Tottenham Hotspur is going to the Champions League Final!

I have had some time now to process the moment that brought me to tears today. Tottenham have been having a tough season, struggling with a tired and beaten down squad. Yet at the beginning of today Tottenham found themselves still with a chance to advance to a Champions League Final, which would be a remarkable feat for Mauricio Pochettino and his Spurs.

When the game first started Ajax quickly got out to a lead making the aggregate deficit seem impossibly large. At the end of the first half, the score on aggregate was 3-0. It seemed insurmountable. Yet, the second half seemed to give Tottenham more life, and they quickly pounced on the opportunity. Lucas Moura found the back of the net twice in four minutes, changing the complexion of the game. After those two goals however, Tottenham seemed destined to lose. Everything was close but not quite going in. Then in the last minute of stoppage time, Lucas Moura pulled out the sweetest of finishes to complete his hat trick and advance to the Champions League Final on away goals.

How lucky we are to be entertained by such brilliance. Liverpool yesterday did the impossible, and today Tottenham did something even more spectacular. It is hard to put into words just how gratifying this is. This Pochettino team has been the best Tottenham Squad in recent memory, and yet have not been able to get near a trophy. Now they are just one win away from the biggest trophy in Europe. 

Ajax deserve all the credit in the world for there performance throughout this season. They are an incredibly talented and gifted young side with so much heart and spirit. They should be proud of the season they had, and all of the players on that team have an incredibly bright future.

With that said, it is hard not to feel immense pride for my favorite team. Now just one game against Liverpool is between us and the Champions League trophy. June 1st cannot come soon enough.

Tottenham and Caitlin Flanagan

My beloved Spurs seem to be in some weird holding pattern, as they fell short to Inter Milan who came roaring back in the last ten minutes. Suddenly, the momentum we had earlier in the season has diminished, and Mauricio Pochettino losing his cool certainly does not help things. This could be a challenge, as the criticism will begin to come if the losing continues. With the new stadium still on hold, and now the winning spell drying up, the criticism will come. How Spurs will respond remains a question, and my hope is the ship can be righted. It is a long season, but this does not look good.

She’s telling the truth, I said to myself, in a way that was neither outraged nor political, just matter-of-fact. The event she described is completely believable, but the psychologists’ notes sealed the deal. Maybe some new piece of evidence will come to light to change my mind, but with the facts on the ground as we now have them, I believe her.

This is from a wonderful article by Atlantic staff writer Caitlin Flanagan, who has written beautifully on the #MeToo as well as numerous other pieces of political commentary. This one is particularly striking, detailing the change in how sexual encounters was thought of and her conclusion that this could have happened. I have been ambiguous about my feelings toward the confirmation, as Kavanaugh is and still seems like the Conservative Justice other presidents would have appointed. However, that will all come into question if this is true, and now the nomination has the potential to become the supernova everything in our political sphere has been building towards. Folks, this is going to be a bumpy ride.

Liverpool Tottenham Reaction and School Motivation

Tottenham lost to a better team in Liverpool 2-1 at home, they got dominated in the middle of the field and even with a Liverpool offense not exactly on the top of their game, Spurs got beat all over the field. Two straight loses after three straight wins is a tough reality check, but many members of the team looked sluggish and still seem to be recovering from the World Cup. The new stadium still not ready only adds insult to injury. However, I predicted this Liverpool side would win the Premier League, and there is no questions that this a very good team. Defensively, Liverpool are tough and they dominated a very good Tottenham midfield. Unfortunately, it game at the behest of my beloved Spurs.

I also had some thoughts regarding school and my motivation toward it, as I seem to have forgotten what it feels like to be staring work in the face without the energy or motivation to complete it. It is interesting how things that are “assignments” suddenly become tasks where reading for fun seems constantly engaging.

How do we fight this? Well try to treat certain assignments like you would if it were for fun, and focus on finding whatever is interesting about a specific subject. I throughly believe every subject has the capability of being interesting to everyone regardless of what your strengths and weaknesses are, so find it. Do not give up and if you are going insane, change it up. A different colored highlighter, maybe different music or no music at all. Keeping yourself motivated is one of the hardest challenges, but it is certainly surmountable. I hope that helps, and even despite the loss, Come On You Spurs!

Son escapes military duty and Michigan’s first loss

The beloved Tottenham Hotspur player Son Heung-Min escaped mandatory military service after he helped his home country of South Korea beat Japan in the final of the Asia Games in Indonesia yesterday. It is a great for Son, as he is a hardworking joyful player who now gets to live out his career without having to worry about 22 months away from the game. Regardless, the rule for mandatory military service seems slightly ridiculous out of context.

If I ran a country, I would make sure mandatory military service is not a thing to begin with. Why? People should be able to choose their career paths, regardless of some of the practicalities that mandatory service may serve. Countries like Israel and South Korea may indeed need mandatory service but again you have the right to choose what work you want to pursue, and to me mandatory service gets in the way of that. However, if you are going to have the rule, it is strange that you would make exceptions for Football players after they win a tournament. What did they do for their country that someone else did not? Why are athletes allowed to get special treatment if they do well? Is representing your country only about the result? To me, it is brutal for all the players involved that their futures hung in the balance over winning a football game. While I do not know what I would say in its entirety, however I can say that this pressure was unnecessary and unfair to someone like Son and the rest of the South Korean national team.

Yesterday also featured Michigan’s very first football game of the season, which they lost by a final score of 24-17 to Notre Dame. It was great to see both teams back on the field, as it is one of the greatest rivalries in all of sports. It is also good to know that Michigan is not hiding from difficult opponents, when we push our players it makes our program better as a result. However, Notre Dame were simply the better team, and we deserved to lose by more than we did.

