Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Thoughts on Soccer

Who knew that international soccer could cause such uproar? Let me rephrase that...who knew that people cheering on our World Cup team could make other people mad? I ask because I am one of those people. I don't follow soccer, but I do know a thing or two about it because my brother played for 14 years. I didn't really think it was a problem for the country to rally around our team, true fans or not. I mean, wouldn't the team want as many people sending good vibes and prayers down there? Don't we do that every 2 years with the Olympics? I typically watch as many Olympic events as possible, not just the big ticket ones, because I simply like sports. Who cares that I can't name a US women's winter biathlon athlete on a non-winter Olympics year? To me, it matters more that I'm cheering at all! I'm proud to be an American and will cheer for my teams, no matter what it may be. Now I'm not going to lay out of work to watch Olympics or the soccer game (although I'll probably check it out on my phone a few times), but I don't think it makes me a bad person to jump on the soccer bandwagon.As a die hard Alabama football fan, we see this happen all the time. Every Bama fan crawls out of the wood work when we are doing well. It doesn't matter that they might only pull for us every so often. I want as many people  cheering for my team as possible. The more the merrier. I mean what can it hurt?
I've also read a lot about people ragging soccer for the procedures for getting into the round of 16. The US lost the game but still advanced--so what? Those are the rules. We had enough points, so there. Aren't we lucky that we were good enough to be in that situation? The same thing happens in football. Alabama ONLY went to the National Championship 2 years ago because 2 other teams ranked ahead of us lost. We lost a game, effectively killing our chances, and then because 2 other teams lost AFTER us in the season, we got to go. The year before that we didn't even play in our conference championship game and got to go. Of course there was LOTS of drama about that, and hence the eventual demise of the BCS, but still. Things like that are going to happen. It doesn't mean the US is ok with mediocrity, it means the rules played in our favor. Should they change that? I don't know--I'm only a fan for the next few weeks. I'll let more experienced fans handle that debate. But, seriously, let's get off soccer. Let's use this as an opportunity to come together as a country and cheer on our boys! USA!

Have you jumped on the soccer bandwagon??
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1 comment:

  1. I played soccer all through high school but I am not the best professional soccer fan, but the world cup is a total exception! It's too much fun not to join in!

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