It is upon us. This weekend is the start of the English Premier League season. And you know what that means. You don't have to hide your beer drinking at 7 a.m. on a Saturday anymore. Do it out in the open. You're free. The EPL excuse has arrived.
Speaking of freedom, let's hit some links, and then take a poll about your SECOND favorite EPL team.
Unmarked Ep. 6: Eddie Johnson's 50-goal milestone | D.C. United: Watch this episode of Unmarked. Molly Bruh does a great job interviewing EJ. He spends some time talking about moving to DC. It's all very... rehabilitative... but worth your time.
D.C. United vs. Colorado Rapids: 10 Bold Predictions - MLS Multiplex: Generally BR&U have the corner on predictions - but here's the prognostication from Multiplex.
Colorado Rapids continue to rule out Shane O'Neill with lingering, and mysterious, knee injury | MLSsoccer.com: Colorado is missing its center back. We're missing our center forward. Call it even? Nah. Espindola and Rolfe are basically going to manhandle this Rapid defense.
The San Diego mystery: America’s soccer-crazy city seeks top-flight team | Football | theguardian.com: It's been far too long since we've had an article talking up San Diego as a big soccer town. (/sarcasm)
Premier League season upon us - thank heaven - San Francisco Chronicle: Buy an extra six pack tonight. Set your alarm for tomorrow morning. Here's a preview of what awaits.
Stuff.co.nz's comprehensive EPL season preview | Stuff.co.nz: But this one, from New Zealand, is way better. It's basically a book. You should print this out, have it bound, and keep it within arm's reach of your lazy boy recliner for the next several months. It's that good. (Spoiler: Burnley is your new second-favorite team.)
FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup - Costa Rica-New Zealand - Overview - FIFA.com: Speaking of New Zealand, the Kiwis topped the Ticas in the U-20 Women's World Cup, making history and sending New Zealand to the knockout stage. (USA begins its knockout stage campaign with Kim Jong Un's North Korean machine on Saturday evening, 5 pm, on ESPN-U.)
Credit Suisse Weighs in on Qatar’s World Cup Bid - Middle East Real Time - WSJ: Basically, Swiss banker-types think that Qatar will survive just fine if FIFA takes away its World Cup party. So what is FIFA waiting for? End this madness!
UEFA: No case for Russia yet despite Crimea games - Wire Soccer - The Sacramento Bee: The Crimean teams have left the Ukrainian football federation for the Russian football federation. Unclear what choices they had.
What are you hearing?