...It's a blog by a guy who writes a lot about soccer. Subtle distinction, but important.
Ives Galarcep has a soccer blog. He's been covering the sport a long time, an insider with a list of contacts longer than my arm. He breaks the news the rest of us chase. I can't do what he does, so I'm not going to try. Why tease readers just to disappoint them? I'm trying to play to my strengths here.
This isn't to say I'm not trying to keep soccer fans informed. I'm more than willing to talk Toronto FC with you, and if you're really deep into soccer you could probably teach me a lot. Eventually, when I'm half as connected as guys like Galarcep (or the average guy posting on Toronto FC's fan club message boards, for that matter), I'll get my share of scoops and break the news here.
Until then, I simply plan to entertain you with stories of the funny stuff that happens on my job.
And if you've read the blog at my personal website (I know most of you haven't, but humour me), you'll know that behind almost every story you read in the paper lies an even funnier story that I couldn't publish.
This blog lets me let you guys in on what it's like to have the best -- and these days the busiest -- job in the world.
For example, did you Toronto FC fans know I was responsible for the scoring slumps that made Edson Buddle and Alecko Eskandarian expendable?
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Or that I'd be in the market for a Chip Butty if the press box food at BMO Field wasn't so damn good?
Or that big time sportswriters like me have developed elaborate techniques designed to draw deadlines closer, knowing that we work best under pressure? To the uninitiated it looks like procrastination, but it's actually something much more intricate, a skill refined through countless hours of practice.
So if you want to read more about it, come back to the blog.
Understand, though, that it won't all be soccer stuff. I cover soccer and boxing while still trying to hold down general assignment duties.
TFC fans don't worry. You'll still get to read about how my friend Nat and I beat Maurice Edu and Marvell Wynne in foosball. And one day I might write about the strange dream I had that Danny Dichio stole my tape recorder and only returned it when MLS commissioner Don Garber threatened to fine him.
But next week I'm headed to Edmonton for the U20 World Cup, so expect a few entries from there.
The week after that I drive up to Casino Rama for a title fight between Mississauga's Steve Molitor and South Africa's Takalani Ndlovu. It's my first title fight, so best believe I'll be blogging that weekend.
Beyond that, you'll just have to stay tuned...