If you aren't English, soccer may well be much like a different country to you, they do things differently. And Manchester, England, the place I was born, is a fanatical football town. Manchester United is the team to beat, the single biggest franchise in the world, bigger than the Yankees -whom they resemble in size and attitude. But if United are the Yankees, Manchester City are the Mets -OR WORSE. You've heard of always a bridesmaid never a bride? Well, City are never even a bridesmaid.
Last Sunday, Manchester City won the Premiere League for the first time since 1968, beating Queens Park Rangers and upsetting United. In the same time period, United have won it 20 times! Imagine if the Mets had been the Yanks in 2000 -that kinda thing.
What has this to do with rock and roll? Plenty. Oasis were big time City fans -part of their working class heroes garb, no doubt. And Noel Gallagher had this to say: "We arrived in Santiago and a friend of ours opened his bar early so we could watch it. It started off tense, then it went from tense into elation and then back to tension. It seemed like QPR were in the lead for a lifetime and it was very dark. Right before we scored, I thought 'We need it now, if we're going to do it, we need to do it now'. And then when Dzeko scored, I don't know what happened after that, there was a lot of swearing. (after we won) My mate tried to pull the TV off the wall. I swore a lot and then I cried like a baby because I've never seen anything like that before. It was mind blowing."
Exactly what I plan to do when the rangers win the Stanley Cup!