Bloody Confused!: A Clueless American Sportswriter Seeks Solace in English Soccer

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Crown/Archetype, Aug 5, 2008 - Sports & Recreation - 224 pages
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Chuck Culpepper was a veteran sports journalist edging toward burnout . . . then he went to London and discovered the high-octane, fanatical (and bloody confusing!) world of English soccer.

After covering the American sports scene for fifteen years, Chuck Culpepper suffered from a profound case of Common Sportswriter Malaise. He was fed up with self-righteous proclamations, steroid scandals, and the deluge of in-your-face PR that saturated the NFL, the NBA, and MLB. Then in 2006, he moved to London and discovered a new and baffling world—the renowned Premiership soccer league. Culpepper pledged his loyalty to Portsmouth, a gutsy, small-market team at the bottom of the standings. As he puts it, “It was like childhood, with beer.”

Writing in the vein of perennial bestsellers such as Fever Pitch and Among the Thugs, Chuck Culpepper brings penetrating insight to the vibrant landscape of English soccer—visiting such storied franchises as Manchester United, Chelsea, and Liverpool . . . and an equally celebrated assortment of pubs. Bloody Confused! will put a smile on the face of any sports fan who has ever questioned what makes us love sports in the first place.
 

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As an English football fan of only three months, I felt that I was the perfect audience for this book. But while I enjoyed some of the wide eyed wonder that Culpepper approached English football with ... Read full review

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Chuck many thanks - I just saw your book's extract on-line
I just loved what you wrote. I am a "Pompey" boy myself but have lived in the Los Angeles on and off since 1980, so I am the reverse of
you I guess. We Brits certainly can get passionate about
football (sorry - soccer)
It has taken me years to begin to understand US sports (needed help from lots of locals) so I do
understand where you are coming from. I guess it is all about learning it all as you grow
Matter of fact I do have even more to add about being a soccer fan, especially of my team if you have time to listen
Not too long ago, back in the day of 2005-6 or so I had the misfortune to become homeless in
this great state Of California (which I now work for - duh), not quite on the street but sleeping on
friends' floors, office buildings and the like.
I renmember that what really kept me from throwing it all in and keep some hope was following my home team of Portsmouth from afar and enjoying what little I could as they played their
way along in the Premiership, which they are no longer in after a bunch of financial misdoings
by their Russian "owner"
I am not sure any other team that I know of has had such reversals of fortunes (both ways more than once in my lifetime - I am a "senior" - that is a Uk "pensioner" - Lord I hate that expression,
Senior is much nicer thank you, US
I am not really a sports nut but this really helped me get by in my life till a good job turned it
around again
Who says sports does not matter? Thank you all you sports writers. Keep the spirits of the people
up
Oh, one last thing - I was born in earshot of that old stadium at Fratton Park actually and my mother was a professional musician with her own band, and at one time was the official entertainment for the club as I understand. We were involved with club because of
that and often some of players of the era would come around to the house, and we all to the pub,
very exciting
When I was a kid my best friend was the son of one the players who actually played for England
Oh - one last second thing! - when the club started professionally back in 18xx a regular goalkeeper for the team was "A.C. Doyle" better known as Conan Doyle, author of Sherlock Holmes
Good job
I'll keep trying to figure the local sports, football I am ok with, not sure if I understand
baseball yet
Rob
(San Bernardino, CA)
rob@true-brit.com
 

Contents

Fumbling Around in Daylight
9
Fiing Move
24
My Very Own Relegation Weekend
39
MediaInaccessible England
54
Clueless
68
The Best Goal in My Admittedly Limited Lifetime
86
Hear My People
92
Europe
98
Chimes and Mammals
150
Lonely Walks He Who Walks to Plainmoor
157
A Blackburn Fiasco
163
Never Miss a Chance to Hang Out in a Pub with a Blue Bear
170
Betraying a Kind Reading
177
Just Disgusting
184
Rather Hopeless
191
You Have to Be Kidding
203

Away Fan Extraordinaire
105
The Distinct Horror of Rail Replacement
112
An FA Cup Debutant
119
Cheering for a ToiletSeat Thief
125
Have We Just
130
Old Trafford
136
We Were Mental
142
NotTaken Roads
210
Adopted
217
Its Really the Heart of England
223
Elvis and the Beatles
230
One Goal from Europe
237
The Whole Meat Raffle of It
244
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CHUCK CULPEPPER, a two-time Pulitzer Prize nominee, is the former sports feature writer and Sunday columnist for "Newsday, "and covers European sporting events for "The Los Angeles Times," He lives in London.

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