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Why Soccer Is Better Than Football
The Wall Street Journal ^ | May 18, 2012 | BRUCE ORWALL

Posted on 05/18/2012 2:47:30 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican

LONDON—Words can barely describe the jaw-dropping season finale staged by England's Premier League last weekend, but that didn't stop every pundit, Twitter wag and pub crawler in Britain from searching many beers into Sunday night for new ways to say "best season ever."

The day started at 3 p.m. with seven of the league's 20 teams still playing for something important: not just the championship, but also to secure berths in a prestigious Europe-wide competition and the right to stay in the Premier League at all, under rules that annually demote the weakest teams.

It wasn't settled until minutes before 5 p.m., when two improbable late goals delivered Manchester City—the world's only underdog lavishly bankrolled by an Abu Dhabi sheik—its first title since the late 1960s. Former Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher described the feeling that swelled up in City supporters when he told the BBC: "I just swore a lot. I cried, I cried like a baby." Celebrating in a Santiago, Chile, bar, he "may have tried" to rip a TV off the wall.

Observing the mayhem from my usual perch at the Gunmakers pub in London's Marylebone, I left the television undisturbed, but marked a personal milestone of my own: I've made the switch from American football to real football. After years of trying to sneak away from the National Football League—with its weaponized linemen, bounty-hunting defenses and periodic bursts of action to break up the commercials—I am finally, completely finished with it. You may be ready for some football, but I'm so bored with the NFL.

As an American, this puts me at loggerheads not just with my countrymen—this year's Super Bowl was the most watched program in U.S. history—but also my colleague and boss, Wall Street Journal deputy editor in chief Gerard Baker.

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1 posted on 05/18/2012 2:47:32 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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To: MinorityRepublican
Would anyone buy this argument if it was phrased:

Why Soccer European Football Is Better Than American Football

2 posted on 05/18/2012 2:51:51 PM PDT by kosciusko51 (Enough of "Who is John Galt?" Who is Patrick Henry?)
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To: MinorityRepublican

The author’s name is Bruce.....whaddya expect?


3 posted on 05/18/2012 2:52:15 PM PDT by 03A3
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To: MinorityRepublican

There is Football and then there is Futbol.


4 posted on 05/18/2012 2:52:41 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Soccer is incredibly boring. The writer is welcome to it.


5 posted on 05/18/2012 2:52:41 PM PDT by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Soccer. Most boring game ever created. Watching a Chess match is more exiting.

Hell, I’d rather watch two old men at a retirement home play checkers than watch the finale of the World Cup.


6 posted on 05/18/2012 2:54:04 PM PDT by P-Marlowe (Virgil Goode! Because everyone else is Bad!)
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To: MinorityRepublican

There is actually a game tomorrow MORE important than Chelsea-Bayern Munich....it’s the “Richest Game in Football” between West Ham and Blackpool to determine the final team to be promoted to the Premier League next season, it literally is worth about 100 million dollars to the winning team.

BTW, Go Bayern!


7 posted on 05/18/2012 2:54:49 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: MinorityRepublican

I would rather watch Sumo wrestling or Women’s LaCrosse or Curling than watch soccer.


8 posted on 05/18/2012 2:55:54 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: saganite
Soccer is incredibly boring. The writer is welcome to it.

Yes, but the street riots after the games are always quite exhilarating.

9 posted on 05/18/2012 2:56:30 PM PDT by Maceman
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To: P-Marlowe

OTOH, for the vast majority of people, Soccer is a far better participation sport than football. Flag, or touch football (no contact) comes close for participation — but, it is at least as boring to watch as soccer.


10 posted on 05/18/2012 2:56:42 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: MinorityRepublican

I prefer baseball to either.


11 posted on 05/18/2012 2:56:42 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: MinorityRepublican

soccer is a hopelessly stupid little game that is so completely clueless, it doesn’t even know when it ends.

the time on the clock expires, but the game continues for some secret period of time until all of the unannounced penalty seconds tick off the REAL clock, which is apparently somewhere in the ref’s knickers.

THAT is a stupid game.


12 posted on 05/18/2012 2:56:42 PM PDT by JohnBrowdie (http://forum.stink-eye.net)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Soccer is catnip for socialists!


13 posted on 05/18/2012 2:57:04 PM PDT by DaveyB (Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. -John Adams)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Soccer could be very entertaining if they would adopt three changes, allow the use of the hands, institute the forward pass and permit tackling.


14 posted on 05/18/2012 2:57:59 PM PDT by CharacterCounts (A vote for the lesser of two evils only insures the triumph of evil.)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Nothing like watching grown men in silk shorts prancing around so their hands won’t get cooties by touching the ball.


15 posted on 05/18/2012 2:58:45 PM PDT by Hulka
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To: P-Marlowe

The EPL blows away World Cup soccer. The problem with the World Cup is that the teams are not very cohesive since they don’t play that much together, whereas in club soccer the game flows much better because of the familiarity of the players with each other.


