Below are my primary reasons why the English Premier League far outshines the NFL. By the way, with my father’s ancestors came to America in the mid-19th Century from Greater Manchester (Stockport and Aston-under-Lyne). Personally I am a Manchester City fan, but it is hard to deny the historical significance and importance of Old Trafford and Man U.
Suspense – some uninitiated people may say soccer is boring. Pish-posh! The suspense at a soccer match builds up throughout the match until a team scores. This is particularly dramatic in the latter stages of a match or in a tightly contested game.
No commercials – EPL has none other than prior to the match, halftime, and afterwards. The NFL has become an elongated advertisement with some occasional football plays in between to break up the monotony. College football is better than the NFL, but even there the number of commercials can be a bit much.
Celebrations – the No Fun League has taken far too much of the fun and spontaneity out of the game.
Endurance – NFL players are winded after only a few plays, while soccer players are running nearly constantly for 90 minutes.
Fortitude – There is no doubt that NFL players endure a lot and head injuries are particularly important to guard against. But, they endure nothing quite like the impacts, slide-tackles, and other mistreatment that unprotected soccer players receive during a match. In many cases, soccer players play through the pain, while NFL players are sidelined even for minor of injuries.
Skills – some of the ball skills of soccer players are just amazing.
Rowdy stands – the crowds at English Premier League matches always seem to be having a jolly good time, despite the weather or the score. In addition, an English soccer crowd is devoutly loyal to their hometown team no matter their ranking. However, I should note that rowdy fun is fine, destructive and mean behavior is not.
Tradition – I believe this to be self-explanatory, but the fight songs, many of the historic venues, the history of the game itself, the rivalries, and the overall atmosphere all combine to ooze great and long-standing traditions.