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Carty Free Article Bracket: Row Z Regional first round

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We’re skipping around the bracket today, because why the heck not!

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We’re continuing the first round of the Cartilage Free Captain Best Article Bracket, only today we’re skipping to the bottom half of another region! Why? Because I’m writing the damn article and I said so, that’s why.

Again, the polls will be open for days, so there’s no immediate hurry, but please re-read the old articles and enjoy them. Hopefully this can serve as an effective distraction from ~WORLD EVENTS~.

Row Z Regional

FIRST ROUND

#6 — In appreciation of Erik Lamela, Tottenham’s do-everything attacker (Sean)

When Sean told me he was working on an article about Erik Lamela, I wasn’t expecting 3200 words on his evolution as a Tottenham player up to that point, including the highs and lows. But that’s what he delivered, and it’s fantastic.

#11 — Good things are happening to Tottenham Hotspur, and here’s how to cope with it (Dustin)

How do you cope with success when you’re a fan of a club that hasn’t experienced it in forever? Humor helps. This is one of my favorite personal articles of all time, from 2016.

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  • 64%
    #6 — In appreciation of Erik Lamela
    (100 votes)
  • 35%
    #11 — Good things are happening to Tottenham, and here’s how to deal with it
    (56 votes)
156 votes total Vote Now

#3 — How to talk to your kids about Dele Alli & Eric Dier (Skipjack)

One of the best examples of a “Skipjack special” article, written in the middle of the Dele-Dier love-in.

#14 — How both AVB and Tim Sherwood failed Tottenham Hotspur (Michael Caley)

The end of the AVB era was disastrous, and Michael Caley went into great detail, complete with graphs and statistics, to help explain why.

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  • 74%
    #3 — How to talk to your kids about Dele Alli & Eric Dier
    (113 votes)
  • 25%
    #14 — How both AVB and Tim Sherwood failed Tottenham Hotspur
    (39 votes)
152 votes total Vote Now

#7 — Introducing the Tottenham Hotspur Clone League (Dustin)

Another international break special project, this involved a lot of futzing with the FM19 database and is highlighted by the absolutely spectacular masthead crowdsourced team names. I still giggle at “Unathletic Bilbao.”

#10 — Tactical Analysis: Breaking down Arsenal’s best goals this season (Ben Daniels)

Another fantastic article from our first Short Fuse takeover. The premise relies on a single, repeated joke — but what a joke.

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  • 34%
    #7 — Introducing the Tottenham Hotspur Clone League
    (51 votes)
  • 65%
    #10 — Breaking down Arsenal’s best goals this season
    (98 votes)
149 votes total Vote Now

#2 — 17 Syllables: Dispatches from Bat Country (The Sleeper’s Sleep)

Have you ever wondered where the phrase “bat country” comes in relation to ridiculous transfer rumors? This is it. The Sleeper’s Sleep wrote some of the best articles to ever appear on this hellsite, and this one from 2012 inspired a meme that continues to this day.

#15 — Saluting our Troopz: An ode to an Arsenal Fan TV legend (Alex Greenberg)

Another from the TSF takeover, this one is great because of the lovingly-created supercut video (made by Alex) of Troopz’ best moments from AFTV. Still worth watching, years later.

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  • 76%
    #2 — 17 Syllables: Dispatches from Bat Country
    (106 votes)
  • 23%
    #15 — Saluting our Troopz: An ode to an Arsenal Fan TV legend
    (32 votes)
138 votes total Vote Now