Unprofessional Foul


December 6, 2010

2010 Foulies: Best Soccer Blog We Envy For Its Huge Traffic Numbers

The UF server. That's all we can afford.

This one is pretty simple: We’re a small-ish, third-rate blog run by people who can’t even agree on whether The Replacements are a good band or not (they aren’t).

So when we look at blogs with bigger numbers, we do get pageview envy. We admit it.

But just because we hate other people’s success, we don’t hate their work. With that in mind, consider the following nominees.

Dirty TackleI give Brooks Peck a lot of grief for being part of the Yahoo! traffic machine. And yes, I think even he might admit he doesn’t get the level of commenters that we do here at UF, but he does well because he does good stuff. The Continental makes me laugh almost every time, and he churns out posts at a rate that must mean he’s actually getting paid. Lucky guy.

Soccer by Ives—While Ives Galarcep doesn’t seem to be writing quite as much for his namesake blog since his move to Fox Sports, he’s added some quality people. Ives is the guy you want to MLS stuff and good, solid game reports. What do you think about his blog? Share your thoughts in the comments.

Who Ate All The Pies—Ollie Irish’s blog was the reason I found Unprofessional Foul. He was linked in a post on some other blog, so I checked his stuff out, laughed my head off, saw a link to UF and thought, “well, if it’s even close to this good…” My first UF post read was by the long-deceased Bigus Dickus. It was about Norwich. I went back to “Pies” immediately.

The Spoiler—It’s not enough that The Spoiler has some of the best WAG pics around, but they also do work with Deadspin, which gives them crazy numbers. Envy.

Kickette—Since I struck out with the Needs More Kittens chick, I’ve decided to set my sites on the gals over at Kickette. They have a niche, and they do it so well that nobody else can some close.

There are the contestants. Vote below and make sure to check out the main post for the other categories. Vote safely!

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The Stretford End


  1. Seriously, Kickette has to win this one. Because size envy towards Kickette is ironic, you see?

  2. Wedel

    Definitely in for Kickette, my intertoobz touchstone for what women find attractive. If Kickette thinks something is hot, then I will consider it. If Kickette says don’t ever [...], then I don’t ever [...]. The fact that Kickette is commenting about incredibly fit, incredibly wealthy professional athletes only occasionally fails to deter me. The power of Kickette is that strong.
    Replacements = bad movie about scab football with Keanu

  3. Wedel

    @Anon: not entirely true. I think to think that Kickette herself has huge, umm, tracts of land. It helps me rationalize taking hot/not tips from someone I don’t know.

  4. Wedel

    ^like to think

  5. Andrew


    Shut your mouth! The Replacements is Keanu’s second finest film (Bill & Ted’s, obv.).

  6. But, but, but Point Break!

  7. Keith

    @TSE: Well, they made the best album titled Let It Be

  8. jjf3

    Both a ManU fan, and someone who fails to appreciate the Replacements? Unsurprising.

  9. Wedel

    @Andrew, @Jacob: I was smack in the target demographic when Bill & Ted’s hit the screen; it is without hesitation that I state: that film moved me.
    RE: Replacements: I’ll defer to your apparently greater knowledge of Keanu’s body of work and admit that I’ve not seen it all the way through. My intent was more to demonstrate my ignorance of the band and now I’ve illustrated my ignorance of Keanu’s second (or third) greatest role.
    /woe = me

  10. Chad

    I am momentarily breaking my habit of lurking in order to say this: The Replacements are AWESOME. I am continually stunned that there are people who fail to recognize this.

    oh, and on topic, I voted for Who Ate All The Pies. So grateful UF introduced me to that site.

  11. Wedel

    @jjf3: You noticed how I had Stretty’s back on that one, huh? We’ll take you all on. You want some?

  12. The Who Ate All The Pies link goes to Soccer by Ives.

  13. Lennon's Eyebrow

    Johnny Mnemonic would like to have a word with you.

  14. @Anon-just act like that wasn’t planned.

  15. Pop quiz, ace.

  16. Lennon's Eyebrow

    This thread makes Keanu sad.

  17. If Point Break is on tv without fail I will at least flip to it for a few minutes.

  18. “but they also do work with Deadspin’
    Quick and loose with the definition of “work” I see.

  19. Wait, did you guys misplace my blog nomination? My traffic is almost up to four digits (if you strategically add zeroes after the decimal point). And I can assure those numbers are accurate because my accountant has extensive experience in derivatives based on “below prime” mortgages

  20. Orr

    You’re all mistaken. The finest Keanu Reeves film is, without a doubt, Hardball.

  21. hernangeles

    “What do you think about his blog? Share your thoughts in the comments.”

    I think we should give Adu a chance.

  22. charley

    i’m glad someone else noticed the hilarity of that ending on SBI. well done. also, does anyone else think Ives is incredibly annoying, or is that just me?

  23. essjay

    my vote goes to kickette! withoutadoubt, best part of my day!

    dt and whoateallthepies, are well worth a read too. :)

  24. Tno

    Dirty Tackle commenters stupid? Nooo whaaa???

  25. I see Kickette has taken a commanding lead.

  26. Who Ate All The Pies has to win. And I say that as the editor of Who Ate All The Pies. Ahem.

    I also love Kickette, DT, The Spoiler and Soccer By Ives though. Hmm.

  27. Dear Sir
    I would like to send you a PDF of my humorous novel ‘Football Crazy’ in the hope that you might find time to read it and, if you enjoy it, review it or give it a mention on you blog. Football Crazy is currently on the front page in the Lad Lit category of the Amazon Kindle Bookstore and is priced at just 99p.
    I hope you will be able to oblige.

    Terry Ravenscroft

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