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David Benjamin
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Re: Why Americans don't like Soccer
David Benjamin   6/16/2014 5:41:19 PM
Icovey, I beg to differ. Stand outside any bar near any university campus in America for a while, especially near closing time, and I defy you to reiterate your preposterous assertion that Americans are no good at hurling!

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Max The Magnificent   6/16/2014 5:41:11 PM
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@lcovey: If Americans can't be the best at something right out of the gate, then it isn't worth caring about.

One thing I've noticed since I moved to America is that there has to be a winner. Americans simply cannot wrap their brains around a game like cricket that can go on for days (or weeks) and then end in a draw :-)

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Re: Why Americans don't like Soccer
Max The Magnificent   6/16/2014 5:39:16 PM
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@lcovey: Eventually, The US will field a team that will be mediocre enough to capture national attention...

Ah, something to look forward to, then LOL

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Re: A fair knowledge ?
David Benjamin   6/16/2014 5:36:41 PM
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Amir. I agree with your perception of American football. At fitst glance, it much harder to understand than soccer. In fact, in my just released novel, "A Sunday Kind of Love" (www.createspace.com/4795443), I describe the bewilderment of the neophyte fan trying to grasp the tangle of bodies and the long delays in the action. Indeed, no sport is easy to grasp in the beginning, and one of every sport's joys is the development of a personal expertise (often referred to generically as "inside baseball). Soccer fans enjoy this same pleasure. My point about soccer is not that it's not popular, not fun to play, not a worthy sport. My point is that it could be better if it were govered more by common sense and by the players, rather than by a corrupt elite more interested in their own prestige than "love of the game." David Benjamin

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Why Americans don't like Soccer
lcovey   6/16/2014 5:26:45 PM
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As an American who really enjoys FOOTBALL, I've always wondered why I am in the minority about the beautiful game.  It wasn't until this World Cup tourney that I figured it out:

If Americans can't be the best at something right out of the gate, then it isn't worth caring about.  The reality is that Americans suck at the game.  They get their butts handed to them by Third-world countries on the international scene.  I have a hard time watching an MLS match because of the slowness and incompetence of the play, even compared to the Scottish Professional Football League play.

There are other examples.  Curiling is denirated during the Olympics regularly.  Rugby has virtually no place in the sports world discussion.  Even the most exciting and brutal sport in the world, Ireland's Hurling, is given no coverage at all.  And if you want a sport with rapid scoring, that's the game for you.  But again, Americans suck at it.

Eventually, The US will field a team that will be mediocre enough to capture national attention, but until then, I don't expect much.

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Re: A fair knowledge ?
Max The Magnificent   6/16/2014 5:17:14 PM
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@David: This article has, when I looked at it, 21 comments...

22 comments if we include yours. Hang on, that will be 23 if we include this one -- will this madness never end?

Personally I blame Webby81 for starting everyone talking about this -- I wouldn't even have seen this blog if I hadn't stumbled across her original comment.

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Re: A fair knowledge ?
David Ashton   6/16/2014 4:49:26 PM
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@Webby81.... " I don't come to EETIMES for this, I have pleanty of other BLOG's to read."

Click your BACK button and you can get back to them.  This article has, when I looked at it, 21 comments, if I'd written it I'd be fairly happy with that..... There are obviously a few engineers who enjoy or at least have an opinion on Soccer...

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Indo_Fh   6/16/2014 2:50:38 PM
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Benjamin  Should visit turf fields in California to see what is being played by kids on weekends in Summer;

1. Mountain View, CA: MVLA has reserved the fields for Soccer.

Go to Stanford....Soccer during week and weekends

2. California demographics -49% latino...80% of who are Soccer crazy and their Kids are very good players; Asian and Europeans who make up over 30% of bay area are also fans of soccer...

3. then take a look at world wide fans of Soccer

China and India: Over 1 Billion fans of soccer; I know many folks in india that are watching this sport after midnight eventhough India is not in the World cup

4. San Jose Mercury News:  Shoocked that they cannot send a reporter to cover World Cup fever...Sports voverage is biased towards baseball and basketball

5. Me an American indian have to rely on Univision ...to catch some of the action

Probably it will be another 5 yrs before we see American Asians dominate media and bring about change in media coverage of Soccer...

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Re: A fair knowledge ?
Max The Magnificent   6/16/2014 2:24:49 PM
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@betajet: Sounds like 43-Man Squamish :-)

It wouldn't surprise me to learn that MAD Magazine based 43-Man Squamish on Australian Rules Football

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betajet   6/16/2014 2:18:47 PM
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Max wrote: you should see "Australian Rules Football"...

Sounds like 43-Man Squamish :-)
Each team consists of one left and one right Inside Grouch, one left and one right Outside Grouch, four Deep Brooders, four Shallow Brooders, ...


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