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Our Love Affair With Saturday Morning TV Cartoons and Premier League Football

multi coloured swap shop 600x360 Our Love Affair With Saturday Morning TV Cartoons and Premier League Football

If you think back to your childhood, Saturday mornings were an idyllic time, watching cartoons and other children’s programming on television. When I lived in the United Kingdom in the late 70s and early 80s as a child, my Saturday morning experience included watching a TV show on BBC called Multi-Coloured Swap Shop with Noel Edmonds. It was an interactive show where kids would phone in and volunteer to swap their belongings such as toys and collectibles with other children throughout the UK.

When I moved to the States in ’84, Saturday mornings were filled with classic cartoons from Hanna-Barbera as well as Captain Caveman and dozens of other shows. I remember going over to my friend’s house every Saturday morning to meet him there before we went to our travel-team soccer game, and he and his brother would always be religiously glued to the TV until the very last second before we left.

Those Saturday morning rituals that many of us have experienced, where we often woke up early in excitement to watch the children’s programming, make me wonder whether they’re one of the reasons that many of us in the United States love watching the ESPN2 early kick-off at 7:30am ET. Of course, we’re all a lot older now, but that buzz I get from watching a match on television on a Saturday morning is the same buzz I got when I was a kid, glued to the TV set.

Does that ring true for you?


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Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013.
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