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Why do people watch soccer?

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Posted: 6/19/2014 7:06 PM

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I don't get it. Its just 90 minutes of kicking the ball around in their high socks and flopping around like wussies. Nothing ever really happens. The fans seem to feel orgasmic when someone scores. I guess thats because everything else sucks and is mind numbingly boring
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Posted: 6/19/2014 8:04 PM

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Cool story, Hansel.
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Posted: 6/19/2014 8:13 PM

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I've only sat and watched (almost) an entire game once in my life.  That was when UofL was playing in the Championship game.  It was the most boring time I've ever spent watching any sporting event in my entire life.

But, I have caught glimpses here and there and I have to conclude that they watch it to hear the announcers say "GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAA AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL LLLLL!



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Posted: 6/19/2014 11:43 PM

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The ritual soccer bashing posts are beyond bizarre. You don't enjoy the game? Then don't watch, or even let it be known that you feel that way. No problem. But for some reason, people who don't like the sport can't just leave it at that. No, they have to extend that to calling it a girls' sport, or calling the players "wussies", or trying to question whether it's really a sport.

I mean, you asked the question in the subject line and clearly weren't looking for an actual answer, just wanted to state your opinion. But I will answer anyway. I enjoy watching 45 minutes of play with no commercials or TV timeouts. I like the fluidity of the game. I'm impressed by the unbelievable amount of foot skill and creativity. And yeah, I like that scoring is at a premium and even though it's more difficult to score than just about any sport a goal can literally come at any time. Of course some players take dives and go over easily, but the game is incredibly taxing and far more physical than a lot of people realize.

I love basketball too, and football. They all offer something different. There really is no need to be insulting.
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Posted: 6/20/2014 12:36 AM

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Soccer sux. Lolz
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Posted: 6/20/2014 8:34 AM

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I didn't grow up watching soccer. However, when my son started playing when he was 4, I had no choice. Once I started to watch it and as he got older and started learning the intricacies of formations, defensive strategies, set plays etc. the game became much more interesting. Later I started doing the PA for our girls and boys soccer teams at my sons high school, which allowed me to learn more about the game.

I agree if you've never played or been around it that much it might seem boring. Once you learn the game it become much more exciting to watch. However, it's not for everybody. As regards calling soccer players wussies, nothing could be further from the truth. During my son's JR season in the regional semi final the game went into overtime (two 40 minute halves & two 10 minute overtimes = 100 minutes. In the regional final two days later the game went to golden goal overtime (two 40 minute halves + two 10 minute overtimes + two 5 minute golden goal overtimes = 110 minutes. He never came out of the game. Soccer players are some of the best conditioned athletes.

Regarding the flopping, it's no different than a guy hitting the floor after a phantom elbow or in trying to draw a charging foul. If you can fool the official into giving you the call you're going to try it.

If you don't understand or don't like soccer fine, switch the channel. Some of us like it. To each his own.



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Posted: 6/20/2014 8:36 AM

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PabloCards wrote: The ritual soccer bashing posts are beyond bizarre. You don't enjoy the game? Then don't watch, or even let it be known that you feel that way. No problem. But for some reason, people who don't like the sport can't just leave it at that. No, they have to extend that to calling it a girls' sport, or calling the players "wussies", or trying to question whether it's really a sport.

I mean, you asked the question in the subject line and clearly weren't looking for an actual answer, just wanted to state your opinion. But I will answer anyway. I enjoy watching 45 minutes of play with no commercials or TV timeouts. I like the fluidity of the game. I'm impressed by the unbelievable amount of foot skill and creativity. And yeah, I like that scoring is at a premium and even though it's more difficult to score than just about any sport a goal can literally come at any time. Of course some players take dives and go over easily, but the game is incredibly taxing and far more physical than a lot of people realize.

I love basketball too, and football. They all offer something different. There really is no need to be insulting.
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Posted: 6/20/2014 9:57 AM

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Soccer bores me to tears, which is fine.  I think hockey is pretty dull to watch on TV, too, but that's no big deal. However,  American soccer fans tend to annoy me, in that they typically attempt to steal from their European and South American betters in how they follow the game. If they'd follow (and cheer) for soccer like Americans (act the same way they act at baseball, football and basketball games) I'd be less annoyed. Instead, soccer fans (not all, but a LOT) are basically pretentious about their fandom.

Personally, I hope the US flames out of the World Cup as quickly as possible so that I can avoid being further annoyed by soccer "fans".

