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Posted on 08/19/2012 10:47:26 AM PDT by Jakarta ex-pat
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Soccer is BORING!!!!!!!!
I have 2 cousins (brothers) who are mad Arsenal and Spurs supporters. Makes for lively discussions when the derby is due.
I have been a Spurs supporter all my life. Nice to hear there are Spurs supporters in the USA.
I have come to the conclusion that there is something distinctly un-American about a sport that routinely ends in a tie.
And the funniest thing about your observation, is that soccer is a capitalistic sport watched by socialists, whereas NFL football is a socialistic sport watched by capitalists.
If football was scored the same way, a 28-0 lead would really be 4-0.
Yeah boy! Soccer is ALMOST as thrilling as bowling and curling! Three hours of guys running up and down, back and forth as the ball goes out of bounds!! Be still my heart!
Soccer remindes me of that famous Oklahoma license plate.
Oklahoma is OK.
Probably closer to 40-0, because all that Goodell and the League seem to be concerned about is making it as easy to score as possible. And the strategy is working—witness some of the comments here.
I’ve seen that comment twice, now. A three-hour soccer game? Where do you find them? Especially since you (apparently) do not watch soccer.
But then again, I feel the same way about hockey and lots of Americans are absolutely rabid about hockey.
Imagine how boring NFL football would be if you took away the forward pass. It would just be two teams changing possession back and forth with an occasional punt and an occasional field goal. It would be a snooze fest. Just like soccer.
It is an Italian aerobics exercise.
Soccer is a stupid sport. Baseball is even stupider. Basketball and any sort of ball sports are just stupid, period. American Football is relatively better due to it being a bit more physical, but with padding and helmets, it is just stupid as well.
Boxing, kickboxing, and other martial art sports are okay, however. MMA is the only true sport we have.
Wasn’t it “soccer moms” who gave us Clinton?
I would prefer the judgment of baseball Dads to elect presidents, thank you.
By the way, aren’t you glad you started this thread?
NFL dads gave us Jimmy Carter? (Just pointing out the absurdity of your comment).
Never!! Soccer is a foreign girls game.
Watching soccer is like watching paint dry.
When they start playing with the decapitated head of a vanquished enemy like in the old days, I might start watching.
Yahtzee uncles gave us Eisenhower?
What the eff are you talking about?
Just because the rest of the world enjoys soccer does not mean the US must. Yes, it is a big sport elsewhere, but it just hasn’t caught on in the US. I remember some collegiate soccer matches as far back as the 1960s. Soccer has had its chance. I find it boring. Apparently other Americans do as well.
I am simply using your logical standard.
My Dad was a Spurs man too, from Palmers Green, although after he moved here he became more of a baseball fan. We occasionally see people in their kit over here but not nearly as often as Man U, Arsenal, or even Chelsea.
I will tell you why Americans do not embrace soccer.
It starts in the youth leagues, where most people have exposure to the sport. They have choices:
Football is a high-commitment sport;
- the equipment is expensive
- practice 5x a week + 1 game/week
- player size is very important
- individual skills need to be developed
- the team will fail where there is a weak player
Basebell is a medium-level commitment:
- equipment is inexpensive
- few practices, but 3-4 games/week
- player size is not that important
- individual skills need to be developed
- the team will struggle where there is a weak player
Soccer is a very low-commitment sport:
- the equipment is inexpensive,
- practice 1x a week + 1 game/week
- player size matters little
- the skill set to participate is minimal (running), and
- a youth team can do just fine with one or two clueless players on the field.
So which sport will the non-devoted parents choose for their smallish, non-athletic child? In America, there are parents who want their kids to get exercise. So they choose soccer.
I’ve coached soccer for many many years. To the non-comittal parents, soccer is a chance for little Johnnie or little Susie to run around for an hour. The parents don’t have a clue about the sport. Nearly all parents and most coaches couldn’t tell you what offsides is.
