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For You Americans Who Think 'Soccer' Is Boring  
User currently offlineRJ111 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 3220 times:

Behold the wonder that is Ronaldinho.....

http://pm16ar.free.fr/videos/polo1006/Polo1006-Ronaldinho-psg.wmv

[Edited 2005-03-15 22:35:35]

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User currently offlineKieron747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 3205 times:

I don't know why some Americans think soccer is boring. Since being in North America, I'd love to see a proper game of soccer or rugby again, not this daft American football they have here.

(I forsee serious objections to my remarks, but what the hell!)

Soccer is a fast-paced game, I watched a couple of football games here, and it seems to last for bloody ages, continually halting. Now please don't get me wrong, I don't understand the rules properly, it just seems painfully dull here.

And another thing, whats with all the pads and helmets? I don't see any of that crap in a good old game of rubgy. The blokes there in the scrum are just big bastards, no need for all that plastic padding!

So anyway, feel free to chew me out over that one, what do I know anyway, I like cricket!

FLINTOFF RULES!



Regards

Kieron747


User currently offlineMauriceB From Netherlands, joined Aug 2004, 2490 posts, RR: 25
Reply 2, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 3205 times:

Must admid that Ronaldinho and Etó are a lethal duo....

User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29799 posts, RR: 58
Reply 3, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 3182 times:

Did you ever see that Simpsons episode where they go to the soccer match?

Kent Brockman is in the both doing the play-by-play, bored out of his mind.

Half-back passes to center...Center holds it....holds it....holds it...

Then in the next both they have what I assume is a sterotypical south american announcer...much more excited.


Half-back passes to center!!! CENTER HOLDS IT!!!!

HOLDS IT!!!




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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39880 posts, RR: 74
Reply 4, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 3180 times:

I am an American and I think futbol (soccer) is a very exciting game.
I'll tell you what's boring and that's Baseball.
Sorry baseball fans but watching that game puts me to sleep. Playing baseball is fun.




Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlineMdsh00 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4124 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 3180 times:

Quoting Kieron747 (Reply 1):

And another thing, whats with all the pads and helmets? I don't see any of that crap in a good old game of rubgy. The blokes there in the scrum are just big bastards, no need for all that plastic padding!

Ah here we go again! American football players tend to be twice the size of the average Rugby player and are trained to run as fast. Imagine a 300lb lineman plowing into your side like a freight train. Even with pads, American football players get injured.

It also seems slower to non-North Americans people because they don't understand the rules. If you get to know the rules, football can be quite exciting and intricate as there are so many things going on during the play. And by the way...I find cricket even more boring than I find baseball. And I find baseball pretty boring.

I find SOCCER an okay game. No doubt the players are talented in their own right, but on TV it just looks like a ball being kicked back and forth, up and down a big field.

Another thing. Here in the US, soccer has the connotations of a "kids' game." This is where you get the term "soccer moms."

[Edited 2005-03-15 23:02:15]


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User currently offlineRJ111 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 3165 times:

Then in the next both they have what I assume is a sterotypical south american announcer...much more excited.

That was fooking hilarious. It's an incredibly accurate impersonation of a Latin commentator too.


User currently offlineAA61Hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Reply 7, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 3144 times:

Thats a cool video, but those are highlights, not every game is like that.

Thats like showing a Michael Jordan highlight reel of his career. He had some awesome stuff, but alot of the time it was just normal basketball.



Go big or go home
User currently offlineCaptOveur From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week ago) and read 3124 times:

Quoting Superfly (Reply 4):
Sorry baseball fans but watching that game puts me to sleep.

you probably can't grasp the strategy that goes on in baseball.. It is a mind game, that is why so many people prefer sports that are totally brainless, like basketball and NASCAR.

Quoting Kieron747 (Reply 1):
I watched a couple of football games here, and it seems to last for bloody ages, continually halting. Now please don't get me wrong, I don't understand the rules properly, it just seems painfully dull here.

It is painfully dull here, and it does continually halt so people can waste an entire Sunday afternoon parked in front of that crap and so advertisers can squeeze in as many ads as humanly possible.


User currently offlineArniepie From Belgium, joined Aug 2005, 1265 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week ago) and read 3097 times:

Did you ever see that Simpsons episode where they go to the soccer match?

