Can Someone Please Explain Soccer to Me?
This is the post where I probably sound like a jerk but seriously…what’s the appeal of professional soccer? I am not a big sports guy. I like college basketball in March. I enjoy watching golf but more as a sort of white noise than something to get excited about. I watch about three college football games per year. I played baseball for years but haven’t seen more than a handful of games in the last decade. NASCAR is bizarre to me. I like the obscure sports in the Olympics because it is brief. Not sure I would watch pole vaulting beyond the couple of days it is on the air. The only sport I am truly obsessed with is MMA and I totally get why some people don’t see the appeal.
Tonight we went to dinner at a Mexican restaurant and every TV in the place was tuned to the World Cup. The servers were all distracted by the games and there was a large crowd of Latinos watching one of the big screens while enjoying their meals. I think sports as a philosophical concept is a good one and I admire the dedication of soccer fans but in the hour we were there I didn’t see a goal scored. WTF? So, some questions:
– Is the defensive battle what it’s really all about?
– Are the long stretches between goals a way of building tension that is released when someone finally scores?
– Am I right that white Americans liking soccer seems just a little bit pretentious?
– Are there actually Americans who didn’t play soccer themselves who enjoy watching it?
Educate me folks. And for the record, I don’t understand hockey either which I usually refer to as ‘ice soccer’ because they seem roughly the same to me in concept.