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Soccer is for Europeans, girls, and boys who are afraid to play football.
 

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Buckethead said:
Soccer is for Europeans, girls, and boys who are afraid to play football.

LOL, I agree totally!
 

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Buckethead said:
Soccer is for Europeans, girls, and boys who are afraid to play football.
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I'd like to see a real football world cup. Of course it would be too barbaric for the Europeans
 

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Buckethead said:
Soccer is for Europeans, girls, and boys who are afraid to play football.
Football, for the most part, is for fat unathletic slobs who never had the will power to get in any kind of shape. Lots of guys think they were "real men" because they played in high school. The fact of the matter is that they were just a dime a dozen and if they played in the inner city they would of never got of the bench unless they were fatter than most kids their age or had a cannon for a arm.
It's funny that most of the guys I see who played football in high school are really fat now and look 10 years older than what they really are and the guys who played soccer look 10 years younger and give guys half their age a run for thier money in any sport.
I like both football and soccer but laugh at these so called "real" men who put soccer down because they are so big and tough. Give me a break.
 

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Buckethead said:
Soccer is for Europeans, girls, and boys who are afraid to play football.
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I'd like to see a real football world cup. Of course it would be too barbaric for the Europeans
The rest of the world see's their fair share of barbarism. I just think they find American football boring when they end up spending more time watching commercials than the game itself. Not to mention the time it takes just to run a play for a one yard gain or throw a incomplete pass. If you think about it, we are all kind of brainwashed because when a big play actually does happen, it seems like a much bigger deal than what it really is because we have to sit through so many insignificant ones.
Soccer see's it's fair share of barbarisim. Players have been killed for screwing up in the world cup. Hundreds of fans have been killed during soccer matches. Go to UK wearing the wrong jersey and you just may find yourself surrounded by a gang of drunken hooligans ready to beat the living daylites out of you. When the mens team plays in Mexico it's not uncommon for a player to get hit in the head with a battery or some other projectile the crowd gets their hands on. Want to plan a camping trip with the family down in Ghana for a long weekend ? Let me know how that works out for you.
Your right though, those illegal helmet to helmet hits, illegal hits on a defenseless player, late hits on a QB, and pass interference calls are just horrifying these days. Not to mention delay of game and excessive celebration penalties. Those are just so barbaric.
Well at least the NFL has some fine outstanding citizens our children can look up to inspite of the fact that it's just way too barbaric for the rest of the world.
 

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Go to UK wearing the wrong jersey and you just may find yourself surrounded by a gang of drunken hooligans ready to beat the living daylites out of you.
So what you're saying is, its kind of like taking in a home flyers game?



Oh, and BTW, I'm in pretty good shape for a washed up, high school football player too.
 

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<span style="font-style: italic"><span style="font-weight: bold">Soccer: The Perfect Socialist Sport</span>

By C. Edmund Wright


The world's most popular sport? Puh-leeze. This is like saying that dirt is more popular than gold simply because there is more of it. Last time I checked, soccer was very popular where starvation, archery, and badminton were the alternative activities. Where soccer has to compete with the NFL, college football, and basketball -- not to mention WWE, the X Games, cheerleading contests, and cage-fighting -- not so much.


And no, I am not some redneck soccer newbie who has never been exposed to the sport. Actually, I attended the prep school that brought the sport to the Research Triangle area of North Carolina -- one of the first soccer hotspots in the country. We are talking multiple decades ago. And frankly, I rather enjoyed playing it in one of the southeast's first little league soccer organizations and in high school PE class.


But watching it? Oh my God. The only thing more predictable than Barack Obama blaming George W. Bush and BP is that when you flip over to World Cup coverage, the score will be 0-0. I don't care who is playing or where you are in the game...er, match. It will be 0-0. And for those who think watching the grass grow is more exciting, I think these matches are so long they do have to mow the pitch at halftime. (Hey -- I know they call it a pitch, not a field. Told you I was not a redneck newbie.)