L188

Reminds me of the episode where he got to stay sober for a whole month and decides to go to the baseball game and says "I didn't know this game was so boring."



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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39880 posts, RR: 74
Reply 10, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week ago) and read 3083 times:

Quoting CaptOveur (Reply 8):
you probably can't grasp the strategy that goes on in baseball.. It is a mind game, that is why so many people prefer sports that are totally brainless, like basketball and NASCAR.

Incorrect.
FYI, I play Baseball for one year in high school as well as little league as a kid. Very familiar with the 'strategies' involved. I got a lot more out of play in band. I don't watch basket ball either nor NASCAR.
NASCAR is a joke because there is nothing 'stock' about those cars on the tracks.
The only sport I can enjoy watching is American football and Women's tennis.
As far as sports I like to play or do is downhill skiing and bicycling.
I like speed and adrenaline.


Every time there’s a baseball game there’s a damn traffic jam! > Angry
I hope the S.F. Giants loose every game this year so they wont make it in to the play offs, thus a short season!
Lest year was hell!
They won so many games and had home game advantage. It was never ending!
When ever they play it takes me 2 hours to get home and the city is flooded with suburbanites and there orange & black Giants paraphernalia!



Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlineBill142 From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 8451 posts, RR: 8
Reply 11, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week ago) and read 3078 times:

Quoting Superfly (Reply 4):
Sorry baseball fans but watching that game puts me to sleep. Playing baseball is fun.

Ever watched a game of cricket? inparticular a test match?

A test match goes for five days. Although if your playing Australia four days is usually the maximum. Alot of people think cricket is boring. Not me tho.


User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39880 posts, RR: 74
Reply 12, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week ago) and read 3073 times:

I bet you I can kick your @ss in cricket Bill142!  Silly


Just kidding! Big grin



Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlineSLC1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week ago) and read 3069 times:

Now if only soccer (and yes, that's the term I'm sticking with) was like that all the time, it might have some excitement. (Still better than football)

Quoting L-188 (Reply 3):

Half-back passes to center!!! CENTER HOLDS IT!!!!
HOLDS IT!!!

 rotfl 


User currently offlineKieron747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week ago) and read 3065 times:

Ah yes Test Match Cricket is excellent. Especially if you get get to see it in person, I spent 3 days watching England against West Indies, beautiful sunshine, great atmosphere, plenty of beers, it was like a mini holiday!.

Cricket = thinking man's game, like a game of chess on the field.


Kieron747


User currently offlineCactusA319 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2918 posts, RR: 25
Reply 15, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week ago) and read 3058 times:

Quoting Superfly (Reply 10):
I hope the S.F. Giants loose every game this year so they wont make it in to the play offs, thus a short season!
Lest year was hell!
They won so many games and had home game advantage. It was never ending!

Um, they missed the playoffs last year. You might be thinking of 2002 when they went to the World Series (taking it the full 7 games before blowing it). Then again the Major League regular season is 162 games long, so it seems like forever.

Quoting Kieron747 (Reply 1):
And another thing, whats with all the pads and helmets? I don't see any of that crap in a good old game of rubgy. The blokes there in the scrum are just big bastards, no need for all that plastic padding!

The players are much bigger and generally faster than the rugby blokes. Plus the collisions in American football are much more severe than those in rugby, hence the need for pads and helmets. The game was originally played in the early 20th century with no equipment whatsoever (similar to rugby) and was outlawed in many colleges due to the massive amount of injuries. American Football is far more violent than rugby.


User currently offlineN5176Y From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week ago) and read 3045 times:

Why would Americans think soccer is boring? It's the most widely played sport in this country.

User currently offlineNewark777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 9348 posts, RR: 29
Reply 17, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week ago) and read 3037 times:

Quoting N5176Y (Reply 16):
Why would Americans think soccer is boring? It's the most widely played sport in this country.

No one watches it, honestly. There is virtually no interest in any kind of pro soccer in the US. MLS stadiums are routinely empty and the women's league folded. It's big in schools and with kids, but beyond that there is little interest. We like our baseball, football, and basketball, and that is part of our culture. We just aren't soccer people.

