They say all good things must come to an end (or in Inter's case: all bad things must never end, but that's neither here nor there).
When ESPN Soccernet gave me the opportunity to run this blog three years ago, my first thought was: how do I avoid getting fired after my first article, and: how much time before an Interista places a bounty over my head? As many of my regular readers know, I haven't shied away from one controversial topic, and I certainly have tried to carry my own personality into the 'blogosphere' as much as possible. Doing this certainly leapfrogged me into the social media scene, got me an added bragging card with the girls, and gave me a speckle of credibility at parties when football conversations became so intense, I was actually worried about receiving a beating so brutal that it would give me a permanent Inter face. But most importantly - I received credits at the University, and it opened the door for many more possibilites. Thank you ESPN Soccernet.
Anyway, enough about me - this is a Milan blog for Christ's sake.
Apparently, Milan is looking to take on the theme of the Miami Heat and tease potential customers into buying into the new 'Big 3' concept. Postcards have been sent out showcasing the new Milan triumvirate of Bakaye Traore, Riccardo Montolivo, and the immortal Kevin Constant. Ladies and Gentleman, your Champions League midfield for the 2012/2013 season! Also, would you take a +1000000 over on Constant being one of the prime candidates for the new Dolce & Gabbana underwear spread?
All jokes aside, there's no reason for panic. Galliani meticulously crafted this whole Silva circus to appease fans who were chanting for yet another superstar to join the ranks of elite players like Didac Vila and the 14 year old goalkeeper they recently signed from Cruzeiro. Now that Silva's staying, fans are satisfied, like a well placed appetizer that makes you forget about ordering a main course all together. In reality, it was a 40+ million euro signing.
While Milan have signed Chievo's Francesco Acerbi, details are still cloudy about whether or not they've decided to buy out the clause on Francesco Acerbi's mole, who had an option of riscatto until 2015. I'm sure the next correspondent will happily delve into this pressing issue. It's only a matter of time before Acerbi takes Mexes' place in the lineup, as he's considered one of the bright young central defenders in Italy, and was actually voted on a top Serie A XI by fans on La Gazzetta alongside Thiago Silva last year.
I'm confident that my heir on this blog will post more, give you perplexing tactics, formations, pre-match analysis, and intricate details such as passing ratios, and the percentage of times Christian Abbiati can make a save if the shot is from 38 meters out with a northwest wind factor. See? Not so bad is it.
In all honesty, I will miss writing this blog terribly. The jokes that came along with it. The car comparisons of Maxi Lopez. Slowdorf, Boneheadera, the Pato Corollary, the unyielding Inter face, Captain Yellowtooth, the Cobra Huntelaar, Digao being exchanged for a $5 Apple Store gift card, and L3-0. We've had many laughs together, and you've all been great. I've enjoyed writing these columns as entertainment pieces - the way an opinion piece should be. We have enough robotic columns out there on the web, anyway! I'm not a real journalist, just a fan like most of you who tried to talk about his favorite team in the same way he would at a party, and I think for the most part, that's why many were able to relate.
Many of you have been writing your thoughts all three years I've had this position, and we've gone on to interact much more over Twitter. It has been an honor to connect with Milanisti throughout the world, and see the incredible support that each and every one of them feels for the red & black colors. Whether it's a dispersed Italian in Singapore, an Indonesian girl, or an old man in Fiji. Milan really does have some of the most loyal fans, and I've witnessed this first hand.
However, new roads have opened up and it's time to focus on my career full time.
For the few of you who see me as nothing more than a living example of Cambiasso's curl, a stagnant, awkward mane of hair that simply wouldn't go away, no matter how much we wanted it to (especially when the broadcast was in HD), here is your time to rejoice. For the rest of you who want to keep in touch, however, I'm always on twitter. Shoot me a message anytime. @TheMilanGuy
Forza Milan. Inter Seconda.
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