Bloody Confused! A Clueless American Sportswriter Seeks Solace in English Soccer

ISBN-10: 0767928083

ISBN-13: 9780767928083

Edition: 2008

Authors: Chuck Culpepper

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After covering the American sports scene for fifteen years, Chuck Culpepper had self-diagnosed his creeping ills: a dogged strain of Common Sportswriter Malaise. Simply put, his brain had overflowed with inane utterances from managers and athletes spouting fibs and clichés on autopilot. He was fed up with self-righteous proclamations, steroid scandals, and the deluge of in-your-face PR. Then in 2006, he moved to London for the oldest reason in the book—love—and pledged his loyalty to Portsmouth, a small-market team at the bottom of the world-famous Premiership, a league he barely knew. As he puts it, “It was like childhood, with beer.” Bloody Confused!is the story of Culpepper’s revisit to fandom among the world’s most devoted fans. He stands shoulder-to-shoulder with them in their noisy, dilapidated stadium...not to mention a wide range of local pubs. Culpepper explores what feeds their fervor, and follows Portsmouth throughout England for the 2006-2007 season as they play such storied franchises as Manchester United and Chelsea. In the vein of perennial bestsellers such asFever PitchandThe Miracle of Castel di Sangro, Chuck Culpepper explores the vibrant landscape of English soccer with piercing wit and penetrating insight.Bloody Confused!will bring a smile to the face of any sports fan who has ever eyed the fanatical English soccer scene with curiosity, or who has ever questioned the rationale of fandom itself.
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List price: $14.99
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 8/5/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

Peter Green was born in Britain in 1924. In the Second World War he served in Burma and afterwards studied classics at Cambridge University. After working as a journalist and writing historical novels, he taught classics in Athens until 1971, when he became Professor of Classics at the University of Texas at Austin. In 1997 he became Emeritus Professor of Classics at Austin. He has been Visiting Professor at various universities in the USA.The lead sports columnist in first Lexington then Portland, and a feature writer at 'Newsday' until 2006. Chuck Culpepper has twice (2003 and 2004) been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.

Author's Note
Common Sportswriter Malaise
Fumbling Around in Daylight
"F-ing Move!"
Is That Really Chelsea's Pitch?
A Twelve-Inch Digix in Camden
My Very Own Relegation Weekend
Sunday Contempt
Media-Inaccessible England
Two Months to Choose
Knowing Too Much
Away Fan
The Best Goal in My Admittedly Limited Lifetime
I Hear My People
Away Fan Extraordinaire
The Distinct Horror of Rail Replacement
An FA Cup Debutant
Cheering for a Toilet-Seat Thief
"Have We Just ..."
Old Trafford
"We Were Mental"
Chimes and Mammals
Lonely Walks He Who Walks to Plainmoor
A Blackburn Fiasco
Never Miss a Chance to Hang Out in a Pub with a Blue Bear
Betraying a Kind Reading Fan
Just Disgusting
Rather Hopeless
You Have to Be Kidding Me
Not-Taken Roads
It's Really the Heart of England
Elvis and the Beatles
One Goal from Europe
The Whole Meat Raffle of It All
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