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joy_division
06-24-2006, 12:41 PM
I found this in last week's Observer, loved it and just had to share itPioneer press, Minnesota

If the goverment really is serious about identifying illegal immegrants, it has a unique opportunity to record their whereabouts. All the Department of homeland security has to do is monitor the city-by-city television ratings of this month's world Cup. agents should be dispatched to any area where the ratings reflect an unnaturally high level of interest. that likely signals a pocket of illegals. no one who is actually from here cares about the most over-hyped, mind-numbingly boring event in the whole world.

Thirty years after soccer was supposed to be the next big thing here, ESPN and ABC will again attempt to 'educate' as well as entertain american viewers during the World Cup. The arrogance is astounding. The networks still think Americans aren't interested in soccer because we don't understand it. And it's awful.

It's time to quit apologising and tell the truth. when it comes to soccer, we're right, and the rest of the world is wrong. If they want to dance in the streets of cameroon or belgium over this stuff, fine. But the sport does not suit American taste, and we should stop feeling guilty about it.

Americans are industrious people. we use our hands. We catch footballs. we throw baseballs. We hit golf balls by fripping a piece of equipment. It is unnatural for us to put our hands behind our backs and try to 'pass' a soccer ball to a team-mate by bouncing it off our heads. we aren't circus seals, and no one's going to toss us a fish if we do it right.

Yes, america may be the only country that doesn't go goofy for soccer. we're also the only remaining superpower. Don't you see a connection there?

I'd rather have a colonoscopy than watch a minute of it. Soccer's the rest of the world's problem. let's not even fake it any more.

this guyhas a reall problem! He says "The arrogance is astounding" then goes on to say "we're right, and the rest of the world is wrong...Yes, america may be the only country that doesn't go goofy for soccer. we're also the only remaining superpower. Don't you see a connection there?" :stick:

"we catch Footballs" they are called footballs for a REASON. Why don't you start calling them handovals

as for the World cup being the "most over-hyped, mind-numbingly boring event in the whole world." maybe you should take a look at the superbowl. a ninety minute game that turns into a three hour circus.

i think the real reason this guy doesn't like footie, is that there is no real action. No steriod pumped up players, no hockey players beating each other to death, just 90 minutes of action.

What a saddo :p

RichBamf
06-24-2006, 12:51 PM
Wait don't China love football, and aren't they breathing down America's necks on the 'Super-power' front?

This is a typical self-loving media type, who thinks his voice is the only one that matters.

Sadly this isn't he only person in the world that thinks like this.

Darth Bob
06-24-2006, 01:10 PM
Best thing about soccer is that there are no timeouts.

As a European sports fan I hate those 500 timeouts coaches can call per game in the NBA for example.

2 minutes left to play, but it will actually take 45 minutes to finish the damn ball game if coaches make use of all timeouts available. :banghead:

I really love basketball but that really sucks. Having to bear those commercials for several minutes is what I call "no real action". :rolleyes:

JM28Cardiff
06-24-2006, 05:11 PM
Anyone know how football does in India? They will be right behind China in the world power stakes in the next 100 years.

lord odin
06-24-2006, 05:37 PM
Anyone know how football does in India? They will be right behind China in the world power stakes in the next 100 years.
I don`t think the world will be around in 100 years some nutjob will blow us up.

Ink
06-24-2006, 05:41 PM
I don`t think the world will be around in 100 years some nutjob will blow us up.

or an asteroid

RichBamf
06-24-2006, 05:44 PM
I don`t think the world will be around in 100 years some nutjob will blow us up.

That's a warning that he's gonna do it. :laugh:

Run you fools, run! :eplus2:

Bullseye
06-24-2006, 05:54 PM
****ing idiot.

JM28Cardiff
06-24-2006, 06:46 PM
****ing idiot.

I must admit, I cant stand American sports (Baseball, American Football, Basketball) but to be fair, I cant stand Cricket or Golf either. It depends where your brought up I suppose. I get the impression that the US mentality in relation to sport is different to ours in the sense that its win or nothing, theres no gallant losers or anything like that.

Bullseye
06-24-2006, 06:50 PM
I like Baseball and will watch a Basketball and Football game but for me the continuous stops ruin the game. I also enjoy one day cricket and will watch golf on the final day of a major.

But to slag off everyone in the world because they enjoy football is crazy. How is that guy able right stuff like that.

JM28Cardiff
06-24-2006, 06:59 PM
Cant wait for the Tour De France, now theres a sport! The stop-start nature of Amercian sports is what I dont like either, makes you just want to watch the highlights. They all seem very stat-obsessed. With regard to football, its so embedded in the culture of several countries, it cant just be transplanted to the US, if they dont like it now (the majority) then they never will.

Bullseye
06-24-2006, 07:12 PM
The problem with the Tour De France is the drugs problem. Its rife. I used to love it when the Irish were good ie Roach and Kelly but have lost interest will all the drugs scandels. Didn't a famous Italian rider die at a very young age?

cap70
06-24-2006, 07:28 PM
I must admit, I cant stand American sports (Baseball, American Football, Basketball) but to be fair, I cant stand Cricket or Golf either. It depends where your brought up I suppose. I get the impression that the US mentality in relation to sport is different to ours in the sense that its win or nothing, theres no gallant losers or anything like that.


Well said, JM. Soccer isn't popular in America, like America football isn't popular in the World. Soccer is THE biggest sport in the World, but unfortunetly, isn't something that have "tradition" here in the USA. They just don't get many aspects of the game yet. And like you said, the fear of a game ending in a draw, principally at 0-0, is something that don't apeal to them. They don't have what we have, ya know, the apreciation for all aspects of this game, EVERY little bit. In Brasil, a 2 year old kid get's a soccer ball for his birthday. In the USA, he get's a american football or basket ball as a gift. When I think about soccer here, I always think about the women team. The girls here are the ones that have more interest.
BUT, I think "men" soccer interest have been growing in America , and I DO hope that it keeps growing. I remember when I moved to here cause my job almost 15 years ago, the BIGGEST thing I missed (besides my friends/family, of course) was the soccer. Today, with satelite TV, I watch soccer in every part of the World, but was a hard time in the begining with no soccer to watch, beeing this HUUUUGE soccer fan that I am.

lord odin
06-24-2006, 09:45 PM
That's a warning that he's gonna do it. :laugh:

Run you fools, run! :eplus2:
You can run but you can`t hide. :confused2

JadeGiant
06-24-2006, 11:36 PM
I can't stand this type of person and hear this crap from time to time :banghead: ... let me just say that this clown's opinion is not shared by all Americans. I grew up playing soccer as soon as I could get into a league (about 5). Soccer was a huge part of my life growing up but only from a playing perspective as the media never really showed any games. I remember the 86 cup with the hand of God goal and Maradona's amazing run ... that got me hooked on WorldCup. There are a lot of hard core soccer fans in the US, just not to the degree of other countries ... but we are out there!I think it comes down to the fact that a lot of people don't like soccer because it was originated in our country. Heck, all the X-games are more popular and half of that stuff is absolute crap.

Justin
06-25-2006, 12:27 AM
Anyone know how football does in India? They will be right behind China in the world power stakes in the next 100 years.

India are cricket CRAZY, they go mad for it over there!!

bat_collector
06-25-2006, 12:48 AM
who cares what this moron thinks. his ignorance and arrogance is astounding.

Shangrilien
06-25-2006, 06:49 PM
The problem with the Tour De France is the drugs problem. Its rife. I used to love it when the Irish were good ie Roach and Kelly but have lost interest will all the drugs scandels. Didn't a famous Italian rider die at a very young age?Not only. Tours of Spain and Italy are also concerned. People are arrested and prosecuted every single year. The drugs problem is a plague infecting professional cycling in general. Even young or semi-pros cyclers are using them.

20 years ago, a famous french comedian was already saying that if they weren't taking drugs, they would have to leave six months earlier to arrive in Paris by July. People and sponsors want to see amazing performances all the time.

The saddest part is that it's getting hard to make the difference between a real sport performance and a cheated one.

Bullseye
06-26-2006, 06:39 AM
Yeah the Tour of Italy and Spain are in the same bracket. Its sad really as its a great sport.