Picking a Football Club – Quarterfinal 2

Today’s matchup is between the 2-seed AFC Bournemouth and the 7-seed Southampton. First, a tale of the tape (most information from this wonderful post):
AFC Bournemouth
Nickname: The Cherries
Founded: 1890
Location: Bournemouth
Team Colors: Red / Black
Kit Manufacturer: Umbro (since 2017)
Primary Kit Sponsor: Mansion.com
Ground: Vitality Stadium (capacity 11,360)
Manager: Eddie Howe (since 2012)
Southampton
Nickname: The Saints
Founded: 1885 (as St. Mary’s Young Men’s Association F.C.)
Location: Southampton
Team Colors: Red / White
Kit Manufacturer: Under Armour (since 2016)
Primary Kit Sponsor: Virgin Media
Ground: St. Mary’s Stadium (capacity 32,505)
Manager: Mark Hughes (since 2018)

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Carmelo Anthony Traded

A little more than 24 hours after the trade that everyone was waiting for, the next NBA offseason fell with the long-expected trade of Oklahoma City player Carmelo Anthony.
In a three team trade, here’s what the respective teams receive:
ATLANTA HAWKS:
Carmelo Anthony (from OKC)
Justin Anderson (from Philadelphia)
2022 first-round pick (from OKC, lottery protected)
OKLAHOMA THUNDER:
Dennis Schroder (from Atlanta)
Timothe Luwawu-Cabarott (from Philadelphia)
PHILADELPHIA 76ERS:
Mike Muscala (from Atlanta)
Anthony was looking for a new home last season after the New York Knicks had soured on him, despite seven straight All-Star Game appearances for the team. His lone season in Oklahoma City was probably his worst statistically, though he did return to the playoffs – where the Thunder lost to the Utah Jazz in the first round – for the first time since the 2012-13 season. 

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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):
Burnley
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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Wolves 2018-2019 Transfer Review

Note: This is the latest breakdown of transfer moves leading up to the 2018-19 Premier League season. This post will be updated throughout the transfer window as appropriate. 
I think this Wolves team puts up a good fight to stay in the league, but I think there is a real possibility of them visiting the Championship at least once more before they come up and stay up. I’m going to be optimistic and say that they finish just above the relegation line. I think that Wolves have made some great transfer moves this season, but am a little perplexed about their squad identity though.
They have two quality defensive midfielders, but are much more thin at a pure central midfielder, they also seem to have an exorbitant amount of striker/forward talent especially considering they played roughly half of their games with only one forward (supported by two attacking midfielders); they have 6 strikers on their roster. I don’t think that wolves realistically thinks they are going to be able to stay up by scoring goals alone, and I’m not sure that their defense has followed the attack. Willy Boly helps to correct this imbalance but it remains to be seen if it’s enough.
The midfield situation concerns me a little also, because of: Ben Marshall leaving with no incoming players, and the reliance on youth players. They have been operating between a 4 or 5 midfielder set up. The left and right sided midfielders have been being filled with left or right backs. I am hoping that Wolves’ transfer business isn’t done and that they pull in some midfield support.

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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
Burnley
Crystal Palace
Everton
Leicester City
Newcastle United
Southampton
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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