| Are /sp/, dare I say it, back? Of course not -- how can you be "back" when you were never NOT the 4chan Cup's PREMIER team? (Weebs, horsefuckers, lesbians, gays, and /pol/edditors, your presence is no longer required; vacate your claims to this honor immediately.) Cheeky banter aside, though, /sp/'s history has been a bumpy one since its Winter win of years past. Though consecutive Round of 16 exits to /v/ and then FUCKING WEEBS in the cups to follow would dash many a /sp/artan's hopes of reclaiming their rightful second star, the prevailing wisdom at the time held (for good reason) that /sp/, like many other "big teams" of the time, were simply too big to fail -- and so any knockout exit would simply be a temporary inconvenience.
And then there were two.
Two, in fact, seems to be /sp/'s most ill-starred number: two goals crashed them into the Babbies; two seasons would they languish there, missing the Elites; and most importantly -- two stars (for real) always seem just out of reach for them. Not that /sp/'s habit of managerial turnover helped matters, either: they would go through managers as often as Cup cycles, fans demanding sackings as often as there were managers to sack -- and often plunging new and untested talent head-first into the fire. And so, with a new year of PES ahead of us, and /sp/ gearing up for a Winter Cup yet again in the wake of one of its best managers' resignation, the question poses itself again -- will it finally be their year, or will /sp/ fookin' slip on the Winter ice?
This and more in the Winter to come -- until then, /sp/artans, wave your flags high.