I love World Cup Soccer. I don't care that most Americans could care less. I don't need to hear about it on talk radio, I don't need people trying to tell me that it's growing in popularity. I just don't care. I've heard the same things about soccer for 30 years when I started playing it as a kid.
I like the fact it's not traditional in America. I like the fact I can discuss it with true fans and it's not diluted by every Tom and Sally walking by with their two cents. I prefer that people who don't know anything about it, not even comment. It reminds me of what hockey was like in the late 70s and early 80s, before it became the step child of the NBA. It was cool.
The rednecks can watch Jeff Gordon turn left 200 times and the snobs can pay homage to Phil Mickelson when he makes a putt. To each his own. But enough of the bashing. No one is asking you to like it, watch it, or even talk about it. It's not much different than hearing how people are bored watching baseball of golf. I personally love watching baseball, but I can't stand watching golf. Yet I know how difficult golf is and I can appreciate the skill and focus it takes to be good at it. Yet, you'll hear the average Joe say they don't understand soccer and there isn't enough scoring. A defensive game in football, hockey, and baseball is often called great by the same critics.
My problems with soccer:
-I personally think soccer would be better if they showed more field level shots.
-Stadium views just don't cut it and can lull you to sleep.
-The American soccer league (MLS) is not fun to watch.
-I prefer World Cup or Euro soccer matches.
-The diving has to go. There should be penalties for that. Euro wusses.
-The prima donnas are annoying.
-Those annoying horns in South Africa. Sounds like a bunch of bees.
What I love about soccer:
-Games are only 90 minutes
-The fans stand
-The British announcers
-The words used: pitch, level, nill, match