Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Do Americans really care about soccer?
The World Cup is over and Americans now have to ask ourselves one question: do we care? Sure, we all cheered as the US won their group for the first time in 80 years. Yes, the Donovan goal against Algeria was surely an electrifying moment. However, the question remains: what now? Do we forget about soccer for the next four years just like we forgot about track and field? Or are we going to start watching the Premier League or, gulp, the MLS.
In my opinion it's not that we don't like soccer, it's that we don't like anything but the very best. This is America where you're either a winner or loser. There's really no in between. You don't see people watching Triple A baseball or D-league basketball do you? That's essentially what the MLS is. What do you really expect when the professional product is a glorified minor league. Sure. there are some really good players in the MLS, but on a whole the Premier League is, no pun intended, premier.
Also, Americans like their stats. This is a country where we employ people to discuss fantasy sports. We don't want 0-0 games, we want numbers. We want a winner and a loser. Also, the flopping is a huge turn off. Americans love violence. We don't want people crying out in pain everytime someone touches them with their pinky finger. Some of the injures are legitimate, but most guys crumble in pain if they've been nicked in the foot.
With that said, count me in as a person that is willing to give soccer a chance. First of all, HD has helped soccer more than any other sport. The grass is so freaking green. What can I say I'm easily amused. Second, with no commercials you know when a game will be ending. There is no suffering through the plethora of Cialis and car insurance commercials that take up so much time in other sports. Also, it really is beautiful to watch when played at it's best. I still don't know how it's possible to do all that stuff with your feet, but they are like magicians out there.
In short, let's keep watching and more importantly, caring about soccer in America. We may just come to realize what the rest of the world already knows.