Arsenal, amirite? We know what they are now, we know how this season is playing out, and most depressingly, we know what we’ve seen in the last week or so. And based on what we’ve all seen, and what a number of you have said in the comments, it’s fair to assume that you’re not watching Arsenal any more. And I get that! It makes sense, Arsenal aren’t fun to watch at all right now, and there are probably better things we could all do with 90 minutes a week than watch something that makes us actively unhappy.
There was a time when I was fully invested in sports, when sports were what got me going in the morning and kept me going through the day. I’m older now and I have other things to distract me, but I still love sports - I just don’t emotionally attach myself to them as wholeheartedly as I used to.
But that doesn’t mean I don’t love getting up in the morning on a Saturday or Sunday and watching Arsenal - they’ve been part of my life since those days, and those attachments aren’t easily broken. So, while I’ll be doing a lot more DVR’ing-and-watching-at-2x-speed between now and May, I’ll more than likely still watch, partly for the blog and partly because I like doing it. But a lot of people, both staff here and readers, won’t - and again, that’s cool, I can’t begrudge people who aren’t Arsenal giving up on this season, because it sure sounds like Arsenal have.
So my question to you, the loyal TSF reader, is simple: If you’re not watching Arsenal the rest of the season, and I assume thus not paying attention to Arsenal beyond a cursory check to see if Arsene Wenger’s still in charge, what will you do with all that free time? I asked that same question of the TSF staff, and this is what they said:
I’ll spend time with the kids. I don’t actually have kids myself, and find them pretty miserable, but my time is better spent with the neighborhood hooligans than watching Arsenal from now till May.
I’ll be working on my Arsenal fan-fiction. It’s not a super developed concept yet, but I envision something where the players (or maybe club legends, I’m not sure) play footie by day and fight crime by night with Arsene Wenger in the Bosley from Charlie’s Angels role.
The twist, the evil super-villain they must defeat...Stan Kroenke.
Now that the games don’t matter, I feel I’ll have time to kick back and watch some Arsenal ga... CRAP
I’ll be taking up a new, less stressful hobby, such as solving global hunger or proving the existence of extraterrestrial life.
I’ll be spending my time between now and May learning karate.
I’ll be polishing my Jogi Löw impression.
What are you going to do with your gift of time between now and May?