consecutive premier league start today. That's pretty unheard of.
 
2012-04-21 12:22:52 PM  
HaywoodJablonski/Mr_H/ADubs86

All legit reasons, I'd say. I was fourteen the first time I visited Britain (during France 98). I was with my family in a china shop in the Cotswolds, bored nearly to tears. The shop's selection had china mugs with the crests of each Premier League club that year. Gravitating towards anything sports-related, and needing relief from the fact that a china shop in the Cotswolds is, to a fourteen-year-old boy, a Boring Place, I checked out the selection, determining to get myself a souvenir. At the time I was a huge Michigan football fan, so it came down to Spurs or Chelsea, as both clubs used blue and gold in their crests. Spurs won out because their blue was darker (in fact, I'm looking at that mug right now - I use it to keep the quarters on my desk).

A year later, my uncle who was living in Basildon sent me a Spurs scarf as a Christmas gift, remembering my mug purchase from earlier. Now it was on, although in those rare old times it was considerably tougher to follow the league. I drifted in and out of interest in the game for a while, finally throwing myself back into it after I lived in England for a few months in '04. Been an interesting few seasons to follow Spurs since then.

So yeah, my loyalty story is probably way lamer than most people's, but hey, at least I've stuck with it. . .
 
2012-04-21 12:23:42 PM  
I followed the US national team for a while, pretty much starting with the 2002 WC. I decided to pick a team to follow the premier league in 2006, after the world cup. Since Brian McBride was my favorite player, I followed him and Carlos Bocanegra to West London.
 
2012-04-21 12:28:20 PM  

Chupacabra Sandwich: I followed the US national team for a while, pretty much starting with the 2002 WC. I decided to pick a team to follow the premier league in 2006, after the world cup. Since Brian McBride was my favorite player, I followed him and Carlos Bocanegra to West London.


I know a lot of Americans follow Fulham for the USMNT connection. To a lesser extent, I see some of that with Everton as well.
 
2012-04-21 12:30:16 PM  
Mine is a totally not legit reason at all and you people will laugh. If anyone has seen the movie Eurotrip, you'll note that the bunch of hooligans they meet are Manchester United fans and I thought they were hilarious. Then when I got to college we had Fox Sports World (which turned into FSC and now Fox Soccer) and Manchester United were on all the time so I kinda followed them. However, it wasn't until a few years in that I became a diehard fan, most notibly the 2007 (I think) 4-0 win against Arsenal in the FA Cup.

However, these days I cheer for Spurs as well because my best friend is a Spurs fan and my English coworker is also a Spurs fan and we get along well. Then again I cheer for Everton in every game they play not against Man United and sometimes for Fulham (like today) when I can watch.

I will always be a DC United supporter first though. Local team, great supporters groups, active in the community, founding member of MLS, history, and just all around great club.
 
2012-04-21 12:31:16 PM  
Oh and the Everton connection is obviously because of Timmy Howard (my favorite player) and Donovan (who I cheer against when he plays for the Galaxy).
 
2012-04-21 12:35:05 PM  

Stimied in a Rut: Mine is a totally not legit reason at all and you people will laugh.


*laughs*

That's like rooting for the celtics because you liked Celtic Pride.
 
2012-04-21 12:35:42 PM  

Stimied in a Rut: Eurotrip


Who's gonna argue with Vinnie Jones playing a hooligan?

Loftus Road looks like a high school stadium on TV.
 
2012-04-21 12:35:59 PM  

Chupacabra Sandwich: Stimied in a Rut: Mine is a totally not legit reason at all and you people will laugh.

*laughs*

That's like rooting for the celtics because you liked Celtic Pride.


I explained it, I didn't say it would make sense!
 
2012-04-21 12:37:08 PM  

tom servo bit me:

I know a lot of Americans follow Fulham for the USMNT connection. To a lesser extent, I see some of that with Everton as well.


Yeah, that's why Fulham and Everton are my 'secondary' teams.

/always roots for underdogs though, cause its fun
//doesn't really support any MLS team
///columbus crew is closest though so I have one of their scarves
////going to Crew v Whitecaps next week
 
2012-04-21 12:41:00 PM  
After Fulham I usually root for

Bolton
Norwich
Blackpool
Newcastle

and against

Man City
Man Utd
Liverpool
Arsenal
Spurs
Chelsea
Stoke
QPR
 
2012-04-21 12:44:27 PM  
Assou-Ekotto looks like garbage so far.

Everyone's got their spectrum, don't they? I have Newcastle love - my sister's a nominal Newcastle supporter. Fulham has a place in my heart. Everyone hates Leeds, but they're like Notre Dame or Oklahoma - it's fun to have them in the mix, simply because they're a big name and they ought to be there. Super easy to root against Arsenal, Chelsea, and Man City, but I have a special hate for Man Utd because one of my co-workers is "THAT Man Utd fan" - you know the type. He also happens to be "THAT Yankee fan," if that provides any context.
 
