posted on Jan, 27 2008 @ 04:18 AM
Bit of back round needed so bear with me.
Yesterday in England a team from a very low league played one from the very top of the top league in a competition called The FA cup. (Football
The teams in question were Liverpool Football club (5 times European champions and 7 times FA cup winners) and Havant & Waterlooville.
There is 6 leagues difference (about 25 teams in each league) Liverpool has players that are mostly in their national teams and earn *pop star* wages,
H&W's players are part timers, school caretakers, bin-men and teachers etc etc. They play for the love of the game. They have regular crowds of 600
at their ground. Liverpool regularly have over 40'000.
Havant and Waterlooville really took the game to Liverpool and twice held the lead before unfortunately loosing 5 - 2. The memory of this will live in
the minds of the players and supporters of Havant and Waterlooville for a very, very long time.
Although the cup is usually won by one of the top sides, there is always a few giant-killings along the way, it's a great competition in which
anything can happen. It really does keep the dreams of the underdog alive. I love most sports, but football is the beautiful game.
Now my questions.
Is there anything like this in any sport in the US? (I'm quite sure there isn't.)
Do you think it would be a good thing?
Why is there just one cup/championship game or series in US sports? Wouldn't a league and cup format bring more to the game for the fans?
And please this is a question of formats rather than *My sports better than your sport*
A few links from the sports pages for more backround.
Havant boss pays tribute to team
Wiki FA Cup - history and format