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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.

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I‘m a fan of the way the Guardian illustrates the theme of its Liverpool preview today by showing Rafa Benítez confusedly stepping out into a terrifying bright light, like Gollum.

I’ve always imagined Manchester United’s shadow as a dank, cavelike place where one survives by eating live fish and hiding from goblins. I just hope this doesn’t mean he’s going to follow Xabi Alonso to the ends of the earth, or eventually throw him into a volcano. Then again, whatever it takes, I guess.



by Brian Phillips · August 6, 2009

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