Thursday, January 31, 2008
Daily SAll-Star(s): the fans of Liverpool
God bless the soccer hooligans of the world.
Liverpool F.C. is one of the most storied and successful futbol clubs in the world. The club has won a record 18 English League titles (though none since 1990), 5 European Cups, and 7 FA and League Cups. Some of the best players in the world have and continue to play for Liverpool, including the man-crush of one Stanford pitcher, Steven Gerrard.
Now normally all these factors would lead to a loyal and happy fan base. And that is the case for most of the fan-base, which includes various celebrities and noted persons such as Sporty Spice (if you're a soccer team, and you're going to have one of the Spice Girls be a fan, wouldn't you want the one who has "sport" right in her name?), Elvis Costello, Dr. Dre (who knew they watched soccer in Compton?), SAMUEL L. JACKSON (NO I CAN'T STOP YELLING, CUZ THAT'S HOW I TALK!!!), uber-cricketer Adam Gilchrist, the late John Lennon, Big Ron (oh dear...), and Pope John Paul II. But Liverpool fans have one big problem with the team: it's owned by Americans.
Now the fans of Liverpool are banding together to secure funds to buy out Tom Hicks (who owns the Texas Rangers) and George Gillet (who owns the Montreal Canadiens, so this isn't his first time owning the beloved team of another nation) and to build a new stadium for their favorite team. That, my friends and others who have drunkenly stumbled upon this site, is fan loyalty.