The sky is not falling.
Things haven’t gone so well for us the past few games (or the past few months, really) but VPS is still ok. We’ve still got games against all of our rivals for 3rd place, and we’ve beaten all of them at some point this season. There’s no reason to think that we can’t go on a run to finish these last eight games. Like I said in my last post I think, we only need four more wins to essentially guarantee a third place finish. We have RoPS at home (we’ve beaten them here already), JJK away (won there too), KuPS at home, Inter away (drew there), HJK at home (beat them this year), Jaro at home (beat them here), MIFK away (won there) and MYPA away (not looking forward to that). My point is that even though I assume the fanbase is freaking out right now, things are not as bad as they seem. Of course, a bit better play in July and August would have us maybe talking about winning a trophy, but that’s in the past and now we need to do what’s necessary to finish in third.
Obviously the main reason that finishing third is important is that it will give VPS entry into the 2013-2014 Europa League qualifiers and the $120,000 that comes along with it. The possibility of a big bonus motivates players to want to play these games as much as prestige, since there really is no prestige in the first round of Europa League qualifiers. They don’t even bother sending the maroon signage to put around the stadium. They just send you a referee from Latvia or Moldova or somewhere and match you against a team from Uzbekistan (I know, and I’m not changing it). That said, I don’t think that VPS will be throwing around huge bonuses anyway, since getting too loose with the pursestrings seems to have been a big problem in the near enough past that people still remember how poorly it went. Realistically, bonuses would only come if VPS progressed to the second round or beyond.
Moving away from soccer, I need to apologize a bit to people who regularly check up on the blog. I haven’t posted for the longest time since I started the thing. I’m sorry about that, but I’m just all out of things to talk about. I’ve essentially holed up in my apartment since Celia left and have lived an incredibly boring life. I even started buying more frozen foods so that I wouldn’t have to go to the grocery store as often. Essentially, I’m just missing America. Last year I really missed my baby niece, since I had just gotten to know her a little bit then came to Europe. Now, I miss almost everything about America, even things that are available here but that I don’t have. I miss SportsCenter and HGTV. I miss driving my car. I miss the $1 menu at McDonald’s (and every other fast food place). I miss going to Indianapolis Colts and Indiana Pacer games. I miss being able to read all the signs. I miss all of those things, not to mention my family and network of friends. The reason I go to London whenever I get a chance is that it reminds me of America, and as much as I like to think otherwise I get homesick every time I come to Europe. I’d probably be less homesick if I made $1 million a year, but I don’t think that’s gonna happen. I don’t blame Finland for my feelings - if anything Finland makes it easier because everyone speaks english and I can communicate easily. But if I get a bit homesick in Scandinavia after a few months, I can only imagine how I’d hold up in a Turkey or Austria or China. I’ve gone on a bit of a tangent again, but the thesis of this paragraph is that I haven’t posted to the blog because I’ve been doing nothing because I’m a little homesick.
That’s all for now. There is no skyfall just yet. If we don’t take points off our next two opponents RoPS and JJK though, then maybe it will be time to go to DEFCON 5 (which despite being a phrase, is ironically the opposite of what it means. DEFCON 5 in reality is not panic, but the least alert DEFCON status. Something like the phrase “I could care less” which in english is commonly used to mean the opposite of what the phrase actually says). And if the sky does fall, we’ll just call James Bond and he’ll save the day somehow. I don’t know the particulars because we watched the movie on the bus and I fell asleep halfway through and woke up during the final scene. I assume he just shot a lot of people and jumped off ledges until the day was saved.
See you at the game tomorrow!