We used to have closer championships until 2006... then something broke and Barça & Madrid are on their way to the 100 points. But well, let's hope a small team can ever get in the fight for the top places.
And that's a really ample list of possibilities XD
Well, there is no need to get so defensive- I was just commenting that, well, America has other mass sports, and European football is rarely followed there. It's always nice to see someone interested on it.
The vast majority of the Premier matches are fun and entertaining. If you ever come to Spain, I highly advise you to watch a match involving two of the top 8 teams, specially if one of them is in the top 4, otherwise you might find really boring craps. I can assure it, I check the commentaries about all the matches every week (journalism student here).
And well, I know hundreds of ignorant, arrogant and self-righteous Europeans :C It's a common disease everywhere.
Honestly... last year, the Barça fans had to be escorted out of the stadium an hour after the match had ended to prevent fights with a few angry braindead hooligans supporting Madrid. But it's just a problem of special matches between long enemies. You won't find any problems in a Valencia-Valladolid.
And it's really unusual to find an American guy so interested in football XD
The problem is, if I ever were to the match, I'd need to be in the Barça side for my own safety... and all the tickets for their zone are already saved from the guys from Barcelona, so no XD
I have been to a At. Madrid - Barça, and I sincerely find these matches more entertaining. They usually end with 7 goals between both sides.
El clásico, I usually watch it with my friends in a pub nearby, where I act as the crazy guy who doesn't support R. Madrid XD Last year, I got an extra plate of tapas when Piqué scored the 6th goal for Barça XD