We’ve all read various moronic columnists who hate soccer and write all sorts of drivel about it hoping to reaffirm people’s mistaken belief that soccer isn’t becoming more popular in the U.S., but this column sets a new standard. The headline?
You have to be kidding me. It’s like the ignorance trifecta. Let’s belittle soccer by comparing it to a bathroom fixture, a foreign bathroom fixture, and even worse FRENCH. I’m thinking this dweeb didn’t catch the last major contribution to world soccer by a Frenchman. Nothing dainty about that!
Of course all you have to do is read the first few sentences to know this columnist doesn’t believe in reporting, um, facts:
Americans don’t care about soccer. And we never will care. Never ever ever.
The Los Angeles Galaxy, a soccer team — who knew? — is throwing away a quarter of a billion dollars over the next five years, assuming they don’t go bust first, paying the salary of David Beckham, who may be a star in England, and may be married to the former Posh Spice, but is going to be a fortnight flash followed by soccer-induced obscurity here.
Emphasis mine. It is absolutely amazing that anytime the media covers a basketball coach’s compensation package, they ALL will make sure you know his base salary is X, but much of the rest is made up by merchandising and endorsements income. But with Beckham, they all swallowed the "OMG they’re paying him $250 million dollars" hook, line, and sinker and ignored that fact that the Galaxy is probably paying him < $10 million in salary per year while the rest is merchandising. A third grader could have looked it up. But then this guy was too busy thumping his chest to bother:
Few fans ever shift their loyalty from one team to another, never mind embrace an entirely new sport, surrendering precious moments that could have been spent glued to NFL football in order to pay attention to a gang of perfumed foreigners kicking a ball pointlessly around an enormous field.
Right. The old worn out soccer players are sissies gambit. When is the last time you saw an NFL player puking on the field because they over exerted themselves, sick or not? I always get a kick out of them grabbing oxygen masks after a long kickoff return or pass reception. If they had to run a full 90 they might collapse. As a side note, I’m not sure this is what Gatorade had in mind with their ‘is it in you?’ campaign Talk about your action shot. Anyway, the reason soccer will never be popular in the U.S.? Oh that’s easy…
Why couldn’t soccer take off in the United States? Easy. There’s no room for it. We have too many pro sports as it is.
And too many ignorant columnists, but what do I know – I’m just a blogger. Hat Tip LDSM.