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Carty Free Article Bracket: Chirpy Regional first round

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Onwards! The first round of the Cartilage Free Captain Article Bracket continues today as we move to the top half of the Chirpy Regional. The articles keep coming! Hopefully this is an interesting distraction and a trip down memory lane for many of you, or exposure to this site’s long history of #content over the past eight years or so.

Chirpy Regional

FIRST ROUND

#1 — All Sports for All People: How Fabrice Muamba Reminded Us Why Sports Are Important (Dominic Wood)

Yesterday was the eight year anniversary of the match between Bolton Wanderers and Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane where Fabrice Muamba collapsed on the pitch due to cardiac arrest. His life was saved due to quick thinking and the presence of a cardiologist in the stands. I don’t know what happened to Dominic — he disappeared after leaving the site many years ago — but he leaves behind one of the finest articles ever to appear on this website.

#16 — Kevin Wimmer missed Spurs’ match against Juventus with a black eye (Pardeep)

Sometimes even the smallest things needs one of Carty Free’s patented deep dives. Like this one, where Pardeep went as far as she could to investigate whether Kevin Wimmer had a black eye, and why.

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  • 85%
    #1 — All Things for All People: How Fabrice Muamba Reminded Us Why Sports Are Important
    (110 votes)
  • 14%
    #16 — Kevin Wimmer missed Spurs’ match against Juventus with a black eye
    (19 votes)
129 votes total Vote Now

#8 — An Open Letter to Jose Mourinho (Sean)

The appointment of Mourinho was controversial and divisive at the time, and Sean decided to address the man himself in an open letter, asking him to embrace his better angels.

#9 — Spurs are our religion, and White Hart Lane was our holy place (Alex Greenberg)

Just before WHL shut down, we put a call out to readers and contributors for stories and recollections of Spurs’ hallowed old ground. This was Alex’s contribution.

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  • 25%
    #8 — An Open Letter to Jose Mourinho
    (31 votes)
  • 74%
    #9 — Spurs are our religion, and White Hart Lane was our holy place
    (89 votes)
120 votes total Vote Now

#4 — Player Ratings to the Theme of Short Werewolves (Carty Free Staff)

Themed player ratings are sort of our thing, and there were so many to choose from. This article I think represents the best of the genre — absurd, ridiculous, and yet still readable and funny. Rating Spurs players to werewolves sorted by height? Makes PERFECT sense, stop asking questions.

#13 — Player Ratings to the Theme of People in the Background of this Dele Photo (Carty Free Staff)

OH SHIT the committee paired up two player ratings in the first round! Brutal! But this is a good one, a deep dive into a hilarious photo taken after Dele scored a cracker at Stamford Bridge.

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  • 25%
    #4 — Player Ratings to the Theme of Short Werewolves
    (31 votes)
  • 74%
    #13 — Player Ratings to the Theme of People in the Background of this Dele Photo
    (91 votes)
122 votes total Vote Now

#5 — Finding Joy in Mudville (Ben Daniels)

As hard as it is to believe, Tottenham Hotspur weren’t always very good, resulting in a number of late or post-season “position pieces” from writers imploring others to find the good parts in an otherwise miserable stretch. Here’s one of them, an early piece from Ben.

#12 — The Unbearable Smugness of Being Liverpool (Ben Daniels)

It’s a Ben-off in the first round! This piece, written just before Liverpool’s resurgence, taps into the remarkable self-delusion that Liverpool fans had at that time about their own importance. Of course, it’s even worse now...

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  • 38%
    #5 — Finding Joy in Mudville
    (46 votes)
  • 61%
    #12 — The Unbearable Smugness of Being Liverpool
    (73 votes)
119 votes total Vote Now