Wednesday, May 28, 2008
TFT will be shutting up shop for the foreseeable future due to changing work and family commitments. Just in time for the Socceroos' mad month of qualifiers (my sense of timing has never been good).
Thanks to all who have taken an interest in TFT, and especially to those that have left their comments. Gratitude is also due to those who have kept me richly supplied with source material - they know who they are. The Oz football blogging community seems to be humming along nicely by now, and there's a healthy level of debate alongside the straight reportage. I may disagree with the various purveyors of opinion on the World Game site fairly often, but they certainly make an important contribution to the continued discussion of the game in Australia. And for in-depth tactical analysis of all the important games played here, Tony Tannous's blog remains an invaluable resource.
Good luck to Pim and the boys in June...and here's to a splendid Version 4 of the A-League.
Hope to see you back one day Mike, your blog was a regular read for me and one of the few that inspired me to start my own.
And few voices have been heard has loud as that of Mike.
Thank you for your invaluable contribution.
You're one of the few people I usually agree with amongst the pack of retards that seems to be football fans in this country. I'll miss this blog terribly. Best of luck with your future endeavours.
Sad that it has come to an end (temporarily I hope).
All the best mate,
Like any good hibernation, I hope it lasts only the winter, and doesn't apply to the pews at the Campsie or Belmore.
Thanks for sharing your knowledge and opinions and hope you're back soon.
Good luck with your commitments.
When I started my caper over two years ago, not even knowing what a blog was, it was basically to hone the writing and provide and outlet from my myriad of ramblings on the game...
Unknown to me was that there was already a footballer blogger out there - James Brown of Confessions - and soon you were on deck, followed by the likes of Hamish, John, Wayne and Jesse…
Now, as you say, the blog community is varied and vibrant, mainstream even, and it’s provided a real outlet for us obsessed tragics to debate, delve and ponder…
That community will certainly be the poorer for the absence of your well-informed-and-researched take on the local and international football political scene, delvings into the past and your views and reviews…
Jesse Fink spoke about keeping the bastards honest in a recent post of his and you've certainly been able to do that better than most, esp. on political matters.
I’m sure you’ll have a few more stories to share over the years, either here or in person, so look fwd to catching up soon…
Congrats again and best wishes in the new work environment, you certainly deserve it...
While you may not have the time etc. to maintain your own blog, I hope you will comment on others time to time.
Sorry to hear I will no longer be able to procrastinate at work by reading your posts. For a Sydney FC supporter you're not half bad.
Good luck with everything and your presence in the football blogging world be sorely missed.
I will miss your writing greatly Mike.
Best of luck with whatever comes next.
By the way, you did win the Blogger's Cup, the whiskey is sitting on my desk waiting for me to write a wrap up, and I'll assume your postal address is the same unless you say differently. Congratulations!
Alex: Will definitely still be around at the Campsie, Belmore, Jensen etc. Look forward to catching up soon. Un gran beso para Lourdes - the big day can't be far off now...?
Tony: Look forward to catching up soon too. Drop us a text next time you're going down to the Gabbie or a game at the SFS.
Gweeds: Will deffo keep up the comments. Still always enjoy your musings.
Hamish: Whisky sounds great, postal address is indeed the same, and free booze is always appreciated!!
Sorry I've not been to games lately, but life can be complicated. :p
Good luck in your new ventures.
But who should Pim play in attack...Mikey hellppp!
Always an enjoyable read Mikey, hopefully one day you have the time to come back to it.
Good luck for the future!
It's been an enjoyable two years, and an extraordinarily productive period from yourself. I'm almost tempted to start a blog for the sole purpose of rebutting the increasingly fettered opinions from your friends at SBS, but they're becoming irrelevant anyway. ;o)
At least the blog community is increasing all the time, and most of them offer something unique.
On another note, where did you get this template from? I quite like it.
You are an asset to the Aussie Football community.
Your use of the word 'hibernation' says to me that you will not be gone forever.
Lets hope it is sooner rather than later.
love you long time.
Seems your blogs were pretty much universally enjoyed by the Australian football fraternity, myself very much included.
Oh well. You're sitll by far the most esteemed analyst of the game to grace the halls of NSB at least.