November 07, 2008

Obama is a soccer fan.: West Ham invite Obama to watch a game at Upton Park. Apparently, he watched a Hammers game in 2003 while visiting his half-sister in London (article doesn't say if it was live, home, away or on the telly). Obama's older daughter plays on a soccer team. Change we can believe in.

posted by worldcup2002 to soccer at 04:25 PM - 10 comments

Leeds had some bloke called Albert who died lonely and impoverished, but West Ham are generally acknowledged to have been amongst the first of the top clubs to embrace the athleticism and footballing intellect of the black man. I still hate the bastards though.

West Ham, that is, not black men.

posted by Fat Buddha at 07:52 PM on November 08, 2008

Clyde Best. The Big Match. Early 1970s.

Forget Proust, you just need TV football memories to bring back the glories of our youths.

posted by owlhouse at 09:47 PM on November 08, 2008

So he's a soccer fan, and his favourite TV show is "The Wire".

If it comes out that he's a Nine Inch Nails fan, I may just plot to become the first lady.

posted by Drood at 04:10 AM on November 09, 2008

A soccer fan and a high school basketball player. Obama defeated high school wrestler John McCain to become the President-elect of the US.

posted by Newbie Walker at 11:07 PM on November 09, 2008

And apparently he shoots hoops every election day for good luck. I like that.

posted by lil_brown_bat at 03:08 PM on November 10, 2008

Obama takes it to the hoop.

posted by worldcup2002 at 11:09 PM on November 10, 2008

Obama takes it to the hoop.

If I was Obama, I would take advantage of my status and drive the lane every time I had the ball. Even if someone would challenge him in the paint, Obama's going to get the call.

posted by rcade at 04:32 PM on November 11, 2008

Correction: Even if someone would challenge him in the paint, the Secret Service would have him in a throwdown, lockhold, guns drawn. And, then, yes, Obama's going to get the call.

posted by worldcup2002 at 01:58 AM on November 12, 2008

There was some fun (albeit slightly stalkerish) pool video of him at his daughter's match, and giving some touchline coaching on good kicking form. (He learned to play the proper way -- kids' kickabouts on the streets in Indonesia -- rather than being ferried to well-tended pitches in a minivan.)

Let's just make sure that Big Ron isn't around on that first UK visit as prez, shall we?

posted by etagloh at 02:52 PM on November 12, 2008

I wonder if he is a real football fan... Wouldn't that be great if he was? For instance, if he said so in an interview or press conference...

posted by StarFucker at 03:15 AM on November 19, 2008

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