Take the time to take a step back: Best of Football Writing in 2012
With the clock winding down on 2012, the days for reminiscing are rising to fruition. Last year, I decided to create a list of what I thought were the best pieces of football writing in 2011. This year, I’m doing it again, and I’ve called upon some of the most influential voices in football to reflect on how we best interpreted, dissected, and brought meaning to the beautiful game.
Why? Because I think it’s important. So many care about this game. So many spend countless hours reading about it, never mind actually watching matches. Tremendous stories are told. Some of the genius we witness gets meticulously unraveled. But the reality is that in 2012, the world of online writing has never been in a position of such prominence. At the same time, however, the internet should not leave such a tower of writings to be forgotten.
Consider this project to be a sort of anthology. The games will be remembered in history, but make no mistake; our reactions and our stories can be forgotten.
My challenge for you this weekend: show me that you are willing to remember. Email me [contact at afootballreport dot com], tweet us, or even use the #BestFootballWriting hashtag to share the pieces of writing that resonated with you over the past twelve months. The list will be completed in fine fashion this weekend and presented shortly thereafter, but I am inviting you to get involved. Here’s your chance to contribute to something that will allow people to remember.
[Written by Eric Beard. Design: Dan Gribbon. Photo: Ryu Voelkel.]