As you might know, the Benster has become a fanatical supporter of Everton, a Liverpool-based team that plays in the Premier League. Since one of my duties as a father is to try to make sense of things my children are into, I've started following the Premier League as well and am following a North London-based team, Tottenham Hotspur. I don't know how I ended up picking the Spurs, but I suppose it's because their name is more amusing than, say, Wigan.
Yesterday the Spurs played their biggest rival, another North London team, Arsenal, known far and wide by their nickname, the Gunners. The game is called the North London Derby and was played at Tottenham's home, White Hart Lane. As it happens, Tottenham is currently doing very well in the Premier League, sitting in 3rd behind the two famous Manchester-based clubs, Manchester United and Manchester City, both of which are essentially arms of international conglomerates. Arsenal is sitting about 5th in the standings, so this was a very big match. Tottenham won 2-1.
Perhaps the most notable soccer fan in the conservative blogosphere is Paul Mirengoff of Powerline, who is also an Everton fan. Since Everton is in 6th position, he had interest in the Tottenham/Arsenal match. He happened to notice that the Fox Sports broadcast prominently featured Piers Morgan, the blowhard Brit currently in the employ of CNN who is best known for (a) incoherent argumentation and (b) his fanatical anti-gun views. As it happens, Morgan is a also a fanatical Arsenal fan.
Mirengoff had some fun at Morgan's expense and you can read his account here. But he missed the lede: how can it be that Piers Morgan is a Gunners fan?