Our FA Cup third round proper match against Charlton Athletic is looming on the horizon, and I can't find myself getting too excited about it. I'll have a preview up tomorrow, yes, but I doubt I'll write it quickly. I think I'm going to really struggle through it. For me, the FA Cup has lost its luster.
I think this has more to do with Spurs becoming a slightly bigger team in the last year than they were in years passed. In previous years, we didn't have the UEFA Champions League to worry about. We felt like we had less of a chance at the top four than we do right now, and we certainly haven't felt like the title was a possible achievement in recent years. For some younger or newer Spurs fans, they've never felt like the title was anywhere near our reach. Back in those days, just two years ago, I cared more about not only the FA Cup, but the Carling Cup as well. We hadn't won silverware or competed for anything in forever. Now, we've won the Carling Cup and we're in the Champions League. I feel like we're above this.
Oh, and don't lecture me about history. I know about the history, and it's pretty cool. The Crazy Gang of Wimbledon was awesome, by all accounts. Barnsley's run a few years back was sweet. I loved seeing Portsmouth win the FA Cup. These are the big stories now, though. The FA Cup is cool when big teams aren't dominating it. If all of the big teams put forth maximum effort in the cups, the cool Cinderella stories wouldn't happen that often. Sorry if this sounds arrogant, but we wouldn't be losing to Barnsley or Northampton town if we were putting forth maximum effort. Sorry to pick on you, Liverpool.
The FA Cup is really cool and really important when we're not in Champions League or trying to get back into it. Right now, with our fixture list, standing in both of our other competitions, and our injuries, I don't care about the FA Cup. I really don't. If any of Rafael van der Vaart, Gareth Bale, Luka Modric, Michael Dawson, or Gomes starts, I am going to scream.
So, I want to know what you guys think. There's a poll below with four options, and I think that all of you should fall into one of those four categories. Please vote and explain your vote in the comments, I really have no idea how other Spurs fans feel about this.