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.
From Portsmouth’s 2-1 win over Stoke City today: the marking was not what you’d call “tight” or…um…”marking”, but still, seeing Peter Crouch score from an overhead kick is like watching Niagara Falls run upward. Terrified 1950s honeymooners run screaming, trying to put as much distance as they can between themselves and the monstrosity. A desire they apparently have in common with the Stoke City defense.
by Brian Phillips · October 5, 2008