|Quoting GDB (Reply 39):
Or maybe part of the reason, for some, is that the US has not historically been a major player in this sport.
Which has been changing of late.
But still not likely to win or dominate, so in the minds of some, if the US is not a dominant force in something, it's null and void.
You see/hear a lot of that increasingly, across the board, way beyond football or sport in general, from some.
If in 10, 15, 20 years from now, the US team makes the finals, you'll see a lot of Football phobic Americans suddenly being very interested and chanting U-S-A.
Best post I've read here, along with Nancy's.
|Quoting Nancy (Reply 10):
You have to understand the rules and the strategies in soccer for it to be exciting. If you don't it just looks like a bunch of people running around on a field. That being said, American rules football and baseball hardly give things to people in "bite size pieces". Both can be very slow moving at times and American rules football has some really complicated rules and I'm sure that's extremely boring (Why are the just standing there?!) if you don't understand it.
I've stayed out of the WC
threads because of the obvious US bashing that they would/have created, but had to chime in here. I'm a big soccer fan, played it in high school, and in adult leagues for a while afterwards. Anyone who says it isn't entertaining is nut's. This is of course MY
opinion, and bash me if you want, we ALL
are allowed our opinions. I think the refereeing sucked in the US/Italy game, I think Brasil is going to win, and I think their subs would finish in the quarter-finals. (read somewhere they're subs are probably the second best team in the world...
Harry, changing the rules to suit your druthers would only accomplish just that, your druthers. The game is not the world's most popular sport for nothing. A scoreless ties can be WAAAAAY more exciting than a pitchers dual in baseball, or a 7-3 finish in football. (I'm also a huge baseball/football fan fan)
In the Word Cup, I'm pulling for the USA, but am also realistic, we're relatively new to being competitive in this sport, but as GDB has stated, as soon as we start competing regularly, and winning on a world stage, more American soccer fans will emerge faster than a Red Sox band-wagon fan from two years ago!!
Let the bashing begin.
[Edited 2006-06-19 15:22:03]