The Run of Play is a blog about
the wonder and terror of soccer.
We left the window open during a match in October 2007 and a strange wind blew into the room.
Now we walk the forgotten byways of football with a lonely tread, searching for the beautiful, the bewildering, the haunting, and the absurd.
I’m not sure if anyone will be able to see this message, but The Run of Play is (UPDATE: was) experiencing catastrophic technical failure on all fronts as a result of, I don’t know, some engineer accidentally leaning back on the “kill blog” switch while taking a sip of piping-hot Google©-brand coffee as he chats with Stan from the Environmental Projects Center about the new generation of tracking cookies that run on wind power and associate your entire search history with your specific fingerprints. I’m sure the problem will be fixed as soon as he gets up to go wait in line for his Google©-brand chicken-caesar carton salad for lunch. He has a clear conscience, he drives a sensible automobile.
We apologize for the inconvenience.
UPDATE: The site seems to be working intermittently. My new theory is that someone at Google is an Inter fan and resented the portrait of Pirlo.
UPDATE 2: Things seem to be working again. The offending engineer has evidently finished his coffee and gone for a drive around the Google campus in his special Prius that runs on hedge trimmings and has headlights that shine directly into the human soul.
by Brian Phillips · November 28, 2007