Skip to comments.Why Soccer Is Better Than Football
Posted on 05/18/2012 2:47:30 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
LONDONWords 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 Citythe world's only underdog lavishly bankrolled by an Abu Dhabi sheikits 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 Leaguewith its weaponized linemen, bounty-hunting defenses and periodic bursts of action to break up the commercialsI 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 countrymenthis year's Super Bowl was the most watched program in U.S. historybut also my colleague and boss, Wall Street Journal deputy editor in chief Gerard Baker.
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Soccer European Football Is Better Than American Football
The author’s name is Bruce.....whaddya expect?
There is Football and then there is Futbol.
Soccer is incredibly boring. The writer is welcome to it.
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.
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!
I would rather watch Sumo wrestling or Women’s LaCrosse or Curling than watch soccer.
Yes, but the street riots after the games are always quite exhilarating.
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.
I prefer baseball to either.
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.
Soccer is catnip for socialists!
Soccer could be very entertaining if they would adopt three changes, allow the use of the hands, institute the forward pass and permit tackling.
Nothing like watching grown men in silk shorts prancing around so their hands won’t get cooties by touching the ball.
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.
Rugby players eat their dead!
The bigger story in soccer which trumps American sports is losing, and dropping down to the second league.
Soccer is contact sport look at the riots at the end of the games.
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.
Give blood, play Rugby!
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.
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.
Supporting soccer inflammatorily?
Or supporting Soccer Moms inflammatorily?
Soccer & hockey ... rather just sit and watch grass grow.
Well, I'd finally riot too if made to sit still through 3+ hours of that mind-numbing display.
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.
Soccer is a gentlemen’s sport played (and particularly watched!) by hooligans!
Rugby is a hooligan’s sport played by gentlmen!
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.
Sluts of Curling?
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.
Seriously, how do you know when a play ends?
Seriously, how do you know when a play ends?
Soccer is a sissy sport. They flop around like hooked fish at the slightest bump or bruise and their drunken fans riot the streets.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Have you ever watched Cricket? I’ll take soccer over that any day.