Skip to comments.Soccer ‘R Not Us
Posted on 07/02/2014 4:35:56 AM PDT by NOBO2012
I know - it seems like its been going on forever! And still two weeks to go. Its not the World Cup itself, its the Google Doodles. How many more of these stupid multicultural soccer gifs on its header (hee, hee) do we have to endure? 48 so far, and counting:
Yeah, Team USA lost to the chocolate people - and no, thats not racist, its just who they are:
Sure, it would have been nice to win something for a change, as weve been on a losing streak for a while now. First we were handed a bitter loss when the 2011 World Cup games were stolen from us by Quatar while we were still stinging from our loss of the 2016 Olympic Games to Brazil (now that was racist). And thats why Brazil is the the only nation south of our former border that we are allowed to officially hate.
So, with our loss to Belgium were out of the World Cup playoffs; yawn. Everybody around here is more concerned about our 13 game, 9 to zip losing streak against the Supreme Court. This has made our relentless march to nullify the Constitutional limits on Big Guys powers somewhat of an uphill battle. Even Mondays narrow 5 to 4 loss at the hand of the Supremes has some people spooked (not in a racist way), mumbling things like if we cant implement our plan to end the Republicans War on Women® what can we implement? Ive even heard some whispers of What next? The Senate?
So Im going to go out on a limb and predict that basketball and football are still safe around here, even in the age of Obama. Because Bos always found b-ball more compelling than soccer:
And we still really like spiking the football:
Although our Secretary of State clearly favors soccer, as he should:
Jean Carré, reporting for duty
POSTSCRIPT: A bit late for Canada Day, butt fun anyway -
h/t to my Bro, eh?
Posted from: Michelle Obamas Mirror
What is this “Google” you speak of? Oh yes, I remember now. It’s that search engine that I vowed never to use again after they honored communist Caesar Chavez’ birthday instead of Easter.
Deleted my links and haven’t “Googled” anything for two years now.
I really don’t understand how people can watch soccer. It is so boring. I think I would rather watch golf and I hate watching golf. Plus, I find soccer very un-American.
What one or ones do you like and use? If you don’t mind me asking....
I don’t know any other sport other than the Iron Man where an athlete has to be better conditioned.
American football has a two platoon system - the player is off the field sitting on his ass half the game. There are endless boring wait times for reviewing the plays, it’s “hike, crunch, and huddle,” and the quarterback might as well be allowed to wear a dress as he’s become so untouchable. American football is killing itself. The cheerleaders are in better sporting shape.
In Fussball or Futbol a player has to run up and down the field constantly for up to 2 hours, and you can earn some great Academy awards for the pratfalls.
Watching foreigners run up and down the field is not my idea of excitement. There seems no point in it. And with games ending with 1-0, I mean how exciting can it be?
Nah, I’ll stick with football until it goes all gay.
****I really dont understand how people can watch soccer. It is so boring.****
As a young English girl, I watched my cousins and brother play in school - and my older brother-in-law play in an amateur league. I remember a fast-paced type of Rugby - where footwork was skilled and tricky. More running and passing - it was a great game.
Accidentally turned on the FIFA and was shocked at the slow pace, the long passes and no ‘dribbling’. The playing field also seemed bigger. Must be all the rules and regs. that have ruined soccer.
Poll: World Cup a liberal’s game; just 30% of nation following it
Amusing see the bitchin about normal football by those who worship masked players play “foot” ball by throwing the weird shaped thing with hands, injuring each other for life, now joining the unions???
Enjoy what you enjoy and stop putting down what millions enjoy.
One thing football can use to spruse up the game is the elimination of offside rule. Just like (team)handball has. More dynamic game, more goals. Why stopping fast players???
Someone suggested Bing, so I’ve been using that. They may be libs too, but I haven’t seen any blatant BS like the Google thing.
You may not have noticed but there are “foreigners” even gay ones running up and down our professional basketball courts. They even enjoy the sport of jumping into the stands and beating up the idiots who pay to see them play.
I don’t watch NBA.
Just 30% of this nation fought to free us from Britain.
Just 30% of this country consider themselves in the Tea Party (including me ).
You can do a lot with a third of the country behind you.
Hitler did and OweBowMao is doing it now.
Not putting down anyone who wants to watch football. Still a free country. But the football I grew up with is withering on the vine.
I was commenting on the current sad state of American football and on the better conditioning of the Futbol players.
