USA Loves Its Sour Grapes [Pic]

Submitted by: eugenius 6 years ago Sports

Finally, the truth about what Americans think about soccer comes out. Admit it!
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Female 665
I just tumbled this and then realized the depressing story at the bottom. Gotta crop that out. R.I.P. baby.
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Male 312
"Yup. The only reason we call it "soccer" is because the name "Football" (or "Futball" if you are so inclined) had to be reserved for something far more kick*ss."

If by "kick*ss" you mean colliding with some excessively clothed weirdos, while carrying an oval "ball" which isn`t even used with the foot, well...you have a strange feeling of "kick*ss" or football.

Kickarse football would be something like...running around a field with a long stick that looks like a sword and trying to get the ball from someone(who has to get it to the enemy`s goal place) with it by either fighting him with the stick or pushing the ball from underneath his feet. The ball carrier can, of course, defend. Hey wow, maybe I invented a new sport.
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Male 255
@Ginerio: You have to think to play football? No-one has told David Beckham or Wayne Rooney, they`re hardly the sharpest tools in the box.
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Male 496
I honestly don`t understand how much "thinking" goes into European football. Apart from setting up tactically to a more defensive or offensive formation, set piece play, and making substitutions to get the most out of your players, is there really all that much thinking involved? Seems to me that the vast majority of the time, it`s all about quick reaction and making the most of the situation given the way your players are situated when you get near your opponent`s goal, frantically trying to set up a situation where you can get a clear shot on goal. I think it`s more about the skill of the individual players and the chemistry of the team more than about "thinking," especially from the fan`s point of view (and I`m NOT diminishing the sport or the skill it takes to play it). This as compared to baseball (where there is strategy involved literally pitch to pitch) and football (where each down and distance presents different tactical challenges).
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Male 24
The reason why you americans don`t like Football is because you actually have to think, instead of doing what someone else told you to do.
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Female 264
Yup. The only reason we call it "soccer" is because the name "Football" (or "Futball" if you are so inclined) had to be reserved for something far more kick*ss.
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Male 5,194
The New Pork Roast? You taking that paper seriously?
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Male 1,299
Putt-Putt > All Other Sports
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Male 255
@Flashman07 - Yeah, right, what 7 year old wouldn`t love to have an american football helmet and pads.
@Chrismunich- I agree, rugby is awesome, I`ve played it all my life and now coach. My point was that the american football gear is cool for a 7 year old.
@eskimo9 - You can smash into people as fast as american football, but not as hard. There are rules about who you can tackle, when and how you know....
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Male 107
Okay I´m going to defend soccer:
Of course it isn´t as ´badass´ or ´tough´ as sports like rugby or football.
But being ´badass´ is neither the point of soccer (which is more about endurance, finesse and tactic), nor is it the definition of "sport".
If you´re going to compare sports, then please say football is better because it´s more interesting or exiting or something else, not because it´s more violent, because that would be very pathetic.
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Male 12,365
Oh lordy me, the rugby and American football thing *again*?

Rugby: Lower impact forces, no pads, more impacts per game.

American football: Higher impact forces, masses of pads, less impacts per game.

It`s hard to compare how tough the two sports are and as far as I can tell no-one even tries in these arguments.

I saw one attempt, but they were comparing impact forces on the *outside of the pads* of the American football players with impact forces on the rugby players. Even so, total impact force in a game was about the same.

As far as I can tell, you will routinely get more pain and more minor injuries (up to broken nose sort of level) in rugby, but the chances of more serious injuries are comparable and there`s more chance (though still an extremely small chance) of really serious injury in American football.
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Male 177
Well, I`m ok with hot oil wrestling as an olympic sport, but that`s where my interest begins and ends.
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Male 975
So if football is so pussy why are so many people getting concussions? Pads don`t make a sport soft, they make a sport sensible because without it half of the football team would be dead after every game. What`s softer, crying like a baby on the field after losing a sports match, crying like a bitch after having your legs taken out by a 160 pound man, or wearing pads so you don`t get decked by a 6`, 250lb man running at full speed.
Clearly soccer fans don`t understand sensibility though, otherwise there would be replays and no vuvuzelas.

One last thing

Soccer = The non-American NASCAR
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Female 1,515
@ agreed that rugby = awesome. In my highschool at least, rugby was way more popular than american football.

