Big week in football. England lost. Scotland won, then lost. Wales and Ireland are just about to dissolve into nameless atoms. In fact, Northern Ireland—yes, we are all experiencing the same strange reality—is by far the healthiest of the five British Isles teams in Euro 2008 qualifying. (Why doesn’t the Isle of Man have a team? I saw that the Channel Islands might be stepping up soon, and Gibraltar just got provisional UEFA status, so where is the Isle of Man? Some think it’s unfair for the United Kingdom to be represented by four—or five or six or however many—national sides. But on present evidence, I’d say they need all the help they can get.)
But we all know that the really big news—THE REALLY, REALLY, REALLY BIG NEWS—is this: Albina Going FC won a game. For the first time ever. In a gripping Second Division encounter at Portland Futsal, my Mighty Unicorns held on for a white-knuckle victory over Real Sur. In a game “rich with incident,” as they say, highlights included yet another half-court missle from Jan (The Croydon German) and my concession of four (4) goals in a single half as ‘keeper. By my calculations, that’s a goal every six minutes or so; you can’t accuse me of failing to do my part to make football more attractive to American fans.
My chief fear right now is that the four Going players who could technically play for England might all be called up. (Of course, I’d be willing to consider the manager’s post…) At the moment, however, we’re content to bask in victory’s tawny glow.