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12th-Jan-2007 04:27 pm
wibble rupert
So, in light of Beckham's £50 a minute transfer to LA Galaxy, I've just been reading this article on Yahoo, and I'm actually quite suprised at how Americans seem to view football (or "soccer").

"..the reason America hasn't taken to the so-called "beautiful game" is not a lack of sophistication, but a wealth of superior and noisier entertainment options. Americans know enough about soccer to consider it the "boring game.."

WHAT?! So for football to be good it's not about talent, it's all about the fireworks and fights?! Maybe we should stage wrestling as half-time entertainment or something. I'm glad I live in a country that really loves football and appreciates the skills and talent needed instead of just wishing it was more like a soap opera.

"Athletic excellence is all well and good, but it pales in comparison to colorful characters, rich rivalries, wild feuds and other assorted mayhem."

That is truly ridiculous..
12th-Jan-2007 06:45 pm (UTC)
I think that's a really harsh generalization and takes into account only the passive sports fan and not the active sports fan.

In my very humble opinion, soccer/football is at two big disadvantages in the U.S.
- lack of tradition/knowledge
- lack of league

There's this really funny storyline in Sports Night how one of the anchors (Dan) doesn't think that soccer is a sport. But the more he talks about how much he hates it, the more we come to realize he really doesn't know anything about it.

Americans who don't know anything about American football, for example, generally find it to be an incredibly dull sport. And Americans who love American football for the athleticism of it (of which there are some, myself included) love it despite the fights, fireworks, bravado, etc... and not because of it.

I really truly feel that as soccer continues to be accepted in America, it will grow in popularity. What the U.S. needs right now is our own Beckham. We love basketball because we love Larry Bird and Magic Johnson and Cliff Robinson. We love baseball because we love Joe DiMaggio (I just butchered his name!), Babe Ruth and Sandy Kofax (okay I may be the only one in that league).

Ten years ago I don't even know that we had a soccer league... and if we did, it was quite small. Now we have. In two decades, it'll be bigger. In three, it'll be bigger. It may never be as popular as American football but then again... maybe it will be.

I just think that the article was wrong. And...

"Athletic excellence is all well and good, but it pales in comparison to colorful characters, rich rivalries, wild feuds and other assorted mayhem."

You can't tell me that that doesn't exist over in football-land by you. ;D
31st-Jan-2007 11:29 pm (UTC)
I know not every American thinks like that article, but it annoyed me so I had to write about it, heh. I agree that the US needs their own football star for it to really be appreciated. Maybe Beckham can act as an adopted version of that.. though he is getting on a bit now. They need some young, rising star that can impress America with his whole career. I'll keep my fingers crossed as it's about time that the main sport of the rest of the world is appreciated in the US.
1st-Feb-2007 03:14 am (UTC)
I agree with a lot of this. Although I have come to really love American football a lot, my friends and I used to think it was SO DULL. I mean really, all of the stopping and starting and penalties and two yard rushes drove me crazy. But when I moved to a football-crazed area, I took the time to learn and love it.

Now, I don't really understand a lot in soccer. I understand enough to go cheer on my girls at school when they play, but all of the different flags and corner kicks and rules confuse me. It's not that I don't WANT to learn the rules.. it's that I already follow so many sports that I don't see the necessity in understanding soccer/football. Very short attention span I have. We also have nothing vested in the sport.

More two cents from me.
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