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November 8, 2011 / benwolfson08

Remembering the Invincibles

After reading this article today I burst out laughing. Yaya Toure, an Ivorian midfielder said he wants his team to emulate the Arsenal team of 2003-04. For those of you who don’t know that team that Arsenal fielded is considered the best in English footballing history, perhaps the greatest team in the world history.

In the 38 games of the 2003-04 season, Arsenal won 26, while drawing in 12 and became the only top-flight club to end a season unbeaten.

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November 4, 2011 / benwolfson08

Mario Balotelli: The Most Interesting Man in the Football World

Love him or hate him Mario Balotelli's talent is as tantalizing as his off the field exploits

It’s hard to imagine Manchester City’s talented striker, Mario Balotelli is six months younger than me. At 21 he has already been a professional footballer since he was a 15-year old.

He first made his mark in Italy’s Serie A at Lumezzane, then at Internazionale.

During his time at Inter, he was subjected to many racist chants. At San Siro, Inter Milan’s stadium, graffiti was sprayed that read, “You are not a true Italian, you are a black African.”

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November 1, 2011 / benwolfson08

TOPIC blog: Breaching or Building Social Boundaries

Computer Mediated Communication is addressed in this blog.

This blog is in response to the article, “Breaching or Building Social Boundaries” done by Tom Postmes, Russell Spears, Martin Lea.

Basically the article is brutally long and hard to comprehend, however the basic gist behind it is talking about computer mediated communication or CMC.

CMC has been known to break down social boundaries and to liberate individuals from social influence. Also when communicators share a common social identity, they are more susceptible to group influence, social attraction, stereotyping and such.

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November 1, 2011 / benwolfson08

Silent Stan speaks on Arsenal and more!

Stan Kroenke is the majority shareholder of Arsenal, which is valued at $1.2 billion

For the first time since purchasing Arsenal last April, majority shareholder Stan Kroenke talked to the press after he addressed the team at London Colney training center on Monday.

Often nicknamed ‘Silent Stan’ because of his lack of public communication about the club, Kroenke also owns the St. Louis Rams, Colorado Avalanche, Denver Nuggets and Colorado Rapids.

Kroenke’s full transcript interview can be found here.

One interesting thing that can be taken from the interview is his response to critics who want him to spend more money. One would think that Arsenal being one of the most popular clubs in the world and worth over one billion dollars would fork out money to keep players.

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October 29, 2011 / benwolfson08

Arsenal 5 — Chelsea 3

The Gunners captain was brilliant once again and scored three goals against Chelsea. Photo: Tom Hevezi/AP

After coming home last night from downtown I set my alarm for 6:30 AM hoping I would be functioning enough to watch the game. Arsenal traveled to Stamford Bridge in West London, home of Chelsea FC.

Chelsea has been having a very good year, and this game was televised on ESPN2, which was nice because I usually have to stream it on my computer.

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October 27, 2011 / benwolfson08

Why Soccer isn’t popular in the United States…

The cover of Sports Illustrated when it was announced David Beckham was joining the LA Galaxy

Despite being the most popular sport in the world, soccer is still struggling as a whole in the United States. Major League Soccer is developing and the teams now have very passionate fan bases, however we never hear about soccer at all.

I believe soccer isn’t popular for a couple reasons. The best leagues and players are all in Europe and with at least a six-hour time difference no one who isn’t a die-hard fan will get up at 6 AM on a Saturday or Sunday morning to watch.

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October 26, 2011 / benwolfson08

TOPIC BLOG: News v. Entertainment

News vs. Entertainment: How Increasing Media Coverage Widens Gap in Political Knowledge and Turnout

This post is different from my usual blogs about Arsenal and the world of soccer. It has to do with an article published by Markus Prior from Princeton University titled, “News v. Enterainment: How Increasing Media Coverage Widens Gap in Political Knowledge and Turnout.”

As the title suggests, Prior is examining how all these available technologies affect various parts of politics — namely in if they help increase knowledge and the effect it has on voter turnout.

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