Hi. I’m Gordon, and I’m a Chelsea fan. Have been since I started following the beautiful game, and haven’t for a minute regretted my decision. Being a dedicated footy fan and living here in the states is a tough gig. It often requires shifting around my weekend schedule, waking up in the wee hours of the morning, finding a reliable stream that more than likely has very continental commentators speaking a language that I can barely understand, skipping class/work to watch Champions League, and getting derided by my peers for supporting a side that isn’t Manchester United, Barcelona, or Real Madrid. When people give me shit for supporting Chelsea, finally I can say “at least we’re not City.” Or for that matter PSG, Malaga, Anzhi Makhachkala, or any of the other nouveau riche clubs that are now owned by barons of all types.
So, to answer the question, why Chelsea FC? The answer is fairly simple – my dad lived in Russia for many of the last few years, and I felt it only right to support my father’s adopted compatriot. Sure, Roman can certainly be a bit crazy (more on that in a later post), but the off the field antics of Chelsea make them as enjoyable a club to follow in the offseason as during the season.
I’m excited for the future under Andre Villas-Boas, and while I know Roman’s track record of patience doesn’t bode too well for the new Special One if he doesn’t deliver some kind of silverware this season, I do feel like he has mellowed out a bit and is willing to let Andre do some growing of this team.
On that note, I’ll leave you for now, as Bryan mentioned, stay tuned for a lot of comical posts in the future from two American lads who know way too much about footy for our own good. And hopefully more photos like the one above.