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.
Stowe sent me this “100 Greatest Quotes from The Wire” video on Twitter the other day, and I watched it, and I was like, “Oh my God, The Wire,” because I haven’t seen it in a few years and this sort of brought it all back. Then, for no obvious reason, this video started tugging at my brain after the Thierry Henry handball rocked the core of everything that had a core to rock yesterday. So I watched it again, and oh my God, The Wire, because about 87 of these quotes apply directly to the game and its aftermath.
This is it. I mean, this is the entire range of possibilities represented by that match, from “the gods will not save you” to “this one here is goin’ up your narrow fuckin’ Irish ass.” The game is rigged. No shame in holding onto grief. It’s a thin line between heaven and here. Maybe it helps if you imagine Sepp Blatter as Brother Mouzone at a couple of points, but I don’t think I’m overselling this. Watch it.
by Brian Phillips · November 19, 2009