2012-04-21 12:49:21 PM  
I was in Europe during the 2002 World Cup (Japan-Korea) and got swept up in the madness, so when I returned home I was interested in following the Premier League. My roommate at the time was a huge Liverpool fan so I ended up watching a lot of Liverpool matches and they just kind of grew on me. Also I liked Michael Owen but I... I don't like to talk about that. And the former roommate is the current boyfriend. We'll get married to You'll Never Walk Alone and name our first kid Kenny Stevie Rushie Robbie Carra Shankly. Or maybe just our cats.
 
2012-04-21 12:54:09 PM  
That sucks.
 
2012-04-21 12:54:46 PM  
ADEL TAARABT scores a beauty of a free kick, Friedel caught going to the wrong post.
 
2012-04-21 12:55:18 PM  
I should note I have an equal number of Man United jerseys (Berba and Rooney) as I do Everton (2 Donovan) and West Ham (Spector and Carlton Cole). 4 DC United jerseys (Charlie Davies, Luciano Emilio, Dejan Jakovic, and blank), 2 US jerseys (Timmy and a blank one) and a host of others from here and there. I think my collection is 26 right now.
 
2012-04-21 12:55:49 PM  
Spurs defense is looking like crap today.

And there we go-al...
 
2012-04-21 12:56:02 PM  
Can someone explain to me what the hell happened to the Spurs team that was 10 points clear in 3rd? I would really like that one to make an appearance.
 
2012-04-21 12:57:20 PM  
Taarabt must have visited Andy Carroll's voodoo priest this week.
 
2012-04-21 12:58:13 PM  

Stimied in a Rut: Can someone explain to me what the hell happened to the Spurs team that was 10 points clear in 3rd? I would really like that one to make an appearance.


Harry for England talk started, seems to have taken his mojo away. Same with RvP, as soon as the POY talk started in earnest, his form turned south.
 
2012-04-21 12:59:04 PM  

Stimied in a Rut: I should note I have an equal number of Man United jerseys (Berba and Rooney) as I do Everton (2 Donovan) and West Ham (Spector and Carlton Cole). 4 DC United jerseys (Charlie Davies, Luciano Emilio, Dejan Jakovic, and blank), 2 US jerseys (Timmy and a blank one) and a host of others from here and there. I think my collection is 26 right now.


I have an Altidore US, a blank US, a Dempsey Fulham and a blank Fulham.
 
2012-04-21 12:59:35 PM  

Stimied in a Rut: Can someone explain to me what the hell happened to the Spurs team that was 10 points clear in 3rd? I would really like that one to make an appearance.


I think Harry took them with him to the England team.

/he's the manager of them now, right?
//damnit spurs
 
2012-04-21 01:02:22 PM  

tom servo bit me: ADubs86: Well those four clubs have the most supporters on Fark, so it's no surprise that people don't comment when thier teams are playing.

The hockey thread last night was pretty boring too. Here's a fun question - how'd everyone come to their allegiances?


I've always lived inside a mile of Ashton Gate, and for the last 9 months I've lived pretty much next door to it. Been a season ticket holder for almost 10 years, and have been present at as many calamities as I have at triumphs. I wish we'd be 90 minutes away from the Premier League more often than 90 away from League One though.

/staying up - 2-0 vs Barnsley, and Coventry & Portsmouth both lost to relegate themselves
//Pity we're losing Southampton to the Prem, that was a nice six points to get
 
2012-04-21 01:03:52 PM  
I think it also had to do with the switch to 442. It doesn't work as proven time and again. It worked one time and Harry continues to rely on it. I was excited when they started 451 against Chelsea and it worked for 75 minutes, before, well, you know. They have such a dominant midfield I don't understand it.

I guess in this match they are playing 451, but without Bale and Lennon for speed down the wings, it doesn't work as well. They seem to be playing Modric further forward with Scotty and Sandro playing as holding MFs and VdV up top with Bale down the left.

Spurs are just being played off the pitch at the moment, even with those 2 good opportunities.
 
2012-04-21 01:10:54 PM  
Fulham has a tough road to the finish line. Both Merseyside teams plus Sunderland and Spurs. I would really, really like to finish above Liverpool. Hysterical.
 
2012-04-21 01:14:58 PM  

ADubs86: Stimied in a Rut: Can someone explain to me what the hell happened to the Spurs team that was 10 points clear in 3rd? I would really like that one to make an appearance.

Harry for England talk started, seems to have taken his mojo away. Same with RvP, as soon as the POY talk started in earnest, his form turned south.


