Observations: June 22, 2012

Written by Ian Thomson

“Whatever happened to having the boys round to watch the game over a few beers?” Twitter. That’s what. Just one of the articles that caught TSO’s eye this week:

— Paul Fisher wonders if soccer-watching was more enjoyable in the pre-social media era

— When Saturday Comes illustrates just why TSO largely ignores the fodder dished up in press conferences

— Swiss Ramble analyzes the English Premier League’s new £3 billion-a-year television deal

— Scotland’s Herald looks at the four possible options facing Newco Rangers

— And a Motherwell fan lays out why Scottish soccer has only one choice on July 4

— Vancouver Whitecaps’ new signing Barry Robson tells Team Radio that Rangers legend Davie Cooper was his boyhood idol, a surprising choice for a lad from Inverurie, Aberdeenshire

— Daniel Casey writes about the rise, fall and rebirth of Rochester, N.Y., as an established American “Soccer City”

— Back Page Football asks if Irish fans really be the “best in the world” when they don’t even bother going to games

— Washington Post’s Steven Goff lays out the reasons for D.C. United’s falling attendances this season despite the team’s on-field success

— The Other 87 ponder the best ever player to wear the No. 6 jersey, leaving aside obvious winner Willie Miller MBE

— And finally, remember Alvaro Recoba’s stunning Serie A debut?