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Threedifferentones

(1,070 posts)
5. I used to hate American football.
Thu Jul 10, 2014, 07:13 PM
Jul 2014

But, back then I was ignorant of its finer points, and even some of its rules. I used to say American football is boring because its just 22 huge dudes slamming into eachother for a few seconds, and then standing around for 45. But, after watching a lot of it in my adult life, and playing some Madden on the x-box, I now appreciate all the strategy that goes into it, and actually find the time they spend "lining up" to be really exciting. Trying to figure out what sort of play a team is going to run before the snap can be half the fun. In American football the coaches play a bigger role on game day than in any other sport, often calling every play rather like a general directing troops.

"Soccer" is the opposite. Of all the major sports, it is the most free flowing. No time outs, limited substitutions, and rare scores mean that the game is usually moving. But, in order to be successful a team must remain coordinated and disciplined. The beauty of soccer to me can be summed up by the phrase "organized chaos."

IMO, Americans who try to site objective reasons that soccer is obviously boring are simply ignorant, just as I was ignorant of American football. You didn't grow up watching it and, like Sarah Palin, you've only really seen it played by kids. If you just focus on the soccer ball, and ignore the movements of the other players, I'm sure it can look like a bunch of kids chasing a ball. But if you appreciate how organized the players have to be, without the aid of timeouts and scripted plays, and how hard it is to quickly control a ball with your feet, then soccer is absolutely as exciting as any other sport.

This really should not be surprising, because ignorant Americans like Palin genuinely believe that everyone else in the world loves a boring sport and that, by implication, they are not as smart or as competitive as Americans. What a load of bunk!

I'm glad you have seen the light.

The World Cup has won me over. [View all] minivan2 Jul 2014 OP
Well there's lots of football all the time starting next year malaise Jul 2014 #1
All true but you missed the biggest item of all : MLS musiclawyer Jul 2014 #9
Good rant re the MLS malaise Jul 2014 #10
Well put! ChairmanAgnostic Jul 2014 #31
Nice rant redqueen Jul 2014 #51
Love my Timbers! hogwyld Jul 2014 #55
Just bought a house in West Linn. Will retire there in a few years musiclawyer Jul 2014 #57
I'm not really a sports fan in general (okay, big understatement), but Arugula Latte Jul 2014 #2
The World Cup is so predictable Art_from_Ark Jul 2014 #3
That's true of almost every sport. Threedifferentones Jul 2014 #6
I don't think so. DanTex Jul 2014 #14
Germany and Brazil have both appeared in the Final Four on numerous occasions Art_from_Ark Jul 2014 #17
That's true. The same few countries are usually at the top. DanTex Jul 2014 #19
And little Costa Rica? They did great! ChairmanAgnostic Jul 2014 #32
England? malaise Jul 2014 #42
Well, maybe not so much England. DanTex Jul 2014 #43
What is strange to me is that not one of Norway, Denmark or Sweden malaise Jul 2014 #44
Sweden was a surprise. DanTex Jul 2014 #47
I see you're in California. KamaAina Jul 2014 #4
I used to hate American football. Threedifferentones Jul 2014 #5
I wish I could rec your post... awoke_in_2003 Jul 2014 #13
I still think it's stupid to pay grown folks gobs of money to put on costumes and play kids' games. X_Digger Jul 2014 #7
"Some people think football [i.e. soccer] is a matter of life and death. DanTex Jul 2014 #15
Love that quote redqueen Jul 2014 #52
I find it hard to watch a whole country having a breakdown jimlup Jul 2014 #8
kinda neat to see such pride without tanks and bombs dembotoz Jul 2014 #12
Cartharsis is good malaise Jul 2014 #21
I have to admit... awoke_in_2003 Jul 2014 #11
FYI: English Premier League is now on NBC Sports Network. DanTex Jul 2014 #18
thanks... awoke_in_2003 Jul 2014 #22
I prefer the Spanish La Liga malaise Jul 2014 #23
I agree, to an extent. DanTex Jul 2014 #24
The Seria A scandals malaise Jul 2014 #25
Speaking of the top-heavy La Liga. DanTex Jul 2014 #45
You know Barca and Green Bay Packers are the only two sports teams in the world malaise Jul 2014 #46
Nice! I didn't know that about Barca. DanTex Jul 2014 #48
Barcelona is the anti-fascist club malaise Jul 2014 #56
Wow, I didn't know that... redqueen Jul 2014 #53
I first got into it in 2002 Cali_Democrat Jul 2014 #16
My sons, who were 9 and 12 at the time... 3catwoman3 Jul 2014 #20
WOW! That's dedication! Cali_Democrat Jul 2014 #39
theres no "soccer" in FIFA. nt griloco Jul 2014 #26
It's never too late to enjoy the beautiful game. lovemydog Jul 2014 #27
In 2 weeks Mrs. Lib went from totally passive about sports rurallib Jul 2014 #28
Haha, nice! redqueen Jul 2014 #54
we will be doing that rurallib Jul 2014 #58
If you have any local pro, semi-pro, or college soccer teams nearby--support them as well. Crowman1979 Jul 2014 #29
Took me a bit to get into the sport LittleBlue Jul 2014 #30
Dunno about that. I LOVED Germany beating up Brazil. ChairmanAgnostic Jul 2014 #33
Germany figured out what the USA women have known forever : musiclawyer Jul 2014 #37
exactly! Leaderless prima donnas, no matter how talented each one clearly is. ChairmanAgnostic Jul 2014 #40
Then what explains the fact that they have five world cup wins from seven finals malaise Jul 2014 #49
Because they were better then. The best. musiclawyer Jul 2014 #50
And 'the beautiful game' welcomes you! The youth league in our town has 1700 kids and FailureToCommunicate Jul 2014 #34
I agree. I have been enjoying the World Cup. ellie Jul 2014 #35
I grew up in small town, rural VT... We didn't have big enough schools many times to support an glowing Jul 2014 #36
Welcome aboard. 3catwoman3 Jul 2014 #38
Ann Coulter is against it IronLionZion Jul 2014 #41
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