WHO Poll
Q: 2021/22 What competition should we prioritise this season?
a. The league is our bread & butter, so this year let's have a club sandwich
27%
  
b. We're owed an FA Cup after Gerrard nicked our last one in 06, our name's on it in 22
11%
  
c. A bye to the League Cup 3rd round gives us a good start, let's make it count
6%
  
d. The Europa is our best ticket to the Champions League, this is the one
35%
  
e. What's wrong with you, let's do the lot, has the quadruple ever been done
21%
  



Irish Hammer 1:54 Thu Sep 9
Get on the West Ham Bandwagon.
Bit of a fluff piece but passes 5 minutes !


Seth Meyers interview: ‘Getting into West Ham now is like buying bitcoin 10 years ago’

Late-night talk show host Seth Meyers doesn’t hesitate when asked which current West Ham United player he would love to interview.

Rock stars, Oscar winners, and even the United States President have appeared on Late Night with Seth Meyers, but his dream guest is the West Ham striker that crashed his car into a house dressed as a snowman on Christmas Day.

“It would definitely be Michail Antonio,” Meyers tells The Athletic. “He got into a car accident while wearing a snowman suit so that alone is a great talk show story.”

For those unfamiliar with Meyers, he is an American Emmy Award-winning writer who hosts an NBC show that launched in 2014 when he succeeded Jimmy Fallon, who became the new host of The Tonight Show.

Meyers’ love affair with football started in the summer of 1998 when he moved to Amsterdam. But it was during a trip to London in 2000 where the opportunity to watch West Ham was hard to resist.

“I had done the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and then we had a run of shows in London after at the Soho Theatre,” he says. “I really wanted to watch a Premier League game so I went to a ticket agent and the available games were Chelsea, Arsenal and West Ham.

“I just thought, ‘I will never go to east London if I don’t do this’. It struck me as the most romantic of the options and that’s where it all started. It was a very drab, rainy 1-0 win over Newcastle. Looking back at the way the last 20 years have gone, given the choice was between Chelsea, Arsenal and West Ham, one could argue I made the worst choice!

“But I should stress I’m a Boston Red Sox fan and I love the book Fever Pitch. I would’ve gone to Arsenal but around that time the romance was a little bit over. So I thought I’d choose West Ham because they were the team that hadn’t had their moment in the sun yet. That’s how I ended up being a West Ham fan.”

The game he attended was West Ham’s 1-0 win against Newcastle on October 28, 2000. Frederic Kanoute scored the solitary goal and aside from entering the unknown, it was the atmosphere that remained uppermost on Meyers’ mind.

“It was unlike any other sporting event I’d been to in America,” he says. “In a lot of ways, I don’t remember it being a day of fine amenities. I remember it being very dark and I definitely would’ve believed it was haunted if you had told me that. But it was an experience that certainly made me feel that I was going to ride or die with West Ham.

“It wasn’t a game that you would use to convince someone to become a supporter, but the atmosphere at Upton Park was really special. I took that with me and there were players in the team like Paolo Di Canio who I was a fan of. It was fun to support a team that no one could accuse me of being a frontrunner. Pretty much everyone I met either supported Manchester United, Chelsea or Arsenal so I liked the fact I picked a mid-table team and I was sticking with them.”

During the early 2000s, the likes of Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard, Joe Cole, Kanoute and Trevor Sinclair were key players for West Ham. In the current team Meyers has enjoyed watching Antonio, Jesse Lingard and Declan Rice thrive under manager David Moyes. Still, it should come as no surprise Di Canio remains his favourite player.

“I liked his expressions and the way his face looked,” Meyers deadpans. “Facially he seemed to be playing at a higher intensity than everyone else. Brendan Hunt is one of the stars on this show called Ted Lasso and he’s a good friend of mine. He knew I loved West Ham and Di Canio. One year he got me a birthday present but it was a Charlton Athletic Paolo Di Canio jersey. I was like, ‘Buddy?’ and he said, ‘I know, I messed up when I bought it online’. So that’s the one soccer jersey I’ve never worn.”

Meyers tries his best to watch every match, although it can be difficult due to the time difference. In the UK the kick-off time for the recent 3-2 defeat at Newcastle United was 12:30pm, which would have been 7:30am for Meyers. Like most supporters, he has been enthralled by this remarkable season but has found that the final result will often affect his mood.

“The hardest part about watching matches is juggling it with two kids who are three and five,” he says. “They have 9am soccer and the most depressing thing about that Newcastle match was we were already down by two goals. Then I had to watch my kids play even worse than that. I said to myself, ‘You know what, we’re not coming back from 2-0 down. We’re down to 10 men, I’m not even going to look at my phone’.

“Then when my kids’ soccer game ended I looked at my phone and I was actually happy to see we lost 3-2. Early kick-off games are hard to watch and after the Newcastle game all of sudden it’s lunch and I feel short-tempered. I’m just trying to put my finger on it and then I realise I feel like that because West Ham lost. Sometimes I will have this moment like, ‘Why do I hate my kids today? Oh right, it’s not them, it’s because West Ham lost today’.”