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Posted: 6/20/2014 9:57 AM

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I played, but never enjoyed watching the game. It's just not that interesting to me to watch. But I don't begrudge people who like it, though.

I think my main issue is with FIFA. The lack of any real consequences for flopping is what gets me. They're in a position to look at game film and assess fines/suspensions given the consequences of a penalty, and yet they do nothing. For example, if someone were to flop and elicit a red card on their opponent, which has happened, that should warrant a fine and suspension. When a goal means so much, you have to make players face some consequences if they get an opportunity at one through deception.
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Posted: 6/20/2014 10:27 AM

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Then there are those of us who have season tickets to football, men's basketball, women's basketball, men's soccer and women's soccer who cheer for all those Card teams, and got tickets to the baseball regional. No pretentiousness there, just supporting our athletes.

Sorry if that annoys any of you.



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Posted: 6/20/2014 10:34 AM

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Do you talk a lot about kits and how things are on the pitch and with your favorite EPL team? Do you look down on people who say zero instead of nil? Are you a member of Sam's Army?

If you just like soccer, you may not run in the annoying crowd.

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Posted: 6/20/2014 11:26 AM

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I played soccer and I now coach YMCA a little bit so I understand the game.  Like any sport, I enjoy watching teams whose style I like.  I enjoy WC soccer, college soccer, and high school soccer.  I do not enjoy MLS or even the Euro pro leagues very much.

In much the same way, I do not enjoy NFL football, SEC football, NBA basketball, or even baseball.  I don't understand how watching soccer can be boring when they never stop playing.  NFL football, for example, they spent 90 percent of the time standing with their hands on their hips, and the plays are predictable.

As for calling soccer players wusses, I guess that's due to the flopping. IMO, it should be like basketball, where you get a technical for flopping.  It should be a yellow card for flopping in soccer.  That would eliminate that problem completely.

Here's an example of a player not being a wuss.  Dempsey was kicked in the face, and finished the game.




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Posted: 6/20/2014 11:28 AM

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JtownCard wrote: I've only sat and watched (almost) an entire game once in my life.  That was when UofL was playing in the Championship game.  It was the most boring time I've ever spent watching any sporting event in my entire life.

But, I have caught glimpses here and there and I have to conclude that they watch it to hear the announcers say "GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAA AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL LLLLL!
You did yourself a huge disservice by not watching the three games prior to the championship game.  They were very physical, with most 50/50 balls being challenged by both sides.  In the championship game, Akron won most loose balls pretty easily and easily controlled possession. They were just better than us, I guess.  But it was indeed kind've boring because they dominated that facet of the game.

It would be analogous to Charlie Strong holding the football against Memphis last year.  Yes, it was kind've close, but it was a boring game of keep away for most of the game.


CatFansince73: Louisville could sign three quarterbacks like Teddy Bridgewater and still lose to UK by two or three touchdowns next year. 
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Posted: 6/20/2014 11:35 AM

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Well I know a kit is a uniform but I just call them uniforms. BTW I thought Cameroon's were the best looking. I do have to plead guilty to calling it a pitch, but then my son played from 4 years old through high school so I do sometimes refer to it as a pitch, but I also call it a field. I don't have a favorite EPL team, just our high school team, the Cards and Team USA. Actually when I'm announcing a game I say nothing instead of zero or nil (but then I'm originally a country boy from Muhlenberg County). I shop at Wal-Mart. Does that make me a member of Sam's Army?

Sounds like I may NOT be annoying.



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Posted: 6/20/2014 11:37 AM

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CKYCardFan wrote: I played soccer and I now coach YMCA a little bit so I understand the game.  Like any sport, I enjoy watching teams whose style I like.  I enjoy WC soccer, college soccer, and high school soccer.  I do not enjoy MLS or even the Euro pro leagues very much.

In much the same way, I do not enjoy NFL football, SEC football, NBA basketball, or even baseball.  I don't understand how watching soccer can be boring when they never stop playing.  NFL football, for example, they spent 90 percent of the time standing with their hands on their hips, and the plays are predictable.

As for calling soccer players wusses, I guess that's due to the flopping. IMO, it should be like basketball, where you get a technical for flopping.  It should be a yellow card for flopping in soccer.  That would eliminate that problem completely.

Here's an example of a player not being a wuss.  Dempsey was kicked in the face, and finished the game.


With a broken nose.



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Posted: 6/20/2014 12:06 PM

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Wasn't the score 1-0?   They need to make the goal bigger.  


CKYCardFan wrote:
JtownCard wrote: I've only sat and watched (almost) an entire game once in my life.  That was when UofL was playing in the Championship game.  It was the most boring time I've ever spent watching any sporting event in my entire life.

But, I have caught glimpses here and there and I have to conclude that they watch it to hear the announcers say "GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAA AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL LLLLL!
You did yourself a huge disservice by not watching the three games prior to the championship game.  They were very physical, with most 50/50 balls being challenged by both sides.  In the championship game, Akron won most loose balls pretty easily and easily controlled possession. They were just better than us, I guess.  But it was indeed kind've boring because they dominated that facet of the game.

It would be analogous to Charlie Strong holding the football against Memphis last year.  Yes, it was kind've close, but it was a boring game of keep away for most of the game.



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Posted: 6/20/2014 12:59 PM

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CKYCardFan wrote: I played soccer and I now coach YMCA a little bit so I understand the game.  Like any sport, I enjoy watching teams whose style I like.  I enjoy WC soccer, college soccer, and high school soccer.  I do not enjoy MLS or even the Euro pro leagues very much.

In much the same way, I do not enjoy NFL football, SEC football, NBA basketball, or even baseball.  I don't understand how watching soccer can be boring when they never stop playing.  NFL football, for example, they spent 90 percent of the time standing with their hands on their hips, and the plays are predictable.

As for calling soccer players wusses, I guess that's due to the flopping. IMO, it should be like basketball, where you get a technical for flopping.  It should be a yellow card for flopping in soccer.  That would eliminate that problem completely.

Here's an example of a player not being a wuss.  Dempsey was kicked in the face, and finished the game.


They already do award Yellow Cards for diving. Officials just seem hesitant to do it.

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Posted: 6/20/2014 2:22 PM

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Not sure, but a soccer game with a 1-0 score with 20 shots on goal and no breaks in action is infinitely more exciting to me than historic B1G or Notre Dame football with scores of 10-7 and the 3 yards and a cloud of dust offenses.  And that style of play was popular enough to warrant building some of the largest stadiums in college football.

For me, playing soccer helped me understand how exciting it is when the team comes close to scoring or appreciating a good save by the goalie.  It's no different at all than watching a defensive struggle in football with goal line stands or a receiver dropping a pass in the endzone that could have been a surefire touchdown.  An offsides in soccer is no different than a surefire 80 yard touchdown getting called back for holding way back at the line of scrimmage.

In fact, it's very analogous to old school football that was focused on running the football.  You could make the goal bigger or get rid of the goalie so that more goals were scored, but ultimately, it would just be a superficial change.  No one complains about baseball because it's lower scoring than basketball.  It's just a different game.  If you understood enough of the game to understand which plays were exciting, then you wouldn't only need to see scoring to get excited.  
JtownCard wrote: Wasn't the score 1-0?   They need to make the goal bigger.  


CKYCardFan wrote:
JtownCard wrote: I've only sat and watched (almost) an entire game once in my life.  That was when UofL was playing in the Championship game.  It was the most boring time I've ever spent watching any sporting event in my entire life.

But, I have caught glimpses here and there and I have to conclude that they watch it to hear the announcers say "GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAA AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL LLLLL!
You did yourself a huge disservice by not watching the three games prior to the championship game.  They were very physical, with most 50/50 balls being challenged by both sides.  In the championship game, Akron won most loose balls pretty easily and easily controlled possession. They were just better than us, I guess.  But it was indeed kind've boring because they dominated that facet of the game.

It would be analogous to Charlie Strong holding the football against Memphis last year.  Yes, it was kind've close, but it was a boring game of keep away for most of the game.


CatFansince73: Louisville could sign three quarterbacks like Teddy Bridgewater and still lose to UK by two or three touchdowns next year. 
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Posted: 6/20/2014 2:55 PM

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I'm 47 and over the past 10 years, I have grown to love watching hockey and GOOD soccer.  If someone on hear can enjoy watching golf, baseball, bowling, etc; why not soccer?  It is very physical, tons of history and rivalries, The fans get into it, etc. 

The condition of these athletes is completely unreal.  I do agree with the flopping, but it is much worse in the NBA.
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Posted: 6/20/2014 3:04 PM

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Don't understand how flopping can ruin the sport for someone. Does the constant stop and go, replays, and commercials of american football ruin it for you? Does the flopping and constant complaining to the refs in the NBA ruin basketball for you? Does the never-ending nut grabbing, spitting, 30 seconds inbetween pitches ruin baseball for you?  There are aspects about every sport that suck.
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