Jason Sudeikis won't have to worry about finding work after leaving Saturday Night Live. He's already got a new job, in a way, as the coach of the English Premier League's Tottenham Hotspur F.C. It's a drastic career change, sure, but one he can probably tackle.
Of course, none of that is true. But this NBC Sports Network promo making the rounds today is too fantastic not to highlight. Sudeikis plays Ted Lasso, an American college football coach with a fantastic name trying to learn the rules of football, which is not the same sport as American football. This will be the first season the Premier League is broadcast on NBC and the network is breaking out all the stops ahead of the August 17 kickoff.
The video has a one-joke premise, as many have noted: this American knows nothing about the differences between the two footballs. Lasso struggles to figure out how many quarters are in a game of British football, how many points are scored when the ball is kicked over the net, and how offsides works. (Lasso can't be blamed for that last one, though, as we still have a hard time figuring that one out sometimes.)
But the video gets some great jokes in about the different clubs in around the League. While Tottenham fans may take offense to Lasso adding an -s to the end of Hotspur, the video is garnering the approval of the other hardcore and casual football fans. No one is going to complain if you call Manchester United the EPL's Dallas Cowboys. And Tottenham fans can console themselves with the cameo from their golden boy, Garreth Bale, near the video's end. Bale's appearance also leads to one of the video's best lines.
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