Prior to the season opener against Newcastle in September, The Athletic’s Hope-O-Meter had West Ham bottom. At the time supporters feared Rice would join Chelsea, Grady Diangana joined West Brom and a lack of signings meant fans thought the 2020-21 campaign would again see the club embroiled in a relegation fight.

“I’ve enjoyed listening to the U Irons podcast and I feel connected to the team because of that,” he says. “I wasn’t that optimistic going into the season, especially because it got off to a typical depressing start. But it’s like we all woke up one day and realised things were going really well and it’s just been a joy to watch games. Unlike other years where we had one player like Dimitri Payet or Carlos Tevez who were very good but you soon realised they weren’t going to be there for long, it was just a genie-in-a-bottle-type season.

“When we signed Payet it seemed like something had gone wrong in the algorithm. It’s like if Daniel Day-Lewis was in an episode of Friends. So this year it’s been great how other players have stepped up. If people understand soccer, they are surprised when I tell them I support West Ham but this season I’ve received a lot of texts from people congratulating me on how well things are going.”

Since joining on loan from Manchester United in January, Lingard has been in imperious form having scored nine goals in 12 league appearances. He earned an England recall, has been nominated for two Premier League player of the month awards, is currently their joint top scorer alongside Tomas Soucek, and has genuinely excited supporters with his dance moves.

Although Meyers isn’t confident Lingard will join the club permanently this summer, he can’t recall the last time a player has adapted so seamlessly to life at West Ham.

“I’m not sure how optimistic we can be about Lingard being back next season,” says Meyers. “But in terms of his form, it’s above and beyond anything I could’ve hoped for. In the years I’ve been following the club it’s been so rare to see someone show up and just start scoring goals. It never happens, especially someone who wasn’t explicitly signed for that.

“I have a lot of Dutch friends who are all Ajax fans and the fact Sebastien Haller went over there and started scoring goals, I find it very disrespectful how easy he’s found it scoring again. But it’s been so fun watching Lingard and his energy seems contagious.

“If this group of players stay together, which I hope they do, knocking on wood, they will be rewarded with Champions League football next season. It would be great for everyone to stick around and reap the benefits of it. We’re three points behind Chelsea but sometimes I find myself saying, ‘Those two points dropped from the Arsenal game. Points dropped from this game’. But if West Ham miss out on the top four, the Europa League wouldn’t be a disappointment.”

There have been plenty of memorable moments this season, but one sticks out for Meyers.

“The 3-3 draw against Tottenham is my favourite game so far this season,” says Meyers. “One of my closest friends is a Tottenham fan. Then we were down by three goals in 16 minutes. I will admit I completely checked out of the game after. It was in the middle of the day and I was with the kids. Then I got a text from my friend saying, ‘I can’t believe it’. That either meant Tottenham won 10-0 or we came back. So that was great and the recent win over Leicester City was also exciting.

“But my goodness, the end of some of these games have been nail-biting. One of my favourite things about soccer is how extra time is the slowest passage of seconds. When we do the show I have an iPad on my desk so I can check the scores. It will be 1-1 when I sit down with the first guest. Then I’ll check again and it’s 2-1 to West Ham and I’m feeling good. I’m a bit distracted during the interview because I want to look back at the iPad. Then I look down again and it will be 90+3 and honestly it feels like we have to wait 20 minutes before the referee blows his whistle for full time.”

It is believed that Rice will return to the squad for this Sunday’s game against top-four rivals Everton, and Meyers can’t wait for the 22-year-old to return.

“Rice is certainly up there in terms of being one of my favourite players,” he says, “Absence makes the heart grow fonder and he’s missed the last few games so hopefully he’ll be back soon. But against Burnley, Soucek and Lanzini were lights-out in midfield. Moyes knows his team better than I do but it would be nice if he could make some subs a little earlier in the game. But I’m not going to tell Moyes how to do his job – I’m afraid of him.

“I’m far more on the edge of my seat and the good thing is we’re everyone’s favourite second team right now. I think the whole Super League situation is a reminder that people should be rooting for clubs like Leicester and West Ham. It feels like a special time to be a West Ham fan and all I want is for us to go into the last game against Southampton with a chance of finishing in the top four. The perfect scenario would be us having a top-six spot confirmed and the possibility of climbing to fourth.”

It is lunchtime for Meyers and before he signs off he has one last message for neutral supporters who are considering an allegiance to West Ham.

“It’s a club with a long history and getting into West Ham now is like buying bitcoin 10 years ago,” he says. “These opportunities don’t come around a lot. Get in now because the stock is only going up. Ten years from now people are going to look down on others who jumped on the West Ham bandwagon. So join us now and be a true believer.”

Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

Thanks Irish 7:23 Thu Sep 9
Re: Get on the West Ham Bandwagon.
Thanks Irish

simon.s 9:29 Thu Sep 9
Re: Get on the West Ham Bandwagon.
When we signed Payet it seemed like something had gone wrong in the algorithm. It’s like if Daniel Day-Lewis was in an episode of Friends.

Ha ha. Good stuff.

Coffee 7:44 Thu Sep 9
Re: Get on the West Ham Bandwagon.
RBshorty 2:13 Thu Sep 9

RBshorty 2:13 Thu Sep 9
Re: Get on the West Ham Bandwagon.
Good read. Cheers Irish.





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