Monday, August 14, 2006
The official Cute Sports EPL team is: Chelsea FC
Now before you all get on me for choosing the Champion, I have to say that I really didn't know how to choose. I was hoping someone would come up as a front runner or some random thing would just make me want to choose one team over another.
I had it narrowed down to Liverpool, Newcastle and Chelsea and the deciding factors were tenuous and silly at best.
1. I've seen Chelsea play
2. They have an official Midwest (U.S.) Fan Club
And frankly this right here illustrates why I'm afraid this little self-challenge may be over before it begins for me. If I can't even be hardcore about the choice, however will I commit to a season of Tivo-ed matches and internet searches?
But I will press on with the Blues. Plus, I figure that any taunting about this being a bandwagon choice, if not already deflected for my 2 already mentioned reasons, can also be explained away by saying "What are the odds they'll win again?" I mean picking a team that just won 2 is like catching the wave a little too late.
Ultimately, I really want this venture to succeed and I feel that in order for that to happen I really needed to go with a team that's going to get a lot of coverage, that's going to draw me in and who's games I'll be able to see with some frequency. I think the Midwest Fan Club can only help me get excited and involved.
It makes a difference that I've seen them live, even if it was a friendly, and can relate to them and the fans (though I regret not being able to sing You'll Never Walk Alone) My final inconsequential reason is that I really, really like Michael Essien. There's no real explanation for it except I think he's a crazy good defender and I wish I could have been a quarter so good.
So there you have it, a totally unscientific or even reasonable choice. Chelsea FC, the choice made so that my venture is successful. Time to purchase some Chelsea gear...