No, I won’t bother you with another “lynx” “links” pun. I do like that picture though. The holidays fast approach, which means my annual winter hibernation. I know, I know, I just got back in the three-posts-per-week swing of things, and Christmas comes around. I will miss writing for you as much as you will miss reading my writing, but there are cookies to bake, presents to wrap, and elves on shelves whose every nocturnal movement must be painstakingly planned and coordinated.
Fear not, though, because two great sites will entertain you and, of course, I will plug my two books.
First off, the formalities. Dirty Tackle left Yahoo just before this whole “let’s sell ourselves” business, but has lost none of its flair and wit. They allowed me to pen a look at the Super Mario Kart happenings in the Iniesta household. Be forewarned: I confused a Nintendo 2DS with a WiiU accessory. I am actually in hiding and trying to legally change my name. I also wrote a portrait at Paste Soccer of Douglas “NOT Diego” Costa, a studly summer signing for Bayern Munich.
Next up, Squawka has gone beyond mere stats to get some quality writing from folks you respect (and admire). This defense of Memphis Depay’s short time at United is outstanding, even if I disagree with the conclusion that he should play as a #10. Also, a new Soccer Godcast just dropped. It features Maxi Rodriguez, who has some interesting thoughts on why/how David Villa came to be a candidate for the MLS Latino del Anho. And why that’s fucking preposterous.
Now, the newish (to me at least) sites. First, The Banter Narrative features some of the finest (if not the finest) satirical soccer writing around. If you remember FistedAway, you will dig this site. Think TheOnion sports but only soccer err football. Second, Remezcla’s sports section, spear-headed by a Hower alum/exile/refugee (?), offers some nice and snappy writing on the land of futbol from Mexico to La Liga. You should be reading this everyday.
Lastly, the book plugs! As you may recall, I took my books off Amazon a year ago for a simple reason: Amazon believes that books, like a bowl of ice cream left outside under the August sun, decline in taste and value over time, like, short periods of time. They only waited a year before slashing my price, which cut into my already modest royalty. Thus, chinga tu madre Bezos. iTunes is the best place to snag the books.
You will recall my Illustrated Guide to Soccer & Spanish, available for only seis dolares. And, of course, for the same price of six dollars, you can snag my Real Madrid & Barcelona: the Making of a Rivalry. FYI Sid Lowe’s book is better, but mine is still a quick read and affordable. You can stalk me at GoodReads and see the objective reviews for yourself. If you are into audiobooks, you can snag the Illustrated Guide to Soccer & Spanish at Audible, but be warned: my accent has been called “Maxi Rodriguez in Puerto Vallarta during spring break.”