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May 11, 2007

I'm Your New Striker, Adelaide


Success! In the mail today, from Australia, from Pat Scalzi (and Aldo) and Scalzi Produce, not just one but two Adelaide United jerseys: One for wearing, which you can see here, and one, autographed by team members, for framing. This is way beyond awesome, I have to say.

In return, Pat and Aldo will soon be receiving autographed books for yours truly, and I am now Ohio's foremost Adelaide United fan, and will cheer them on toward victory at every possible opportunity. Because, honestly, what has any other Australian football club ever done for me? Right. So, rock on, Adelaide United.

Posted by john at May 11, 2007 11:25 AM

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Dan | May 11, 2007 11:32 AM

Now that's freaking awesome.

Dr. Phil | May 11, 2007 11:34 AM

No comments yet? A clean comment field? Gee, it's sort of nice. The grass is still springy, it's not yet trampled and muddy. Smells nice, too. Oh well, better post quickly or this won't be a first comment...

Regarding your fine photo: What grit, what determination! Up until the first flagrant red card foul heaped upon you, of course.

Now we'll just sit around until Scalzi Produce Next Book. (grin)

See, the faithful, feckless fans are never satisfied.

Dr. Phil

Adam Rakunas | May 11, 2007 11:44 AM

Just don't wear that jersey in a Melbourne Victory bar.

Patrick M. | May 11, 2007 11:46 AM

Is your house mostly mirrors so you can take photos of yourself?

KevinQ | May 11, 2007 11:48 AM

Adam Rakunas,


Shawn Powers | May 11, 2007 11:50 AM

So you really do get just about everything you want, eh? Congrats on the jersey(s).


Steve Buchheit | May 11, 2007 11:59 AM

The B-Day just keep rollin' at the Scalzi Compound.

I wonder if just like red cars get more speeding tickets, if red shirts in soccer collect more red cards?

Plus, John, you're wearing a red shirt. Don't go on any Away Teams.

Tom Grey | May 11, 2007 12:01 PM

Great shot. But we in Slovakia are sad about losing in "Hokej" to last year's champs, Sweden.

hugh57 | May 11, 2007 12:29 PM

So, what are Adelaide United's chances this year? And when does the Australian football season start, and how long does it run? Is it covered by your cable or satellite system?

You're going to need to know these things if your going to be "Ohio's foremost Adelaide United fan." ;-)

Jeff Hentosz | May 11, 2007 12:34 PM

'kay, now Photoshop a broken bottle in your hand and some blood running out of your nose.

KafkaesquĆ­ | May 11, 2007 12:35 PM

Very nice photo of the Nikon there, John. I was wondering when you'd finally get around to uploading a shot of it.

The jersey's not bad, either.

Wakboth | May 11, 2007 12:35 PM

You look like you're intending to headbutt someone *any second now*. :)

Kate | May 11, 2007 12:40 PM

Did you even eat on your tour? You've lost weight.

Five ways of awesome picture. I can't wait to photoshop it into something fun dealing with SWFA.

*Crosses her fingers for you this weekend*

???? | May 11, 2007 01:00 PM

weird or wat

scott neumyer | May 11, 2007 01:04 PM

Killer jersey! But this photo would be SO much better with a Canon in your hand. ;)

Chang, for rizzle. | May 11, 2007 01:09 PM

Looking good in red, Scalzicce.

Shawn Powers | May 11, 2007 01:15 PM

Scott - or a cannon, that'd be cool too. ;o)

WaywardSailorGirl | May 11, 2007 01:48 PM

It's very cool to see pictures of you now that I've actually seen you in person. Not in a weird way, I mean...Just that you're no longer a flat image in a picture. You have dimension now! :-)

Cassie | May 11, 2007 02:53 PM

Kate, he's not really thinner, it's his new laptop.

Kate | May 11, 2007 03:55 PM

I totally forgot Cassie.

I swear, my braindeadedness is really annoying sometimes.

