October 25, 2011
Jupp Heynckes' €12.50 and a flip chart couldn't stop a Hannover 96 squad with the best home record in the Bundesliga. And, truth be told, if you're not a fan of Bayern Munich, it was one of the more entertaining matches in Germany so far this season.
This was my first time nervously pacing - not sitting - while watching a match this year. And the expletives and epithets coming out of my mouth were met with a small amount of consternation from my friendly neighbours. At least they couldn't understand most of what I was saying.
October 22, 2011
You knew it was going to happen eventually, right? But, I can guarantee you didn't think it would happen in this fashion. Holger Badstuber's own goal on 39 minutes at Napoli put an end to Manuel Neuer's remarkable streak of 1147 minutes without conceding.
October 17, 2011
Things you should know about my relationship with Serie A: I don't like watching it. (Instead of "things", I should've said "thing".) The only reason I tune in at all is because I thoroughly enjoy Miroslav Klose and his club resurrection at Lazio. The more modern version of catenaccio-style football is maddening for me to sit through. If you take a look at this weekend's Serie A results, you'll see what I mean.
October 16, 2011
I have, up to this point in the season, been hesitant to express how good Bayern Munich actually are, but after watching clinic-upon-clinic-upon-clinic ('Gladbach and Hoffenheim notwithstanding)...
...I've got to tell you, we freakin' rock. Unglaublich. Wahnsinn. Schoen. Wirklich. Whatever superlative words, in English or German, I can come up with, I'm feeling pretty free to use them now.
October 13, 2011
My personal Oktoberfest tally is: One busted up knee. Three dirndls that need repairing. 60+ Mass consumed (throw in a bottle of Williams Birne and a bottle of Jaeger). One lost phone. Three random encounters on the streets of Munich with people I know in the States. One sinus / ear infection. Two days with family. Two Bayern matches in the Allianz. Nine tents visited. Singing on stage eight times. I'm sure there's more, but as the saying goes, "Was passiert im Oktoberfest bliebt im Oktoberfest".