Jim Harbaugh came into Michigan and seemed to be able to do no wrong. Now, the questions will begin.  I personally do not think it is fair to put him on the hot seat yet, as this is the first game of the season and we have a long way to go before we truly know what kind of football team we have. It is still reasonable that Michigan wins nine games which for any school would be a fine season. However (uses James Earl Jones voice), This is Michigan, and Michigan will not be happy with good enough. He has turned our program around since the Brady Hoke and Rich Rod days, however his novelty to make any team incredible is beginning to fade. Questions remain and by the end of the season, I hope for Michigan and Jim Harbaugh’s sake that the team plays better than it did last night.

 

UCL Draw Reaction

The UEFA Champions League Draw happened today and once again my beloved Tottenham are in the group of death. Group B consists of Barcelona, Tottenham, Inter Milan, and PSV Eindhoven. No game will be easy which should make this group incredibly exciting. Tottenham should be able to find there way into the round of 16, but do not be surprised if Inter or PSV steal a game.

Liverpool also has an incredibly tough group, with PSG and Napoli both in their sights. While I could see them winning the group, they certainly got a tough group as well, with both of those teams being stock full of talent and ready to win a title. PSG and Liverpool playing each other will be incredible to watch, both teams featuring high powered offenses this game should be a back and forth thriller. I like Liverpool to win the group, but PSG certainly have the talent to do so as well.

One group I am particularly excited about is Group F with Juventus and Manchester United. Cristiano Ronaldo will be coming home to play United and Paul Pogba will be coming home to Juventus. It is set to be a terrific game, and one full of electricity. The Ronaldo effect is real, and it is certain to make this draft incredibly interesting. Juventus have been in the champions league before, and should win this group especially with Man United’s recent struggles.

My pick to win the UEFA Champions League is Manchester City, which seems more plausible today after their group draw. With the likes of Shakhtar Donetsk and Lyon, it will be tough but City should breeze through their group. They have a team stock full of some of the most talented players in Europe, including the addition of Riyad Mahrez. Man City is the best team from the top down, and should be able to win in May.

COME ON YOU SPURS!

I apologize if you are a Manchester United fan or if you are a grammar snob, but HOLY CRAP WE DESTROYED MAN UNITED AHHHHHH! That game was incredible and Lucas Moura was terrific. Incredible performance from him which included two goals, one of which ended Chris Smalling’s life.  Incredible day and game. If you want to relive every moment the extended highlights are here. I hope you all had a great Monday!

What to make of Tottenham’s Transfer Window

My favorite sports team, Tottenham Hostpur, became the first club since the transfer window was introduced to make no signings in the summer transfer window. This despite three players in Toby Alderweireld, Mousa Dembélé, and Danny Rose all expressing desires to leave.

I will always be slightly biased towards Tottenham, so to me it makes some sense. We are in the midst of unveiling a new stadium, and our continuity is easily our strongest asset. Our transfer window business has been excellent in recent memory, and so it is hard to think of someone who could take us to the next level. However, I share the disappointment that many fans feel, as we are so close to taking that next step. While I can understand that there is good reason for our inability to afford a world class talent, there is no reason we could not afford a good central midfielder or winger.

This will be a trying season for Spurs, as this may be the last season much of our talent will be in North London. If Spurs go another season without winning a trophy, stars like Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane could walk out the door. I stand by my prediction that Spurs will finish in the top four, but it is hard to imagine a trophy coming home to White Hart Lane.

There is still plenty of reason to be excited. The new stadium will be incredible and I cannot wait for the season to start. However, I am worried that we are reaching a breaking point. I hope things will work out but this season could be one of the most challenging in Premier League history. Regardless of any anger I may have, I am a Tottenham fan until I die and I sincerely hope that we can begin to take the next step. As always Come on You Spurs!

My Way Too Early EPL Top 4 Predictions

I am Tottenham Hotspur fan first and foremost, and the English Premier League is my biggest obsession. These are my Way too early predictions for who will finish in the top four.

  1. Liverpool – After the horrific performance from Lorius Karius at the Champions League Final, Alisson Becker promises to be the goalkeeper that this team has been looking for. Him along with Lovren and Van Dijk in the back should help bring stability to this team on defense, while the likes of Salah, Firmino, Mane, and Shaqiri all should help bolster the terrific front 6 this team has. Jürgen Klopp’s men are more than capable of pouring it on and now finally has the defense to match. On paper Manchester City are still the favorites, but I like my chances with this squad.
  2. Manchester City – Guardiola’s men ran all over the premier league last season won an impressive 18 straight and finished with 100 points, the most ever. The addition of the sensational Riyad Mahrez should help this squad stay right where they left off. That being said, I will not bet for a team to win twice in a row. Liverpool most definitely can challenge but do not be surprised if this team comes out and wins again.
  3. Tottenham Hotspur – Perhaps I am biased, but this team still has the continuity to qualify for the champions league. Spurs fans are itching for a trophy as this team feels to strong not to have one. Pochettino has turned this club around, and under the likes of Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen and others, have become a formidable force in Europe. They will open up for the first time in Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, and the momentum that should bring will be enormous. However, Tottenham are still not good enough to win.
  4. Manchester United – Say all you want about Mourinho, this team is still one of the most talented in the premiership. Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard, David De Gea, and others can keep this team afloat with or without their manager. Talent alone should propel this team forward. However, if Mourinho decides to complain and destroy his men, this team could be in trouble.