Barclays Premier League

As many of you know, I play soccer. I love playing it, but I also love watching it too. When I get the chance to watch soccer on TV, I don’t just watch any soccer match. I always prefer to watch a Barclays Premier League match.

The Barclays Premier League–or the English Premier League–is made up of 20 teams. This year the teams are, AFC Bournemouth, Arsenal, Aston Villa, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Everton, Leicester City, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Newcastle United, Norwich City, Southampton, Stoke City, Sunderland, Swansea City, Tottenham Hotspur, Watford, West Bromwich Albion, and West Ham United. There has been seven team that have been members of the league for every season since its inception. Those teams are Arsenal, Aston Villa, Chelsea, Everton, Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.

It is the most-watched football league in the world, broadcasting to a potential TV audience of 4.6 billion.

All 20 teams play each other twice. Each plays once at their home stadium and then at their opponent’s, for a total of 38 games. Teams will recieve three points for a win and one point for a draw (tie). For a loss there are no points awarded. The teams are ranked by points, then goal difference, then goals scored.

Each year, the bottom three teams in standings are relegated to the Football League Champoinship. The top two teams from the Championship, together with the winner of play-offs involving the third to sixth placed Championship clubs, are promoted in their place.

The Barclays Premier League’s competition and skill level is much greater than other leagues. The atmosphere the fans create is also amazing. Each club is different in so many ways with their own loving fan bases, traditions and stadiums. The stadiums in themselves tell thousands of stories of great moments and great players, intense nail-biters and crushing defeats.

So next time you have a chance to watch a match of the Barclays Premier League, you should go ahead and watch. You may say, “Soccer is so boring to watch,” but, you might also surprise yourself and enjoy it. -Stephen



Powerball Winners!?

Dear Jerry,

A couple of minutes ago there was a family who won the nationwide Powerball hysteria over the biggest jackpot in history, the Tennessee family has come forward with a ticket that is potentially one of the three winners from Wednesday’s huge $1.6 billion Powerball drawing.

John Robinson and his wife Lisa bought four tickets at Naifeh’s Food Mart, a grocery store one block from their home in Munford, Tennessee, at 6:56 p.m. on Wednesday night. Robinson, a father of two, said he bought the four tickets as he always does to represent the four members of their family, with the computer choosing the winning numbers of 04, 08, 19, 27, 34 and Powerball 10.The prize is roughly $533 million if they choose the lump-sum payment, which is $327.8 million after taxes.

His potential winning ticket has not yet been verified by Tennessee lottery officials, but news outlets have reported that one of the winners was sold at Naifeh’s in Munford along with one each in Florida and California. The couple sent copies of the ticket to NBC News, which has done a background check on them and worked to independently verify their ticket as the winner.Lisa wrote the numbers down, watched the drawing and triple-checked the numbers before startling John awake with the news. The chances of winning were 1 in 292.2 million, and there were 635,103,137 total tickets sold.