At its heart, soccer is the perfect socialist sport. That's why it will never catch on among Americans the way football or basketball has -- regardless of how hard ESPN or ESPN Deportes tries to force feed it to us. Soccer is a redistributive dreamer's delight, with most of the potential risk-reward strategy of the sport removed by rule. It is a self-esteem cornucopia, where a blistering rout of, say, 2-0 seems so close in the score book. No one's feelings get hurt at 2-0. And on and on the socialist feel goes.


A liberal's only complaint with soccer is that it entails such low scoring that there's no point trying to have a youth league where no one keeps score. It's 0-0. We all know that already. You can't even pretend not to know the score. Then again, 0-0 is the perfect score for a "no score" league, I guess.


Consider other ways in which it is the quintessential socialist sport:


Soccer is biggest where the "national teams" are the main sports focus of a nation. Hey, you can't get much more socialist than that. And everyone on every street and in every town pulls for the same team. Wow. Isn't that exciting? Whom do you pull for? Oh yeah, the national team.


And let's not forget the off-sides rule. Without getting buried in minutiae, suffice it to say that off-sides in soccer is like making the bomb illegal in football or the fast break illegal in basketball. This is a socialist sport. We can't be having any risk-reward equations here. You see, in soccer, it's not fair that you might take a chance to weaken your defense in order to spring a man deep downfield behind the defense. That would be unfair in a free-market, venture-capital-type way. No, no, no! You must let the defense be behind you. You cannot beat them downfield until you have the ball. That would be unfair and, no doubt, mean-spirited.


So ingrained is this into the soccer psyche that many of the world's best defenses employ what they call "the off-sides trap." In other words, they use the socialist rules to the hilt. Here, a defenseman gets beaten downfield on purpose to get a call against his opponent.


It's a lot like using high tax rates and the IRS to keep everyone's financial strata the same.


This leads to the another socialist issue, which is the low scoring and the self-esteem protection involved in that. In international soccer, 2-0 is a rout and 3-0 an absolute blowout. And yet, it seems so close. Hey, we only lost by three.


In reality, it's like losing by 21 in football -- or worse, actually, given the paucity of scoring. It's a total destruction, but it sounds so innocent at three-nil.


Another way soccer is the perfect socialist sport is the power vested in the nameless bureaucrats and their ability to never have to answer for their screw ups. This sounds like big government to me for sure.


Consider "stoppage time." In soccer, the official clock does not stop for out of bounds or other play stoppages. No, it rolls on, I guess to keep the carbon footprint of the clock operations low. You see, like socialists, the bureaucrats don't actually want to trust the real movers and shakers with information like, well, how much time is left. It's kind of like not knowing how much longer you can keep your current health plan if you like it.


The little bureaucrats on the field -- the referees, kind of like lawyers -- keep the time to themselves. No one else knows. It's the perfect case of untalented bureaucrats having power over the real talented people who make things happen (such that anything ever happens in soccer).


And no liberal or socialist sport would be complete without a generous dose of self-importance, arrogance, and snobbery among its followers. I mean, it's bad enough that we have to see the kids running around in almost soft-porn thigh-highs and sandals every Saturday as they pile out of mini-vans at every Shoney's, Applebee's, and Hampton Inn everywhere. But it's the "yeah, but it's the worlds most popular sport" attitude that really gets to me.


No it isn't! See the perfect dirt and gold analogy in paragraph one, please. Where people have a choice, soccer is not the most popular sport.


And it really gets bad every four months -- or is it four years -- when the World Cup rolls around. That's where the arrogance of soccer folks meets up with the one-world feeling and the can't-we-all-just-get-along crowd and all sorts of international bodies that want to treat the U.S. like just another country like Cuba or Iran. It's nauseating.


And what's so deliciously ironic is that when push comes to shove, the international referees will always manage to screw the United States, even as our PC crowd does all it can to convince the planet that we can love soccer, too.