Oh and boo @ the guy from Europe who commented about how European boys have all played soccer but american boys probably haven`t played american football even though they like watching it. I`d STRONGLY disagree with that, I`ve played football and I`m a Canadian girl so...(well without pads and helmets) I imagine most Americans have played football at least in highschool, if not as a pass-time with friends. And the American boys have played soccer too.
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Male 2,893
In truth, Americans think all sports are stupid unless they involve girls. Usually nude (ex. Foxxxy boxxing, hot oil wrestling,etc.)
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Male 8
@aikiman

Wtf? The pads and helmet are gay. Rugby is a far better sport in every way.
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Male 46
psht...I`ve felt that way about (watching) all sports for a looooooooong time.
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Male 703
Also, I just read Baelzar`s comment, I would nearly bet that that `documentary` used footage from one, or a very few, isolated incidents, and that Europe in general is nothing like that.
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Male 703
I`d have to agree with ChrisMunich (re rugby). There is no reason you can`t smash into people as fast in rugby as in gridiron, and if you watch any of the Tri-Nations, Super 14, or Heineken Cup, you`d see it. The difference is, in rugby you smash people without 50 kinds of pads.
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Male 383
aikiman: I wasn`t too impressed by American Fooball, so I stuck to Rugby, a decision i`ve never regretted. And TR-Wolf makes a good point, a lot of people here seem to have a need to label Europe as some sort of homogenous community or a unified country, as if imposing a republic or state model onto a continent would clarify and simplify it. It`s tiresome.
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Male 255
Fair point Supersmash, if I`d had the option of putting on a cool helmet and pads and be allowed to smash into people, I would have. But I had to make do with rugby instead which doesn`t allow quite so much smashing and doesn`t have cool equipment :)
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Male 3,255
Let us win the world cup once and I`m sure your average Joe would turn his attention to soccer.
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Male 3,756
Sorry for posting so much...

But, here`s why I think soccer is not popular in the United States: We start out as young kids playing soccer. You kick the ball around and it`s fun for a while. Then, someone says, "Do you wanna put on pads, strap a helmet on, and run into someone as fast as possible?" You say yes.
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Male 176
US has done really well in the last decade in Soccer/Football considering the fact that Soccer/Football is probably not in top 5 most popular sports in USA
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Male 3,756
TR-Wolf, right back at ya.
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Male 3,756
Last comment directed towards TGPZarquon.
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Male 1,557
Baelzar: please don`t label Europe as though it`s a town where everyone knows each other and does the same thing.
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Male 3,756
"Lots of Americans love soccer - kids play it all the time. It`s just not a national sport because there`s no way to put commercial breaks in it. And this is the sort of poo the Post WOULD say."

I agree that kids love soccer. I played until 5th grade, but for some reason, most kids seem to stop playing at that time and switch to football.

I also kinda agree about the commercial break thing. Though, they do put a logo on the screen the whole time.
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Female 76
Sweet! $79 Shopping Savings inside!!
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Male 3,756
Baelzar, ESPN had a story on the same thing before the 2006 World Cup in Germany.
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Male 1,399
I just saw HBO`s "Real Sports" report on racism towards blacks in European soccer.

Daaaaaaaamn. People here in the USA don`t know what racism is:

-We`re talking entire stadiums full of people making monkey sounds,

-Fans and other players calling black players "dirty monkey,"

-BANANAS being thrown at black players while they`re playing,

-open neo-Nazi groups taking over entire sections of the stands and giving the old Sieg Heil salute...it looked like something out of a movie.

Are you friggin` serious, Europe?
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Male 166
Lots of Americans love soccer - kids play it all the time. It`s just not a national sport because there`s no way to put commercial breaks in it. And this is the sort of poo the Post WOULD say.
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Male 166
I admit I lean to the right more often than not, but the Post is a complete rag.
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Male 5,190
Aww poor baby. :(
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Male 4,807
Poor baby in central park
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Female 448
XDD
It should`ve read "We`re not Canadian. Who gives a sh*t anyways?"
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Female 4,376
I never liked soccer. Brings back horrible childhood memories.
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Female 728
I like soccer. At least, to play soccer. I don`t like watching sports in general, but soccer and field hockey are my favorite sports to play.
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Male 190
I doubt American boys have all played a proper game of American football. Football`s not a stupid sport, Americans just don`t like it because they didn`t invent it.

