Babies! We’re so happy to share the news about our new arrivals—penguin chicks! Read more about these special ambassadors in The Boston Globe. (Photo: David Ryan, The Boston Globe)
Now don’t you want to see penguins now? Like up close, so you can watch them squawk and swim? Come visit the Aquarium and learn about about these water birds with our Penguinology program this summer!
Now that the World Cup is over, many of you might be looking to watch more elite level soccer. It’s fantastic, and I highly encourage this endeavor.
A great place to start is the English Premier League (EPL), or BPL if you use the sponsored name. Which I don’t, but the website does. I would suggest that you spend a year watching the league first before picking a team, to see which one fits a style of play that you like, or has players that you are drawn to. However, you can absolutely pick a horse in the race right away and get going with your fandom!
As an American supporting a club abroad, there’s many ways to pick a team to support. It could be affected by family history, a trip you took, or something as simple as seeing a kit on a rack. Or it could be more directly related to watching the sport. You watched World Cup and fell in love with a player and now want to support his club.
Picking a team was a process of elimination for me and took some research. I decided to abandon the NFL and get on board full time with soccer in the fall of 2006. So I looked at the finishing table from 2004-05 to see who I had to pick from. I immediately eliminated Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea from consideration. Mostly because they were the only really “known” teams in the US at that time & I didn’t want to pick something that felt like a “bandwagon” choice. It would be like being a new baseball fan and picking the Yankees or basketball and picking the San Antonio Spurs. Yuck. I also didn’t have any other connection I felt to those teams for any other reason so it made sense to cut them from contention.
I also didn’t want to pick a team that might get relegated in the next year, so I focused on the upper/mid table clubs. Looked at rosters, club histories, location etc. The one club that I kept returning to was Tottenham Hotspur. I was drawn to the play of Robbie Keane (who ironically now plays for the LA Galaxy whom I despise), Tom Huddlestone, Jermain Defoe, and captain Ledley King.
I also have a personal connection to the team history, given their connection to the London Jewish community. While their use of the “Yid Army” among supporters has been controversial (and deservedly so), the affinity was there for me. Additionally, as a Philly sports fan, I am used to high expectation with crushing disappointment. The Spurs’ record seemed to indicate that I’d fit right in with the club’s supporters.
So there’s what I did. Feel free to go your own way to an EPL team to support. It’s been a great 8 years since I ditched American football for the rest of the world’s sport and I’ve never looked back.
And Come On You Spurs!
the things i do for you people…..Oshicorn, “american hero”, resting after his long shootout win.
So, last night was crazy awesome.
- The Flyers defeated the Canucks 4-3 in a shootout.
- I was on CSN Philly’s broadcast. A lot. More about why later.
- I got to meet and chat with Ron Hextall’s mother and sister who were really lovely people.
- I had fun hanging out with random Flyers fans in Vancouver.
Okay, so the story is as follows:
I’m on vacation following the Flyers for 5 games of their Western road trip. I started in Edmonton, which was fantastic. Then off to Vancouver. On my flight to Vancouver I sat next to a nice guy who happens to be traveling to run the production trailer for the SportsNet Canucks broadcast. He gives me his card and offers me a tour of the trailer. Sweet!
I went to the trailer pre-game, got an amazing tour and was shown how they do packages, replays, sound sync, highlights etc. I got to get a pic at the sound board too.
Really fun stuff. Then he takes me over to the Flyers truck. They are super sweet folks. I chat with them a bit about my trip and they take my seat info and say maybe I’ll be on the broadcast.
Off to Calgary. Let’s go Flyers!