[William Birdthistle, guest-blogging, May 20, 2007 at 10:44am] Trackbacks

Before I tender my farewell, let me say how tremendously impressed I have been at the depth of knowledge and passion for soccer that I've found amongst the eminently eclectic readership of the Volokh Conspiracy. Now I must return to the study of mutual funds that supports these football musings.

I can't resist a few final petits fours, so here is a parting amusement:

Many thanks to Eugene Volokh and his co-Conspirators for their very gracious invitation and willingness to endure a week in the soccer terraces. I look forward to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, when we can revive these debates or, even better, witness a tournament so successful that we don't need to. Until then, I'll be cheering on Liverpool in their Champions League final this coming Wednesday.

Sunday Song Lyric:

When you walk through a storm,
Hold your head up high,
And don't be afraid of the dark.
At the end of a storm,
There's a golden sky,
And the sweet silver song of a lark.
Walk on through the wind, Walk on through the rain,
Though your dreams be tossed and blown..

Walk on, walk on, with hope in your heart,
And you'll never walk alone.......
You'll never walk alone.

Walk on, walk on, with hope in your heart,
And you'll never walk alone.......
You'll never walk alone
5.20.2007 1:03pm
Mark Field (mail):
Nice collection of bloopers. I saw on live TV both the Phillips miss and Kanu's (which I still think is the worst I've ever seen), but many were new to me. Thanks for whole series.
5.20.2007 3:16pm
Great video. In defense of the US team that took four clear shots on goal without scoring against Canada in the 2002 Gold Cup (around halfway through the clip), that game was a breakout for Canada goalkeeper Lars Hirschfeld. He had some otherworldly number of saves, and that one game alone earned him a spot as a pro in England (he was just an amateur in Candada before).
5.20.2007 3:23pm
oledrunk (mail):
What music accompanies this?
5.20.2007 4:49pm
Great collection of shots gone wrong. As a former goalie, I wish I encountered more of those. Please keep the link for awhile as it will be a long time before the next world cup in SA.
5.21.2007 12:24am
Peter Young (mail):
A great collection of muffs, although as one who hit the post with a penalty shot in my first senior season, I feel their pain. Alongside these examples of missing when it's easier to score, I'd put Jeff Astle's miss for England against Brazil at World Cup 1970 and Kevin Keegan's miss for England against Spain at World Cup 1982.

I'll be cheering for Liverpool, too, on Wednesday although I'm a Manchester United fan. I go back to before the antipathy between the two sets of supporters and have always cheered on Liverpool in their European adventures. This month's FourFourTwo has an interesting piece on how the fans of both clubs are very alike.

Thanks very much again, Professor Birdthistle. I hope we see you here again.
5.21.2007 2:11am