The Frank Lampard Era is over in the City of New York.
And... my FAAAACK, what an era it was.
No single figure in NYCFC lore has elicited, often through no direct fault of his own, such a dizzying array of emotional responses.
He was, as the second announced signing in team history, destined for MLS immortality. Until he wasn’t.
Shit, we even made a whole hour of podcast drama about the infamous Lampard Contract Saga. It might actually be the single wildest, funniest, satirical (and musical!) product HRB has ever turned out. Suffice to say that this has never been tried since, nor before.
- HIGHLIGHTS: Underground Afrobeat music, MC Bousquette doing Sarah Koenig, and myself doing Ray Hudson
- HIGHLIGHTS: Conspiracies, scandals, and Nick Chavez singing parody songs
- HIGHLIGHTS: Hope
But of course, Lampard did return. This year, he up and hit 12 goals in 14 games, bagged the first-and-thus-far-only hat trick in team history -- against Tim Howard, of all people -- and cemented his place in the annals of the New York sporting sphere in no uncertain terms.
Not too shabby.
One day, someone else will wear the #8 shirt for New York City FC. They’ll be hard-pressed to hold that proverbial candle to the man we have so often called, with the most earnest sense of affection, "Phat Phranq."
If you’ve read any of our more incendiary riffs over the last two years, you’ve surely heard us condemn City Football Group’s messaging concerning Lampard’s formerly dodgy contractual status, Manuel Pellegrini’s insistence that the star man stay at Manchester City throughout the first half of 2015, and the player’s own criticisms of NYCFC fans’ jeers upon his 2016 debut in a certain 7-0 derby affair.
You’ve also heard us praise the man’s rugged opportunism in front of goal, his sneaky diagonal runs into the box, and his emergence as NYCFC’s undisputed talisman throughout the late summer and early fall.
Indeed, we’ve had no shortage of opinions about the man.
Here are all of them:
PART ONE: A SHITWIND’S A-BLOWIN’
PART TWO: AND YE SHALL REAP THE SHITSTORM
December 31: Lampard loan news leaves fans dejected, furious
January 1: Jose Mourinho echoes NYC fans' lament
January 2: They lied.
PART THREE: HOW MANY STAGES OF GRIEF ARE THERE?
January 8: Getting Over Frank: A Playlist for the Fans
January 9: Pictures That Don't Exist
PART FOUR: LIFE ONLY MAKES FLEETING SENSE
PART FIVE: THE EMPEROR IS COMING HERE?
August 2: Paradise Lost
August 5: Lampard and Pirlo - A New Era For NYCFC
PART SIX: SUCH A TEASE
October 4: The Angel of History
PART SEVEN: LET’S FUCKING DO THIS
May 10: The Oathbreakers
PART EIGHT: IT'S MONEY OUT HERE
PART NINE: THE KID SLAYS IN THE PICTURE
July 30: RECAP: New York City 5, Colorado 1
PART TEN: IT BURNS US, PRECIOUS
September 19: Frank Lampard ruled out 3-4 weeks
September 22: Can Tommy McNamara Fill the Lampard Void?
EPILOGUE. AND HERE WE ARE.
See you around, Phranquie.