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 15 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 best sellers 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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Not for americans
A person who is both utterly jaded by the cliches of American culture and completely naive of and a bit reverential toward culture in the UK.
Not have the reader add a juvenile brat quality to the bitter views of the author.
As an American and a long time fan of English football i failed to gain further insight into uk fb or to be entertained. i have English and Scottish friends that would be the first to highlight that sports corruption in the UK is every bit as rampant as it is in the US however the author spends a line every paragraph, a full quarter of the book puking on everything American as greedy, backwards, mean-spirited and imbecilic while extolling all things English as ingenious, thoughtful, pure, efficient and noble. The man is dour and angry at his former country i love the uk and us but really I can't listen to this without feeling this old alcoholic sports writer's 40 failed years in America as they sour every one of his genuine ex-pat discoveries. I fail to see the entertainment value in his out dated cliches about America and i am glad that portsmouth fc is still a fourth rate club. LIVERPOOL FC FOREVER!
- Bernie Sepponan
EPL for "my American brain."
- Rob Walker