As for the laptop, I have to get me one. That thing works better than Jenny Craig!

sam young | May 11, 2007 04:10 PM


what can you trade for season tickets?

PixelFish | May 11, 2007 04:27 PM

The Scalzi jersey is looking good on you. That's awesome that they sent two jerseys....

PixelFish | May 11, 2007 04:32 PM

BTW, I was just reading about the Ponte de Scalzi on Wikipedia, and they say it means "bridge of the barefoot". Is that really what Scalzi means? Barefoot?

John Scalzi | May 11, 2007 04:34 PM


deCadmus | May 11, 2007 05:35 PM

If ever I have a team named for me, I suspect its jerseys will be less cool than yours. ;)


Gillian | May 11, 2007 05:49 PM

When you said 'Adelaide' and 'football' I thought you meant Aussie Rules, but I see it's one of those other pesky codes ;).

David S. | May 11, 2007 07:13 PM

The Australian A-League Pre-season Cup 2007 runs from Jul 14 to Aug 12. The real thing (Hyundai A-League) runs from Aug 24 '07 to Jan 20 '08 (Adelaide play the final game against Queensland), with the finals after that.

Good luck, you'll need it with that team of losers (N.B. I don't follow soccer, no one in Australia does, so your mileage may vary!)

Craig Ranapia | May 11, 2007 08:31 PM

Yummy... now, dig up another eleven costumes and keep striking poses like that, and I'm in for the Whatever 2008 Calendar. :)

Simon Haynes | May 11, 2007 10:41 PM

"no one in Australia does"

Dunno about that, squire.

Nathan | May 12, 2007 02:34 PM

The thought that occurs to me is that if you win that SFWA President thing, you so ought to have a bunch of burly guys in those jerseys follow you around.

New Sheriff in town and all that.

crazysoph | May 12, 2007 04:28 PM

I can't be the only one reading this and parsing the shirt's legend "Scalzi produce" as an imperative to produce? Writing, that is?

Crazy(and apparently projecting her neuroses onto others...)Soph

John Scalzi | May 12, 2007 04:30 PM

"Scalzi Produce" is the name of the company who was sponsoring the the football team -- they're run by Pat Scalzi, and they sell produce.

Nathan | May 12, 2007 06:41 PM

OK, so the election went against you. That's no reason not to have a bunch of burly guys in those jerseys follow you around.

I think you deserve a posse.

crazysoph | May 13, 2007 01:40 AM

Hi John! (SFX *fangirl blush*) Yes, I did read about your earlier adventures of acquiring the jersey. I'm sorry I didn't make that clearer in my first comment, since now I'm afraid I've wasted your time.

Despite the fruits-and-vegetables meaning of produce, my mind still manages to hit the rut of produce, the verb. It'd be fun (uhm, for me, anyway) to see you photographed in the "Scalzi product" while writing at your computer. Or maybe photoshop extra arms, holding several of your recent books?

Crazy(and whimsical, or just plain silly)Soph

Graham in Melbourne | May 13, 2007 12:12 PM

Thats not an "Australian football club" - the ball is the wrong shape! It's a soccer club from Australia!

Johnny Carruthers | May 13, 2007 03:40 PM

You need to use that jersey as part of your convention wardrobe.

Bookninja | May 14, 2007 02:41 PM

Congratulations on the weight loss. Keep it up.

Aldo DiSario | May 14, 2007 06:38 PM

As a matter of fact the code of soccer is not at all pesky, it's the biggest sport in the world... Infact more men, women and children are registered to play soccer in Australia (across all levels), than any other sport.
Australian Rules Football is a sport that if you sat down and watched a game for the first time, you may think it's something out of a sci-fi novel. GO YOU CROWS!

grhm | May 15, 2007 03:06 AM

I think "Scalzi Produce" is perfectly reasonable - you are the product from an earlier generation of Scalzis. Indeed Athena now needs one.

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