Unprofessional Foul


January 9, 2012

Ciao For Now

Victory lap!

I won’t go on too long. I know, I know. I always say that.

But you’ll be hearing from contributors who are far more experienced, eloquent, and essential to UF than I over the course of the day.

I am not really a frequent denizen of the internet. I don’t participate in a lot of social media and I honestly don’t read any kind of blog regularly except for this thing of ours.

And I don’t even really remember exactly how I stumbled upon UF. I was living alone after graduating college and was spending a lot of time by myself on the couch watching soccer. I probably just googled “soccer blog”.

And reasonably quickly I found a site with a great mixture of knowledge and humor that also boasted a commenter base with the perfect balance of snark and sincerity.

I started out as one of those commenters, and it would have been very easy for the UF powers-that-be to ignore the relatively new guy who kept making sarcastic remarks about the site’s Serie A coverage.

I will always be grateful that they gave me the opportunity to put up or shut up.

Because of that opportunity, and the subsequent welcome I received from everyone involved I got to do things that most regular soccer fans will never get to do.

I got to go to a press conference with Manchester United and cover a game from the press-box of Gillette Stadium.

I got to attend a soccer themed film festival at the famous TriBeCa theater in New York City.

I got to piss off a larger than expected number of internet dwellers by judging them for their choices in football fashion.

And of course I got to cover the greatest sport in the world  for a blog that, while steadfastly maintaining its third-ratedness, was actually quite well-respected in its own way.

(I refrained from adding “greatest league” in there as well, but this is the part where I do exhort you to pay attention to Serie A one last time. It really is world class football played by world class athletes and this year’s race for the scudetto promises to be the tightest in recent memory. I don’t expect it to supplant anyone’s love of the other great leagues, but allow it to be a supplement. You won’t regret it.)

I’ll just close by once again expressing my heartfelt thanks to the original UF family for letting a public school teacher/amateur comedian with no journalistic or writing experience be a first-hand part of something he was completely content with experiencing from afar.

And as I’m sure all of my cohorts will echo, I offer my sincere thanks to all of the readers and commenters who have always made UF the dynamic and supportive community it really is.

Forza Milan! Grazie Mille!



P.S. – I know I said I’d watch all three Goal! movies and write about it, but once I watched that first piece of cinematic cheese I couldn’t bring myself to waste my time to the other two. Third-rate, I know. I’m sure you understand.

Seeya, Silvio.

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  1. WhoNeedsForwards

    Okay, Fuck this. I refuse to let Orr go, because who the hell else is going to satisfy my interest in Serie A?

  2. WhiteSpeedReceiver

    “This thing of ours”? A picture of Berlusconi? It’s all starting to make sense. There’s a UF mafia, isn’t there?

    Good luck, Orr. I hope they don’t catch you.

  3. Wedel

    Orr: You rock. You were actually what brought me back today. I clicked on to the Napoli game yesterday just as Pandev scored with a great first touch and turn and I thought of you and Serie A. Will miss your posts and excellent choices for eye candy.

  4. Moonshine Mike

    May you have many Bunga Bunga Parties in your life, Orr.

    And for the record people, Orr spends his day as a Male Model with his Serie A like looks.

  5. MP

    I was really counting on one last set of hot Italian bewbz. Either way, always appreciated the Serie A previews/recaps, so thanks. Viva la bunga bunga.

  6. Outside Mid

    I really do love how Orr, the least controversial of the guys on here, got a SHIT TON of people pissed over that shirt post. THAT’S UF.

  7. WhoNeedsForwards

    Seriously though, the other folks leaving are a bit disappointing, but I’m pissed Orr’s bailing.

  8. Lennon's Eyebrow

    Ciao Orr. Thanks to you, I’ve actually watched several Serie A games. I’ll never forgive you for that.

    Ok fine, Udinese and Napoli are both delightful and I love watching them play.

  9. WhoNeedsForwards

    I Chievo will finish top half this year!

  10. MightyMightyDR

    Travel well, Orr. And thanks.

  11. Orr

    Long live the Flying Donkeys!

  12. La, la, la! I can’t hear you!
    /fingers in ears

  13. WhoNeedsForwards

    I appreciate your attempts to comfort, but I’m still pissed you’re leaving.

  14. Georger

    *ctrl f “georger”*

    Screw you!

  15. Orr

    @WNF – Assuming you’re being sincere, there will be more ways to subject yourself to my particular brand of humor soon. I was going to publicize some things in this post but didn’t want to cheapen it and they aren’t fully realized anyway. But there will be something soon.

    I should have added /convenience store clerk to my list of unprofitable hobbies up there. Will be checking UF during breaks (ignoring customers) all night.

  16. Mountain Wag

    Orr, your posts helped me find a reason to have interest in any serie A matches and for that, I thank you. I’m glad I watched them, but without the drama, intrigue, and backstories, I’ll just end up clueless again. What’s “C’est la vie” in Italian?

  17. Italian soccer sucks

  18. WhoNeedsForwards

    Yeah, Orr, keep me posted.
    I’ve gotten more enjoyment ranting about Italian football in your general direction than darn near everything else on this here blog.

  19. bergkampesdios

    On a bright note, I’m flipping between posts and my name and email are riding along with me so I don’t have to constantly retype them. I’m glad you guys finally figured that out.
    And where are the bewbs?

  20. Tno

    Orr is my favorite UF writer, because he was once one of us. That, and he is a really good writer that actually got me interested in Serie A.

  21. Orr

    @WNF, TNO – I truly appreciate the kind words.

    It was honestly always a little daunting writing in the midst of the rest of the fine crew here. Glad to know I held my own on occasion.

  22. Tno

    I have no idea what that could have meant. Orr was the only commentor to become a writer.

  23. Tno

    Of course I love you all the same. We all follow each other on twitter now to prove it.

  24. Orr

    Get in WNF! Chievo pips Udinese 1-2 away from home in the Coppa Italia on a last minute goal by the Frenchman Thereau.

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