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  •  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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