I think RvP is tired. And the contract is a distraction, and the POY of the year stuff is there too. But mostly I just think he's farking tired.
 
2012-04-21 01:15:47 PM  

Mr_H: tom servo bit me: ADubs86: Well those four clubs have the most supporters on Fark, so it's no surprise that people don't comment when thier teams are playing.

The hockey thread last night was pretty boring too. Here's a fun question - how'd everyone come to their allegiances?

I root for Tottenham, but I'd be hesitant to say its an allegiance. I wanted to understand the game better and felt I'd get more of a feel for it if I picked a team that I could follow all year. I didn't want to be a bandwagon jumper, but I also wanted a team that would be 'pretty sure' to stay in the EPL.

It came down to Everton, Fulham, and Tottenham. I settled on Spurs because they were the team I had the most fun watching that season. I do attempt to keep myself grounded though, don't want to turn into a rabid fan who can't see reality:)

/plus its fun to watch all the teams
//understands a LOT more about soccer in just one year


This almost totally replicates my experience. Everton has Howard, Fulham has Dempsey, and Tottenham looked to be a team challenging to be one of the Big Four (displacing Liverpool). It appears that they have stumbled a lot lately, so I'm thinking of changing my cheers to Newcastle. Their rags-to-riches story of the last few years is rather compelling.

Basically, I root for ATBM (any team but Manchester). If I had to choose between City and United, I would go for the team that HASN"T won the EPL almost every year of its existence.
 
2012-04-21 01:24:46 PM  

Chupacabra Sandwich: Fulham has a tough road to the finish line. Both Merseyside teams plus Sunderland and Spurs. I would really, really like to finish above Liverpool. Hysterical.


Don't get too comfy. Who knows where you'll be after Dempsey leaves.
 
2012-04-21 01:28:27 PM  
What a tease of a season. Hooray for finishing beneath Arsenal again.

By the way, thanks everyone for sharing stories and letting me blow up your thread. I mentioned last week that I've lurked these bad boys forever but rarely posted, so it's enjoyable to be a part of things.
 
2012-04-21 01:31:22 PM  
I have half a mind ot take over Spurs in Football Manager 2012 and see if I can fix their poor form. Grr

/probably not
//damn that game is complex
 
2012-04-21 01:37:08 PM  

tom servo bit me: What a tease of a season. Hooray for finishing beneath Arsenal again.

By the way, thanks everyone for sharing stories and letting me blow up your thread. I mentioned last week that I've lurked these bad boys forever but rarely posted, so it's enjoyable to be a part of things.


It is fun, though I lurk way more than post.
 
2012-04-21 01:45:25 PM  

Mr_H: I have half a mind ot take over Spurs in Football Manager 2012 and see if I can fix their poor form. Grr

/probably not
//damn that game is complex


I replay the games in Fifa on easy mode to ease my anger.
 
2012-04-21 01:49:15 PM  

Stimied in a Rut: Mr_H: I have half a mind ot take over Spurs in Football Manager 2012 and see if I can fix their poor form. Grr

/probably not
//damn that game is complex

I replay the games in Fifa on easy mode to ease my anger.


Hehehe.
 
2012-04-21 01:53:03 PM  
I was a casual soccer fan having played my whole life but never really had a team. After the 2006 World Cup, I bought Winning 11 for PS2 and in that game it starts you out with a bunch of made up players and you eventually transfer in real ones. The first player I ever transfered in was Alan Shearer, and the second player I ever transfered in was Obafemi Martins (hence my user name). Eventually I found out that Shearer had just retired and that Oba was brought in to replace him and so I decided to take up NUFC as my team. 6 years (and one relegation) later, things are FINALLY starting to look up.
 
2012-04-21 01:56:43 PM  
HA HA!
TIME FOR EL CLASICO!
 
2012-04-21 01:59:33 PM  
Lol I don't think Zamora realized how much space he had.
 
2012-04-21 02:04:20 PM  

TheKnownUniverse: Chupacabra Sandwich: Fulham has a tough road to the finish line. Both Merseyside teams plus Sunderland and Spurs. I would really, really like to finish above Liverpool. Hysterical.

Don't get too comfy. Who knows where you'll be after Dempsey leaves.


Probably in the championship.

sigh....

it was fun.
 
2012-04-21 02:07:06 PM  
what the heck happened to Tottenham?
they have such a great club.
i guess Rednapp lost the club during those rumors after fabio was ousted by england.
 
2012-04-21 02:07:48 PM  
Joey don't you dare disturb Parker's hair
 
2012-04-21 02:09:35 PM  
The hell? What did Taarabt do to get sent off?
 
2012-04-21 02:10:50 PM  
I love soccer goons.
 
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