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Bloody Confused!: A Clueless American Sportswriter Seeks Solace in English Soccer Paperback – August 5, 2008
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Wonderful anecdotes about real people enjoying the national passtime. Really took me back home.
Don't get the wrong idea. I loved the parts where he just talked soccer and his reactions to it...I just tend to dislike the parts where he's so blatantly anti-american that I found myself hard pressed to finish even the following page. It's not that i'm a hugely patriotic or anything. More that I find myself understandably offended when the writer continually calls my intelligence into question.
"With Americans sharing a common inability to view a map and spot, say, Louisiana-this helps explain why it took us four days to get food to sarving Americans after Hurricane Katrina-Americans certainly could not point out Wigan."
Now, i'm sure we're not all the best a geography, but is it really necessary to insult your readers (afterall, a goodly portion of the people who bought this book were Americans) to such a degree that it becomes annoying and tiring? The author could not go two pages without criticizing some facet of America and it's culture/sports/educations system/etc etc. Could the book not have focused more on soccer (since that was what the book was supposed to be about) and less on the fact that the author obviously has some lingering bitterness with his country of birth?
I really think this book could have been great had it simply kept its focus on soccer and less on the author's personal feelings towards the American people.
All in all, a worthwhile book, even if the moralizing was a bit much.
I had never heard of the author, had only an extremely superficial familiarity with the top English league in its current incarnation (the Premiership), and still had somewhat of an outdated view of the English soccer world heavily colored by the well-publicized violence of the 80s. For the role I think it is intended to play (an introduction for Americans to how being an in-person, stadium-going, road-tripping fan of this sport/league is so different from the experience of many typical fans of baseball, basketball, and American football), it succeeds admirably. And I think the writing is quite skillful. OK, it's not quite Peter Gammons or Roger Angell (Mightn't it have been amazing if one of them had pursued this project?), but to me it's a real "find."
Yes, the notion that you can CHOOSE your wonderfully irrational attachment to a team is hard to swallow, but somehow Culpepper seems so open and honest and fairly self-deprecating about the perverse thing that he is consciously doing makes it seem OK to me. I am rather conflicted about this myself, having adopted Chelsea way back in 1967 when I lived there for a year, and their team was second-tier in the old First Division, and the whole world was so different, but finding it very hard to root for them today on TV when they are so obviously parallel in so many ways to the Damn Yankees (the baseball team, not the whole nation).Read more ›
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This immediately became one of my favorite reads of all time. Culpepper is so entertaining. I love the way he writes about his experiences following English soccer. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Trevor Sherman
What a delightful find! I have been working through various lists of "best sports book" and Bloody Confused has been the most enjoyable discovery so far. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This was a fun book, giving a fan of American sport a tour of a world of sport different in so many interesting and unexpected ways.Published 10 months ago by Kindle Customer
Couldn't get through the first two chapters. One continuous whine. Culpepper's realization that United States sports is over-commercialized and superficial is either mawkishly... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Jonathan Swift
Read "Up Pompey" instead, it is the UK version of the same book and not dumbed down for Americans fans.Published on September 18, 2013 by JonFoden
A great place to start if you are a budding soccer fan. The emotion and excitement of first discovering the wonderful world of club soccer is accurately captured. Read morePublished on February 13, 2013 by Alex McCoy
This is not a serious soccer guru's look at the English Premier League, nor is it a critical comparision between American and European sports. Read morePublished on July 16, 2012 by Lawrence Brewer
If I were to liken Culpepper's approach to any other author it would have to be Bill Bryson - both Americans, both hugely talented writers and both absolutely fascinated with... Read morePublished on February 25, 2012 by Amazon Customer
I admit up front that I only read a couple of pages from the book.
My real purpose here is to comment that what I saw of his writing in the local newspaper here in... Read more