By Blake Pirtle
I have this friend who supports Liverpool. Twice, or more, a year we exchange some friendly banter in the form of text messages, Facebook posts, and face-to-face trash talk. If you’re reading this from outside of Oklahoma, or outside of the U.S. you might think this sounds fairly normal. Where we live though, you are hard pressed to find a Soccer (I know, I know… it’s really called Football… I get it) fan, and more hard pressed for them to not blindly support Manchester United (because that is literally the only club they had ever heard of until 2 years ago). Well anyway, during the match last Saturday (that I enjoyed watching at George’s Pub) we were exchanging our usual rounds of banter. These consisted more of me gloating, and her sending messages of disgust than anything else. I thought to myself, “Man, this really awesome! I feel like we’re simply unstoppable”. Then it happened. Not a goal, thank heavens, but a quick moment that made me come down a peg and realize that we still had work to do and that in a blink of an eye we could have been level or losing. This moment here:
All of a sudden, for a brief moment, we looked foolish. For a moment, I was watching the And1 Mixtape Tour and thousands of people were shouting, “OHHHH”, at Rucker Park. Sturridge ended up taking a dive, and nothing came of the move, but that moment brought me back to reality.
Now, don’t get me wrong… I think our defense played outstanding as a unit on Saturday. They have been fantastic at taking up the slack when one member comes up short. I especially thought our sidelined captain looked good at the left back position. We even had had a true left back go and play an attacking role on the left wing, and look good. I can’t really say much negatively about our team. They realize their mistakes, and usually make good on them quickly. I think that our manager has done a great job at preparing them for a long season, mentally. I guess I am more writing this blog to you, the red and white wearing Arsenal supporter. Some of you are newer to the sport, admittedly so am I, and there is a certain amount of caution we must have before going full on gloat mode. In all reality, we haven’t accomplished anything yet in this campaign. We made it into the Champions League, and we’ve had a great start to our Premier League season. We can pull up stats from other seasons in which we have won the title and compare them to our current season all we want, but until a trophy is hoisted by our boys, and sits comfortably at the Emirates we should remain humble, cautious, and hopeful as fans. When that moment comes though, we can go bonkers, and we should, only to compose ourselves and get ready to support the boys through the next campaign and the subsequent campaigns after. I believe we have the quality to win, and the manager to take us there, but you’ll have to excuse me if I am not quick start celebrating in November.
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