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Old 06-20-2006, 11:12 AM   #61
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That, and the 0-0 scoreless ties. If soccer is ever to catch on in tha USA, besides removing REAL football, they need to do something to make it less dull. Maybe the field is way too big or the goal is too small, it takes them forever to get into scoring range and then they can't score. The games are mostly watching people kick the ball way down the field only to have the other team return the kick down the to the other end of the field. It's an extremely boring game to watch. Hockey has similarly-low scores but the game is a LOT more exciting and fan-friendly.

I've always said, it's a great game for kids to play, but to make it a spectator sport...

Besides, if the rest of the world had REAL football, they'd forget about soccer too. Even when we play exhibition games in foreign countries with the Arizona Cardinals and Detriot Lions, they go nuts over it. (with preseason games and our WORST teams)

The rest of the world gets to see American football if they want--it's just that they don't want to. The Suprebowl is shown all over the world. Soccer is by far the most popualr sport in world, and it has nothing to do with high or low scoring games. This has always struck me as a silly claim--the reason Soccer isn't big in the US is that we grow up watching other sports as kids (or most of us do). I grew up watching soccer and I love it--0-0 draws can be far more exciting than a high-scoring game. If you understand the game, you watch play all over the field, watch the flow of play and individual skill, good tackling, etc.

But whatever. If you don't like it, probably the only thing to do is to go to England, Italy, Brazil, etc. and watch a crucial regular season match in the top leagues at the stadium. It is by far the world's most popular SPECTATOR sport for a reason--it's exciting to watch.
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Old 06-20-2006, 12:25 PM   #62
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But whatever. If you don't like it, probably the only thing to do is to go to England, Italy, Brazil, etc. and watch a crucial regular season match in the top leagues at the stadium. It is by far the world's most popular SPECTATOR sport for a reason--it's exciting to watch.
if by spectator sport, you mean excuse to get drunk and engage in a 200+ person organized brawl, then yeah, sure.
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Old 06-20-2006, 02:19 PM   #63
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if by spectator sport, you mean excuse to get drunk and engage in a 200+ person organized brawl, then yeah, sure.
You don't have to wait 4 years to do that however...just go to Philly on any day of the week. There doesn't even have to be a sporting event going on for them either.
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Old 06-20-2006, 03:09 PM   #64
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Tough break about Zidane, BDB. But why can't that team score? Jeeze, Henry socres like every five minutes in the Primiership. I don't think France sent its best team (Barthez?). But they still might slip by, I guess.
Barthez is still a top rate keeper, and they have Coupet on the bench, so it's not that they're hurting...and it's not goalkeeping that is bothering them. They aren't creating enough scoring chances. Henry scored within the first 10 mins against Korea, and really didn't have much after that. Not sure if the defense is slacking, or the midfield isn't getting the ball up enough. it's a must win against Togo, which can't decide whether to play or not because of money disputes...

I was watching this thing on the travel channel with Drew Carey (US Soccer Fan #1). He travelled to Spain to see Real Madrid play Barcelona...he was talking to the TV producers and directors. On top of the 100k+ fans that pile into Camp Nou in Barcelona, the match on TV gets a 62 share...for a regular season match, not a Cup final, not a tourney final. On average, the Super Bowl gets between a 40 and 60 share. I couldn't imagine a Skins/Cowboys game getting a 62 share, or having over 150 million people watching it.
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Barthez is still a top rate keeper, and they have Coupet on the bench, so it's not that they're hurting...and it's not goalkeeping that is bothering them. They aren't creating enough scoring chances. Henry scored within the first 10 mins against Korea, and really didn't have much after that. Not sure if the defense is slacking, or the midfield isn't getting the ball up enough. it's a must win against Togo, which can't decide whether to play or not because of money disputes...
How bitter are you about that non-goal in (I think) the first half? That ball was clearly over the line.
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definitely bitter...but shit like that happens all the time. where's the instant replay?!?!
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im sure. im sure they took their time just as i would. body paint is a very exacting science.
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i like the one where she is by the goal, showing the 'goal' wide open...
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