Hey Carty Free fam, it’s been a while. I haven’t been away entirely, just not directly on the front lines. I’m that dude that keeps annoying you to follow us on Instagram (cough @CartilageFreeCaptain) and who keeps the Twitter wheels greased.
Anyway, I’ve been busy working toward my master’s degree at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. One of my projects for a video course was to go out and create a video package in the form of a social media explainer. Fortunately I had the freedom to pick whatever topic I wanted and set my sights on The Atlantic Bar in Chicago’s north side, the home bar of Chicago Spurs, Chicago’s official Tottenham Hotspur supporters’ group.
All I can say is: wow! I’m from Chicago, and had been wanting to visit The Atlantic for a match forever. Of course, the first match I attended also happened to be Tottenham’s 6:30 CST kickoff against West Ham. However, that didn’t stop Chicago Spurs from coming out. From the moment I stepped in, I felt a true community. It didn’t matter that I had an annoying camera and microphone attached to my side at all times. People were so open and friendly to me, including my two interviewees, Nathan and Michael.
Dustin is cool enough to allow me to share my video with you all. Before you go off in the comments, just know the video was meant for someone that knew nothing about Spurs, hence the title cards in the video that fans may find old news. Oh, and did I mention this was Jose Mourinho’s first match?
For anyone that says the Premier League isn't alive and well in the States, I present to you this video. Special thanks to Nate Schwartz for helping me record.