Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Tuesday XI: Flying Circus And More Edition


Tomorrow marks the 42nd anniversary of the debut of Monty Python’s Flying Circus on the BBC. To celebrate, we’ve slapped together a side of our favorite Python characters in an old-fashioned 4-2-4.
GK — Black Knight — Like all great keepers, he allows nothing, not even dismemberment, to stop him from triumphing.
LB — Ron Obvious — With his record of physical feats, like jumping the English Channel and running to Mercury, surely playing a little left back won’t be a problem.
CB — Aristotle — Very much the man in form, if this is to be believed:

CB — Lumberjack — Our system requires an old-fashioned center-half alongside the sweeper Aristotle, and our rugged, manly barber-turned-Lumberjack fits the bill.


RB — Pet Shop shopkeeper –– By the time this nameless shopkeeper’s through with him, the opponent’s left-sided attacker will have been convinced to attack his own goal.
CM — Reg — The leader of the People’s Front of Judea and our captain; his passion for the cause and hatred for our rivals is unmatched.
CM — The Announcer — Provides something completely different out of the midfield.
LW –‘ It’s’ Man — Has a bit of trouble with his finishing, but he’ll transverse all manner of environments and tackles to have a shot at it.
CF — Cardinal Ximenez — Among the weapons in this striker’s arsenal are fear, surprise, ruthless efficiency, and an almost fanatical devotion to the pope. He’s always finding positions in the box where no one expects him to be in order to score timely goals.
CF — Taunting Frenchman — Nobody’s more offensive than him. You cannot frighten him with your silly knees-bent running around advancing behavior.
RW — Minister of Silly Walks — His crazy-legged dribbling is reminiscent of Garrincha.

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The Other 87 seeks to provide something that’s not instant analysis or eve of matchday previews. Think of us as the good bits of your favorite soccer coverage: the profiles that examine what makes a certain player tick, the historical background that sheds some light on how the sport has evolved to the present day, the silly features that are more than just tacking names on a list, but considering and explaining why each one deserves to be there.
O87 wants to be a home for soccer writing that makes you think, but that also treats the game as just that, a game. The greatest game, the one we obsess over and fixate on, to the point where we can’t read that gas costs 3.43 a gallon without thinking of Ajax’s 1995 Champions League winning team. But a game nonetheless.
“When you play a match, it is statistically proven that players actually have the ball three minutes on average. The best players – the Zidanes, Ronaldinhos, Gerrards – will have the ball maybe four minutes. Lesser players – defenders – probably two minutes. So, the most important thing is: what do you do those 87 minutes when you do not have the ball…. That is what determines whether you’re a good player or not.” -Johann Cruyff
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