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no thanks, its obnoxious enough as it is
same as british people 'getting into' tennis at this time of year
We've hosted one of the most important tournaments in the world for an age. Guess we were just doing it for the lulz.
It's short for "association football".
So in summary, shut your face.
Will Ferrel will bite every German player if he can
has become a fixture of the US support
in an underdog-sort-of-way. Makes me forget how unnecessarily gung-ho their fans are
I have to say it: Saaaaker
Also I love it when wrestling and football crossover and loads of wrestlers keep going on about it.
I'VE GOT SOME BAD NEWS FOR YA
it's a 60,000 seater stadium and was pretty much full for just a general league game! So it turns out to be a myth that Americans don't like it/only little girls play it there.
It was kind of weird though, they sing the national anthem beforehand, pyrotechnics shoot out of the goalposts when a goal is scored, and ticker tape falls from the roof at the end. And there were no away fans at the game I went to so there's an eerie silence any time the other team do anything.
They're the indie-bellend towns though so they'll go off it now it's going #lamestream over there.
Portland Timbers have a fan/mascot called Timber Joe and when they score this happens:
much as American Sports are here
wish I'd seen that! Agree about them being indie bellend towns but that wasn't who was in the crowd, it was mostly families (apart from me and my indie bellend boyfriend obviously)
rather than it being about there being an 'indie-bellend' town, it's more that they never got over the loss of their beloved Sonics basketball team, which they have never replaced. When the Sounders came along, they embraced it to an unprecedented level, without it needing the pushing it has had elsewhere.
They don't in most sports as far as I know.
The way the MLS works is actually really interesting and quite good. It's an absurdly communist system for the world's biggest capitalists.
The players are contracted to the MLS rather than the clubs (franchises) who instead trade for their rights in a draft system. The MLS contracted players are all subject to a salary cap but each club is allowed three designated players who they can pay whatever they want (Hence Beckham, Henry etc going there).
The team that wins gets the last choice of new players in the Superdraft the following year to stop any one team getting too good but draft picks can be traded for player rights and international slots etc.
...in the NBA, NFL too right?
Yeah, I suppose it is good. Everyone gets a pop at glory. I still think they should get to experience years in the doldrums like fans here though.
sort of with NBA although there's much more grey-area
as some teams are spectacularly badly run and no amount of high draft picks can fix that. Ask Cleveland Browns fans.
so nice that the winning team gets the LAST choice not the first.
how shit does her website look??
Christ, what a total fucknut. Love Americans in general, but these people are the worst.
and even then we managed to pop a few goals past them in the play-offs
We didn't lose to Italy.
Was really hoping for more indie elitism surrounding the most popular pastime in the world.
they talk about there being too many "tie games" and not understanding "offsides", some even don't get yellow cards or throw-ins or how the penalty area works. Then there is just the general incomprehension about how a game can go on so long with so little happening in terms of scoreline or adverts.
It is rather like our understanding of American sports a lot of the time I suppose. It is weird how they have their own set of sports which few other countries play.
We would come across exactly the same if we suddenly started watching the world cup of baseball or American Football.
And have a perfectly sound knowledge of them, thanks
They had a guy from the Washington Post on laying into football as not being an American sport because the pitch is too wide and the ball is too small to watch on telly properly. And that it was only 'elites' in the US who wanted to make it popular. To be fair, I think he had a degree of humour about himself, but if that's the best argument against then etc.
i was watching football
Everyone knows that
Easily the worst "american" sport (not even American)
Way better than that fight dressed up as a sport
but I do love watching the playoffs and live it is def be my favorite (outside of bball). Have you been to a hockey game?
has resulted in a futile exercise at keeping track of the puck
be able to see things develop before they happen, but it's def hard to see rebounds.
But I've never had much desire
Say its great chat, but have always chosen basketball (I.e seeing the Rocks at the Commonwealth arena) over it
somewhere in amongst the razzamataz and pyrotechnics.
not having it.
sorry bro, I disagree
Living in BC whilst the Canucks were in the playoffs was one of the best sporting experiences I've ever had. There is absolutely no way baseball is better than hockey.
Expected more from Fox News.
"I've really enjoyed watching the BBC broadcasts. There's been a lot of funny quips in all the matches."
""The surfer dude"
"I think he was in our hotel lobby this morning. I...I thought he was a tramp"
This English commentary, you guys.
That is glorious. Damn it, now I wish I had BBC instead of ESPN"
I grew up playing soccer like most other kids in america who's parents decided their kids should play a sport. Soccer is (was?) seen as like the 'gateway' sport here, easy to get into, don't have to be good, learn to work as a team/teamate, good exercise, cheap, etc. I played for a couple years and then moved to baseball/golf/basketball/football and completely lost interest in soccer thereafter. There was no marketing soccer players/teams, no games on tv, no pro teams to latch on to, really no way to connect to the sport... especially since MLB and NFL and NBA and NHL had all of that, tv deals, big name players (role models lol), marketability, trading cards, SCORING, EXCITEMENT, ACTION. Only for the World Cup every 4 years would we get a glimpse. So we treat soccer like the olympics, dive deep for a few weeks and forget about it after.
No commercial breaks means no commercials means no tv deals and that's the majority of how the big 4 are funded. NFL tv deal is worth BILLIONS of dollars. SO many commercials.
I guess we aren't TRVE fans like some of y'all who sweat this stuff daily but it's def become a bigger deal here over the last few years. the indies are way into MLS that's true but they have plans for expansion and I think it could settle into a comfortable slot as the 5th most popular sport here. I really love it but don't have to much time for it since I commit so much time to the NBA and NFL. If Pheonix gets an expansion team I could def see myself diving in though.
you should start posting in the football (soccer) threads
can we stop puyssy footing about and start properly fighting about Lacrosse?
GO TORONTO ROCK
Are there people who think the USA national side are better than England?!
Don't trust the source....
I THINK it is but who knows cuz DK?
Because they are.
we should all do exactly the same shit we did aged 14
apologies to all the Brads and Amys out there