April 24, 2006

The Atlantic Ocean Effect

This phenomena goes almost unnoticed by most Americans and Europeans. But it didn't get passed me. You see, I'm an oddity when it comes to sports. Every Saturday morning, I check EPL (English Premier League) scores before checking the Friday Night NBA scores (if I check them at all). The UEFA Champions League holds more for me than Major League Baseball ever could. Most Americans and Eurpeans are perfectly content to watch and track the sports occuring in their own country. Before soccer, this would have described me. However, when soccer entered my life, a drastic change occured. I began to grow discontent with the dearth of soccer (International soccer at that) that was being shown on the average cable channels in the US.

On Easter Sunday, Malcolm Glazer had a stroke. The headlines read as the following:

  • (ESPN) Bucs owner Glazer suffers stroke, in hospital.
  • (Soccernet) Man(chester) Utd. owner Glazer has stroke on Sunday.
You see, Malcolm Glazer, owner of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers purchased Manchester United, currently one of the richest sports club in the world, valued in the billions. The amazing thing is that when news travels overseas, the Bucs are left out, primarily because no one in Europe cares. When the news of the Glazer stroke was reported in the USA, no mention of Manchester United was found. I just find it humorous, and yes even a bit frustrating. Well, at least there's Soccernet.com, which does happen to be a branch of ESPN.