Skip to comments.[Soccer:] The Anti-American Pastime
Posted on 07/11/2014 6:44:37 AM PDT by Objective Scrutator
Ive always been a big sports fan, which explains why I have absolutely no interest in soccer. The fact is, Id rather watch my accountant get his toenails clipped than take in a soccer game and that includes the World Cup final, which Im sure will be as scintillating as any other soccer game.
In soccer, they spend hours frantically trying to score. Thats not sport. Thats a young guy trying to convince his date that he likes her for her personality. If you could bottle soccer, youd have a cure for insomnia.
But its not just because its so dull that I dont like soccer. Another reason I dont like it is because of the Americans who do like it. Most of these sports fans a term I use with no regard for either word, sports or fans wouldnt know a fumble from a first down, a hit-and-run from a double play. But every four years they show up at bars and go wild when the American team ties the Tunisians zero-zero, or nil-nil, as they call it.
Im not much of a fan of Ann Coulter either (though shes infinitely more interesting than soccer), but shes right when she says that soccer is excruciatingly boring and that the reason there are so many fights among spectators at soccer games is to compensate for the tedium.
Which brings us to how, for many Americans almost always liberal elite Americans soccer isnt really about soccer so much as its about proving the superiority of the young over the old, of liberals over conservatives.
Take Peter Beinart, a liberal journalist and professor of journalism and political science at the City University of New York. Mr. Beinart was with Fareed Zakaria on CNN the other day and had a lot to say about how soccer just might save America from its narrow-minded, insular self.
Soccer fans in America, he said, show us that we have a less nativist sports culture and were more open at least some groups in the United States young people, immigrants, political liberals are more open to liking the same kinds of things that people in other countries do. Things dont have to be ours and ours alone.
Part of the attraction of soccer, Mr. Zakaria says, is that were sharing the sport with the rest of the world; were following something the rest of the world is following. Yes, Professor Beinart says, but its much more than that. Younger Americans, who like soccer more than older Americans, are far less likely than older Americans to say that American culture is superior or to say that America is the greatest country in the world.
In case you were wondering, this is a good thing to Mr. Beinart, and I suspect many other liberals. Because it reflects a more cosmopolitan temperament, more of a recognition that America has things to learn from the rest of the world, and that in fact maybe we have to learn from the rest of the world if were going to remain a successful country.
After taking that in, Mr. Zakaria observes that soccer fans in the United States look a lot like the Obama coalition. To which Beinart replied: Thats exactly right, and if you look at the states where soccer is most popular, theyre overwhelmingly blue states and the states where soccer is least popular are red states.
You see: Soccer is much more than a game that puts people like me to sleep. Its a bunch of guys running up and down a pitch in short pants teaching us an important lesson a lesson about how the tide is turning, about how the same people who embrace soccer embrace the idea that despite all the talk from those old right-wingers, America isnt so special after all. Or as Peter Beinart explains it: Younger people are far more likely than older people to say they like the United Nations. Theres a willingness to accept the idea that America is one of many nations. Yes, we have a special affinity for it. But it doesnt mean in some objective sense [that] us, and everything we do are necessarily better.
So there you have it. He grants us that as Americans we might have a special affinity for our homeland, but thanks to soccer we can learn a lot from the rest of the world. We can learn that were not as great as we think we are or, more precisely, that were not as great as old, conservative, red-state Americans think we are.
Turns out that soccer is teaching me a lot more about elite, liberal intellectuals than itll ever teach me about the rest of the world. In fact, soccer has already taught me that smug, liberal elites are the single biggest reason I have no use for soccer, and that Ann Coulter isnt crazy when she says, Any growing interest in soccer can only be a sign of the nations moral decay.
Bernard Goldberg is a news and media analyst for Fox News and the author of Bias: A CBS Insider Exposes How the Media Distort the News. His website is BernardGoldberg.com.
LOL—The author wrote a book about “bias.”
That's just stupid right there. I doubt HE wouldn't know an offside from a throw in, a yellow card from a red card, or a defender from a striker. Yet he thinks he knows enough about soccer to ridicule those that do like it. THAT is a sure sign of a liberal, IMO.
What surprises me the most about that line-of-argument is the assumption that a person can be a fan of one sport but not others. It’s “sports fan,” not “sport fan.”
Kinda funny how it seems the biggest critics of soccer seems to be liberal internationalist GOP
I am quite conservative and enjoy soccer. My nieces and nephews all play the sport...and their parents are even more conservative
I enjoy the World Cup because I like to see the US and our allies beat the bad guys on the pitch...of course...this may be what really bugs the one worlder internationalist soccer hater in this country
What gives, that these people have to denigrate a popular sport? Do others feel a need to write pieces denigrating basketball or baseball, say? Seems to me that these folk feel some kind of inferiority complex re the most popular sport on the globe....
Yet recent studies have shown that the cumulative effects of heading a soccer ball thousands of times..may be even MORE dangerous to the human brain. And when two players collide..skull to skull..well, at least in American football...we're smart enough to wear helmets..
Who is forcing you to watch women’s basketball?
Don’t conservatives have better issues to cover than pronouncing soccer Anti-American? I mean, personally, I don’t care to watch soccer, or even about the World Cup, but, really, who cares what sport people want to watch or care about?
“But its not just because its so dull that I dont like soccer. Another reason I dont like it is because of the Americans who do like it.”
If the determining factor of me digging something or not depends on what other folks think or don’t think about it, it is time to throw in the towel.
This is almost word for word exactly and precisely what I’ve been saying—soccer may be good or bad, but SOCCER IS A TOOL OF THE LEFT BECAUSE THE LEFT HATES AMERICA.
Hey now, don't be bringing common sense into this! Or let me put it in "soccer basher" talk - "Hey you liberal, stop shoving your common-sense logic down my throat!"
“I dont care to watch soccer, or even about the World Cup, but, really, who cares what sport people want to watch or care about?”
Exactly! I’ve started watching soccer with my mother, who immigrated from Germany. Not my cup of tea but it does fill the sports void while I’m waiting for the football season to begin (sorry baseball fans).
With the fate of the Republic hanging in the balance, a hair's breadth from a one-Party Chavez style despotic oligarchy, I don't really care about the electorate's sports proclivities.
Last time I checked, conservatives were FOR the individual's right to make these decisions for themselves, without assistance.
Help me follow: you can’t cheer for the US National Team every four years because the Left hates America?
Who said that?
Isn't trying to score points the purpose of any sport?