Tuesday, October 26, 2010

What Drew You To The Team You Support / Play With

I was wondering what drew all of you to the team you currently support as well as play with in the League.  Some of you had teams "forced" on you due to the ones you wanted already being picked.  Have you become somewhat enamored with your team in the League?  Do you follow them in the real EPL?

My story
I have always had some affinity for soccer (football to most of you).  I always become engrossed in the World Cup and this year was no different.  I guess the fact that the USA had some exciting games in the first round helped tremendously keep my attention a little more.  I do tend to root for Mexico and Brazil more than the USA.  So during the World Cup, I decided I wanted to follow a team.  Didn't know what league.  Didn't want to pick an obvious team.  

I decided on following the English Premier League.  But, I still had to pick a team.  I initially wanted to follow Chelsea but after reading up on them, I just didn't like how the team was run.  So with Chelsea out of the picture, I researched all the teams.  My choices had come down to Arsenal, Everton, Fulham and Liverpool rounding out the list.  Now as superficial as this sounds, I based my pick on the team with the jersey I liked the most because honestly I couldn't support a team with an ugly jersey.  I'm not a jersey "snob" per se, but I like classic looking jerseys with not a lot of activity going on the shirt.  Being a Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bears fan, there is something to be said about the simple and classicness of their jerseys.  That's what I like and what I'm drawn to.  So after researching those four teams and countering that with their jersey, I descended upon Arsenal.  What really drew me to them though was the style of play they exhibit.  I'm not one for brute force or cheating in soccer.  Finding out that the team was not one of the debt heavy teams in the EPL was a welcome plus.  

With my new team in hand, I set out to learn more about the players.  Luckily some were in the World Cup and two of the stars faced off in the World Cup Final.  Lucky me!  I was pulling for Spain because I sided more with Fabregas as he has become my favorite player.  So after the World Cup and during the preseason, I watched their exhibitions and simply fell in love with the team.  Even though I'm fairly new in my support of them, I feel like this is my team.  I wake up early on Saturdays to watch the games via internet stream or if I'm lucky on ESPN2.  I can spout off player names and positions and formation tactics like I've been knowledgeable of the team for years.  Arsenal simply feels like home.  

As for Blackpool, I picked them for this League because I didn't figure anyone else would so I took one for the "team" so to say.  But honestly, they are a surprising team.  Playing like they belong in the EPL and are not a one and done type team.  I look forward to following them and learning more about them as the season progresses and hoping they fight to stay above relegation.  

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Site Update

The Teams/Users, Standings, Highlights and Contact sections have been updated.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Openings


Looks like Eng9lland left the League due to people (including) myself not playing as regularly as needed. So...that leaves an opening for Sunderland. Also, Hay_Cliff has not accepted his invite to join as Everton, so they are available too. Any takers?

Reply here (include PSN ID) or PM me on the PS3 with which team you'll sign up as, Sunderland or Everton. First come, first serve basis.

Friday, October 15, 2010

The Basics

The EPL Talk FIFA 11 PS3 League consists of one 20 team league and originated on the EPLTalk.com website after a review of FIFA 11 was posted here. Another post here is where the League really got rolling. The League is meant to emulate the Engligh Premier League season where each user represents an EPL team and we play each other twice. The league is set up where you should only be able to play each other twice or at best have only the first two games played count towards the standing.

Here is a listing of each team being represented by their PS3 user ID:

Arsenal (DoubleJ88)
Aston Villa (atom_25)
Birmingham City (thecash22)
Blackburn (xX-GYAN-3-Xx)
Blackpool (esomedina) (admin)
Bolton (shkrsmrf)
Chelsea (Kipp9) (Chris McQuade)
Everton (Hay_Cliff)
Fulham (Monarchos159)
Liverpool (Moose9t9)
Manchester City (lsu3520)
Manchester United (XxRedDevilxX)
Newcastle United (tikemhonas)
Stoke City (Callum_ws)
Sunderland (Eng9lland)
Tottenham (OISER17)
West Brom (im2throwed25)
West Ham (serdarfl)
Wigan (bkforyou)
Wolverhampton (ryanthehease)

Feel free to add each other as friends so that you know when everyone jumps online outside of checking the League page for online status.

How To Join The League?
The League is currently full. The League is invite only and on a first come/first serve basis. If you are interested in joining the League send me a PM via the PS3 and I'll add you to a waiting list. If there is enough people wanting to join, I'll consider starting a second League. This second League would have the same format, 20 individual EPL teams battling it out.

League Password
Please do not share the League Password with any user. If you receive a message from someone asking for the password, please refer them to me via PS3 PM.

Game Nights
There is no set game night. Just play atleast one game while you are online. I know some of us are heavy into our Career Modes (like me) but please make the time to play a game or two each session you are on. We don't want to drag this first season on like the real EPL season. The games are set to 10 minute halves so that equates to about 25-30 minutes per game.

Game Play / Fair Play
I don't see this being a problem with the current crop of users, but as a reminder, please be respectful of each other. If you have any complaints about a user, send me a PM via the PS3 and we will sort it out from there. Also, I know there are ways to "cheat" the system online with certain types of gameplay. I ask that you do not exploit some of these gameplay tactics in this League. For example, repeated lobbed through balls is no fun to play against. Let's just have fun playing the game and not take it too seriously.

What Happens After The First Season?
We will be re-drafting teams to give everyone a fair shot at playing with their favorite team or simply a better team. If you are already a top flight team, I ask that you consider picking a lower ranked team. I'm calling it now. I am Arsenal in Season 2. You will have the option to stay in the League after each season.

What To Do When Not Playing FIFA 11?
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