- Scheduled loss?
Oliver Kay posted something on Twitter today that got me thinking… he wrote, “@OliverKayTimes: Only caught final half-hour of Newcastle 2 Chelsea 0. Best I’ve seen #nufc look for a long time. Familiar November performance from #CFC.” Immediately, I was reminded of a very specific match from a few years back. During the Holiday season, I was able to sneak out of work a little early, pour a stiff drink and watch Chelsea v. Arsenal. I had high hopes for the match as Chelsea was battling to retain their EPL title and had recently slipped out of the top spot
- Lukaku’s Loan and the Road to Brazil
Again? As Transfer Deadline Day drew toward its always ridiculous conclusion, the news of Romelu Lukaku going on loan gained steam. As I read the news, I just kept thinking, “we’re sending him out again?” When it became officially official (a tough standard in the world of BPL news) I knew I wanted write about the loan, but I wasn’t sure how I wanted to approach it. Like most Blues, I was frustrated that he was leaving again, having built up the hope that this was his year. But my head told me that he would get many more opportunities
- Our Geezer
“Sometimes we need to lose, to win in the future! You are fantastic my friend @romelulukaku9 !” -David Luiz There was a constant theme running throughout this summer’s silly season and I didn’t know how I felt about it. Nearly every day, I would check my Twitter feed (@MrBrendan23) to get the latest rumor about our squad. I would go on Star, Mirror, Fox Soccer, and ESPN to see if I could learn an extra nugget about a future Blue. And, nearly each time I checked there was a rumor that read something like “Barcelona offers ___ for Luiz,” or
- So, Rooney?
So, Rooney? Man he was good yesterday. I mean really, really, good. Even as a True Blue supporter, I can say without hesitation that he was the best player on the pitch last night. Sure, I liked what I saw from Chelsea’s back four, and, in particular, Ashley Cole was quite good at both ends. But, from the bench I sat on at the Pizza/Grub shop, the player who jumped off the Samsung most was Rooney. He was literally everywhere. He had, what I would consider, the single best scoring chance with his 30 foot laser that made Čech work. I
- The No. 1 Problem
This column was supposed to be about Čech. It really was. After watching our beloved Blues hang on to beat AVFC on Wednesday, it was obvious the Čech was the clear difference in securing 3 points. He was magnificent. I wanted to fill these pages with a simple thesis, “Courtois is good, but we need Čech to be elite.” I was going write about his saves, his positioning, his composure, and all the things that have made him CFC’s #1. I couldn’t wait to write about the player who prompted me to buy my first CFC t-shirt “Čech Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself.”
- An appreciation of Oscar
Last summer, I spent an inordinate amount of time Googling “Oscar” in an attempt to learn about the player Chelsea was going to sign. Sadly, with a common name, it always took longer than Drogba (who comes up within a few key strokes) and his birth year (1991) became key to finding him. After enough clicks, I learned his full name was Oscar dos Santos Emboaba Júnior and was able to familiarize myself with him. After watching enough of his YouTube clips, I was ready to support his (in my mind) controversial decision to wear Drogba’s #11.