A lot can change in five years.
Five years ago, when JT first approached me about joining his new soccer blog, life was certainly different: I was full of verve upon starting a new gig after a lengthy bout of unemployment, Barack Obama was still a President-elect and Manchester United were Premier League champions (okay, some sad truths are the same).
But, in the five years of Unprofessional Foul’s existence, life has shifted dramatically. And, as I like to think, mostly for the better.
Shit has been talked. Trips have been taken. Beers have been drank. Laughs have been had. Jobs have been lost. New opportunities have been grasped. Marriages have been embarked upon. Loved ones have been lost. Loved ones have been welcomed into the world. Friendships have been formed. Cross-country moves have been made. Silverware has been won (sadly, not for everyone). And, most certainly, a metric crap ton of footie has been digested.
Life, like the game we all love, treats and holds something different for all of us. Having not written for the blog nearly much as I’d have cared to, I hold a small regret. But, to have shared part of my life with the brethren of Unprofessional Foul, I count myself lucky. I enjoyed all the laughs and arguments, both on the blog and in private. I like to think everybody enjoyed hanging out in the little corner we carved out for ourselves as much as we did.
And now, we all move on in search of the next match.
“Nach dem Spiel ist vor dem Spiel”