Did you hear? _____ is coming to MLS! (sigh) It’s been a slow month for those of us without a MLS team to fret about or who would rather read a story like this from ESPN than this from our best soccer reporter Steve Goff. Freshly freelancing Ives Galarcep claimed yesterday as “a busy day in the MLS world as the news is permeating throughout the league,” yet I’m still left looking for something worth reading beyond the headline. Even my mainstay crate digger du Nord hasn’t found much more than transfer rumors and coaching moves the last few weeks. It’s like we only have reporters, not writers (but now with a blog!), and they have devoted their lives to extracting every bit of rumor that spills from the industrial machine. So we get 746,283 tid bits and not a single story. For the first time in my life, I’m glad The Worldwide Leader is poaching feature writers from places that obviously have forgotten their worth. The boys from Bristol have produced some of the best (and only?) long form sports journalism in the last few months.
But I have had plenty to read lately. In a nice coincidence, I was introduced to the editor of the 900-page book (thank god for the index) The Ball is Round by David Goldblatt which can only be described as ‘the once and for all history of soccer on this planet.’ And I got my hands on a couple extra copies of the book, which I’d like to send to two lucky readers who may be feeling my - What, Who Is Going Where!?! - pain. So starting today and running through next Friday, I welcome you to write a comment on this post or e-mail me with your favorite written story from the last year. It can be from anywhere on any subject, on-line or off, a book or news short. Two participants will be selected at random to receive a copy of the book.