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Many, many laugh out loud moments He does a great job of making you feel like you re on the journey with him And makes you feel like American sports are missing something by not participating in relegation. As an immersive account of being a soccer fan in England, this book was highly entertaining and enlightening Culpepper proves very adept at effectively communicating the feelings and impressions of each experience he has as he immerses himself in the 2006 2007 season of Portsmouth FC.It is also frequently very, very funny.The only problem I had with this book was that it occasionally proves its pedigree as a book written for a British audience its UK title was Up Pompey and only slightly twea As an immersive account of being a soccer fan in England, this book was highly entertaining and enlightening Culpepper proves very adept at effectively communicating the feelings and impressions of each experience he has as he immerses himself in the 2006 2007 season of Portsmouth FC.It is also frequently very, very funny.The only problem I had with this book was that it occasionally proves its pedigree as a book written for a British audience its UK title was Up Pompey and only slightly tweaked for its American publication As the book goes on, Culpepper s terminology becomesandBritish i.e sport instead of sports , but most egregious are the frequent potshots he takes at American sports and American culture Even I, a dyed in the wool Anglophile and, like Culpepper, hater of the United States culture of excess, found his repeated slagging off of Americans greed, arrogance and wastefulness kind of tiresome by about halfway through the book I liked the majority of the book, so I overlooked a lot of that stuff, but despite this book s many treasures and the fundamental warmth at its heart, I fear much of its American audience will be perhaps justifiably put off and will not enjoy this book as much as I did Inconsistencies in the scope of Culpepper s knowledge throws the reader off from truly enjoying what could have been a humorous look at soccer football through the eyes of a new American fan Culpepper goes from choosing a team based on their name Aston Villa or for seemingly no reason at all Newcastle and Portsmouth to quoting facts and details from previous seasons Culpepper also relies too much on the gimmick of his, Oh, I m from Virginia, we don t do those sort of things, way of livin Inconsistencies in the scope of Culpepper s knowledge throws the reader off from truly enjoying what could have been a humorous look at soccer football through the eyes of a new American fan Culpepper goes from choosing a team based on their name Aston Villa or for seemingly no reason at all Newcastle and Portsmouth to quoting facts and details from previous seasons Culpepper also relies too much on the gimmick of his, Oh, I m from Virginia, we don t do those sort of things, way of living Inappropriate comparisons between sports in the US and the UK are frequent and take awaythan they add I had high expectations for this book and was disappointed with the way Culpepper portrayed both English fans and na ve American fans who apparently become knowledgeable and pretentious after only a few weeks of choosing a team This book gives American football fans a bad name The only high point point I could agree with him was his scathing opinion of Cristiano Ronaldo I really enjoyed this book because it was a topic that I really like, sports and especially soccer I was able to connect with the author on his thoughts and ideas about English soccer He talks a lot about the environment of the stadiums and what it is like to be a fan This was intriguing for me because from a young age I have always wanted to experience what an English soccer game is like and to this day I still have not had a chance Bloody Confused also gets into some of the lingo used in I really enjoyed this book because it was a topic that I really like, sports and especially soccer I was able to connect with the author on his thoughts and ideas about English soccer He talks a lot about the environment of the stadiums and what it is like to be a fan This was intriguing for me because from a young age I have always wanted to experience what an English soccer game is like and to this day I still have not had a chance Bloody Confused also gets into some of the lingo used in English soccer and I am happy to say that I was able to understand it and I feel like I got a lotjoy out of the book knowing the soccer terms than if I read the book without knowing them So I suggest if soccer is a sport that interests you or just sports in general, the book is a great laugh and you will really find the book fascinating and hilarious [ FREE PDF ] ⚆ Bloody Confused!: A Clueless American Sportswriter Seeks Solace in English Soccer ♀ 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 soccerAfter covering the American sports scene for fifteen 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 , 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 bestsellers 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 Confusedwill put a smile on the face of any sports fan who has ever questioned what makes us love sports in the first place I get it, Chuck You hate American sports fans, and you aren t that keen on Americans in general Thanks for taking 272 pages to let me know that I am an enormous fan of English Football It isn t that hard to follow As a reader, I am asked to believe that someone who is paid to follow and write about sports for a living took over two years to figure out how the game works Fine, I guess But it damaged his credibility with me Luckily, while regaling the reader with tales of his education, th I get it, Chuck You hate American sports fans, and you aren t that keen on Americans in general Thanks for taking 272 pages to let me know that I am an enormous fan of English Football It isn t that hard to follow As a reader, I am asked to believe that someone who is paid to follow and write about sports for a living took over two years to figure out how the game works Fine, I guess But it damaged his credibility with me Luckily, while regaling the reader with tales of his education, the author manages to repeatedly and I mean every other page rail on how ignorant and wasteful Americans are, while making the counter argument that everything English is fantastic since they have a longer history