Here at SIE, we love to hear from passionate sports fans. With Liverpool hitting the ground running at the start of this season’s EPL campaign, we received a highly passionate letter from one of their devoted followers, Anthony Spud Le Tallec, as he describes his love for the beautiful game.
“It’s just a game. The one phrase that when uttered at the wrong moment could drive a usually sane fan to the brink of going ‘postal’.
“It’s just a game, the same phrase that when mentioned can turn a friendly atmosphere hostile. (Of course unintentionally), not Syria hostile, but Anfield on a day when the old enemy from Manchester arrive. The one phrase that has the ability to drive any football fan crazy. It is NOT just a game.
“Many a time this sentence found its way out of someone’s mouth, all with the best intention, only to be met with a firm NO, it is not. If anything irks me, then it’s this sentence. There is not, and never will be, a sentence that makes less sense than this. I’ll take time to explain shall I??
I’m a Liverpool fan. I have been for about 23 years. I could say 25, but I was born in 1988, and I am pretty sure I had no clue as to what football was, and who Liverpool were then. Now I’m not claiming to be the biggest Liverpool fan in the world, but I do love them as much as any die-hard fan.
“I’ve been through the good times; that special night in Istanbul, that 4-1 win at Old Trafford (Stevie G kissing the camera after his goal, my favourite celebration), The Carling Cup Final against Cardiff, the FA Cup Finals, and so on.
“I’ve been through the bad times; that Champions League loss in ’07 to Ac Milan (I’ll only name one). I’ve witnessed miraculous comebacks, crushing defeats, controversial goals and bone crunching, straight red challenges, the lot.
“I’ve been there through numerous controversies, Suarez’ bite and Garcia’s goal that wasn’t. I’ve seen players come and go. Potential turned into world-class talent, and sadly, talent going to waste. Basically I have shared the last 23 years with Liverpool FC, and vice versa.
“To me, the feelings when we lose are among the worst in the world; despair, disappointment, depression and complete emptiness. Only to have them transformed into anger, annoyance and frustration when, my mother, father, sister, friends or girlfriends, whoever it may be trying to console me and say, “Its just a game”. It’s not, you don’t understand, it’s not.
“Football is a crazy old game. It can turn friends into enemies and enemies into friends (even if it is only for 90 minutes). It can unite a country, or even a continent. Football is a universal language, spoken on the fields and in the stands, by such passionate players and fans, that the joy of seeing your team win a match, or a trophy just can’t be described. The elation of victory, in my opinion, cannot be matched, nor the disappointment of loss. It’s what us fans talk about and spend the week looking forward to, it is what we live for. Football is our getaway, our 90 minutes of freedom.
“Every time I watch Liverpool play I get filled with a different cocktail of emotions, from nervousness to excitement, to joy and many others I could list. I want them to win so badly that I would do anything, and I mean anything, to see them win. Time goes slowly by when you’re watching a match. Every nerve-racking minute feels like an hour. Constantly mumbling to yourself about where the players should be, eyes scouring the pitch for that little gap you hope Coutinho slips the ball through. The “MAN ON” calls at the TV, the pleas for offside and penalty decisions. The monumental amount of expletives that follow a red card decision, be it good or bad. And that sweet feeling when the ball hits the back of the net, whether from a Steven Gerrard shot, or a sublime bit of control from Suarez resulting in him rounding the keeper and slipping it coolly in. (That goal against Newcastle, my God!)
“Football is more than football; it is life. The same goes for Liverpool FC. Those players that play, have played, and in the future will play, are like family to me and other fans. To see them walk off the pitch dejected after a loss hurts, a lot, and the same goes for any other fan.
“Liverpool have given me memories that I will cherish forever, even if they don’t realise it. We share the passion, the famous red jersey, Anfield, and Liverpool Football Club. When ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ is played we get the same goosebumps, whether we’re physically present or not. We all bleed Liverpool Red. Ourselves and our adopted family.
“So, to all those people who think ‘it’s just a game’, it most definitely is not. This is what we live for as football fans and Liverpool supporters, or whatever you team may be. This is what we get up in the morning for. This is why days are spent on the phones with friends back and forth discussing the goings on in the world of football.
“This is why we watch Liverpool; to see them win, and sometimes lose or draw. This is not just a game, it never has been just that, it has always been much more. This is love, passion, and pride. This is Liverpool FC, this is life, THIS IS NOT JUST A GAME.”
Sport Is Everything. Anthony Spud Le Tallec.
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