Picking a Football Club – Quarterfinal 1

Today’s matchup is between the 1-seed Burnley and the 8-seed West Ham United. First, a tale of the tape (most information from this wonderful post):
Nickname: The Clarets
Founded: 1882
Location: Burnley
Team Colors: “Claret” Red / Blue
Kit Manufacturer: Puma (since 2010)
Primary Kit Sponsor: LaBa360
Ground: Turf Moor (capacity 21,994)
Manager: Sean Dyche (since 2012)
West Ham United
Nickname: The Hammers/The Irons
Founded: 1895 (as Thames Ironworks)
Location: London
Team Colors: Red (Claret) / Blue
Kit Manufacturer: Umbro (since 2015)
Primary Kit Sponsor: Betway
Ground: London Stadium (capacity 60,000)
Manager: Manuel Pellegrini (since 2018)

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Picking a Football Club, Part 2

If you’ve been following along, I’m trying to decide on a favorite English Premiere League club. I have narrowed the list down to eight clubs, and you can read up why I eliminated the other 12 here.
As a reminder, here are the remaining eight clubs in alphabetical order:
AFC Bournemouth
Crystal Palace
Leicester City
Newcastle United
West Ham United

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Picking a Football Club, Part 1

Now that I have decided to invest my sports fandom in English football, I need to identify to team. Or, as a friend put it, have a team find me. This first cut will be 12 teams, and I will further narrow it down to My New Favorite Team™ within the next few weeks, hopefully before the season kicks off on august 10th.
With 20 teams to pick from, it would be in my best interest of finding a way to eliminate teams quickly to narrow my focus. Instead of exploring the histories of all the teams, I can narrow my list a bit, making it easier to find a story that captivates me enough to become a fan. After all, this is a fandom that will pass from generation to generation, whether or not Lincoln wants to become a soccer football fan or not.

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Kawhi Leonard Traded to Raptors

Yesterday, in something of a rarity within the NBA, two top players were traded for each other, along with some other flotsam to balance out the trade:

The San Antonio Spurs finally met the request of superstar wing Kawhi Leonard to be traded, though they may not have given him exactly what he wanted. Reports were that Leonard wanted to be traded to one of the Los Angeles teams – the Lakers were seen as his preferred team even before LeBron James took his talents to Inglewood – and the Spurs instead shipped him north to Toronto, a solid team that always seemed to meet its demise each season at the hands of LeBron.
Though Leonard missed the bulk of last season – he played in only 9 games – due to a quadriceps injury that was at the root of his discontent with the Spurs, he is still considered a top player in the league, and the hope for all fans of the NBA is that he can return to his pre-injury form. This is a player that has finished in the top five in MVP voting: third after the 2017 season (behind Russell Westbrook and James Harden) and second after the 2016 season (behind Stephen Curry).

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An Introduction to My New Football Fandom

Hello there, new readers of SportMuse.

This post, and a couple of the subsequent ones, initially appeared on my personal blog. I write a lot of stuff over there, and I plan on continuing to do so when the inspiration hits. But I’ve decided to move all my writing about sports over to this new home. Chris and I have a lot of big plans for this, and his launch here should help indicate what our initial focus is going to be.

So I hope you stick around and see all the stuff we have planned.  


I’ve decided that it’s time for a new sport fandom in my life. Baseball, something that I have been a casual fan of for most of my life, just isn’t all that interesting to me anymore. I never got into hockey, and I don’t have plans to do so. The NFL is still super huge, but the concussion stuff and other issues surrounding the league have also dampened my enthusiasm. The NBA is still fun to watch – and I look forward to seeing what the Jazz can accomplish this year in the shadow of the Golden State Warriors – but regular season basketball is a long slog for the most part and things only matter come playoff time, in which the Warriors will run roughshod over everyone and win the third title in four years.

Hard pass.

So I’ve decided that it’s time to get interested in the other football. I could make it easy and get fully invested in our local MLS team Real Salt Lake. They’ve even had some success, winning the MLS Cup in 2009 and having some second place finishes in other Cups along the way. But MLS is still not quite a top flight league when compared to the rest of the world, with “premiere” players only coming to the United States at the end of long careers in Europe after their peak earning potential has run out.

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