America’s Favorite National Pastime: Hating Soccer

soccerballYour editor is completely ambivalent about the ongoing World Cup soccer games in Brazil this week. I’ve always claimed that Karl Marx was wrong. It is professional team sport, not religion, that is the “opiate of the masses”. Still, if people want to watch their game, it’s fine with me.

Now soccer or “football”, as the rest of the world calls it, is not a major sport in the USA. Here it is generally considered a game for children. Perhaps an American or two above the age of 40 might remember the 1970’s Brazilian soccer superstar “Pele”, but the game of soccer is widely considered a foreign sport as today’s slightly tongue-in-cheek gem from conservative writer, Ann Coulter aptly points out:


“…and we had to hear — again — about the “growing popularity of soccer in the United States. Remember when the media tried to foist British soccer star David Beckham and his permanently camera-ready wife on us a few years ago? Their arrival in America was heralded with 24-7 news coverage. That lasted about two days. Ratings tanked. No one cared.”

“Baseball and basketball present a constant threat of personal disgrace. In hockey, there are three or four fights a game — and it’s not a stroll on beach to be on ice with a puck flying around at 100 miles per hour. After a football game, ambulances carry off the wounded. After a soccer game, every player gets a ribbon and a juice box.

“Do they even have MVPs in soccer? Everyone just runs up and down the field and, every once in a while, a ball accidentally goes in. That’s when we’re supposed to go wild. I’m already asleep.”

Here’s her link…


The full article can be found on Ann Coulter’s website


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