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Soccer R Not Us
Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 7-2-2014 | MOTUS

Posted on 07/02/2014 4:35:56 AM PDT by NOBO2012

I know - it seems like it’s been going on forever! And still two weeks to go. It’s not the World Cup itself, it’s 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:

world-cup-2014-47-5450493904027648_5-hp

Yeah, Team USA lost to the chocolate people - and no, that’s not racist, it’s just who they are:

Sure, it would have been nice to win something for a change, as we’ve 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 that’s 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 we’re 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 Guy’s powers somewhat of an uphill battle. Even Monday’s 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 can’t implement our plan to end the Republicans’ War on Women® what can we implement?”  I’ve even heard some whispers of “What next? The Senate?”

So I’m 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 Bo’s always found b-ball more compelling than soccer:

bo basketball

And we still really like spiking the football:

bo football

Although our Secretary of State clearly favors soccer, as he should:

kerry_drop_footballJean Carré, reporting for duty

POSTSCRIPT:  A bit late for Canada Day, butt fun anyway -

h/t to my Bro, eh?

Posted from: Michelle Obama’s Mirror 


TOPICS: Humor; Politics
KEYWORDS: brazil; kerry; obama; soccer
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1 posted on 07/02/2014 4:35:56 AM PDT by NOBO2012
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To: NOBO2012

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.


2 posted on 07/02/2014 4:47:50 AM PDT by Mich Patriot (Pitch black is the new "transparent.")
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To: NOBO2012

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.


3 posted on 07/02/2014 4:48:01 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: Mich Patriot

What one or ones do you like and use? If you don’t mind me asking....


4 posted on 07/02/2014 4:54:06 AM PDT by b4its2late (A Progressive is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: ilovesarah2012

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.


5 posted on 07/02/2014 5:07:32 AM PDT by A'elian' nation ("Political Correctness does not legislate tolerance; it only organizes hatred." Jacques Barzun)
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To: A'elian' nation

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.


6 posted on 07/02/2014 5:15:02 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: ilovesarah2012

****I really don’t 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.


7 posted on 07/02/2014 5:15:14 AM PDT by sodpoodle (Life is prickly - carry tweezers.)
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To: A'elian' nation

Poll: World Cup a liberal’s game; just 30% of nation following it

http://washingtonexaminer.com/poll-world-cup-a-liberals-game-just-30-of-nation-following-it/article/2550374


8 posted on 07/02/2014 5:17:00 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: A'elian' nation

Yeagh!
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???


9 posted on 07/02/2014 5:17:16 AM PDT by Leo Carpathian (FReeeeepeesssssed)
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To: b4its2late

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.


10 posted on 07/02/2014 5:21:06 AM PDT by Mich Patriot (Pitch black is the new "transparent.")
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To: ilovesarah2012

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.


11 posted on 07/02/2014 5:21:43 AM PDT by A'elian' nation ("Political Correctness does not legislate tolerance; it only organizes hatred." Jacques Barzun)
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To: A'elian' nation

I don’t watch NBA.


12 posted on 07/02/2014 5:24:31 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: ilovesarah2012

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.


13 posted on 07/02/2014 5:24:46 AM PDT by A'elian' nation ("Political Correctness does not legislate tolerance; it only organizes hatred." Jacques Barzun)
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To: Leo Carpathian

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.


14 posted on 07/02/2014 5:28:07 AM PDT by A'elian' nation ("Political Correctness does not legislate tolerance; it only organizes hatred." Jacques Barzun)
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To: A'elian' nation

Sorry, but I just can’t equate soccer with freeing us from tyranny. But you enjoy watching. We all have different tastes.


15 posted on 07/02/2014 5:31:46 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: A'elian' nation

> I don’t know any other sport other than the Iron Man where an athlete has to be better conditioned.

Water polo.


16 posted on 07/02/2014 5:33:25 AM PDT by glorgau
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To: Leo Carpathian

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 . . . .


17 posted on 07/02/2014 5:33:47 AM PDT by A'elian' nation ("Political Correctness does not legislate tolerance; it only organizes hatred." Jacques Barzun)
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To: A'elian' nation
You have a good point there in terms of how the rules of the game work, but even a casual look at a soccer game will show you that it doesn't really play out that way. Most of the time there are only 4-5 players running hard at any given time on a soccer field, and at those times most of the other players are running lightly or even walking slowly on the field.

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.

18 posted on 07/02/2014 5:34:37 AM PDT by Alberta's Child ("What in the wide, wide world of sports is goin' on here?")
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To: glorgau

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.


19 posted on 07/02/2014 5:36:23 AM PDT by A'elian' nation ("Political Correctness does not legislate tolerance; it only organizes hatred." Jacques Barzun)
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To: Alberta's Child

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.


20 posted on 07/02/2014 5:46:26 AM PDT by A'elian' nation ("Political Correctness does not legislate tolerance; it only organizes hatred." Jacques Barzun)
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