THE STARTING 11: Reasons The Starting 11 is being continued here

Toronto FC's Collin Samuel  fights for the ball with Real Salt Lake's Matias Mantilla during their MLS soccer match in Toronto

Hello, I’m Tony Walsh. You may know me from such long-running gags as “Collin Samuel sure is a fatty!”; RVS HSCNVCS; and Jürgen Klinsmann’s kitty-kat friend Karl-Heinz. Yes, for years on the TFC blog The Yorkies, I was responsible for getting your Toronto FC week started in eleven easy steps with The Starting 11. Now, as part of my high-priced transfer deal to The Vocal Minority, The Starting 11 has found its new home right here. It wasn’t an easy decision to bring this long-running bit along with me but some reasons are just too hard to ignore…


  1. It’s a realistic shot at making the BMO Field Wall of Honour
  2. It was this or “The Starting 10 feat. Drake”
  3. How would the world keep track of whether or not Collin Samuel is STILL a fatty?!
  4. The next fifteen MLS expansion clubs need fake names!
  5. Orlando is a pun-crafters dream
  6. My chance to help Columbus mascot Crew Cat spread the important message of Feline STD prevention
  7. I have a bunch of leftover vowels after an all-night Scrabble marathon at Raivis Hscanovics’ place
  8. I’ve got some comedy gold lined up for Greg Vanney’s July sacking
  9. It really is one of the few places a grown-assed man can write the word “Bitchy” and get away with it
  10. The International Chip Butty lobby is VERY persuasive
  11. Because even if three out of these eleven work – I’m already out-performing TFC

Author: Tony Walsh

Tony Walsh is a writer, former minor-league broadcaster and failed astronaut. Born into supporting an underachieving football club only to end up supporting a second underachieving football club - through what must be deemed as soft immigration policies - he continues to make terrible life choices. Walsh is a keen observer of the malarkey-rife sport of football and is considered one of the leading voices on the Collin Samuel Obesity Epidemic.

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  1. After all these years there is a name attached to the Starting 11! Welcome back from you’re “retirement” Yorkie! Now my Mondays are back to normal! Keep up the great work.

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