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  •  75 minutes of "action" in soccer? (6+ / 0-)

    If you call that action. A more honest description would be

    Roughly 3 minutes and 30 seconds of interesting attempts to score sandwiched into 86 minutes and 30 seconds (plus injury time) of bogus injuries badly faked by crappy actors and interminable maneuvering slightly less interesting than watching paint dry.
    IIRC during one of the London NFL games a Brit fan of US-style football was interviewed & asked what he found attractive about the sport. His (paraphrased) reply:
    It's like watching a chess game between two grandmasters where the board is reset every 45 seconds.
    IMHO this is a fairly good summation of why football fascinates many of us who aren't fans of concussions & other injuries.

    The greatest trick the GOP ever played was convincing the devil they had a soul to sell.

    by Uncle Cosmo on Sat Feb 01, 2014 at 07:54:20 AM PST

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    •  Soccer (0+ / 0-)

      Ug I can't watch for more than 10 minutes.

    •  For people who understand the game, (3+ / 0-)

      the "interminable maneuvering" is endlessly fascinating. Watching a good team keep possession and search for openings is like watching an expert bullfighter. Hint: don't only watch the ball, a lot of the really good action is taking place away from it as the players off the ball try to find space or draw defenders out of position.

      The same is true of any sport. If you know what to look for, you'll find it interesting. I don't watch gridiron football, but I'm not about to say there's nothing interesting about it.

    •  Thanks for this. Soccer is the worst.... (0+ / 0-)

      My dog, while smart, has no idea how to play football or basketball.  Soccer, he picked up in a minute and is a world class defensive stopper.  We don't let doctors operate with their feet, because their ability to do precise work would diminish way past the point of danger.  

      And that's not even mentioning soccer hooligans, soccer riots, and even soccer wars.  

      And while I agree with many points in this diary, the constant Nazi references and denigration of anyone who either joins the military or signs up to play football is just dumb.  

      To avoid starting dumb wars, punish the dumb people who vote for them.

      by joesig on Sat Feb 01, 2014 at 12:57:41 PM PST

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    •  Glad to see closemindedness is alive and well (1+ / 0-)
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      even on the left.

      You should really sit down with someone who knows the game of soccer and have them explain it to you. Maybe then you wouldnt be so quick to make glib remarks on it.

      •  Glad to see snobbery is alive and well (0+ / 0-)

        among those with low UIDs.

        Soccer, like basketball, is popular worldwide because it takes nearly no gear to play, involves nearly no rules, & has the refreshingly simple goal (pun intended) of putting the ball into the net. It's certainly not popular because of the deep knowledge of the vast majority of its fans.

        Just as >90% of the people who know how to play chess have practically no idea of what it means to play it well, I submit that >90% of those who call themselves soccer fans are just as blissfully ignorant of its finer points...whatever they might be.

        The greatest trick the GOP ever played was convincing the devil they had a soul to sell.

        by Uncle Cosmo on Sat Feb 01, 2014 at 10:10:36 PM PST

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        •  Not true. (1+ / 0-)
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          The proof of that is when you hear the crowd roar its approval as a player beats an offside trap, even when he's more than 40 yards from goal and the ball is still in the air on the way to him. I've heard it many times. At that moment, most of the fans watching are fully aware of just how precisely the run has to be timed to avoid getting caught offside. When goals are hard to come by, fans learn to anticipate scoring chances as far as 20-30 seconds in advance, and the crowd noise reflects that.

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