A guest post from my brother, Jordan (unless at a later point he chooses to blog under a pseudonym, in which case readers are forbidden from pulling an Ed Whelan, apology not withstanding), on the ironies of the NFL versus European soccer and the MLS:
- In 1992 English Soccer reorganized itself to form the “FA Premier League” now known as the “Barclays Premier League” (damn corporate sponsorship) and since then, 17 years later, ONLY 4 teams have ever finished first (or at the top of the table as the lingo in soccer goes): Manchester United – 11 times, Blackburn Rovers – 1 time, Arsenal (woo!) – 3 times, and Chelsea – 2 times. During that same 17 year stretch there have been 12 different Super Bowl winners: Washington Redskins, Dallas Cowboys, Pittsburgh Steelers, San Francision 49ers, Denver Broncos, Green Bay Packers, St. Louis Rams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Baltimore Ravens, New England Patriots, Indianapolis Colts, and the New York Giants (Note the Cowboys, Steelers, and Patriots are all repeat champions)
- Just yesterday the Spanish team Barcelona F.C. Real Madrid* gave Manchester United $131 Million dollars on a transfer fee for Cristiano Ronaldo (the best player in the world) and that does not include the money Barcelona will then have to pay Ronaldo. A few days ago another Spanish team, Real Madrid, gave Italian team A.C. Milan about $83 Million for Kaka (Top 5 player in the world). This is money that perhaps on the Yankees could match…on the entire Planet.