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Live from London: Joe Posnanski helps you pick a Premier League team

Aug 14, 2013, 3:45 PM EDT

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NBC Sports’ national columnist Joe Posnanski has been doing his homework ahead of the new Premier League season.

And here’s what he’s found.

Heading over to London for a four day jaunt, Posnanski got his teeth stuck into understanding what makes every Premier League team tick. And did a very good job of it indeed.

Read Posnanski’s second piece from London, as he breaks down why you should support each team, why shouldn’t support them, what American sports team they compare to and much more.

The first piece of his three-part series previewing the Premier League discussed Manchester United’s dominance, after Posnanski attended the FA Community Shield to soak up the atmosphere of a big game at Wembley.

I was lucky enough to be alongside him for that game… but more on that tomorrow.

Anyway, check out this extract from Posnanski’s terrific piece: How to pick a Premier League club

FULHAM

Colors: White and black.

Location: Fulham area in Southwest London.

Nickname: The Whites

Stadium: Craven Cottage is the British equivalent of Wrigley Field … or maybe it’s the other way around since it is much older than Wrigley Field. Charming, ancient, it’s the only stadium by the Thames River. And it’s the only stadium with a Michael Jackson statue.

American connection: Strong – players like Brian McBride, Eddie Johnson, Kasey Keller and Clint Dempsey played for Fulham. The new owner, Shahid Khan, also owns the Jacksonville Jaguars. And, let’s face it, they have a Michael Jackson statue – the former owner, Mohamed Fayed, was a friend.

Realistic hope: Avoid relegation and get back into the Top 10.

Why you should be a fan: Fantastic old stadium with a Michael Jackson statue out front. What else could anyone want. Fantastic history. Super friendly fans — Fulham is the only team in England that has a “neutral” section where fans of neither team can sit and watch.

Read in full, Joe Posnanski on the Premier League

Part I: Membership has its privileges

Part II: How to pick a Premier League club

Part III: Coming up on Thursday…

  1. krazymunky - Aug 14, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    They forgot to include that they have a pub inside the cottage named after an american player.

  2. tylerbetts - Aug 14, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    Gimmick articles like this make me sad. They come off as one part patronizing, and several parts “well, crap, we spent a bunch of money on this, and we’re not sure how to get more Americans to care about it and watch so we can make that money back.

    I mean, if NBC got the rights to Big Ten football, would they have an article on how to pick the Big Ten team to support? Of course not. So why for EPL?

    Oh well … at least it wasn’t the abomination Fox gave us with Michael Strahan …

  3. jvnewell - Aug 14, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    Didn’t Bill Simmons write a similar article about 2-3 years ago.

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