No, we can't. Not as spectators. Hey, I am all for the fitness involved in soccer or any sport that involves that much cardio activity. But please don't make me watch it -- and please stop insulting my intelligence with the "most popular sport in the world" stuff.


Now, back to the game. It's nil-nil. Still. </span>
 

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Buckethead said:
steelhead125 said:
Go to UK wearing the wrong jersey and you just may find yourself surrounded by a gang of drunken hooligans ready to beat the living daylites out of you.
So what you're saying is, its kind of like taking in a home flyers game?



Oh, and BTW, I'm in pretty good shape for a washed up, high school football player too.
Well that's good to hear. Most I come across usually are not though. Guys who played soccer in high school usually comtinue to play well into their adult life and those years of stong conditioning seems to stick with them.
Football is not a sport that is really played by most after high school and once these guys realize that no girls over the age of 17 really care anyhow they tend to let themseleves go.
It's kind of ironic too, because you find alot of these guys now in their 40's and 50's finally trying to reverse the years of damage they did to themselves by obsessing about every little calorie they put into their mouths like some kind of broken down houswife going through menopoause
while at the same time makeing fun of professional soccer players.
 

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Buckethead said:
Soccer is for Europeans, girls, and boys who are afraid to play football.
Football, for the most part, is for fat unathletic slobs who never had the will power to get in any kind of shape. Lots of guys think they were "real men" because they played in high school. The fact of the matter is that they were just a dime a dozen and if they played in the inner city they would of never got of the bench unless they were fatter than most kids their age or had a cannon for a arm.
It's funny that most of the guys I see who played football in high school are really fat now and look 10 years older than what they really are and the guys who played soccer look 10 years younger and give guys half their age a run for thier money in any sport.
I like both football and soccer but laugh at these so called "real" men who put soccer down because they are so big and tough. Give me a break.
I couldn,t agree more.I heard what the term soccer means but I forget.It abbreviates something.I also heard that in Europe Soccer is called football which makes sense.Rugby has way better atheletes than football and is the true pigskin sport.
 

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steelhead125 said:
Buckethead said:
Soccer is for Europeans, girls, and boys who are afraid to play football.
Football, for the most part, is for fat unathletic slobs who never had the will power to get in any kind of shape. Lots of guys think they were "real men" because they played in high school. The fact of the matter is that they were just a dime a dozen and if they played in the inner city they would of never got of the bench unless they were fatter than most kids their age or had a cannon for a arm.
It's funny that most of the guys I see who played football in high school are really fat now and look 10 years older than what they really are and the guys who played soccer look 10 years younger and give guys half their age a run for thier money in any sport.
I like both football and soccer but laugh at these so called "real" men who put soccer down because they are so big and tough. Give me a break.
I couldn,t agree more.I heard what the term soccer means but I forget.It abbreviates something.I also heard that in Europe Soccer is called football which makes sense.Rugby has way better atheletes than football and is the true pigskin sport.
Please explain how rugby has way better athletes than American NFL Football.
 

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All this talk about soccer being tougher than football is giving me a hot flash!
 

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Just watch some games Rob and you,ll see why.They are constantly on the move,piling up on each other and never have much if any protective gear to speak of.Whereas the fat boys will go to the sidelines after one down and put a towel over their head while they catch their breath.You never see a fat Rugby player.
 

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Bored and watching USA beating Portugal 2-1. I have never seen such a bunch of sissies taking dives and getting hurt with no one around them. Cant wait till fall for the real sport to begin again, hunting.
 

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Saw a good explanation of soccer earlier this week.

If I wanted to watch people struggle to score for 90 minutes, I'd take my buddy to a bar on Saturday night.
 

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Well played game today by the USA. Hope they can take out the Germans next game or at least get a draw.
So much better than watching a 4 hour long Pirate game hopeing they can win and get close to .500 again. Can't wait for the summer to be over.
 
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