The American influence on European soccer is not exactly going Super well right now, but there's at least one Yank in football (futbol) who is doing things right, and that man's name is Ted Lasso.
Who is Ted Lasso? Well, in short, he's an American college football coach who now coaches soccer across the pond. What started out as a gimmick commercial to promote the Premier League on NBC in 2013 has turned into a full-fledged Apple TV series that premiered last August in a hybrid-streaming setting. The first three episodes came out at once, then only one new episode per week, like how people used to watch TV in the 1700s.
This clip from Late Night with Seth Meyers further goes into the development of the Ted Lasso character. Trauma Warning: Jason Sudeikis and Olivia Wilde were still together when this interview took place.
If you only watched the first clip, you're probably thinking to yourself, "how many hacky football vs. futbol jokes can one show make?" and while it's a valid criticism, Ted Lasso is so much more than that. It's endearing AF. Ted Lasso is an upbeat, uplifting, heart-warming/breaking, hilarious show on Apple TV that just happens to be based around soccer. You will laugh and cry. It doesn't matter if you know what a kit, boots, or the pitch are or not. To use a tremendous 7th-grade word, Ted Lasso transcends football/futbol/soccer. Full disclosure: I have been a Sudeikis guy since he was going to Taco Town with Andy Samberg and Bill Hader, but this role may is the best thing he's ever done. It's my personal favorite new show from 2020.
Now, I totally understand if you haven't watched it yet because who actually has Apple TV? I only have a subscription because I got a free year with my iPhone. I think since I bought a Macbook last summer that it bleeds into a second free year. I'm not sure if I'm paying out of pocket yet, and unfortunately, there's no way to tell. Outside of The Morning Show and Ted Lasso I have no use for it. What I'm trying to say is with 93 different streaming services, I totally get if you haven't seen Ted Lasso season one yet, but we have ourselves a little 4/20 miracle today as news just came out that we're only three months and three days away from Season 2 of Ted Lasso!
Since I'm a hashtag good guy, I'm not going to spoil any of the plot except that the name of the club Ted manages is AFC Richmond. If you haven't watched yet, you've got three months and three days to catch up. If you're like me and can't wait for season two, hopefully, this teaser/trailer/industry buzzword holds you over like a nice pint of ale at ye local pub.
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