English Premier League
Manchester United's English striker Wayne Rooney (2nd R) heads towards goal during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Swansea City at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England on August 16, 2014. Swansea City won the game 2-1. (PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
Filed under things I never thought I'd do......
Well, I've gone and done it. I'm into the EPL. I was up bright and early Saturday morning and tuned to NBC Sports Network at 7am. Peyton was eating breakfast Saturday morning, looked up from her bowl of cereal and said, "Who are you?"
I watched live or recorded:
Manchester United vs Swansea City
Leicester vs Everton
Liverpool vs Southampton
Newcastle vs Man City
As you read this, please understand, this is all new to me. Go easy on me.
*I watched a season preview show. I watched Match of the Day, recapping all of Saturday's action. I loved that. It's like NFL Rewind, with all the games condensed into one hour. NBC Sports Network does some really slick stuff with production. I love Rebecca Lowe's accent and the two studio analysts.
*I'm sampling teams to determine a team to follow this year. My early favorites under consideration include: Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal, Tottenham and Everton.
*I like Wayne Rooney. He had a spectacular goal Saturday, and he reminds me of Scott Skiles. I drive a Chevy and Chevy sponsors Manchester United, so I'm intrigued.
I know, I know, that's a bandwagon pick. But I like their new coach, Louis van Gaalwho seems kind of odd. And I kind of like the chaos/concern created with their 1st home loss to open a season since 1972. It was hilarious watching NBC Sports Networks correspondent show all the newspaper headlines crushing van Gaal after the first game.
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 16: Manchester United Manager Louis van Gaal speaks with Assistant Ryan Giggs (L) prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Swansea City at Old Trafford on August 16, 2014 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
*I know Tim Howard from the World Cup, so I watched Everton.
*I like Liverpool because they are called the Reds, because of Steven Gerrard and because Mike DeCourcy has always recommend them to me. I enjoyed Lowe's interview with Gerrard about his career and what happened last season. How about 19-year old Raheem Sterling?
*I like Arsenal's nickname: Gunners.
*I like Tottenham because they are called the Hotspurs.
*The Men in Blazers, Michael Davies and Roger Bennett crack me up.
*Tony Pulis really quit as manager of Crystal Palace two days before the season started?
*What a goal by Man Cities Sergio Aguero!
*I can't recall the team, but one has had like 8 coaches in the last 10 years?
*There were some amazing headers for goals this weekend...and a sweet back foot give and go. I don't know how they do it.
Things I wonder about/don't know:
-Do any of the teams that move up in relegation, have any success?
-Liverpool sold Luis Suarez to Barcelona. What level is Barcelona on?
-There are only six American players in the EPL this year. Is that a normal number?
-Is there any type of salary cap? I heard a lot about teams needing to spend more money?
-When van Gaal talked about needing to sign and bring in better players, where are they coming from at this stage of the season?
*20 teams, 38 games, 2 games vs each team. Bottom 3 teams get relegated to league below. Is there a playoff at end of the regular season? Do teams move up to another league?
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 17: Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool scores his goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Southampton at Anfield on August 17, 2014 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)