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Crossing the Pond to Cheer for a Team

ESPN's humorist Bill Simmons is fed up with the antiseptic, controlled atmosphere at pro sports events. He just can't take it anymore:

"American sports have been ravaged by TV timeouts, ticket price hikes and Jumbotrons that pretty much order fans how to act. Just look at what happened in the NBA playoffs. Miami fans were urged to wear all white like a bunch of outpatients from a psych ward."

So even though Simmons isn't a soccer fan, he went shopping for an English Premiere League team to root for.