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.
No one realized what had occurred--the police had left so rapidly--but once it became apparent, the supporters started chasing after them. They threw bricks and bottles at their backs. But none of them hit their target. The police were gone; they had retreated; they had disappeared._____
A chant broke out--the first that afternoon--and it grew louder as more supporters appeared, entering the square from the various side streets that fed it.
England.There were more people.
England.Now that I could take it in, the crowd was larger than I had expected, not the four thousand who had begun the march, but still one of considerable size--more than a thousand. They were appearing from all directions; they had all taken up this chant. They were celebrating; the national side had won [the skirmish with the police].
I remained leaning against the wall, and remember saying aloud: My, my, my.
Many things fell into place. This chant: it was the only one I had heard in a day otherwise characterized by its enforced, sullen silence. And now: this declaration for England. It was such a simple but enormous thought: these fools, despised at home, ridiculed in the press, incapable of being contained by any act of impulsive legislation that the government had devised, wanted an England to defend. They didn't want Europe; they didn't understand Europe and didn't want to. They wanted a war. They wanted a nation to belong to and to fight for, even if the fight was this absurd piece of street theater with the local Italian police.
Much the same way as Mom and Dad put a plate of spaghetti-o's in fron t of a 3-year old who doesn't like 'em, never has, and never will, but they say "You like SPaghetti-o's. You always liked them. Now eat up!" Sure they can change the channel. They just don;t like being told they enjoy a sport that they don't like.
I hate soccer.
Who the hell is telling you that you enjoy something you don't like? Are you on some sort of medication for that condition?
Then this thread's for you, friend.
For Europeans. And girls.
I refer to to my section concerning the exchange between the Mexican and American.
OMG. You got me on that one. LOL.
for children and foreigners.
And folks who can't bring themselves to cheer for the USA.
S.I., NYT., ESPN., LA Times, Mercury News.... and a few external to the U.S. But hey, I find it as exciting as baseball... (yawn).
Believe me, my first instinct was to post that soccer was gay. But then I saw that you'd beaten me to it, so said "European" which is basically the same thing.
By reporting on it? You are delusional.
the USA has my heart and i wish their soccer team the best, i just don't want to have to watch it. i will cheer them on in absentia. i just thank God my kids play basketball and ice hockey. i may have to put baseball below soccer on the sport scale and i KNOW that makes me anti-American ; )
Everyone is a hero behind a keyboard. Sorry you were cut from the team as kid. Did you try anything that did not require physical ability instead?
You have no sense of humor. Lighten up Francis.
That was the point of my little essay. If you do not wish to watch, that's totally fine. No one is forcing you to do so.
My, you seem awfully tense. Worried for the US team's chances? :-)
They didn't want Europe; they didn't understand Europe and didn't want to. They wanted a war. They wanted a nation to belong to and to fight for, even if the fight was this absurd piece of street theater with the local Italian police.
In other words, theyre retarded.
why the defensiveness about soccer? can't you just be happy that your big tourney is getting underway and enjoy it without ragging on people that don't enjoy it and find it boring? hell, i do counted cross-stitch and don't hold it against those that find it gay or boring!!! LOL! diff strokes, diff folks as the saying goes.
This is the Smoky Backroom. You must be looking for Linens & Things.
Someone, somewhere in Britain is making fun of the poofy Yanks who wear silly armor prancing around in the fields.
And someone else is bitchin' that the world is too uncivilized to play the gentlemen's sport of cricket.
Such is sports. I guess this reaction is natural considering the hype and squeals of delight from liberals about an elegant and culturally superior sport because its a big deal in the world.
That's the equivalent of following a movie star's politics because you like the person. After being fed this endless stream, it's only natural to want to hate soccer. Then there are the soccer moms. Backlash is a nasty thing.
