Wait, what time is kickoff?

Last season, it felt like the scheduling gods were f–king with West Coast Gooners. Seemed every other match was either a weekday or a Sunday 6am kickoff. So imagine the unbridled joy of discovering not one, but two 9:30am kickoffs in a row.

This Saturday, Arsenal travel to Bournemouth, and with a positively civilized Pacific Time Zone start time, expect Maggie’s to be rockin’! Their parklet will be open and the match will be on inside and out.

With two wins under the our belts, these are heady times for supporters. Some are even bandying title talk about and while I appreciate the stunning contrast between the present and last season’s start, let’s not lose our damn minds.

Bournemouth are back in the Premiership after two years. They handled Villa during their opener, before capitulating to Man City, 4-nil, last week . On paper, I like our chances, but last season was rife with defeats to teams, we fully expected to beat.

Maggie’s atmosphere for our first two match viewings was excellent and I’m hoping for more of the same on Saturday. We have a few t-shirts left for sale, while we wait on our new designs. New scarves are on their way, but may not arrive in time for Saturday.

Finally, we’re bringing back the Bay Area Gooners’ charitable efforts this season, with specifics to be announced soon. In previous seasons, we raised relief funds for victims of Northern California fires, Southern state tornadoes, and Japanese earthquakes, to name a few. If you work for a non-profit or have a cause near and dear to your heart, let me know, so we can consider it.

See you at the pub!

Cheers, Mark

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