Monday, December 15, 2008

Dear Red Scouse: We Will Grind You Under Our Boots on Sunday. And Then Donate to Charity.

As most of you are aware, the majority of us here at UF are either Liverpool or Arsenal supporters (shenanigans of The Likely Lad and Autoglass notwithstanding). So this Sunday represents a big opportunity for both sides. Liverpool can continue to cement their place at the top of the table with a win, while Arsenal could potentially move back into fourth (sigh) by beating the league leaders.

Of course we Gunners would like to engage in a 7-0 beating at the Emirates, but the true point of the match is to demonstrate that we are morally superior in every way (after all, we never burgled Almunia's house, now did we?). And how do we do that?

Every year Arsenal take on a "Charity of the Season", and this year that charity is the Teenage Cancer Trust. As part of their continuing "Be a Gooner, Be a Giver" campaign, the club hope to raise £300,000 (approximately $460,000) for the cause. Going a long way toward that goal are the matchday salaries of the entire club for their tilt against Liverpool this Sunday at the Emirates. In addition, many of the Gunners took part in a promotional film where they put on skits directed by some of the cancer patients.

In a touching moment, when Wenger, Almunia and Fabregas went to visit the cancer ward they found that young Jack Chester, a former Arsenal trainee for 3 years, was one of the patients. The aspiring goalkeeper can even see the Emirates from the cancer ward on the 12th floor of the hospital, and he has said that he hopes to be able to one day play footy again.

So, while we get all riled up and text-message each other nasty thoughts on Sunday, we should remember that sometimes it is about more than just the game.


Goat said...

I'm sure no one's burgled Almunia's house because they didn't want to end up like this guy:

Mike Georger said...

I'd like to take this opportunity to whore up the Ray Kennedy "Ray of Hope Appeal". As you may or may not know; Kennedy has Parkinsons and has been essentially bankrupted by the disease (nobody could even steal his winners medals, he had to pawn them) so a fund was set up to directly benefit him. It has been a roaring success thus far and needs to keep going.

Mike Georger said...

Oh MAN Rafa has a Kidney Stone. R.I.P. Rafa's urethra.