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Lessons of the transfer window

Updated: September 1, 2011, 4:58 PM ET
By David Hirshey | Special to ESPN.com

Transfer deadline day is the soccer equivalent of the Oscar red carpet buildup or a Kardashian wedding, a maddening maelstrom of rumor and intrigue as to what the stars will be wearing when their limousines finally roll up. It's a day that turns most semi-rational soccer observers into buzzing hyper-caffeinated Hollywood gossip mongers, our hearts soaring and deflating all day over the destinies of C-listers like Tara Reid and Peter Crouch.

That said, there are storylines that have ...

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