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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..
31st-Jan-2007 11:34 pm (UTC)
I think it's just about time that the most popular and appreciated sport in the rest of the world was appreciated in the US. I know that that article was a horrible generalisation, but it just dismays me to read that a lot of Americans will truly feel that way about football. America doesn't have to be PC about Britain's customs and traditions, we're not a poor underdeveloped country, but when a "real sport" is considered nothing more than punch-ups and fireworks it's a little sad, especially when it's the top sport in practically every other country.
1st-Feb-2007 03:09 am (UTC)
I'm sorry, it still doesn't make too much sense to me. :o) I don't understand why we have to love a sport simply because everyone else does.

But regardless of that, there really is a lot of appreciation for the sport anyway. It's the most popular youth sport here, and one of the most popular for high school and college. I mean, we already have our own sports that are super popular. I don't see why this is a big deal CAN'T WE ALL JUST GET ALONG?? :o)
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2nd-Feb-2007 02:17 am (UTC)
I like your objection to timeouts. Although, really, the only sports that use them are American football and basketball. Baseball uses them fairly infrequently. And I guess hockey, but I don't watch quite enough of it to know how often they are used.

And I think I am on the pro side of overtime. As a player and an athlete of other sports where there is no overtime needed, I can only imagine the supreme frustration of having spent several hours putting 110% of physical and mental effort into doing your best to win a game/match/meet/etc.. and then having it end in a draw? Yes yes, you play for the fun of the game.. but just as much, I play to win. So, in conclusion, overtime is for the players, not for the fans! :o)
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