When I first started this little project, I didn’t think that it would consume me as much as it has. I figured I’d start off like gangbusters – like I did that first day – but eventually slow down and eventually peter out to nothing. Just like everything else that I start and never finish. Nevertheless, this is the longest that I have ever consistently written, and that’s coming from a person whose livelihood used to be based on (mostly) daily writing about stocks and investing.
About a week into this thing, and based on the favorable reaction that I’ve received when I’ve shared my daily updates, I decided that I would share something from this (as yet untitled) fiction book that I’ve started writing. Parts of this have been shared with someone, who gave it generally great reviews – though he did see it before I doubled the length and added some other stuff. So, without further ado and after the break, please feel free to read the “Prologue” to the book. It has been lightly edited and most likely not in its final form, but I welcome any and all comments that you might have. Thanks for following along to this point, and I hope that this little snippet piques your interest further. Continue reading
Today’s matchup is between the 1-seed Burnley and the 8-seed West Ham United. First, a tale of the tape (most information from this wonderful post):
Nickname: The Clarets
Team Colors: “Claret” Red / Blue
Kit Manufacturer: Puma (since 2010)
Primary Kit Sponsor: LaBa360
Ground: Turf Moor (capacity 21,994)
Manager: Sean Dyche (since 2012)
West Ham United
Nickname: The Hammers/The Irons
Founded: 1895 (as Thames Ironworks)
Team Colors: Red (Claret) / Blue
Kit Manufacturer: Umbro (since 2015)
Primary Kit Sponsor: Betway
Ground: London Stadium (capacity 60,000)
Manager: Manuel Pellegrini (since 2018)
If you’ve been following along, I’m trying to decide on a favorite English Premiere League club. I have narrowed the list down to eight clubs, and you can read up why I eliminated the other 12 here.
As a reminder, here are the remaining eight clubs in alphabetical order:
West Ham United
Starting this week, these eight teams will be entering into a tournament of sorts. I have used SIX different factors (weighted by importance to me) to seed the teams, and these factors, as well as some qualitative factors about each team, will help determine who moves onto the semifinal next week. This post will explain the initial six factors that I used, as well as my reasoning behind why certain things may be more important than others. I am hoping that I will have my team figured out by Wednesday of next week, just in time to really get invested in my new team for the three weeks until the season kicks off in the middle of August.
The six rating factors, in order of personal importance, are: Continue reading
Now that I have decided to invest my sports fandom in English football, I need to identify to team. Or, as a friend put it, have a team find me. This first cut will be 12 teams, and I will further narrow it down to My New Favorite Team™ within the next few weeks, hopefully before the season kicks off on august 10th.
With 20 teams to pick from, it would be in my best interest of finding a way to eliminate teams quickly to narrow my focus. Instead of exploring the histories of all the teams, I can narrow my list a bit, making it easier to find a story that captivates me enough to become a fan. After all, this is a fandom that will pass from generation to generation, whether or not Lincoln wants to become a soccer football fan or not. Continue reading
A short break from book updates to bring you something else.
I’ve decided that it’s time for a new sport fandom in my life. Baseball, something that I have been a casual fan of for most of my life, just isn’t all that interesting to me anymore. I never got into hockey, and I don’t have plans to do so. The NFL is still super huge, but the concussion stuff and other issues surrounding the league have also dampened my enthusiasm. The NBA is still fun to watch – and I look forward to seeing what the Jazz can accomplish this year in the shadow of the Golden State Warriors – but regular season basketball is a long slog for the most part and things only matter come playoff time, in which the Warriors will run roughshod over everyone and win the third title in four years.
So I’ve decided that it’s time to get interested in the other football. I could make it easy and get fuly invested in our local MLS team Real Salt Lake. They’ve even had some success, winning the MLS Cup in 2009 and having some second place finishes in other Cups along the way. But MLS is still not quite a top flight league when compared to the rest of the world, with “premiere” players only coming to the United States at the end of long careers in Europe after their peak earning potential has run out. Continue reading