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Premier League: A Decision has Been Made

The Turf team has weighed in with their Premier League choices. There were many factors to consider but a decision has been made.

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Premier League: A Decision has Been Made

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After long deliberation with myself, I’ve finally decided to choose a Premier League team to support! I want to thank all of my colleagues for their expert insight in helping me try and find a home. Their arguments were both compelling and surprisingly rational. I told my Italian Inter Milan co-worker about the article I wrote and he replied “come on, we have the best jerseys!” Say no more, I’m sold.

However, that leaves now the Premier League. I’ll take you through each of my colleagues’ suggestions and then finish up with the club I’ve chosen to give my undying support.

The Results (in order):

8. Southampton

While I appreciate a scrappy style of play, that 9-0 loss is not going to lure me in. I anticipate seeing that score many times this baseball season with my Pirates so I’d love to not deal with that in this new hobby I’m adopting. Thanks, but no thanks, Ryan.

7. Chelsea

I actually got into Chelsea briefly about 10 years ago because they had a stacked roster. Drogba, Lampard, Torres, and of course Petr Cech with his headgear and all. However, I didn’t have a slightly crazy Irishman to keep me motivated through the years like you, Katie. For that reason, I’m out.

Im Out Shark Tank GIF by ABC Network
Im Out Shark Tank GIF by ABC Network

6. Leeds United

With full disclosure, I never even heard of this team before seeing the responses. I have to admit, the NYCFC connection had me second guess for a moment but it’s going to be a no from me. Purely from my embarrassing ignorance.

Middle of the Pack

5. Liverpool

I sure am going to miss seeing Mo Salah plastered on the side of a food truck on Steinway Street in Astoria but I don’t think Liverpool is the place for me. I don’t want the fact that they won the championship last season to be the reason I’m latching on to them. And if I chose them, I feel like that would be the reason.

4. Leicester City

Awesome logo and extremely solid arguments in favor of the Foxes. They’re the underdog. They had Kasey Keller. The roster is stacked. I’m not sure what it is but it’s just not drawing me in enough. Maybe I’ll watch a match and see if it changes my mind at all to move them up on this list.

Top 3!

3. Wolverhampton

Ok, this team had me with the color scheme, the logo, and the name. I’m currently watching Peaky Blinders which is set in Birmingham and looks like it’s really close to Wolverhampton. All of these reasons (nothing to do with the actual team or their performance) made Wolverhampton quite the contender on this list. I think they’ll be that team I’m rooting for as my guilty pleasure. Well done, Christian.

2. Manchester City

I went back and forth with this team and the one I ultimately chose (no suspense, you can probs see it). The NYCFC alliance was really strong for me here as was the ability to watch Zack Steffen. Thanks for catering to my allegiances, Andrew.

However, it all came down to the match from Saturday, 2/13 where it seems my heart chose my club. Unfortunately I didn’t get to watch but when I saw the final score, I was upset. I wanted Manchester City to be my team but I feel like I have to pay my dues before I can choose the top dog. For this reason, my choice went to the losers of that game and they are…

1. Tottenham Hotspur

This team just has it all for me. The logo is fantastic, the color scheme is super unique, saying Tottenham is a lot of fun, and I already found a bar in Pittsburgh that plays the matches.

Kevin seems to know my soft spot. A team with a rich Jewish history is pretty darn cool to me as Jews & sports don’t really go hand in hand. The team is based in London making it easy to check out a live match sometime (when we can travel again), arguably the best American ever to play the game played for Tottenham, Alex Morgan was there for a hot second. The list goes on and on and I’ve already purchased some apparel. I’m ready!

I’m excited to throw my support behind such a storied franchise. Spurs currently are sitting at 9th place in the standings and have some team turmoil but I’m confident we’ll get it together soon. Thanks again to my colleagues for their analysis and persuasive reasoning. Now I guess I have to catch up with the 10,000 messages sitting in the soccer Slack channel…

Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Jason moved to NYC for 9 years and gained a wife, a child, and career then decided to go back to the Steel City. A sports fan since birth, he follows the Pirates, Duquesne basketball, Pens, Steelers, and Pistons (Grant Hill would have been better than Jordan if he had stayed healthy...prove me wrong). He enjoys playing in various sports leagues and throwing his money away on fantasy sports. Besides that, a good book and video games for a day would be just fine with him.

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