Saturday, February 06, 2016

English Soccer In America

... is growing in popularity by leaps and bounds.

I'm about to zip over to a friend's house to watch this morning's games where about 6 men are gathering for British breakfast and (proper) football. Of the 6 of us, only 2 of us have been watching the English Premier League (EPL) for longer than a year. Out on Twitter, my man Dean has started following Manchester City. At work, my office mate now texts me regularly when the games are on.

For me, football in general and the EPL in particular is the best sport out there. No commercial breaks and almost every game means something. In the EPL, it's not just about placing in the top 6 spots so you can go to one of the European tournaments, it's about not placing in the bottom 3 and getting sent down to the league below. That means even the really bad teams play like mad.

And there are moments like this, where Jonas Gutierrez, cancer survivor and long-time Newcastle United favorite, saves the team from relegation by scoring a crucial goal in the last game of the season.

Howay the lads indeed.

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