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  1. Standard member Bosse de Nage
    Zellulärer Automat
    01 Jul '10 20:30
    http://doctorzamalek2.wordpress.com/2010/07/01/tipping-point/

    Whaddya say?
  2. Standard member Mctayto
    Highlander
    01 Jul '10 21:14
    Originally posted by Bosse de Nage
    http://doctorzamalek2.wordpress.com/2010/07/01/tipping-point/

    Whaddya say?
    I say call it FOOTBALL
  3. Standard member sh76
    Civis Americanus Sum
    01 Jul '10 21:48 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by Bosse de Nage
    http://doctorzamalek2.wordpress.com/2010/07/01/tipping-point/

    Whaddya say?
    Not a chance.

    They said that in 1994 when the US hosted the cup. They started the MLS, which has muddled along for 15 years but is nowhere near even NHL level.

    They said that in 1996 when the US women won the cup. They even started a women's soccer league. That foundered faster than you can say "Brandi Chastain's bra."

    They said that in 2002 when the US made the quarters and were robbed of a chance to play OT for a trip to the semis by a missed hand-ball call on the goal line.

    They'll say it again now.


    Mark my words:

    Until scoring and, more importantly, scoring chances, increase in soccer/football/whatever, it will never become a major sport in the US. Maybe for a few moments here and there every few years. But year in and year out? Not a chance.
  4. 02 Jul '10 03:25
    Originally posted by Bosse de Nage
    http://doctorzamalek2.wordpress.com/2010/07/01/tipping-point/

    Whaddya say?
    it's a column of someone that just watch football once every four years, in a country that dont really care for it.
    Everything that he's tired in US sports happens in football in national leagues around the world (except for the gimmicky names, thats really ridiculous)
  5. 02 Jul '10 17:08
    Originally posted by sh76
    Not a chance.

    They said that in 1994 when the US hosted the cup. They started the MLS, which has muddled along for 15 years but is nowhere near even NHL level.

    They said that in 1996 when the US women won the cup. They even started a women's soccer league. That foundered faster than you can say "Brandi Chastain's bra."

    They said that in 2002 when the U ...[text shortened]... e for a few moments here and there every few years. But year in and year out? Not a chance.
    Is it possible to find common ground on what to call the sport before Peyton Manning and Reggie Bush suddenly decide they want to play for Manchester United and Cristiano Ronaldo decides to become the new QB for the New England Patriots? Perhaps "association football" would be acceptable to both sides?

    I do agree that one of the attractive things about association football is the lack of timeouts and commercials except at halftime. It's refreshing to have games where the last 5 minutes don't take two hours to play.

    And I very strongly agree that the World Cup has saved Americans from having the sports docket be filled with nothing but non-stop chatter about what team His Royal Highness will choose to play for. Major blessing.

    I do agree that unless association football adds more scoring, it will never become a major sport in the US -- and why would a sport that is so popular worldwide do something stupid like adding more scoring just to please the US?

    Then again -- given the rate that Latin Americans and others are immigrating into the US, association football might indeed become a major sport here in the states sooner than anyone thinks.