Name one of our football players who could keep up with any soccer player for two hours.
Sorry, but I just can’t equate soccer with freeing us from tyranny. But you enjoy watching. We all have different tastes.
> I dont know any other sport other than the Iron Man where an athlete has to be better conditioned.
Think about it. If you eliminated the “offside rule” in Fussball then the whole team would just gather around the goal waiting for the ball to head it in. It would be just one corner kick after another.
There is a reason for the offside rule to keep the game flowing and moving.
Meanwhile American football is rapidly becoming flag or touch football with endless waits between plays, standing around, huddles, reviews, insipid commentary . . . .
From my perspective, soccer had three basic flaws that make it difficult to enjoy it as a spectator sport:
1. It's one of only two sports (football being the other) where the clock runs while the ball is out of play, after a whistle has blown to stop play, etc. As you correctly pointed out about the NFL, this really slows the game down and removes a lot of the urgency of playing the game for real.
2. Related to #1, I have a hard time taking a sport seriously when the referee on the field is the only one who knows the official time, and is the sole arbiter of how much "stopped time" is added at the end of the game. This is indicative of a sport that is so archaic that it was designed to be timed with an hourglass or a sundial.
3. Free substitution would go a long way toward making soccer an exciting game. The implementation of free substitution -- even "on the fly" during the course of play while the clock is running -- in professional hockey back in the early 20th century is what helped define the sport today. Previously it had been a slower, almost gentlemanly sport ... much like soccer on ice. Adding the free substitution turned it into the fast-paced, frenetic game you see today.
And I don't think I'm going out on a limb here by suggesting that hockey is a sport where an athlete has to be better-conditioned than soccer.
Water polo is tough I grant you, but has there ever been a two hour game of water polo? And there is an element of water buoyancy in water polo and a lot less physical impact.
Free substitution is a good idea. I grant you that.
Four or five players running hard still beats sitting on your ass half the game.
I’m glad you like hockey, but hockey players (like in water polo) also have a Newtonian advantage. Water polo guys have buoyancy and hockey has less friction and inertia to overcome.
Maybe the timing of the game should bother me, but for some reason it just doesn’t. I do grant you that the referee in soccer has a lot of leeway in assessing penalties. What bothers me more is match fixing and corruption in FIFA.
Soccer.... where riots break out when your team tied 0-0.
Agree totally...the NFL is dead to me, with their pink shoes, ugh...college foot- and basketball is coming close, but at this point I can't give up on sports entirely! Or can I?
When we [the USA] has a viable team ... one that can win. Or, better yet, one that shocks us by knocking out of the court, every American will be on board for soccer.
But, as long as we lag, and never win a game, we don’t care.
Close your eyes and imagine that you're watching the best soccer game ever played -- with the best players the sport has ever seen. Now imagine that the rules of the game have changed in an instant, and those same players -- especially the defenders -- spend up to half the game running backwards at full speed. And imagine that the player with the ball doesn't just have to keep opposing players from getting it away from him, but he also has to contend with opposing players who can line him up and belt him into next week in a full-speed collision while he has possession of the ball.
Now tell me which player has to be better conditioned. LOL.
Ironically, soccer has a natural tendency to devolve into a dull game because the players do need to be in great condition. The problem is that the conditioning for soccer is aerobic, while a more exciting sport like hockey is one where anaerobic conditioning is needed. That's what gives it such a frenetic pace.
Picture a guy running a marathon in typical fashion. Then picture another guy who runs the same marathon in a series of short bursts, where he sprints at full speed for 40-60 seconds and then sits down for two 40-60 second shifts ... then does this repeatedly until he covers the entire 26 miles. Which competitor has to be the better athlete here?
Being played more and more by feral thugs.
Soccer...the only game in the world that needs emergency lawn mowers on the sidelines.
Don’t want to argue the merits of your who is the better athlete, hockey players or soccer but.....years ago I was sitting in a VIP box watching an indoor soccer game in the ‘Great Western Forum’. The usher asked my husband and I if two guys could join us. Those guys happened to be professional hockey players. Don’t remember their names or the team they played for but we got into a discussion about soccer vs hockey. Both players had played soccer and they both said hockey was much easier to play. They expressed great admiration for soccer players. Does that mean soccer players are better athletes, NO. It means all players who achieve the status of a professional are exceptional athletes, and they are gifted and skilled in different areas. Kudos to them all.
