Re: World Cup of Football
posted at 6/22/2014 12:31 PM EDT
In response to 50belowzero's comment:
In response to mattbs' comment:
Different people grow on on the same planet in very different worlds. Yay. The people of Iran really love their soccer. Great. Oooh la la. Look at the 95% of the population who live in shantytowns in Brazil and how much they love their soccer. Man, we Americas must be doing this whole sports thing wrong. The Chinese love it and because they're also humans, they're just like us.
Different cultures are different. Just because other cultures love it, doesn't mean that Americans are fouled up because they don't.
For one, I never said North Americans are foul for not liking it but they are foul when they insult or criticize the game as if it's irrelevant. I see it as an inferiority complex... especially with the hockey world. Two, in all those countries you mentioned I don't even think soccer is the number one sport. I believe cricket and rugby are up there which by the way are very similar to two other American sports. Messi, an Argentinian who is the greatest soccer player in the world yet he wasn't even ranked in the top 5 in popularity of current athletes in Argentina. Central America's biggest sport is baseball. And really, there is not much difference between the poor guy in the U.S. ghetto playing basketball and baseball as the poor guy in Brasil playing soccer.
Soccer is the biggest in Western Europe where the culture and political system is most like North America. So my point is it's not so much about the "status, freedom and politics" of a country. I love hockey all year round, I love soccer on a national team level and I will watch baseball, basketball and football when my favourite teams are in. Do I think diving in soccer is dumb? Yes but I can see many dumb things in the other sports.
Great post Matt,i see your posts are much more expansive when it comes to something you seem very passionate about.You're postings about the Bruins in the past have been rather short,so i would take from this you love soccer more than hockey? I like watching soccer by the way.
As a TV sport there is nothing better than watching my Bruins. Watching a sport live there is nothing better than watching the best players in the world play soccer. Think about it, fans go crazy when a NFL player makes a 40 yard reception. In soccer same thing happens all the time instead the QB and the receiver use their feet to throw and catch. Also, I really like to watch the off the ball player movement, ball possession and team strategies. Add to that the enthusiasm of the fans in the stadium you can't help but to get chills.
The reason I write less about hockey is because sometimes I feel I am just repeating myself and I only write about soccer every two years :)