Being a fan of Chelsea in the United States, let alone in the Mojave Desert, is not an easy thing.
First off, one must rise at the crack of dawn on a Saturday or Sunday morning to catch most Blues games live on television. Second, there are very few Chelsea fans I have met in Sin City. Just one to be exact. So a big, bad Blues shout-out to my boy Stafford over at The Mirage casino on the Las Vegas Strip. Third, the overwhelming majority of Americans haven’t yet embraced soccer—the world’s most popular sport by a mile—let alone tried to watch it due to idiosyncratic cultural differences from the rest of the planet.
The fact that football in the USA is football while football everywhere else is soccer to Americans, certainly doesn’t help the cause. Most of us Yankees find it very hard to see the beauty of a 0-0 game.
Non-American readers only need to know that McDonald’s is our No. 1 restaurant, Jay Leno is the most-watched late night television host, Rush Limbaugh is the most-listened to dude on the radio waves and we actually have more guns in this nation than we do people. Point made.
Following Chelsea for over eight years now, I have grown to find loving the Blues is just like loving the Chicago Bulls or UNLV’s basketball team or the Pittsburgh Steelers. Sometimes they’re good, sometimes they’re bad, but fans always expect the most from their team.
Anyway, I’ve scoured the Internet for lists and stories of famous Chelsea fans and have compiled a list of my 10 favorite Blues backers. Enjoy.