16 posted on 05/18/2012 2:59:31 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: MinorityRepublican
Adult thrill seeking via pictures.

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'Nuff said.

17 posted on 05/18/2012 2:59:31 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: CharacterCounts

To all

One Word!

Rugby!

Rugby players eat their dead!


18 posted on 05/18/2012 2:59:42 PM PDT by Reily
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To: MinorityRepublican
Of course soccer is boring and a pansy sport to boot. However, the aforementioned is not the point! The author's unstated premise being “soccer belongs to the WORLD, THE COSMOS, IT IS UNIVERSAL. Baseball, football and basketball are so narrow so nation bound.
19 posted on 05/18/2012 3:00:53 PM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: MinorityRepublican
I accidentally caught part of a Premier English soccer game one day while I was surfing channels and I have to admit that it was unlike other soccer games I've watched in the past. It was definitely more aggressive play. The Brits were always driving hard to make goals rather than constantly passing back and forth amongst themselves.
I'll still take American football any day, but this wasn't hard to get into.
20 posted on 05/18/2012 3:01:40 PM PDT by Malone LaVeigh
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To: MinorityRepublican
Forget about winning.

The bigger story in soccer which trumps American sports is losing, and dropping down to the second league.

21 posted on 05/18/2012 3:01:55 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: GeronL
Ditto !


22 posted on 05/18/2012 3:02:23 PM PDT by tomkat (:^)
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To: P-Marlowe

Soccer is contact sport look at the riots at the end of the games.


23 posted on 05/18/2012 3:02:30 PM PDT by Johnny_cash
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To: Reily

I watched a little of rugby on tv last year and had some difficulty figuring it out. Every time I thought the play was dead, it started up again.


24 posted on 05/18/2012 3:03:03 PM PDT by CharacterCounts (A vote for the lesser of two evils only insures the triumph of evil.)
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To: Reily

Give blood, play Rugby!


25 posted on 05/18/2012 3:03:24 PM PDT by kosciusko51 (Enough of "Who is John Galt?" Who is Patrick Henry?)
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To: AEMILIUS PAULUS

If you watch a baseball game with two teams you don’t care about....I would say even if you enjoy baseball, odds are you would probably find it boring.

And I’ve seen a lot of boring 9-6 NFL games in my time as well.

I got hooked on the EPL, because I took the time to learn the teams, players, traditions and the rivalries. Once you get vested in a team and follow them (my team is Everton), you literally watch the games from the edge of your seat.


26 posted on 05/18/2012 3:04:37 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: MinorityRepublican

My advice for anyone with a negative knee jerk reaction to this story is to scout out one of the better high school teams or players in your area this fall and go watch a couple games. I would’ve laughed at this story a few years ago. But after seeing a few very talented teams and players in person, I now find live soccer to be the most compelling sport to watch. I emphasize the words ‘live’ and ‘talented’. A kid with a gift of handling a ball with their feet is something to behold.


27 posted on 05/18/2012 3:05:40 PM PDT by bramps
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To: MinorityRepublican
Why Soccer Is Better Than Football

Supporting soccer inflammatorily?

Or supporting Soccer Moms inflammatorily?

Hillary's running.

28 posted on 05/18/2012 3:05:40 PM PDT by Talisker (He who commands, must obey.)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Soccer & hockey ... rather just sit and watch grass grow.


29 posted on 05/18/2012 3:06:04 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (There's a pill for just about everything ... except stupid!)
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To: Johnny_cash
Soccer is contact sport look at the riots at the end of the games.

Well, I'd finally riot too if made to sit still through 3+ hours of that mind-numbing display.

30 posted on 05/18/2012 3:06:41 PM PDT by Dysart (All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." ( Edmund Burke))
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To: JohnBrowdie
THAT is a stupid game.

And, why do they pretend they don't have arms?
31 posted on 05/18/2012 3:07:02 PM PDT by 867V309
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To: MinorityRepublican

He got caught up in the proximity bias of the mood of others around him in London. Let’s see what he thinks when he tries to watch it alone at his own house. Better keep the coffee brewing non-stop.


32 posted on 05/18/2012 3:07:25 PM PDT by Codeflier (Bush, Clinton, Bush, Obama - 4 democrat presidents in a row and counting...)
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To: CharacterCounts

Soccer is a gentlemen’s sport played (and particularly watched!) by hooligans!

Rugby is a hooligan’s sport played by gentlmen!


33 posted on 05/18/2012 3:08:05 PM PDT by Reily
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To: MinorityRepublican

Having read this piece in the paper edition of the WSJ this morning, where it’s titled differently, and cleverly, I was hoping to get here before the highly original, unanticipated and persuasive posts like “boring”, “for faggots”, and “Socialist”, but I failed again.


