Tuesday, November 25, 2008

AMSL Declares December International Watch Another League Month

Prepare to be completely misunderstood.

Things have gotten a little stale around here.

My subscriber list has dipped, visits from regular readers have dropped, most of my web traffic comes from that Mickey Mouse picture I put up a couple of weeks ago, and, saddest of all, AMSL hasn't made Brian's highly-addictive sidebar links in over a week now (By the way Brian, you should make that thing into an aggregate feed because it's one of the best football link lists on the web).

So, to shake things up in anticipation of A More Splendid Life's one year anniversary this December 11, I am proposing we make December International Watch Another League Month. The idea came when avid reader Marc P. suggested I do something on the (perceived?) decline of Serie A in Europe. I mulled it over for a while, read up on the various stories I'd had an eye on, but in the end gave up and sent him this article instead.

And then it dawned on me -- what would happen if we all broke from our habits for just one month and watched another league we'd normally leave for the highlight reels? Perhaps there is more to the Bundesliga than high-scoring and well-executed set-pieces. Maybe there is some semblance of drama left in Le Championat. Maybe it's good for all of us to break the familiar pattern and settle in with a new league once in awhile.

So, in the spirit of understanding, I am going to watch Serie A EXCLUSIVELY between this weekend and the weekend of December 21st prior to the Christmas break. I will report on my impression of players, and matches, on-field tactics and various other dramas that go beyond whatever I can glean from reading ESPN feeds and Paolo Bandini. Perhaps Mourinho is no better than Mancini. Or perhaps Spaletti still has a future with Roma.

But that's not all. I will pledge a donation of $20 CDN to the David Suzuki Foundation for every reader who decides to take the challenge with me. You may watch a bit of all three leagues, like me, or you might be an Eee Pee El head, like most North Americans. All I'm asking is that you watch another league EXCLUSIVELY from this weekend's fixtures through to December 21st (yes, you can switch back for the Christmas break games in the Premier League), and I will send David Suzuki $20 bucks (I'm going to go on the honour system here, so no funny business).

9 comments:

Brian said...

Dude, you made my list just a few hours ago! Still, I'm wickedly pleased about my perceived neglect, because this is a great idea, and I'm looking forward to your immersion in the league that money could only occasionally buy.

Richard Whittall said...

I just checked...face red...and white...and green. Viva Calcio!

I'm actually fairly excited about this. I haven't quite figured out who I'll support -- Roma are the front-runners, but I'm going to give myself a couple of fixtures to decide.

Fredorrarci said...

Just to be clear - are we talking no PL at all? No highlights, no 101 Great Goals, no Setanta Sports News? (I could easily do without the latter, mind you.)

Richard Whittall said...

No no...just no full matches. I won't be absolutely cruel. And we're in large agreement on Setanta.

Steve said...

Would have been a better month to chose La Liga with all the big teams meeting each other this month. They could turn out to all be bore fests though.

Fredorrarci said...

I'm in. I'm unsure whether to go for the Spanish league, with its tasty upcoming fixtures, or to properly re-acquaint myself with Serie A, or to dive into the Bundesliga without having more than fairly superficial knowledge of how it's going right now.

No French league, though. Every month is No Championnat Month in my house.

By the way, I commend you on doing this at a time when the Villa are in such a lofty position...

Colin Smith said...

How about this? I only read Raf Honigstein for an entire month?

I need cable...

I suggest you become a Genoa supporter. Il grifone (The griffin) have their sights set on a UEFA Cup place.

Richard Whittall said...

Thanks for the tip Colin.

Fred, I second Steve on La Liga. Better not to have a complete shock to the system, although the Bundelsliga does have the highest goals per game average in Europe.

Anyway, let me know how it goes, and at the end, that 20 bucks to David Suzuki!

ursus arctos said...

This is highly promising. To those of us who are fully immersed in Serie A, the opinions of intelligent and insightful outsiders are always welcome.

I would second the nomination of Genoa, who have more than a view parallels with the Villa, though their owners couldn't be more different.