The Football Season is Upon Us!
Tomorrow is the start of the 2008-09 Barclays Premier League -- you know, the one with Manchester United and Chelsea and all the rest. While I'm not quite as excited about tomorrow's season opener as I am about the start of the NFL or NCAA football seasons, I will admit that I'm getting up at 5:30 to watch the very first match of the year.
Since the Twins are easily handling the Mariners, and since blowouts aren't all that much fun to cover, I'll limit myself tonight to a predictions post for the Premier League. If any of you are also English football fans, feel free to leave your own predictions in the comment section.
First, in the interest of full disclosure, I'll reveal that I will be rooting for Manchester City and Hull City this year. This is sort of the equivalent of a baseball fan saying that he roots for the Brewers and Pirates -- the Brewers (read as "Man City") are sometimes decent but never seem to get to the promised land, and the Pirates (read as "Hull City") essentially have no chance to win. Of course, my attachment to Hull is brand spankin' new, since they just earned a promotion to the top tier (can you imagine if Rochester was playing for a chance to get into the big leagues?). With that said, here are my predictions for this season's finishing order:
1.) Manchester United
6.) Aston Villa
9.) West Ham
11.) Manchester City
17.) West Bromwich Albion
19.) Hull City
20.) Stoke City
These predictions are based on the hours and hours of research that . . . well . . . ok, no, I pretty much pulled them out of my you-know-what. I know a little bit about the Premier League, and I pay a bit of attention to transfers and what-not, but for the most part I'm guessing. Considering how poorly my performance predictions turn out even when I think I know something, however, it probably doesn't make a wit of difference.