Harry



Why grab a Heine when you can grab a Busch?
User currently offlineN5176Y From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (9 years 6 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 3035 times:

Quoting Newark777 (Reply 17):
There is virtually no interest in any kind of pro soccer in the US.

PRO soccer in this country is a joke. But soccer is the most widely played sport from kindergarten through universities.


User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39880 posts, RR: 74
Reply 19, posted (9 years 6 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 3029 times:

Quoting CactusA319 (Reply 15):
Um, they missed the playoffs last year. You might be thinking of 2002 when they went to the World Series

OK.
All I know is it was always a mess getting home on the train!



Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlineRen41 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1524 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (9 years 6 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 3016 times:

Soccer is a great sport. It's just that the only games we see on TV here are MLS games. That league is CRAP compared to any European team. I can't wait to go to a real soccer game in Europe with all the hooligans. It would be a great time. The quality of professional play in the USA makes it similar to NFL Europe across the pond. I'm sure if good NFL players played in Europe the sport would gain popularity quickly.

R41


User currently offlineOttoPylit From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (9 years 6 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2995 times:

I love soccer. But I also love American football as well. When I was younger, I was always considered by parents and coaches too small to play football, so I turned to soccer. Got to playing the game and found it highly competitive, extremely fun, and you competed while not wearing any kind of padding. Watching it can be somewhat boring, but having played it for as long as I have(since age 11), I guess any sport would seem that way. I do also love to watch American football, but only my favorite teams, hockey, and ironically enough, NASCAR racing, but only for the crashes. Lets face it, thats the only reason anyone watches NASCAR. lol

The few sports that I do hate are basketball, golf, and tennis.


Otto


User currently offlineBoeing7E7 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (9 years 6 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2975 times:

Quoting Kieron747 (Reply 1):
And another thing, whats with all the pads and helmets? I don't see any of that crap in a good old game of rubgy. The blokes there in the scrum are just big bastards, no need for all that plastic padding!

Clearly you've never played American Football. Even with helmets, people get concussions and with pads, fractured ribs. That ought to tell you enough. American Football is incredibly violent. You should play it sometime. There's nothing more fun than putting a major stick on someone.


User currently offlineMD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 14026 posts, RR: 62
Reply 23, posted (9 years 6 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2971 times:

When I was living in Ireland, I liked to watch rugby occasionally. Several colleagues played it, actually our company had it´s own team made up from staff and hosted the World Airways Rugby tournament I think back in 2000.
Though i liked to watch the game I never played it. At my size (6 ft, 80kgs) and with me wearing glasses I wouldn´t have survived for 5 minutes out on the pitch. You could recognise our team members easily: They were VERY big and almost all of them had broken noses, short hair and cauliflower ears.

Jan


User currently offlineNewark777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 9348 posts, RR: 29
Reply 24, posted (9 years 6 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2970 times:

Quoting N5176Y (Reply 18):
PRO soccer in this country is a joke. But soccer is the most widely played sport from kindergarten through universities.

That is what I am saying. It has yet to make that jump from popular sport among amateurs, to mainstream pro sport. It seems it is too late, though, as most attempts so far have failed.