Point to ponder: soccer (heck, sports in general) is anathema to liberalism. BOrn of war in ancient China, football is not "elegant" or "gentlemanly". The first soccer ball was the head of a defeated general. It's straight out war. Especially the world cup, where different countries fight one another. The only reason the Communists, multiculti fruits, and EUrinal peon wannabes in America go gaga for it is because its foreign and it pisses us blue collar Americans off. As usual, liberals are all about style not substance. If soccer catches on in flyover country, you'll never hear about soccer again.
The least we can do is judge the game on its merits (it's fun, I missed playing it with my cuz) and cheer for our home boys (Go USA! But don't worry if we don't go all the way. As long as we win the wars and remain moral and free, nothing else matters.).
so why you raggin on those that aren't interested? your title attracted my interest because i DO happen to think that soccer blows. i am going to post a thread saying, SO YOU THINK XS IS FOR HOMOSEXUALS and then rag on everyone that isn't wild about it! ; ) hope you will post on my thread so i can give you crap too!
Who is being defensive? Every one comment that I get from the "soccer is ghey" crowd on this thread is one less on the World Cup Live thread . . . leaving the other fans in relative peace. I am being as offensive as I can get (pun intended).
Listen, Gladys, in my experience the people who play soccer enjoy the fact that the sport relies on feet -- that way no one will see that they all throw like girls.
i love a smokey backroom thread : )
Well, the same question can be asked to the other side. Why this endless haranguing over soccer? Not a post goes by without someone saying its gay or it sucks. Reminds me of the old Hamlet line:
Methinks thou protesteth too much.
Invite me to one of yours anytime.
i would never post on/read a soccer thread, but this title intrigued me. i only harangue when invited : )
I'm talking in general. I wonder how many people would feel less defensive or even like soccer if all of this was conducted in a vaccuum instead of being amongst the constant carping by the agenda driven slimeball socialists.
1. I couldn't care less. Really.
2. If you're disappointed by that, please refer to number 1.
No need. I watch plenty of ESPN and the WC (and soccer in general) is hardly mentioned. ....thankfully.
Soccer is fine for New World Order commie socialists.
Baseball is the summer sport of Americans.
Bill Simmons has a great idea for killing the WNBA. Put Isiah Thomas in charge of it.
I dig soccer Rudeboy! I will be watching the World Cup games when I can and totally cheering for the US!!! I dont know all the rules, but I had a Brit boyfriend for the past 6 years (his EPL team is Middlesbrough) and have watched my share of games....its the only sport I will watch on TV besides Tennis or hockey.
Soccer players are HOT. :)
It's not unique to soccer though. Every sports thread has somebody come on just to say something stupid and insulting about it. Don't know why, when I see a thread about a sport I don't like I keep scrolling, but there's a major crowd in this world that thinks the world must know which sports they don't like and why (and the why is generally shallow, because of course they don't know enough about the sport to have a good reason to not like it).
Yes it certainly is. And I prefer the Swedish ones . . . they are the most fun. Although there was that Argentinian girl in Pasadena in '94. Carmela o Carmelita! [misty-eyed]
You sure are working hard to prove you're a hetero, me thinks thou protests too much.
I'm still happy I was there to console her.
Good one. Best I've seen so far. It actually required thought instead of merely reaction.
Witness reply #45.
People who "hate" soccer dont understand it. Its fast moving (no stupid timeouts all the time), requires skill and the athletes are ATHLETIC, totally in shape....No lard butt linemen.
I so want Germany to lose. But they wont.
Totally want Poland win next game..does that one start at 3:00?
How's the saying go? "Those who protest the loudest are the most guilty." Or something like that.
Because of soccer and parents who love it, a fair number of Stan Musials, Jackie Robinsons, and Joe DiMaggios will never play baseball. Therefore, I totally despise soccer.
I think what he, and I, mean is the following... People may not like soccer. Fine. You may think it is boring and gay. OK. You don't have to watch it. But the U.S. has a good chance to show its worth in a world wide sport. It wouldn't hurt anyone to just support America. Just be patriotic and support an America team or please be quiet. I personally don't care for many sports. But if the U.S. was invlolved in a world tournament then I would support them, yes, even cricket.
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