Skip to comments.So You Really Think Soccer Blows?
Posted on 06/09/2006 8:56:48 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
So you Think Soccer Sucks?
Fine. I am honestly surprised that you could find the energy to type it, or its equivalent. I am not surprised that you are probably the same person complaining that soccer is being rammed down your throat, or other such nonsense.
Do you realize how silly you sound? In what sort of universe can a professional sport, any professional sport, be forced upon anyone? Just turn off the sports media. That enough should be understandable to every member of this website, even the re-treads, trolls, disruptors, and shills.
But we need to get a few things straight. Above all else, your team is playing in the largest tournament on the face of our planet. Thats right, your team. Your other teams, be they named Penske, Padres, or Packers, do not perform on such a stage. A Packer fan may tell a Bear fan that his team sucks. The Bear fan will reply in kind. Such is the nature of rivalry. But try and explain to me that soccer is a wussy sport when I see the following:
Mexican fan: Your team sucks.Oh yeah, thats real testosterone on display. Chicks dig a competitor.
U.S.A. fan: Soccer is ghey.
If you cannot bring yourself to cheer for or even defend your own country, then how about shutting the heck up. If you cannot bring yourself to shut the heck up, then walk into a stadium full of English, German, or Dutch fans, stand up, and shout the same out loud. But please try those fans first. Other countries fans may mistakenly deliver you to a painless death. Drink a beer or two if it makes you brave. Remember that there will always be someone braver than you.
I dont want to hear about how soccer is a socialist sport. Its insulting. To your intelligence. I dont care to talk about restrictor-plates, revenue-sharing, anti-trust exemptions, or the Fair Catch Rule, whose very name suggests wine spritzers and flower arrangements. Please understand this is not about the superiority of one sport over another. This is about rising to the pinnacle of a sport that gives every country in the world the opportunity to qualify. Its a sport. It has a ball. It's about being the best. What more do you need?
Americans love to fight - traditionally. All real Americans love the sting and clash of battle. When you were kids, you all admired the champion marble player; the fastest runner; the big league ball players; the toughest boxers. Americans love a winner and will not tolerate a loser. Americans despise cowards. Americans play to win - all the time. I wouldn't give a hoot in hell for a man who lost and laughed.1I dont want to hear that the rules are lame. You dont know the rules. You all but admitted you dont watch, so how can you? Injury time, the calculation of which was always the source of debate, is now announced at the sideline as the half is ending. Its been that way for years. Please try and keep up.
Players take dives. Live with it. It happens in every contact sport. Sometimes a player takes a dive in order to give himself or his teammates a rest. You would also if you just spent the last forty minutes and incalculable miles alternating between a run and a sprint.
Your team needs you. Your country needs you. The next couple weeks will not be easy and will only become harder, and the stakes higher, as time goes on. Sure, I think Landon Donavan is a priss, DaMarcus Beasley is over-rated, and Claudio Reyna is too old. It matters not. I do not expect you to start drinking at 5AM. I do not expect you to march down Main Street with the Stars & Stripes. I do not expect four Chicago cops in riot-gear come to the apartment (my personal best). But I expect you to get behind your team or get out of my way.
Thanks for letting me share. Thanks for letting me emote. Chuckle if you wish. Just remember that somewhere (not necessarily in Germany) someone in American gear is drinking and dancing with a hot Brazilian, or Swedish, or Australian chick and you are not.
1George S. Patton, Speech to the Third Army, 1944.
That's funny. I went to watch my neices play T-ball, and they weren't allowed to win the game either. Go figure.
Looks like I made my point, thanks.
But I welcomed comments on this Smoky Backroom thread. I think its hilarious that "real men," defined as those that feel the need to tell me that my sport of choice is "gay," are so insecure of their manhood. Don't fret . . . maybe the man of the house will give you a foot massage and you'll feel better.
Spoken like a true Cubs fan.
