Swans go to Oxford this weekend. The match is actually on tv at 4am local time. A perfect spot to catch my team before I head to church for 8am Mass. Except for the hideous early morning hour.
From a continent and an ocean away, I sense the excitement about England’s FA Cup. It’s like the first round of March Madness here in the States, with people wondering, hoping which double-digit seed will pull out an underdog victory against a ranked opponent.
I noticed the FA Cup allows every team, pro and amateur to compete. Makes me wonder if 68 teams aren’t an underestimation of a tournament’s potential impact. I’ve suggested elsewhere that putting every basketball team into the NCAA tournament might be an interesting thing.
Back to the Swans match, I was surprised to learn Oxford United has a storied history, playing in the top flight of English football for a few years in the 80’s. Their crest, right, is interesting and I didn’t get it at first. Do you?
Swansea has depth on the squad, though. Their 12th through 22nd best players should be enough. I suspect that team and supporters will not want a defeat to throw poop on a team’s effort to turn things around and launch itself clear of relegation.