My first post on The Original Winger was on September 4th of 2008. On September 3rd of 2008, if you would have told me that on March 8th of 2014, my entire day would be watching soccer, I would have told you to go take a long walk off of a short bridge. Times are different now, and I took the handle ISPS, which means: I Should’ve Played Soccer, because even at that time, I knew it was a great game and I should have gotten involved sooner, but I didn’t know that it would be like this.
The image above is the TV schedule tomorrow for soccer. All of those times are eastern. I don’t live in the East. I live in SoCal. You can do that math on that….
But, if we’ve had any interaction on twitter or on a textual or in person or whatever… you know that nowadays I am just as likely to get up at 4.30a pacific on a Saturday to watch Chelsea play as I am to make sure that everything in my life is taken care of so that I can sit back and watch the Los Angeles Lakers
get blown out play a basketball game.
I watch soccer, nowadays, more often than I watch basketball. And if you would have talked to a 17 year old me, and told me that this was my future, I would have laughed in your face for a good 10 to 15 minutes. But I caught the bug. I have to thank Beans and Dunny for exposing me to this game. I met some incredible people. I’ve had some experiences in cities that I would have never even thought to step foot in.
I’ve had a ball in places that you would thought of, like Seattle, and New York, Los Angeles and Toronto…. but I also had the time of my life in places like Salt Lake City, and Columbus Ohio, and Kansas City MO. You will notice that those are all MLS cities. I was in most of those towns for MLS reasons. I’ve been blessed and lucky to cover a lot of these games for TOW in some sort of capacity. Or in those stadiums for US Soccer games. But the MLS was all over the place and I could feel the MLS influence in the cities themselves and even the stadiums in particular.
Now I’m all in to this game. And not just the World Cup like a lot of people who are the person that I was on September 3rd of 2008.
I watch it all. I watch the Premier League. I watch La Liga. I even watch some Bundesliga. I got to games. I hope to make it to Brazil for World Cup. My march to Brazil started in 2008.
And it all started with MLS.