Holy cow, I wrote a book!
This weekend, I attended a soccer match between
Seahawks Stadium Qwest Field.
The game was the opener of the 2004
ChampionsWorld Series, wherein some of the top
soccer teams from Europe tour North America to give
us yanks a chance to see how football is done for real.
From reading the team's web sites before the match,
you'd think that Chelsea had already thrown in the towel,
even before the game started, they were making excuses,
blaming jet lag for their loss.
The excuses weren't necessary, though, because
Chelsea dominated the match and ultimately won 4–2.
Attendance was 30,000, only half the capacity of
Seahawks Stadium Qwest Field, but
a decent turnout I think for a sport that is still
considered fringe here in the States.
Here's Raymond's checklist comparing the match to what
he figures a "proper" British football match to be like.
One aspect of the British football divisions that I find
relegation, wherein the worst teams of the year are demoted
to the next lower league, replaced by the top teams of that
next lower league.
This doesn't happen in U.S. sports leagues (at least not any of
the major ones).
In fact, in U.S. sports leagues,
the team that has the worst record is rewarded
with an early draft pick!
How's that for reverse incentive.