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Happy Thanksgiving Day Soccer Fans


It’s Thanksgiving Day in the United States. The biggest holiday of the year in this country — even more so than Christmas Day. I still find it hard to really get into the spirit of celebrating the holiday. I don’t get into the traditional American football games, so maybe that’s one of the reasons the holiday seems so foreign to me. But it’s fun for the kids and for the family to get together, so I’ll be looking forward to that.

In the spirit of real football and Thanksgiving Day, here are a few of the reasons to be thankful:

  1. Watching a live match, not knowing who will win and being completely drawn into the game,
  2. Seeing a goal scored out of nowhere, when you least expect it,
  3. A football commentator summing up a key moment with words of wisdom that roll off the tongue like poetry, and
  4. A football stadium full of fans in sweet chorus.

And here are a few things that piss me off:

  1. Watching a match and knowing what the final result is,
  2. Watching a nervy match and waiting for a goal to be scored, which would change the game, but it never comes, and
  3. Watching your team lose to a undeserved last minute goal.

For soccer fans in the United States, there are a few more reasons to be thankful. ESPN360 and Setanta Sports will be televising the latest round of UEFA Cup games today as follows (all times eastern):

  • Schalke vs Manchester City, Setanta Sports, 1pm [live] or 6pm [delayed]
  • Tottenham vs NEC, ESPN 360, 1pm
  • Portsmouth v AC Milan, ESPN 360, 3pm

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day!

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  1. TT

    November 28, 2008 at 2:16 am

    PLAY UP POMPEY!!! POMPEY PLAY UP!!! – I want to hear that in a Georgian accent!

  2. AtlantaPompey

    November 27, 2008 at 7:07 pm

    4. Watching your team draw to a an injury-time goal, even though it was deserved.

    Once again we snatched a draw from the jaws of victory. Listen to me: I'm disappointed that we drew with AC freakin' Milan at Fratton Park in a competitive fixture. How weird is that?

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone. May your football teams bring you joy and happiness.


  3. eplnfl

    November 27, 2008 at 7:24 am

    Happy Thanksgiving to all. Eat a lot!

    It would be a better Thanksgiving if ESPN 360 was open to all !

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