You equate support a sport (any sport)with supporting your country???Are you on drugs or are you 14?
Awww . . . you mean, just because you can't win, the sport is for girls?
I'd say 1rudeboi's hissy fit shows his IQ is 14. But, I wouldn't want him to send his mommy after me. Hey rudeboi, how was your post-succer-game Chuck E. Cheese party?
Wow...now that is what psychologists call "projection." Here, let me give you a little advice...go drink your Capri Sun, suck on a few orange slices, then sit in front of your life-sized poster of RonaldoAlexeiPele and ... well, you're (allegedly) a grown up, so you will know what to do.
Just make sure you have Kleenex nearby.
I can see you're upset. Maybe your boyfriend will give you a sucker.
Soccer is more boring than golf!
Soccer is great.
Want a ghey sport? Nascar.
Buncha toothless hicks drinking PBR with their fat bottomed girlfriends wearing a tube top and electric blue eyeshadow watching a freaking car go in circles in the hot sun, and secretly hoping for things to "blow up real good!" with a crash.
Wow...I am sorry you had to ask your mommy (or maybe one of your succer buddies) for help to come up with that. I bet you're now sitting at the Chuck E. Cheese telling all your 8-year old fellow fans how smart you are.
By the way, how are you able to stay up so late at the computer? I guess when you're a 35-year living in the basement at your mom's house you can stay up a little later...
'Any activity where the "stars" are known by only one name is not a sport.'
Sorry that makes no sense...what has the 'superiority' of two names as opposed to one got to do with anything?..surely the fact that the whole world(except your nation) knows a person by one moniker shows both the worldwide love of football and also the respect for their talent..
Any activity where the 'stars' are full of steroids isnt a real sport.
Any activity where most of the team spend the game in the dugout isnt a real sport.
Any activity where the 'athletes' barely move or stand still for most of the game isnt a real sport.
Any activity where its 'grestest hero' was an overweight man isnt a real sport.
Any activity where players 'pad up' UNLIKE RUGBY isnt a real sport...
Any activity where you HAVE to be a genetic freak who HAS to be a certain height(unlike 'soccer' where some greats were small,some average height and some tall)before you are allowed to play isnt a real sport.
ACTUALLY,I am not a football fan.but I DID want to show that your argument can be easily turned on your sports...
Given that the entire rest of the world is for football and the WC...
Doesnt it EVER cross America's mind that it alone does not have 'soccer' as its no1 sport?..do Americans ever think that being in the minority could mean they are wrong?.
Dude, that is pathetic. I would've hoped that the anti-soccer crowd (you, specifically) could've come-up with something better. How can it be that some guy living in mom's basement led you to the lamest response, ever?
You see, it's called "targeting your audience."
Follow me on this one...I know it's going to be hard for you to follow, but make the effort, ok? I will even type it out slowly for you to read it out loud.
You see, I have to tone my responses down to the lowest common denominator here, namely you.
By the way, do you know what "namely" and "lowest common denominator" stand for? I can explain, if you need it. I know, I am using big, difficult words for you, but I am sure you can follow.
In the meantime, while you think about it, and take 20-some odd hours to compose a completely weak reply, have some fun watching your favorite "athletes", as they demonstrate their "abilities."
Maybe so, but I am not the one saying that because you don't appreciate the sports I appreciate, that makes you ignorant, or a bad countryman or anything like that.
In case you haven't noticed, I haven't set up a thread talking down to other FReepers due to their lack of support for any of my favorite activities, including bowling or softball. Why, you may ask? Because I am secure in MY enjoyment of said activities and because I have a sense of humor about said activities, namely,
- I fully realize that any activity where you can actually get better the more beer you have in you, ain't a sport, and
- I also realize that any activity that typically requires you to rent your shoes ain't a sport.
You see, I have a sense of humor about it, I don't get offended when others put down my favorite activities...I just wish the succer fans would develop the same sense of humor about their so-called "sport."
