I had to write today's DBD so I could vent all my thoughts about football. After so many horrible weeks of the off-season (Five! I don't know how we football fans do it!) I'm so excited that it's back that I just have to talk about it.
On Saturday morning at 4:45 I somehow managed to throw my body out of bed, stumble onto the couch and flip over to ESPN2 in time for Tottenham and Manchester City to kick off the new Premiership season. As many of you may know, I'm a Yid all the way, so watching the lads start their most important, anticipated club season in years was great fun. Gareth Bale and Aarron Lennon terrorized the Manchester City defense, and only a heroic effort from goalkeeper Joe Hart preserved the eventual 0-0 tie. A win would have been nice and was perhaps deserved, but I'll take a point against 'the greatest collection of talent ever purchased by a foreign billionaire" 2.0.
Meanwhile, Liverpool hands the gooners a point, Blackpool makes a splash in their first game since being promoted with a 4-0 win over hapless Wigan and Everton takes a tough road loss to Blackburn after Tim Howard made a bad keeping error.
If you're still trying to decide which EPL team to root for, or if you, like every sensible college football fan, love the writing of Spencer Hall, check out his Premier League Rootability Scale. Sure, he might be overrating Chelsea and underrating Aston Villa and Blackburn, but it's a great intro to the unique culture of EPL football.
Meanwhile back stateside our own San Jose Earthquakes defeated the Kansas City Wizards, then announced that they will be signing a designated player who at one point played with Benfica, an elite Portuguese side. I'll quote my own writeup on SBNation Bay Area:
Trying to guess which former Benfica player is now coming to San Jose is a tall task. Conventional wisdom is that San Jose needs to pick up a goalscorer that can add some verve to a toothless attack. San Jose is hurting for defenders, but a number of players are expected to return from injury soon, while attack is a long term issue.
There is one intriguingly unlikely possibility. If the mystery player is an American looking to return home to play, there is one well-known footballer who used to play for Benfica: the mercurial, maddening Freddy Adu. He may never realize his talent, but if San Jose wanted to get themselves noticed, that would be a gutsy way to do so.
So what say you soccer fans? What's the outlook for your favorite team this year?