By Tim

Who am I?

Updated September 2, 2008

I’m an American. I was born in Pennsylvania to two “full blooded” American parents. And apart from a stint in Germany when I was a boy I have lived in America my whole life. As a good American, I grew up calling football “soccer” and American Football “football.” I loved and I played American Football. I never kicked a “soccer” ball in any serious way until just a few years ago.

In the mid 80’s I moved to Tacoma, WA. Few people outside of Tacoma and fewer outside of America remember the abortion that was MISL, but the Tacoma Stars was my first introduction to “soccer.” I think I probably said “those guys are fags.” But hey, I am an American and worse, an American Football jock and that’s just how we were back then: small minded assholes. This is all to say that for many people I have no legitimate claim on football and no legitimate reason to love Arsenal. If only life were that simple.

In the 90’s I got sick of watching American Football and the annual rules changes and generally boring nature of the sport. Sure, there were a few moments of interest, like when teams played the “hurry-up offense.” But American Football left me wanting more.

So I drifted from sport to sport looking for something to latch onto. Something that provided me with non-stop action, beauty, a respect for defense, and moments of orgasmic glory.

By 1998 I was sick of Basketball (my love affair with basketball should be it’s own blog) and by the luck of the gods I caught a game on a new channel here in the states; Fox Soccer Channel. Over the next year I watched as many “soccer” matches as I could. But I couldn’t settle on a team, until I watched Arsenal play a home match at Highbury. The camera angles were better, the seats seemed closer, the stadium was beautiful, and the action was intense.

Since that fateful day I have spent all winter finding ways to watch matches live and three months of the summer slavishly searching the internet for news. In 2004 I had to pay-per-view matches. This was before the days of Setanta; Arsenal, when not on Fox Socccer Channel were only available to me if I gave $20 to my local cable monopoly. 2005-2008 have been, well, magical. I haven’t missed more than a handful of matches since 2005; hell, I have more access to live Arsenal matches than most people I know in England.

Along the way, I have been to London three times; once to see Charlton at Highbury (2006), once to see Reading at the new Emirates stadium (2007) and again to see Blackburn in 2008. Sure, I went to the museums and drank beer and chatted with locals and had a great time in spite of all that because Arsenal every time.

So, that’s who I am.

But why am I here?

Well, to give you some insight into my madness, to give you a uniquely American perspective on Arsenal, to get you an Arsenal scoop, and maybe brighten your day.

Well, cheers, I’m off!

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13 Responses to “Who am I and why am I here?”


  1. 1 Liam haynes
    May 5, 2008 at 8:49 pm

    Great site! I have been a Gooner all my life, I was a regular in the North bank untill a few years ago when I moved to Australia… I’m telling you this becouse the only thing i miss in England is the football chat!
    I’ve only just found your site and have been actively looking on it everyday since… keep up the good work!

  2. May 24, 2008 at 3:03 am

    great info about yourself , I have been a reader of this site for some time now and will be glad if we can do a links exchange …you may check out my forum at soccerfanbase.com

  3. 3 SF_Gunner
    May 25, 2008 at 12:15 pm

    Well done Timothy! Your blog is well written, entertaining and insightful. Thanks for providing the blogosphere intelligent football commentary from an American perspective. I too am an Arsenal America member, and your content beats anything I’ve every read over there. Keep up the good work!

  4. 4 Anonymous
    June 10, 2008 at 4:50 am

    Yo mate. Wanna do a link exchange?
    http://gunnerockya.blogspot.com
    I know traffic is low but I am sure my posts are not of low quality. Email me about your decision:
    darrenczw@gmail.com

    Peace out
    Dariano

  5. August 13, 2008 at 6:54 am

    Tim, I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your article. What surprised was that sense of humour and the cheek with which you adressed Ramsey’s issue. Nice one old boy. You saved me from boredom when nothing good or remotely engaging is on.

    There is rebelion brewing among gooners on many websites many of whom thinks Arsene Wenger has lost the plot and should be sent to retirement home in Alsace where he can grow beards and walk his dog every morning intermittently chatting with people in French and German.

    Quite frankly, I think many are just twats who have nothing between their ears. OK, Fabregas and Toure are missing but what is the use of Djourou and Denilson supposed to be if they cant even slot in against some milkmen from a Dutch outfit in Enskedde? I expect nothing but a very very convincing win tonight.

    How many times does Wenger need to convince us that he is up to his job? He once said that his team should aim at going through a season undefeated and he was roundly ridiculed by by Alex Ferguson and his lapdogs which is the majority of pundits in UK. The year after, his Arsenal did just that and Fergie countered by saying “but they drew too many games”- never mind that the EPL was won.

    At some point, I expect Arsenal to win EPL with a bunch kiddies and just hope it happnes sooner than later because the roller coaster of emotions during the season does nothing for my blood pressure. Some games are so up and down that I can use a spliff but that rubbish reduced me once to a nincompoop when I tried it and decided that never again.

  6. August 13, 2008 at 7:05 am

    I am 100% behind Arsene Wenger. He could have 10 seasons below Spuds and I would still support him. He’s doing what he thinks is best, long term, for the good of the club. Not the team, not the pundits, not himself, not England, nor France, nor FIFA and UEFA, for the club: for Arsenal. That’s not something you get very often in any professional sports setting and when you find it, you hang on to it.

    Of course, it’s all pointless, we’ll never finish below Spuds with Wenger at the helm. And if we did? He’d probably call it quits.

    Thanks for the encouragement and you keep up the good work too. Gooners stick together!

  7. September 22, 2008 at 9:11 am

    Hi Tim,

    You’re pretty funny. I never thought I’d enjoy reading an Americans perspective on Arsenal but I do. Whatdyaknow. I read your ‘where to watch arsenal’ post with a wry smile as I am an ex-pat Arsenal fan/blogger. – I’ve added you to my blogroll; if you like the site a link back would be awesome :) Keep it up

  8. 9 Ell
    September 25, 2008 at 1:35 pm

    Really nice blog you have here mate and I can only echo what John said, I normally can’t stand American views on ‘soccer’ but from reading your blog for the last few weeks, your knowledge seems pretty good and I’m enjoying reading your views.

    I’ve added you to my affiliates list, if you’d do the same it’d be much appreciated.

    Regards, Ell.
    http://www.arsene-al.co.uk

  9. November 7, 2008 at 10:15 am

    Excellent blog Timothy. If you could drop me an email when you get a chance that would be great.

    Thanks

    Thomas

  10. January 11, 2009 at 7:26 am

    Hi,
    I am running a Arsenal blog at http://arsenalvideo.tv, would like to know if you are interested in link exchange?

    Cheers,
    Edward

  11. February 13, 2009 at 2:26 am

    Hey mate,
    Really nice blog you have here. Your writing skills are very impressive and as others have mentioned, its not boring to read your posts.
    I own Arsene Knows Best. Its been just over a month so I I know I am not among the best out there. That is why I wanted you to drop by my blog and have a look and then give me some advice on how can I improve my style, content etc. I would be really grateful. You can tell me your opinion and suggestions in the contact page of my blog or you can mail it to me at an id I have provided in the contact page. Thanks. And keep up the good work!
    Zain

  12. 13 Frank
    December 14, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    Hi, I came across your site and wasn’t able to get an email address to contact you. Would you please consider adding a link to my website on your page. We are happy to offer you a 10% discount to our Online Store if you do so. Please email me back and I would be happy to give you our link.

    Thanks!

    Frank


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