PESCARA, ITALY - OCTOBER 11: Paolo Maldini (L) receives a commemorative award from Giancarlo Abete for the achievement of reaching 100 international caps for his country ahead of the EURO 2012 Qualifier match between Italy and Northern Ireland at Adriatico Stadium on October 11, 2011 in Pescara, Italy. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
Before we get heavy into the transfer and season preparations, I wanted to share a bit of nostalgia.
Before we moved to awesome new digs here at SBNation, we used to live at a place called the Offside.com. It was a nice little place, sort of like a Freshman dorm. Not really elegant living, but cozy and charming and full of real friends. Like a college dorm, we had traditions, maybe not as widely recognized as say, "Thirsty Thursday" but traditions that grew near and dear. Once such tradition was Maldini Monday. What started as a simple tribute to my favorite footballer of all time before his retirment, became a weekly homage of all football fans saying a few words about the greatest defender of all time. It was almost surreal when he finally retired and it feels like ages ago now, but I wanted to take a moment and share it with the new group of readers in our new home, and to reminsce a bit with all those who have been here since the very first Maldini Monday and a few more of my favorites.
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