As the Tour de France starts this weekend, check out those guys. Amazing to watch them pedal for hours on end, day in and day out, for 3 weeks...I heard yesterday that some ride as many as 20,000 miles a year...
I don’t really care who is “better conditioned”. I care about being entertained. The U.S. played 4 games in the World Cup. And won, how many? 1 damn game. And that’s a success?
What a joke.
My favourite part of soccer is when the fans riot and even go so far as to beat the players. That is bang for the buck, right there.
I’m not saying that I don’t admire all good athletes. And you would think that someone like me who likes soccer would also like hockey. It’s the same principle, right? Get the ball or puck in the net.
But I enjoy curling more than I do hockey, and I think it’s because I can’t follow the puck. And I don’t particularly like that hockey is becoming as thuggish as the NBA.
Another thing that the World Cup has going for it is the nationalistic fervor. I’ve traveled overseas, and there is nothing like it when it comes to sports. The enthusiasm is contagious.
How could I forget the Tour de France?
I think you got me there. I, your humble servant, concede my point. But I did make exception with the Iron Man, and the Tour de France is that and more.
Since you spelled favorite with a U, that must mean you’ve been in those Chelsea or Manchester stadiums having a go at it. lol
> Water polo guys have buoyancy
Back in the day when I had low body fat(5%-6%), if I exhaled I’d sink. People that are in great shape don’t float well unless their lungs are inflated.
Success ? You mean like:
The Oakland Raiders
Detroit Lions ( 0-16 in 2008 )
New Orleans Hornets or Pelicans ?
St. Louis Rams ( 2009 1-15 )
Carolina Panthers ( 2001 1-15 )
And the winner is Cumberland vs Georgia Tech 222 - 0 played in 1916.
Is a game with a score of 222 to 0 more exciting than a 0-0 nail biting duel to the finish? Or the exhilaration of finally getting that goal in the 89th minute?
Soccer will never be as big in the U.S. as it is in the rest of the world. And the rest of the world is okay with that.
Each sport has their own fitness requirements.
My brother used to play small-college basketball. He would play pick-up b-ball games with soccer players, and he was surprised how quickly they got winded. Their bodies were just not conditioned for the quick start/stop of basketball. But my brother knew he couldn’t run with them at their style/pace.
Tennis players and wrestlers are 2 other athletes that I can appreciate, but they have very different fitness requirements.
The world Cup is so exciting, I can barely contain my ennui....
Soccer is the official sport of socialism.
Entire legions of it’s followers don’t do a damn thing and have never done a damn thing and get a check for not doing it.
That’s the main reason I can’t stand it.
What I don’t get is it’s called a World Cup and the citizens of those countries go wild for their national teams but their teams are made up from the best players money can buy no matter what country they are from. So what’s the meaning when one country wins over another. Not much from what I see. If they were truly national teams I would be more interested. Just my opinion.
I prefer footie to any of the games mentioned. For the uninitiated, footie is Australian football. A hell of a game that provides more excitement than American football; similar athletic prowess to soccer along with the rough and tumble of rugby all on a field the size of Rhode Island! (Ok just a little hyperbole on that last part)
Nonetheless I made certain on my last visit to Australia to actually attend a game as opposed to only seeing it on TV. AMAZING!
Thanks for the heads-up on a sport I wasn’t familiar with.
But can your footie guys run up and down the state of Rhode Island and speak 6 different languages at the same time like some of my FIFA guys can? lol
You certainly aren't a very good 'global citizen', are you?
After hell freezes over. After I'm dead.
That just proves my point. All the teams you listed, sucked.
U.S. goes 1-1-2 and it’s great? We fire our coaches at Bama for that. Players too.
The fact that the goalie had so many saves just shows how inept the team was. Is. But “wait till next year”!
I don’t get it. I guess that’s on me. I don’t get excited about watching paint dry either.
We respond to winning teams. When we get one ... we’re on board.
I understand yesterday’s TV audience was higher than the World Series.
“Their bodies were just not conditioned for the quick start/stop of basketball. But my brother knew he couldnt run with them at their style/pace.”
Exactly. I think a lot of folks don’t realize how specialized sports are at the highest level. It’s such rare air that the vast majority of one sport wouldn’t be able to switch and have success at the highest level of another sport. It takes too long to get the skill set and all the while your body is specifically adapting to whatever you are getting it to do to be successful. While at the highschool level the best athletes commonly are among the best at multiple sports.
You're right; but not all of us.
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