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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!

Arrivederci,

Dave

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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