Here’s the league table as of 10/17. We’re off to a decent start, but a few unlucky breaks have given us a lackluster goal differential. Note that divisions are arbitrary and don’t denote skill level or relegation.
I considered a ‘ways to make Arsenal win again’ series but I’m not sure the ways I thought up were all that good. The first one was to hypnotise the entire squad into thinking they were much better at football than they actually are, but I’m not a hypnotist and I think some of them already think they’re better than they are. The other one was to hire a load of sinister looking blokes to follow the players around and let them know they’d better win or there’d be consequences.
So, let’s say Theo Walcott is going around his local Sainsbury’s picking up some Pop Tarts and a jar of pesto and sinister looking bloke pops out from behind a display of baked beans (you know the kind that gets knocked over in cartoons and stuff), stands in front of Theo, says ‘You better win every game for the rest of the season, mate. If not …’, and then he does the slicey-throat gesture with his finger. He then walks off but such is his skill at being a sinister bastard he’d let Theo see him every so often, saying nothing, but doing slicey-throat. Like, Theo is off to training, driving down the road, and there, standing on the corner is our man, doing ‘slicey-throat’. Theo looks up from reading the Beano while having a poo and there’s our man at the window.
Then I remembered I tried that before and it freaked Bendtner out so much he drove his car into a field and was never the same again. The reason he wanted out of Arsenal wasn’t for first team football, it was to get away from sinister bloke and his threatening gestures. He also did that one where you make a circle out of your thumb and index finger and … well, I think you know the rest.
I have not had a spare minute to myself….with the semester in full swing, I’ve been attending meetings, writing papers, applying for internships, and all sorts of other things. My technical training has taken a hit due to this business, but I have still been playing soccer every week. In addition, I’ve been running training sessions for gaelic football and hurling with the BCGAA, keeping me pretty well fit.
The intramural season is off to a rocky start. We lost the first game 3-1 and drew the second 1-1. I’ve played pretty well, but the problem has been a team-wide issue with possession. We give up the ball on stupid passes way too many times, missing out on a lot of would-be goal scoring opportunities.
My footballing world has been further upset by Arsenal’s continuing spiral, topped off by a loss to Sp*rs this weekend. Let’s not talk about it.
Promise I’ll be posting more frequently as London draws closer…Cheers.
“Arsene Wenger is not broken. To see him portrayed as an idiot is damaging – not to him or the club but to the game… [Sacking him] is a route we are not going to go down.”
– Ivan Gizidis, Arsenal Chief Executive
In my exhaustion last night, I mixed up several facts…they’ve been corrected in the previous post. Also, I’m sorry that posts lately have been so short. I’ve been very busy, and haven’t had too much spare time.
Training goes on, and today my fitness was really put to the test. From 2-3:40, I ran a hurling/gaelic football practice with the BCGAA, teaching some newcomers how to play the sports as well. Then from 4-6, I had an intense soccer scrimmage with the intramural team. Finally at 7:30, I had an intramural softball game, which got out around an hour later just in time for me to head to work.
Soccer went well, and the team is coming together nicely. Our first game is this Wednesday night, in what looks like our hardest match of the regular season.
For the past two or three days I’ve been suffering from a pretty nasty stomach bug. I won’t get into the details. Just take my word for it – it’s unpleasant. Though it stopped me going to the gym yesterday, I did manage to get out for training today.
It went alright. Healthwise, I was not on my game. Certain effects of my gastrointestinal issue had left me very dehydrated and all around exhausted. That being said, I played alright. My roommate and second-year teammate Alex Choi joined up with us for the first time today, and he seemed to fit in well with the squad.
I’m very excited for the season to get underway. We have a very talented squad that might manage to be a contender come playoff time. More to come…
On the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, ESPN honors a Boston College athlete who sacrificed his life to save others at the World Trade Center.
On the BC practice football field, my intramural team had its first training session yesterday. Though I had to leave a bit early, I have to say it went fantastically. There was lots of inventive play, good passing, and a great level of general fitness. We also have solid players at every position – including goalkeeper, a rarity on the intramural circuit.
More info. to come later.
Junior Year officially began today, with BC undergraduate classes starting up. I haven’t posted in a while because I’ve been busy with finishing work, getting ready for school, and moving into my new off-campus house. In case you’re wondering…it’s pretty sweet. Eight bros with their own house: eight bedrooms, two common rooms, two bathrooms, two kitchens, a good-sized balcony.
The off-campus life so far has been great. But in addition to living the college life, I’ve been focused on training. The past two weeks or so have been very busy – I’ve only played soccer once or twice! I’ve still been keeping in shape though, doing simple workouts to maintain my level of fitness.
So after this two-week hiatus, I consider where I stand in relation to my goal of playing football abroad. I have four months left til I leave for London, putting me more or less at the halfway point of my training. What good things have happened so far?
- Better level of general fitness, particularly short bursts of speed within match stamina
- Developed leg strength, particularly quads and calves
- Much improved footwork, particularly with the left
- Stronger, more accurate shot
And of course, with the positives come some negatives:
- Need more work with left-footed, one-touch passing
- Need more strength on left-footed crosses and shots
- Need to continue work on upper body strength
Moving forward, there’s a lot of soccer in my immediate future. The intramural season is right around the corner, and I can’t wait to get started. It looks like we have a good team this season, and it will be a lot of fun.
More to come – stay tuned.