If The Olympics Had Football

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    If The Olympics Had Football

    Watching the US-Finland hockey game (6-0 US in the first), I couldn't help but think if the Olympics had American football - imagine the US team taking on the Canadian team and exploding to a 59-0 lead, some in the press would accuse the American coach of "acting like Bill Belichick, running up the score."
     
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    Vollmer would be captain of the German squad.
     
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    Laz,
    Somewhere in your post is an interesting question.  Why isn't Football (American) more popular around the world?  I don't think there's something genetic in Americans that draws us to football.  The same things we like about football should draw others to the sport.
     
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    In Response to Re: If The Olympics Had Football:
    Laz, Somewhere in your post is an interesting question.  Why isn't Football (American) more popular around the world?  I don't think there's something genetic in Americans that draws us to football.  The same things we like about football should draw others to the sport.
    Posted by shenanigan

    They are drawn to it. They just call it rugby.

     
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    Not only would the American team beat everyone in embarrassing fashion, but they would probably decapitate half the players on the other team in the process.  It would be like the Patriots playing a Massachusetts high school football team.  Funny thought though.
     
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    I would guess it's because the game isn't in schools, or on T.V.  It's easily the most complicated sport around, not as simple as "put a ball or puck in a goal".  It also doesn't translate into pickup games very well.  Can't play 1 on 1, 2 on 2 isn't very good either, tackling hurts without pads.  It's this complexity with strategy that makes it better IMO, but that's what makes it hard for outsiders to pick up the game. 
     
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    " I would guess it's because the game isn't in schools, or on T.V.  It's easily the most complicated sport around, not as simple as "put a ball or puck in a goal".  It also doesn't translate into pickup games very well.  Can't play 1 on 1, 2 on 2 isn't very good either, tackling hurts without pads.  It's this complexity with strategy that makes it better IMO, but that's what makes it hard for outsiders to pick up the game ." Fine, why don't you simplify things and make far more clear, concise and rational sense than me while you're at it...just- whatever.  Cuz, it's not gonna stop me from stickin to my "Straw man convert & subjugate the heathens under logical positivism theory held up by western society's decay & excess with further tenets from perpetual motion hockey zamboni machines weighed over and above the bag of Cheetos I'm currently eating" (I figure that's what we're gonna call my theory in short)... 
    Posted by LazarusintheSanatorium

    I was going to sum it up as American patronization, but yours works.

     
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    I wonder if the fact that you can't actually see the players has anything to do with American football's lack of appeal outside the US. With rare exception, these guys are just interchangeable numbers and, to paraphrase Jerry Seinfeld, you're really just rooting for laundry out there. Look at this forum. One day you've got virtually everyone on the board agreeing that Ladanian Tomlinson is a whiny little deusche who disappears at the end of the season and then -- as if by some strange magic -- when Tomlinson is realeased because the people who pay him recognize what I just said about him, here come the threads about how awesome he would be under the Flying Elvis.

    It doesn't matter who the players are.

    You're rooting for a corporate logo (Rollerball, anyone?)

    Not that there's anything wrong with that.

    I just wonder if futbol fans feel the same way if and when Ronaldo (How many Ronaldos are there now?) sells his services to the highest bidder. And even if he does and they do, at least they can see his face when they jeer him.

     
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    Soylent Green is people, you know.


    IT'S PEOPLE!!!



    (not to be confused with the ape planet, which was a madhouse . . .

    A MADHOUSE!!!


    Boy, that Charlton Heston really had some range, didn't he?)










     
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    OK, obviously nobody wants to go near the third rail in this discussion, but since something like 70% of the NFL are composed of African Americans, and there's no other country that can compare in terms of demographics in that regard...

    I disagree that other countries don't produce big enough or strong enough or fast enough athletes, e.g., Usain Bolt, they just don't have the sheer numbers.  Nor do they have anything comparable anywhere in the world to the NCAA.

    Then again, 20 years ago, who would have guessed that the a U.S. basketball team comprised of NBA all-stars would not even win a medal in the Olympics.  But it happened. 
     
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    Oh, there's plenty of countries that can compare in demographics, but most of those people are more worried about being "cleansed" before given a proper chance to starve.



     
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    In Response to If The Olympics Had Football:
    Watching the US-Finland hockey game (6-0 US in the first), I couldn't help but think if the Olympics had American football - imagine the US team taking on the Canadian team and exploding to a 59-0 lead, some in the press would accuse the American coach of "acting like Bill Belichick, running up the score."
    Posted by STP43FAN


     The olympics are for those people that think they actually have a sport worth watching.
     
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    i think we could build a high school team and smash the world's teams 65-0. 

    nevermind college. 

    who on a world team is going to stop a guy like Engram? or take a big hit from Berry and live to talk about it? or cover Dez Bryant?   ANyone wanna get in the way of McClain? or Spikes? 

    and forthe NFL......Andre Johnson, Ed Reed, Willis, lol and NO one on the worlds team will make a catch against Revis and Winfield. 

    picture some finland guy trying to stop Freeney's bullrush lmao

    or trying to tackle Reggie Bush
     
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    To quote the great Kenny Powers "I like team sports; not trying to be the best at exercising".

    American football is elitist, in the sense that a good college program will spend a ton of money on great equipment, stadium, players (Alumni boosters etc...). It would be interesting to see how much money is spent on a good college football program vs.  First Division U K soccer teams (not Premier league, which is huge money, but the tier below that). Soocer is universal because all you need is a ball and goalposts. You can live in abject poverty and still be a great soccer player. Given the equipment required for both hockey and football it would be difficult for any impoverished country to churn out successful players year after year, like a good college program.
     
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    maybe they could add rugby to the summer olympics, of course our rugby team is not up their with the top teams in the wolrd but it won't be long.
     
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    @kansaspatriot

    they have, they are playing sevens rugby in 2016
     
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    maybe they could add rugby to the summer olympics, of course our rugby team is not up their with the top teams in the wolrd but it won't be long.
    Posted by kansaspatriot


    Nah, it would be like soccer.  We'd never be a power because our best athletes won't play it.  Just the guys not good enough to make it in football, baseball, etc. where they can get paid.
     
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    It does. We call it soccer though.
     
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