Of draws, disappointments, and grand gestures of love.

The good: We managed to keep a clean sheet in the first leg of the AFF Suzuki Cup semifinals.

The bad: We couldn’t manage to score a goal. Singapore just dominated us. Good thing their decisiveness in the final third was absent as well.

The lowdown: Posted all my verbal diarrhea here.

The crazy:

Well, this happened on Twitter a couple of days before the match:

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Because Chris Greatwich saw my Twitter quip, you know I gotta stand by my word:

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Well, no Chris Greatwich in action—come on, HMW! Stop sticking to your favorites and deploy some actual tactics! But hey, I hope the guy felt the love.

I’ve been told he came over and said, “I’m signing that one.” (Missed it—media room duties!) Here’s proof:

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1/3 love, 1/3 insanity, 1/3 this guy really needs to be on the pitch for crying out loud.

For the record, we also pulled through with a banner for Demit Omphroy:

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Yep, too much fun with puns. Still waiting for these two to be unleashed. Should I now have a banner in German for HMW?

Quick round-up, September-October 2012 version.

I apologize for the lack of updates lately. Work has been hella crazy and my writing requirements have been endless. I have been watching and writing about football whenever I can for the last two months. Still, some quick updates are in order.

On the rivalries: Liverpool lost to Manchester United 2-1 at home. Boo. Real Madrid drew 2-2 with Barcelona at Camp Nou. I’ll take that.

Por fin, a win: Liverpool finally bagged their first home win of the season, winning 1-0 versus Reading. A Raheem Sterling goal at that. The future is bright.

On the home front: The Azkals have finally ended a 99-year wait (as if we all waited that long!) for silverware, winning the Peace Cup. My thoughts on that here.

I also had the privilege of sitting down with Demitrius Omphroy and got to know his life story (to date). I don’t say this about a lot of people, but here’s someone I genuinely like and respect. Here‘s my take on him.

That’s it for now, flying off to Bangkok once again tomorrow.