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?
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.