English Premier League a worthy watch

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United States goalkeeper Tim Howard plays for Everton in the English Premier League. Photo Courtesy of MCT Campus

Kevin Connell

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Are you ready for some football? No, not that one, the other one.

College football is just over a week away and NFL preseason is in progress, but it’s the kind across the pond that’s already rockin’ and rollin’.

Remember a month ago when you were watching the World Cup at the bar with your buddies? You might not have quite understood the offside rule or why Brazilian players have one name, but the game caught your eye and maybe you even had fun watching it.

So guess what? Starting this past weekend, you now have access to that every week with the English Premier League on NBC Sports Network.

Sure, I get it. The World Cup speaks for itself and patriotism is something almost all Americans can get behind when it’s the United States turn to play. But why not watch the Premier League? I’m not going to be disgusted with you if you say no, but I promise, if you took at least the slightest bit of interest in the World Cup, you’ll be able to tolerate it.

You’ll get to see players like Manchester United’s Robin van Persie, one of the league’s top goal-scorers, who scored that flying header goal against Spain. You can watch André Schürrle, a young up-and-comer for Chelsea who provided the game-winning assist for Germany in the World Cup final. And even Tim Howard, the Everton goalkeeper and the man who needs no formal introduction in the United States after his awe-inspiring performance in the Americans’ 2-0 loss to Belgium.

If seeing a wealth of the world’s biggest stars isn’t enough for you, the passion among fans far exceeds that of international play, with fans singing and chanting in unison from start to finish every game. The only fans in the world that can rival English soccer fans? College football fans, particularly those from the SEC. Seriously, some of you guys would be best friends with these guys.

Instead of watching hours upon hours of American football pre-game coverage on weekend mornings, you could watch quality play from a league that can often rival the dramatic events seen in the World Cup. The kickoff times are great to avoid interfering with American football – 7, 9 and 11:30 a.m. You can latch onto a team, if that’s your thing.  At the worst, it will be a boring game, but at the best, it can get your blood flowing ahead of your main event for the day. It’s worth taking a shot.