I get it...WE (the vast majority of Americans) get it. YOU like succer, and we applaud you for that, I guess. Just don't try to tell us we're unpatriotic for not caring one whit about the US team in the "world cup," because all you accomplish is make us dislike succer even more, and then make it personal.
Gads. You call that a flame? You are a parody.
No one is calling you unpatriotic. We are simply discussing the limits of your patriotism.
That link you posted? Did you get it from me? I posted it a number of days ago.
I had no opinion one way or the other until yesterday, when ESPN-2 pre-empted Salt Water Sunday (fishing shows) to show soccer. I look forward to my fishing shows all week, just to have them taken away.
Great post. I think that the fact that soccer requires relatively intense concentration on the part of the viewer makes it less likely to "catch on" in a country such as the US which does not have a rich history of the sport.
The way the US played today is a poor example of how the game is played. Today's game set back soccer in this country by 10 years.
Your "insults" would be much more compelling if you could stick with one age accusation per post.
I'd just like to say that you're either misunderstanding or ignorant. We are not saying you have to like soccer or you're stupid, unpatriotic, whatnot. We're saying that America is playing in the world-cup. Hate soccer if you want. Just don't come onto a world cup thread, bash our team, and disrupt our thread. Hate soccer, if you must, but don't go out of your way to bash the U.S.A.
And, as a sidepoint, the reason soccer doesn't seem to have a sense of humour is that people continually bash it well beyond the points of rationality. Sure, not everyone like softball or bowling. But they don't ALWAYS go out of their way to mock the sport. We accept that it is a sport and that's that.
(Yes, this is a useless debate. Freepers will still bash soccer and our team. But it's a good vent :)
"So You Really Think Soccer Blows?"
Mexican: Your team sucks. GOP_Raider: Soccer sucks and we suck at soccer.
SECURE THE BORDER!!---er, um, sorry, force of habit I guess.
I'm not familiar with this "soccer" thing. Is that the "sport" where a bunch of homosexuals in pajamas run around kicking the round white and black ball?
Ok, I'm done with my lame attempt at sarcasm. Here's something I've never quite understood with futbol/soccer. I was watching Mexico/Iran yesterday at work and I asked myself "Self, why does the clock keep running after a foul, yellow card, etc. is called?" I've never understood this, but maybe I'm used to nearly every other game where time limits are kept (football, hockey, basketball, etc.) stopping the clock?
The system now is probably the best it'll ever be (referee keeps time; injury time announced at end of half).
No more than it occurs to soccer fans that their following everyone else--in every underdeveloped country, every nowhere economy, every country people leave to come to America--could mean they're sheeple.
And no more than it occurs to soccer fans that ONE country alone does not have 'soccer' as its number one sport--the same country that is the ONLY world superpower.
The ONE country that doesn't follow everyone else LEADS the world. Make the connection. ;)
Amen. I cringed through the whole match. They were an embarrassment. They never showed up. The commentator (here in Europe) remarked that they looked like schoolboys showing up for a friendly. Ugh. They had no aggression, no drive, no NOTHING. Italy-Ghana may have ended 2-0, but they PLAYED, and they were both impressive. We're so going to exit in the 1st round.
I think Landon Donavan is a priss, DaMarcus Beasley is over-rated, and Claudio Reyna is too old.
I don't know anyone who's made the claim. You must be setting a record for whining about it in one thread, though.
Try comment #2. LOLOLOL
"Sure they can change the channel. They just don;t like being told they enjoy a sport that they don't like."
How is that claiming one is forced to watch?
Forced to watch/told to enjoy. You should be able to catch my drift. Well, maybe not.
One quick look at the history of the Billboard chart shows that just because something is popular doesn't mean it's good. And I like soccer, I just don't think its popularity should have anything to do with its (or anything else's) perceived quality.
You seriously don't understand the difference between being told something and being forced to do something?
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