Today was missing a list and any special day here at UF is not complete without a list. So, don’t forget that The Fan’s Attic is giving you a list when you go to rate us at the end of the day. (No idea if there is going to be any rating and I hope I don’t go above/below third-rate–not sure which way is better.)
There are many great things about UF. Almost enough to fill up eleven slots. So, in reverse numerical order here are TFA’s Best XI Things About Unprofessional Foul.
XI. The 4-5-2. This was the NY Kid’s patent pending invention that will soon revolutionize the footballing world. For now, though, it is kept locked up in his basement only to be let out to play here at UF until its full power is recognized by the world. I don’t know specifically when the 4-5-2 came about and I am not about to go back through the posts to look for it, but I know it came about when selecting some Best XI list. A freak discovery like penicillin (which coincidentally is NYK’s most used drug) that came from the UF petri dish.
X. UF’s ability to not follow through on things or get horribly delayed. Case in point, today. Today was supposed to happen two weeks ago. Wrap your mind around that one. I can’t. Another case in point–Better Know a Traore. Another case in point–the redesign. It has been in the works for about six months now. We are great with developing ideas (ask us about Cleats for Feets) but not so great in executing them and/or following through. Although, credit to us when we do start an idea and realize it is not so great (See goal plus/minus).
IX. Norfolk Ned/Bigus Dickus. Seriously, those guys rock. When I first met BD, I was taken aback. He was so fervent and hyperactive. It was a guy mainlining speed but he never crashed. I’ll admit we’ve had our run-ins since we are both strong-willed when it comes to certain things, but damn if that guy isn’t fun and great. He was the brains behind the UF screening of The Damned United and the World Cup Foul Up, which were both amazing events. Or so I have been told. Residing on the West Coast doesn’t make attending East Coast events very easy.
VIII. The Foulcast. This was a great addition to the lineup where we could all spill our inanity out without actually having to write anything. The fun without the work. Except for TSE who edited the damn thing.
VII. Bewbz. Too many to count. There have been plenty of great bewbz post from Jessica Jensen to Sophie Houghton to Nereida Gallardo to Eva Roob to Derby County to Nives Celzijus to Meiendorf SV. ALL NSFW LINKS! I can tell you that researching those posts was as much fun as writing them. There are many more, I am sure, and if you have some favorites not here be sure to list them in the comments. [As pointed out in the comments, Cricket & Boobs should not be left out of this list.]
VI. Liveblogs! Liveblogs are some of the most fun you can have while actually writing for UF. In my opinion at least. Unfortunately, they are very time consuming and not conducive to actually enjoying a match in the traditional sense. But they still are fun and I think the liveblogging we have done around here is some of the best. Those Euro 2008 and World Cup 2010 Liveblogging orgies were great. I even took a day off of work to do some liveblogging for Euro 2008.
V. UF’s pettiness. Boy, we can be a petty bunch at times and we can certainly hold grudges. I’ll not say too much about this because I really shouldn’t bE Proud of things Like this. But, dammit TALKing about it would be so much fun.
IV. Intelligent Writers. If I may be indulgent and prideful for a moment, the sheer intelligence and array of knowledge around these parts is pretty incredible. This goes equally for the writers and commenters. But, this slot is focused on my fellow writers who have astounded me on a regular basis with their insight and perspective on both the goings on of football and the world writ large. Some of that came out in the writing on these pages but even more came out on the email threads which only served to improve the quality of my writing. Truth be told, there were times when we were blogging from the metaphorical parents’ basement because we all have gone through some unemployment at times but there are impressive resumes around here. Certainly ones that put me to shame, not that that is too difficult.
III. Commenters. You guys and gals are excellent. Some of you have been around forever, some of you have not, but it has never changed the outstanding quality you all bring to the table. Intelligent. Funny. Caustic. Serious. Vulgar. Not trolls. You are everything a blog could want in commenters. While I have to admit that blogging is a bit of a conceit–writing because you have something to say and thinking others actually care–I also admit that I write for you all as well as myself. I always want to bring topics to light that you may find interesting and certainly that I find interesting. I truly enjoy hearing what you lot may have to say about something because it usually is better than what I can write. Also, if any of you have blogs or places to comment I’m sure we would all be around to comment at times. Maybe even a message board if somebody had the skills and wherewithal to set one up.
II. James T - What can you say about James T? A lot actually. He is the man that got this whole thing rolling. Before UF, I knew James T through commenting at Deadspin since we had similar interests (football) and similar favorite teams (Liverpool). We also wrote briefly for a Deadspin spinoff blog about TV/Music/Movies/Pop Culture and so did NYK. When he approached me about a soccer blog I was all in. It sounded like an excellent thing to do and we actually followed through with it for once. But, it was James T who was the driving force behind it all. And he drove us all to be better writers because he is such a great one himself. He has a special talent for writing that will be around for some time. I’m glad to say that we were partners with this site and honored to have him as a friend.
I. The UF community. Dusty around here, no? The people who write, read and comment at this site are top notch folk. Even if I haven’t met most of you in person. This blog was about soccer but it was more about the people with a common interest. People that share a similar interest but sometimes have varying viewpoints and analysis. [Had to take a break with all the dust in here.] It was so much fun. It is so much fun. All of it. Even the crappy parts. Although, those aren’t fun until you look back at them. The thing I’m most proud of about UF isn’t something I’ve written. It really isn’t anything tangible. It is the community that was fostered around here. It was so fucking brilliant, intelligent, witty, and fun. It was a treasure being part of it. I even have a T-shirt that I can wear 20 years from now saying I was there even though it is not exactly clear where there is/was. Thank you.
- Jakob (The Fan’s Attic)
PS–I will still be around writing on the intertubez. I will be contributing semi-regularly to Rick Chandler’s blog over at NBC Sports called Off the Bench on things soccer related.