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Happy Thanksgiving from PST: Why are you thankful for the Premier League?


Manchester City’s Argentinian striker Sergio Aguero (C) celebrates after scoring his team’s third goal with Manchester City’s Spanish striker Alvaro Negredo (L) and Manchester City’s French midfielder Samir Nasri (R) during the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, northwest England, on September 22, 2013. AFP PHOTO / ANDREW YATES RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or live services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo credit should read ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images)

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Happy Thanksgiving folks, from all of us here at ProSoccerTalk.

I know you can probably smell the wonderful aroma of Pumpkin Pie wafting in from the kitchen as you read this but, stop drooling, put your holiday eat-a-thon on hold for a few minutes as we reflect on what we’re thankful for.

High up on your list is probably the Premier League, and what a season we’ve had so far on NBC Sports.

So, without further adieu, here’s four reasons why I’m thankful the PL is in my life.


Enjoy the wonderful time with your families and share a few reasons why you’re thankful for the PL too, use NBC Sports’ holiday hashtag #WhyImThankful to share your thoughts on Twitter. After all, I’m pretty sure the Pilgrims all loved a good kick about back in the day… right?

Southampton challenging the big boys…

Every season there’s one storyline that captures the hope and imagination of Premier League fans across the world, this year Southampton’s story is putting a smile on everyone’s face. In 2011 they were in English soccer’s third-tier, three seasons later after back-to-back promotions they’re challenging the upper echelons of English’s soccer’s elite. It’s the stuff dreams are made of. And what makes it even better is that they’re doing it with homegrown English players, throwing in two or three teenagers into the starting lineup every week and playing high-pressure, attack–minded soccer that’s upsetting the apple cart against the likes of Liverpool and Manchester United. The Saints are coming… I’m thankful to see one of the little guys punching well above its weight.

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Adam Lallana looks poised to exchange his Southampton shirt for a Liverpool shirt.

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Great goalscorers on fire…

Sergio Aguero, Wayne Rooney, Loic Remy… the list goes on and on. But truth is there’s simply nothing better to watch in the PL than a front man firing on all cylinders and banging the ball in the back of the old onion bag. Aguero has been in sensational form so far and leads the league with 10 goals in 12 games and the little Argentine’s movement and interchanging with red-hot strike partner Alvaro Negredo is like watching a magnificently choreographed barn dance in full flow. Divine. At the moment it’s a case of “Keep calm and pass to Aguero” for Manchester City. I’m thankful I get to see his splendid finishing on a weekly basis.

Unpredictability ruling the roost…

Odds are if you’re a betting man, you’ve probably lost a lot of money this season already. The big boys are all dropping points and nobody, expect for Arsenal, is really taking the league by the scruff of the neck and saying “come on then, you’re mine.” That’s heartbreaking and exasperating for fans of Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool and Manchester United but fantastic for the neutral. I’m thankful that on their day David really does beat Goliath in the PL, this season it’s been on a weekly basis.

That this season won’t finish until May 2014…

From August-May every year the Premier League delivers news, glory, delight, agony, scandal and debate almost every weekend. I lap it up. I love nothing more than to wake up on a Saturday morning knowing an exhilarating day of action awaits from the length of breadth of England and Wales. When May 11 2014 rolls around (the final day of the season) I’ll be one sad man. But then the speculation, preparation and fun begins as the new season is less than three months away.... the fun never stops. I’m thankful for the massive window of time in which we get to watch the PL. I just wish it went on year round!

Let us know why you’re thankful for the Premier League and Tweet it out using the hashtag #WhyImThankful.

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