34 posted on 05/18/2012 3:08:20 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: MinorityRepublican
"with its weaponized linemen, bounty-hunting defenses and periodic bursts of action to break up the commercials"

This screams leftist, elitist, metro-sexual like a picture of Obama.

Hey, Bruce, better "periodic bursts of action" than sixty minutes of tedium interrupted by a few seconds of "action." Now take off your tu-tu and sit back down, princess.
35 posted on 05/18/2012 3:08:43 PM PDT by Sudetenland (Anybody but Obama!!!!)
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To: tomkat

Sluts of Curling?


36 posted on 05/18/2012 3:09:19 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Amazing that London can have 5/6 teams in the Premier League, and Berlin can’t even get 1 team in the top division of the Bundesliga.

I wonder also why is it, that Borussia Dortmund can kick Bayern’s tail all over the place, and yet they flop so much in Europe, while Bayern always seems to find a way to make it to the finals.


37 posted on 05/18/2012 3:11:07 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Reily
From what I saw, the may have been gentlemen, but they certainly weren't wusses.

Seriously, how do you know when a play ends?

38 posted on 05/18/2012 3:11:33 PM PDT by CharacterCounts (A vote for the lesser of two evils only insures the triumph of evil.)
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To: Reily
From what I saw, the may have been gentlemen, but they certainly weren't wusses.

Seriously, how do you know when a play ends?

39 posted on 05/18/2012 3:11:40 PM PDT by CharacterCounts (A vote for the lesser of two evils only insures the triumph of evil.)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Soccer is a sissy sport. They flop around like hooked fish at the slightest bump or bruise and their drunken fans riot the streets.


40 posted on 05/18/2012 3:11:57 PM PDT by OrangeHoof (Our economy won't heal until one particular black man is unemployed.)
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To: 867V309
And, why do they pretend they don't have arms?

because it is a sport designed for, and practiced primarily in, primitive countries. they would probably become violent if they were allowed to use their arms.

41 posted on 05/18/2012 3:14:16 PM PDT by JohnBrowdie (http://forum.stink-eye.net)
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To: MinorityRepublican
Great read. Thanks for the post. The comments from the usual suspects are true to form, lol.
42 posted on 05/18/2012 3:14:39 PM PDT by LuvFreeRepublic ( (#withNewt))
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To: Reily

I love Rugby League, Rugby Union, not so much. I was a fan of a team that rarely won but dangit, they didn’t quit trying. Can’t remember the name, this goes back 15 years or better when I worked in London two weeks a month.


43 posted on 05/18/2012 3:15:07 PM PDT by GeorgiaDawg32 (This tagline for rent. Contact GeorgiaDawg32 for pricing and excellent financing options.)
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To: MinorityRepublican
cause you can nap now and again during the game and STILL not miss a score???
44 posted on 05/18/2012 3:16:00 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: CharacterCounts

When the ref blows the ball dead or it goes off the pitch (field) that is out of bounds!

I played college rugby then club rugby for 15 years, loved every minute of it.


45 posted on 05/18/2012 3:17:16 PM PDT by Reily
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To: MinorityRepublican

Saying that something is more interesting than football, is akin to saying it’s more interesting than watching the paint fade on a junkyard Pontiac. Everything is more interesting than football.


46 posted on 05/18/2012 3:18:39 PM PDT by Melas (u)
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To: MinorityRepublican

The other great thing about the EPL is that you are not rewarded for just being the hot team at the right time (see the LA Kings). No unbalanced schedules, each team plays the others home and away, so there’s no arguments over strength of schedule. It also takes 3 ties to equal 1 win, so teams definitely will not play for ties. And as we saw this year, it came down to Goal Differential, so teams are encouraged to score as much as possible.


47 posted on 05/18/2012 3:18:39 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: MinorityRepublican
"I just swore a lot."

Being a United supporter, I swore a lot too.

I do like games where scoring actually means something, so soccer and hockey are right at the top of the list.

48 posted on 05/18/2012 3:20:12 PM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (Obama vs. Romney: Zero x Zero = Zero.)
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To: Revolting cat!
Of course you failed. Sport, like cars, are an emotional affair, and people have their preferences.

The rise of soccer in the US was not brought about by poor peasants from other countries (although they play it), it was brought about by the upper middle class liberal mothers afraid that Johnny would get hurt playing American football (nevermind soccer players take more balls to the face than Liberace, but I digress). Soccer, to the average American, smacks of European elitism.

And has anyone noticed that professional soccer leagues in the US have had the staying power of a liberal talk show host? No matter how much the soccer advocates say soccer is better, the American public hasn't bought into the hype.

49 posted on 05/18/2012 3:21:07 PM PDT by kosciusko51 (Enough of "Who is John Galt?" Who is Patrick Henry?)
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To: P-Marlowe

Have you ever watched Cricket? I’ll take soccer over that any day.


50 posted on 05/18/2012 3:23:05 PM PDT by JMS
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