Harry



Why grab a Heine when you can grab a Busch?
25 FlyMIA : I also find soccer a fine game also. Not my favorite. I also like Rugby as a learned how to play it while I spent some time in NZ. I also like Cricket
26 Post contains images Tbar220 : "Cricket? Nobody understands cricket! You gotta know what a crumpet is to understand cricket!"
27 Post contains links RJ111 : Now if only soccer (and yes, that's the term I'm sticking with) was like that all the time, it might have some excitement. (Still better than football
28 Post contains images Mdsh00 : Thats just because Australia is kicking a lot of arse right now. Cricket is a fun game to play but I can't make it through watching it on TV. A test
29 Post contains images Pj295 : Thats a cool video.....still though Soccer is not my cup of tea. My wife plays it every sunday during the fall and spring on a local womens rec league
30 Post contains links RJ111 : I'm convinced to get you guys hooked on it, so here's a few more gems courtesy of Dennis Bergkamp. http://www.michielpronk.nl/bergkamp.mpeg http://www
31 KYIPpilot : No disrespect meant, but I still think soccer is boring....
32 Falcon84 : Soccer is a fast-paced game. Compared to two turtles racing a 100 meter dash, perhaps....
33 N317AS : Just because it's the most widely played, doesn't make it exciting. Americans like to score, two-one, one-nil, or worse, a freaking tie. Yawn!!! I wi
34 TheCoz : I can't figure out why Americans will put something as retarded as golf on TV, but find something like soccer boring. Can someone explain this to me?
35 BartiniMan : HAHA, I had a good laugh at that one. Rugby players get paralysed, how violent is that compared to NFL Yeah Im a football fan (soccer)
36 Mdsh00 : You get those kinda cases in American Football too.
37 Post contains images Banco : Oh, stop it you two! A pissing contest over who gets hurt more is a tiny bit silly, wouldn't you agree? Suffice to say, both games are rather physica
38 Gkirk : We'll all disagree won this I suppose. Football (proper name) is a great game. American football is for women (get rid of the pads and prove that they
39 Falcon84 : Rugby players get paralysed, how violent is that compared to NFL In 1979, New England Patriots wide receiver Darryl Stingly was permanently paralyzed
40 KROC : Soccer is still boring. Some patched togehter highlights from several games is not going to make the game exciting. Other than the highlights shown, t
41 Banco : You could say the same about any sport, really. I find American football interminable, 20 seconds of action followed by a five minute break, but hey,
42 Falcon84 : 20 seconds of action followed by a five minute break, but hey, that's me. Interesting chronology, since in American football, the offense only has 30
43 Post contains images Banco : Never claimed to know the game, did I? That's just how a non-fan like me perceives it. Kind of like the way KROC sees football/soccer really.
44 KROC : I agree about Football though. The average play lasts 5 seconds, then there is about 45 seconds of jerking off. I get bored watching some NFL: games.
45 Banco : I've always found the popularity of college games in the US fascinating - and have asked about it before. We really don't have anything comparable to
46 Post contains images JGPH1A : There's the boat race Re soccer being boring - YES IT IS !! Ho hum, overpaid spamheads kicking a ball around for GBP10,000 a minute, cheered on by 50
47 Post contains images Banco : Nah. It's always the same two teams in the final.
48 Post contains images JGPH1A : Yes but unlike soccer, there's a possibility that one team will sink without trace
49 USAFHummer : The experience and environment of going to a college football game in person too is much better than an NFL game in person...here in the US, the top
50 FlyMIA : Gkirk: Baseball is for women? When you learn how to hit a 89MPH curve ball or 98 MPH fastball. Hitting a baseball is one of the hardest things in all
51 Mdsh00 : USAFHummer hit the nail on the head. College games have much more enthusiasm and pride issues. Just go to any college rivalry game and you'll see wha
52 Tom in NO : Over here, soccer is about as popular as the WNBA. And you know its stock isn't going anywhere when the lacrosse all-star game gets more national cove
53 GoCOgo : My thought exactly. A highlight reel of chess would would be exciting. But I do think soccer is BORING AS HELL. They are constantly close to scoring,
54 Christa : It is a pity that the United States cannot accept football (soccer) into it's culture. There is a lot of talent in the USA and I believe that with the
55 SlamClick : Baseball! Used to think it was fun to play, boring to watch, (professional ball) and made for good movies. Now with the steroid disclosures it has bec
56 MD11Engineer : Football used to be an expression of local patriotism over here and I think South America is similar. Lately it has been loosing it a little, with the
57 GoCOgo : The same could be said of American football talent in other countries.
58 EGGD : In reality we're all in the same boat. Most sports are boring if you can't, or don't want to get into them. If you don't want to support any team and
59 EA CO AS : Want to make "soccer" more exciting? Institute a mandatory 45 second shot clock. Then I'll watch.
60 Newark777 : How is it a pity? It is not like we have been deprived from the sport, and someone is not letting us have it. Leagues have been formed and funded, bu
61 GoCOgo : Actually, many Americans enjoyed the various unusual sports that NBC brought us (unfortunately tape-delayed) form the Olympics. I, for one, have beco
62 Post contains images CactusA319 : Football (err...soccer) otherwise known as hockey on grass. Actually the MLS has had limited success in certain markets. It's relatively popular in DC
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