For the most part, soccer bores me. I respect the skill, love the passion of the fans and will say that a Juventus/Lazio game I saw in Rome in the late 90's was one of the most memorable sporting events of my life (behind 2006 Rose Bowl. Hook em'). Here are some questions that I'll ask for casual soccer "fans".
1. Man U and Chelsea are playing for the Championship? Isn't this like the Red Sox and Yankees playing for the World Series? Shouldn't those teams be on opposite sides of the bracket?
2. I'm reading articles about how Chelsea might have more to play for since Man U just won the Premier League. How unstable is this? Two championships decided within a couple of weeks? Which is more prestigious? Does the Premier League qualify you for the Champions League? And if so, are they qualified for next years Premier League even though this years hasn't finished? Has next years started already? Is the Champions league the same as the UEFA Cup? And then there's the Euro 2008 which I understand is for countries, like the World Cup, but also isn't the Olympics this year. And players miss games for the league they are paid to play in to play for their country in other games? Isn't there just too much to keep track of?
3. Let me get this straight...the quarter-finals and semi-finals of the Premier League have 2 games series, but the championship is only 1 game. Does this make sense? No. In theory, series are played to find the best team over time and lessen the chance for an inferior team to win. Why do that in the previous rounds, but not in the championship.
Normally I would be planning on watching today's event because I like drinking, especially on weekday afternoons, but I've been invited to play golf and I'd much rather do that. Go Pele!