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Posted: 6/28/2014 11:58 AM

does anyone here really........ 


know the rules for soccer other than you put that round ball in that net thingy without touching it with your hands. the dude standing in front of that net thingy can touch it with his hands which seems unfair in today's everybody is a winner world. 

it also seems you can bite the opponent a few times before getting into real trouble. strange game.
the farther we get from things past the more revisionist history creeps in.
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Posted: 6/28/2014 12:17 PM

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No, and frankly I've always found it too boring to bother trying to learn the rules.

You want to watch a sport other than hoops where the idea is to put the ball in the net, I recommend lacrosse. Don't really understand all the nuances and rules of that game either, but there's a lot more scoring and it sure is fun to watch. Not so much biting either.
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Posted: 6/28/2014 12:51 PM

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Not really. Go USA


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know the rules for soccer other than you put that round ball in that net thingy without touching it with your hands. the dude standing in front of that net thingy can touch it with his hands which seems unfair in today's everybody is a winner world. 

it also seems you can bite the opponent a few times before getting into real trouble. strange game.

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Posted: 6/28/2014 12:53 PM

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Living outside the US, I've learned quite a bit about the sport. Been to a couple of pro matches in Germany and I enjoy watching it. In fact, I would rather watch it than the NBA.
Keep a light on some patrols are still out!
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Posted: 6/28/2014 12:58 PM

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I don't disagree. The NBA has really got bad about letting certain players get away with murder (James could pull out a gun and literally shoot his defender and they'd call a foul on the defender). Lost my enthusiasm of it a few years back. Now the NCAA on the other hand is much better.


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Living outside the US, I've learned quite a bit about the sport. Been to a couple of pro matches in Germany and I enjoy watching it. In fact, I would rather watch it than the NBA.

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Posted: 6/28/2014 2:11 PM

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Prolly more flopping in the NBA. And that is saying a lot.
Keep a light on some patrols are still out!
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Posted: 6/28/2014 3:11 PM

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LOL

An old cuss on the paid board went on so long about his distaste for the sport that I finally suggested that one's enjoyment of the game is aided by a basic understanding of the rules.  He remained unmoved, claiming that no sport with so little scoring was worthy of his complete attention, and he seemed to think that a mark of America's greatness stemmed from the general disregard for the opinions of the rest oft the world.

The irony is that soccer players are some of the most elite athletes in the world.

Imagine an all pro NFL tight end trying to accept a thirty yard overhead pass, which he's expected to hit with his head in an effort to score a goal. eek
This boy is Ignorance and this girl is Want. Beware them both, and all of their degree, but most of all beware this boy for on his brow I see that written which is Doom, unless the writing be erased.”  - Charles Dickens
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Posted: 6/28/2014 3:30 PM

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No clue about the rules, but watching the Columbia/Uraguay match seems like what are fouls for Columbia aren't fouls for Uraguay.


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LOL

An old cuss on the paid board went on so long about his distaste for the sport that I finally suggested that one's enjoyment of the game is aided by a basic understanding of the rules.  He remained unmoved, claiming that no sport with so little scoring was worthy of his complete attention, and he seemed to think that a mark of America's greatness stemmed from the general disregard for the opinions of the rest oft the world.

The irony is that soccer players are some of the most elite athletes in the world.

Imagine an all pro NFL tight end trying to accept a thirty yard overhead pass, which he's expected to hit with his head in an effort to score a goal. eek

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Posted: 6/28/2014 3:31 PM

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I buy my grandkids soccers all the time. They like the grape and wild cherry ones the best. What's the big deal?

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Posted: 6/28/2014 7:01 PM

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baked, I give you credit.  One of the universally known facts is that FIF had more power than a third of the countries at the UN, but still can't field a team of consistent officials.  Officials have more power in soccer than just about any sport.
bakedog19741 wrote: No clue about the rules, but watching the Columbia/Uraguay match seems like what are fouls for Columbia aren't fouls for Uraguay.


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LOL

An old cuss on the paid board went on so long about his distaste for the sport that I finally suggested that one's enjoyment of the game is aided by a basic understanding of the rules.  He remained unmoved, claiming that no sport with so little scoring was worthy of his complete attention, and he seemed to think that a mark of America's greatness stemmed from the general disregard for the opinions of the rest oft the world.

The irony is that soccer players are some of the most elite athletes in the world.

Imagine an all pro NFL tight end trying to accept a thirty yard overhead pass, which he's expected to hit with his head in an effort to score a goal. eek

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This boy is Ignorance and this girl is Want. Beware them both, and all of their degree, but most of all beware this boy for on his brow I see that written which is Doom, unless the writing be erased.”  - Charles Dickens
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Posted: 6/28/2014 7:06 PM

I think I've learned a few things 


I think you're supposed to control the ball by only using your feet or your head and shoulders except that when putting the ball in play from out of bounds you can use your hands.  I think the final 16 is composed of the top two finishers of each of the eight groups, A, B, C, D, E, F, G, and H.  I think that we beat out Portugal because although we were tied in wins, losses, and goals for; we had only 4 goals against compared to 7 for Portugal.  I think the remainng play in the World Cup Tournament is single elimination.

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Posted: 6/28/2014 7:37 PM

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I think the only thing we need to know is that after soccer had been around a while one guy got pissed and grabbed the ball with his hands and took off running. Some one tackled him and thus, Rugby was created. which in time evolved into American Football. 

I used to know what the letters SOCCER stood for, but forgot in my old age, but the rest of it should also be forgotten.

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Posted: 6/28/2014 9:41 PM

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NostraHOGus wrote: LOL

... he seemed to think that a mark of America's greatness stemmed from the general disregard for the opinions of the rest oft the world.



Well, that's basically true. No divine right here.
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Posted: 6/28/2014 9:49 PM

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armyrazorbacker wrote: Living outside the US, I've learned quite a bit about the sport. Been to a couple of pro matches in Germany and I enjoy watching it. In fact, I would rather watch it than the NBA.
If we're trying damn with faint praise, I'd rather watch soccer than Home Shopping Network, the Longhorn Network, the NBA, or Teen Nickoldeon.  It can get a lot worse than soccer.
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Posted: 6/28/2014 9:58 PM

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The problem with soccer from an American perspective is that soccer hasn't evolved and changed to maintain a balance between offense and defense, like American sports have all done for a century or more.

You have great athletes that can make great plays, but it doesn't matter, because those great plays rarely lead to scores.

For example, basketball is basically the same game as soccer. You just dribble with you hands, and the goal is in a different orientation. But basketball doesn't have any Byzantine offsides penalty. Think about basketball using soccer's offsides rules.

If soccer were an American sport, at the least you'd have a wider goal, and a lot less restrictive offsides rule.

And you'd have a clock that counts DOWN and shows the real time. Americans are rich enough so every junior high in the country has an electric clock for its football games featuring 13 year olds.
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Posted: 6/29/2014 6:10 AM

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At least there is a sport to watch in the summer doldrums.  I have no idea about the rules either, but at least they occasionally show a beach scene in Rio or fans in the stands who would look good on the beach.
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