Programming Note

When I started The Fullback Files last year, my original intent was to spare my family and friends from the sort of soccer rants that were usually greeted by smirks and eye-rolling, if not outright disinterest. Instead, I sought an online audience that might actually find some degree of import in what I had to say. While the bulk of my early content was focused on the game itself, I did take a few stabs at bits of soccer-based fiction and wild conspiracy theories. Eventually, any sort of soccer-related thought became the seed for a post, even if not every seed sprouted.

For a while now, I've toyed with the idea of expanding into reviews of products related to the "soccer lifestyle"--be they books, videos, games, balls, shoes . . . whatever. Well, long story short, I'm going to give the reviews a shot. If you're completely disinterested in this type of thing, don't worry, I don't foresee them becoming a major feature of the blog, and I won't make them intrusive--I'll just say my piece and get out.

At most, you can expect about one such post per month. The majority of the reviews will be done in association with partner websites and affiliates, so if you feel like filling the tip jar a bit by visiting some links and doing the free market shuffle, I'd be much obliged. If not, don't sweat it--FBF operates as a sandbox for ideas (or perhaps a soapbox, depending upon my mood), not from any sort of inherent profit motive. If it did, perhaps I'd deck the site out in gaudy, NASCAR-style glory (ahem . . . MLS Rumors . . . cough! . . . not that there's anything wrong with wanting to make a buck doing something you love).

Viva el capitalismo!


  1. As a librarian, I just want to say that I am totally in favor of book reviews.

  2. Oh, there will be book reviews, Sarah. The home library has an entire shelf devoted to footie books, though they often tend towards tactics more than entertainment value. Of course, if you're a sad soul like me who happens to enjoy Italian coaches debating three-back versus four-back systems and the merits of using playmakers in wide or deep positions, then I suppose "entertainment" is in the eye of the beholder ;-).

  3. I have a whole bunch of football books I want to read, some that I own and some I've checked out of the library.

    I suppose "entertainment" is in the eye of the beholder
    I feel that's true in most cases with books, not just football ones. ;) I mean, not everyone likes the Scandinavian mysteries as much as I do.