This time of year, most Sox fans are rooting for the New England football team. Now we can start rooting for a football team in England.
Liverpool FC, the winningest franchise in the history of the English Premier League, have recentlly fallen on hard times. They sit near the bottom of the league: so low in the standings that if the season was over today they would be relegated to a lower division. Former owners Tom Hicks and George Gillette plunged the club into massive debt causing the fans to turn on them, with many publicly protesting the regime. John Henry and Co. swooped in and stole the team for a discount price of $476 million.
Tom Hicks has called the move a “swindle” among other things. I would be bitter too if I lost Liverpool FC and the Texas Rangers only to be left with an NHL franchise in Dallas, Texas… where nobody plays hockey.
When asked about future plans, Henry dropped a hint by stating that the Red Sox are the second highest spendng team in baseball. Soccer is the most cash-flexible sport on the planet, and teams can be launched from bottom feeder to contender in one high-spending off season (soccer fans, see Manchester City). Look for potential transfer moves in January for a stirker like Luis Fabiano of Sevilla FC. Liverpool fans will hope this move can return the club to glory, much like how this ownership group did for the Red Sox.