Somehow, this history has stamped itself into the DNA of every Englishman, and as a result they are better people Personally, I found this book to be tripe haggis It will be a perfect read for those that are already fans of soccer and want their feelings of superiority confirmed It is unlikely to convert anyone on the fence, or currently a fan of another game, to make the leap And that is a shame I wanted to enjoy this book a lotthan I actually did The premise is brilliant an American sportswriter immerses himself in English soccer, and system he knows nothing about but the execution was, well, a lot like English Premiership Football a lotcomplicated than it really needed to be I had a hard time following the narrative With so many teams and matches and players to follow it was hard for someone like me who was truly clueless to get a sense of who was who and what was wh I wanted to enjoy this book a lotthan I actually did The premise is brilliant an American sportswriter immerses himself in English soccer, and system he knows nothing about but the execution was, well, a lot like English Premiership Football a lotcomplicated than it really needed to be I had a hard time following the narrative With so many teams and matches and players to follow it was hard for someone like me who was truly clueless to get a sense of who was who and what was what I liked that the author picked one team to support, but I think a better set up for the book would have been to follow just that team for the season Read for the 2018 PopSugar reading challenge This is A book about or involving a sport in this case, the European, specifically English, style of football It was sitting there on my girlfriend s shelf for me to pick up.I can t imagine this book was ever groundbreaking, but it probably felt a bitnew and different when it was, well, new In the decade or so since Culpepper has published it, the Premier League has become a slight bitfamiliar over in America, such that a person who Read for the 2018 PopSugar reading challenge This is A book about or involving a sport in this case, the European, specifically English, style of football It was sitting there on my girlfriend s shelf for me to pick up.I can t imagine this book was ever groundbreaking, but it probably felt a bitnew and different when it was, well, new In the decade or so since Culpepper has published it, the Premier League has become a slight bitfamiliar over in America, such that a person who decides to start following the action does not have to actually move to England What s , things that bore repeated mentioning in Culpepper s mid 00s tale, like the testimony of several steroid suspected baseball stars before Congress, just don t really matter any , contributing to the whole thing feeling rather dated.To be sure, however, moving to England is absolutely a necessity to get the part of the experience that might involve befriending a blue bear, taking a train all across the countryside to get to games, and most importantly, what one must do when one lacks a ticket buying history It sounds like a lot of fun, along with all of the songs, some of which are not very nice to their subjects, but as Culpepper relates from the English, there are some parents who teach their children that there s stadium language and everywhere else language A number of summers ago, a couple of Premier League clubs came and played a friendly in Balti, just to try to build a little excitement or something, I don t know The match did not involve Manchester United in any way, but at some point fans of both teams started chanting the following, to the tune of the chorus of the Battle Hymn of the Republic Where the fuck is Man United Where the fuck is Man United Where the fuck is Man United They are not fucking here They all seemed like a hell of a lot of fun I have discovered in the subsequent years that, no matter how fun it seems, I m not getting up early on my Saturday mornings five hours behind England, after all to watch them.I guess it s a necessity to have the author figure prominently in a travelogue y book in this vein, but I would have liked a bit less of the self indulgent stuff For instance, trying to turn his unfortunate rail replacement journey into an important fan suffering story was not so great I got what he meant, it has to be weird as a person who is 34 years old and has not had his favorite baseball team win the World Series in his lifetime, I understand the suffering and it will make success, if they ever do win it, sweeter But you can t rush it I have looked at the fortune of Portsmouth since Culpepper wrote this book, and if he stuck it out, he certainly got his suffering, as although they won the FA Cup not long after he chronicled his introduction to the fandom, his club, which is also called Pompey for some reason I don t know, quickly toppled into relegation land, ending up as low as the fourth division League Two before climbing back to third division League One this season Coming off of my first trip to the UK, which included getting to see my beloved Manchester United play, this was a good read Culpepper does a great job of showing the intricacies of the Premier League from everything involving the games, buying ticket, travel, etc I enjoyed seeing his progression from narrowing it down to a few teams then picking a favorite and chronicling his journey.I would recommend for anyone who is interested in soccer, sports that they aren t familiar with, and England.O Coming off of my first trip to the UK, which included getting to see my beloved Manchester United play, this was a good read Culpepper does a great job of showing the intricacies of the Premier League from everything involving the games, buying ticket, travel, etc I enjoyed seeing his progression from narrowing it down to a few teams then picking a favorite and chronicling his journey.I would recommend for anyone who is interested in soccer, sports that they aren t familiar with, and England.Overall this was an entertaining read Culpepper constantly maintains an obnoxious, pretentious American soccer fan point of view, and it makes him look really bad He is pretty clueless about anything he isn t reporting exactly as he has seen it, and he is a poor writer as well His stereotypes of English supporters and people again are very broad and often inaccurate, and his American sports comparisons are very annoying Please find a different book about the beautiful game, there s loads