Sunday, June 11, 2006

Fruitball

I caught a portion of a soccer game on Univision today and made an effort (again) to find out what Americans are missing from 'metric football'. This particular thrill packed game had a total of one goal scored.

After snoozin' through the last part of the game, there was yet more dialog on the news bemoaning the fact that Americans don't like this magic game that is all the rage in the rest of the world (one local broadcast pinned it on 'peer pressure'). It's worth wondering, for about fifteen seconds, if soccer would be more popular were it not for the major AMERICAN sporting institutions sponging up our attention. It's at that point I realize that soccer is the sport that happens in the absence of any other sports worth doing. It's probably the least infrastructure intensive game, especially when compared to the fortunes that must be invested to field even a pee-wee football team. Although labeled as the most popular sport on the planet, from what I see it often plays second fiddle to other sporting events in host countries anyway.

I noticed too that the foul calling seemed arbitrary, which is something Americans accept in very, very small doses when it comes to professional sports; preferring instead sports which are highly regulated in order to make sure all players and teams are allowed to succeed or fail on the merits of their own skills.

Everytime this mess comes up, I remember that The Simpsons did soccer up right.

No comments: