Sunday, April 27, 2008

RATE IT! Owen Hargreaves

Ah, Owen Hargreaves! My officially sanctioned boyfriend -- approved by Mr. Lose That Girl. You know when you play that fantasy game where you are allowed *one* person that you could have if you were able and everyone was willing...well, my choice is Owen Hargreaves. My husband -- okay, full disclosure ...he IS a Manchester United fan too -- and I have an arrangement. He can have Kate from "Lost" as his girlfriend, and I can have Owen. Nice!

For the uninitiated, Owen Hargreaves is a Canadian who plays mid-field for Manchester United. At the young age of 16, he left Calgary to join Bayern Munich's youth team in Germany. He played there for 10 years during which he won countless trophies and was named to England's national football squad (Owen's father is English hence his dual citizenship and availability for England). In the summer of 2007, he made a successful transfer to Manchester United -- yay!!!!

How do I love thee? There are far too many ways to count. His dedication to his sport is to be admired. How many of us would leave our parents as a youngster to move solo to a foreign country where you don't know the language? At the 2006 World Cup, he took endless negative barbs from the England fans who didn't feel that he was English enough to set foot into their beloved squad. Did he talk smack back via the press? No, he just showed everyone how wrong they were by being named England's player of the year. He's a gifted athlete, an exemplary individual away from the pitch, he has written two sports blogs and heck, he's a Canadian boy done good! He also happens to be absolutely gorgeous. And he scored the winning goal to knock Arsenal out of the EPL title race (do I regain my street cred now?)

Final verdict: Owen Hargreaves personifies everything fab about the EPL, and he's pretty too!

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