On top of that, the liberals have taken over the sport. They don’t keep score until the kids reach 10 years old, so that no one’s feelings get hurt. They have something called “silent sidelines” where parents are not allowed to say anything during a game, so no one’s feelings get hurt. If one team doesn’t have any substitutes (because not enough players showed up), a coaching strategy to give players a rest is to have a player untie a shoe when a ref isn’t looking - then when the ref does look, take his time tying the shoe so his team can rest...which is possible because a loose shoelace is dangerous and is not an unnecessary delay.
American soccer fails at the youth level. Thus Americans don’t embrace soccer.
Soccer low-commitment, etc.???? Perhaps at the AYSO level, but very different at the club level.
Here’s why soccer is about to take off, Clint Dempsey is about to sign a huge contract with some EPL team....when more Americans start getting big paydays for playing in Europe, that will attract more youth to pursue the sport.
It has gotten so bad, that players are now acting like all-star wrestlers for not even the slightest contact. It is a laughable affair, and really, the only thng going for it anymore.
Unless it's top-flight English Premier League game or the famous El Clásico rivalry between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona, two teams that hate each other for competitive, political and cultural reasons.
My favorite sports are Hockey and football, both of which don't have that much more scoring than Soccer. Basketball has too much scoring, and baseball is basically sitting around for 3 hours with a couple of minutes of excitement.
After cricket, and baseball, the world’s most boring sport is soccer.
The sport for 14 year old overachieving girls.
Metrosexual game. Boring.
lol. Too many hipsters like Soccer. That alone is a dealbreaker for me.
Also, Soccer is too European for me. Next they’ll start encouraging us to wear Speedos.
I had two daughters who played high level travel soccer, just below elite, and the training was tough - run, run,and run some more. A serious soccer player is in great shape!
The funniest story of my oldest daughters career was of a club game in mid june in the New jersey heat and humidity. Think it was when they were in 9th grade- we were down to just 11 players due to injuries, the other team consisted of about 70% girls who - how should I say this nicely-might have fit in well on the football team at linebacker. Our girls were lean and fast. Being at their place, they were physical and the ref let it go- and they wore us down. Still 0-0 with ten to go, our top defender passed out from the heat. A lady down, we give up a late goal and lost 1-0.
The coach, a big, tall, soft spoken guy, called the girls together and said- “well girls, that was a tough loss.But look at the bright side - at least you’ll all be going to the prom”
Re your post #80, which ended with “Sheesh, how lame do you have to be to feel pride in the feats of others?” As I often say with regard to high school, college and professional sports, it all comes down to: Our goons can beat your goons.
The only sport that I watch is baseball and I’m not rooting for any team (well, one exception: I am for any team opposing the Yankees), I’m enjoying the skills of the players and team strategy. It’s a pleasure to see the game played well.
Here’s a game that’s just as exciting. Like rugby only players used to be able to punch each other in the face;
As I said to another poster, I may have reworded the title, and put more effort into 3, which was the main reason for writing the piece.
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From time to time, I go further and "post" an opinion.
That the majority of posters will agree or disagree is unimportant. (though it's nice when they do!)
One can't take replies too personal, or you'd never "join in."
I agree with you. Soccer is BORING. DULL. A little kid’s game until the boys can play football.
Football is a religion in Texas. I don’t see us becoming athiest anytime soon.
Here's an idea of what it's like on the field:
This ain't 'marching band', any more than high school soccer is Colorado Rapids soccer.
In matches that end with scores of 2-3, even a squirrel can find a nut once in awhile.
That's not to say games with high scores are any more decisive. You can tune into the last 10 minutes of a basketball game, and either find it to be a blowout, or a matched score of 89-91.
You have it wrong, That cheating Ellis picked up the ball and was penalized for it, Rugby came about when a guy twice his size tackled him, pushed his face in the mud and told Ellis never to touch the ball again. Then he picked up the ball and scored a try!
Rugby is growing faster in the US than soccer is, in St Paul/MPLS we have 12 mens club side teams, almost all of the colleges in MN has both mens and womens sides and its growing even faster in the high schools. Recently, in Texas of all places, 30k fans came out to watch our national team
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