Whats funny is how everyone thinks Americans are a bunch of elitist prigs who make comments about countries they know nothing about. Sometimes its true, but as evidenced by the post above, same can be said for people everywhere.

Its obvious you know nothing about America, and you cant handle the fact that not everyone finds soccer/football entertaining. Many people here have played a variety of sports. Ive played both, and I quit soccer because I wanted something more physical. I got sick of snide elbows and hidden trips being the extent of actually doing anything.

Yes, football has a lot of stops, the one thing i do enjoy about soccer is the lack of commercials. I think the only sport that has any kind of argument against football is rugby.
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Male 5,314
what sport was that again?
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Male 2,395
I wonder if it`ll be less stupid if they were still in?
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Male 697
There`s a lot of `soccer is boring` here but lets face it, baseball and American football are both boring. There`s pauses every minute and a lot of pointless statistics. But that`s what the yanks like, fast-paced, high-scoring sport. So long as they can sit and watch it and not actually play it of course. The majority of European boys have probably played a proper football game at least once (if not tens of times), I doubt American boys have all played a proper game of American football. Football`s not a stupid sport, Americans just don`t like it because they didn`t invent it.
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Male 2,034
"why don`t you enlighten us some more about our "deluded bubble""

"soccer sucks, America is great, deal with it rest of world.
also you should be happy we don`t like soccer because if we did our teams would buy up all your good players and bring them over here and you would be left with rubbish. the sport is boring enough, imagine if every player on the field was awful. so be thankful rest of world"

Had to.
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Male 49
@Luniz82

I wouldn`t say it is a poor mans game. But its definitely a stupid ones game. It makes an insane amount of money. But I think it takes a lot of effort from the players for training and dieting like in other sports.

By the way... Basketball, bassball and American Football are stupid and poor mans games :P all ou need is a ball.
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Male 740
those vuvuzelas and horrible officiating=no more world cup for me
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Female 1,515
Haha, funny cause it`s true. Actually, soccer wouldn`t be so bad if the players weren`t so pansy that they have to fake injuries. And if the procedure of the officiating didn`t support faking injuries. And if the fans weren`t so annoyingly crazy.
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Male 587
Never like soccer even when America was in the world cup. Soccer is stupid no matter who is playing it. It is just so popular cause poor countries can play I mean all you need is a ball. Soccer=poor mans game.
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Male 587
Max I like you more Europeans should be like you. Stop fighting us and know your role. We run poo with our empty heads, what do you suppose that says about the rest of the world?
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Male 1,151
"so yes you are great and we ARE all scared of you. Jolly well done. Well done."

You damn right you are. AMERICA! F-UCK YEA!
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Male 257
@halfsandwhich

well played sir
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Female 9,402
This year sucks for soccer.
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Male 145
soccer sucks, America is great, deal with it rest of world.
also you should be happy we don`t like soccer because if we did our teams would buy up all your good players and bring them over here and you would be left with rubbish. the sport is boring enough, imagine if every player on the field was awful. so be thankful rest of world
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Male 716
Generally I think soccer (football) is a great game for its sense of internationalism and skill and technique.

I`m just saying though, I cannot watch any sport whatsoever. They bore me watching. Playing not as much. But watching.
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Male 68
I`ll admit, I don`t like football(soccer). But I have been watching the World Cup this year. I think that flopping is bad. Granted, basketball players and quarterbacks flop but in soccer it`s way worse and pathetic. That`s one reason why I can`t stand the sport.
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Male 5
i think what the "admit it" is talking about is how everyone all of a sudden has become oddly obsessed with the world cup, but a few weeks before it, no one would have even been talking about soccer

because soccer is an incredibly boring sport to watch, not as boring as baseball, or golf, but boring..

and now that the US team has been knocked out, americans will go back to making fun of soccer, what a bunch of hypocrites..
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Female 305
I never really knew that USA had a soccer team XD
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Female 193
"Falling limb kills baby" that is so sad. :(
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Male 375
"Americans don`t like competition out of their own deluded bubble"

Wow, more words of wisdom from the 13-17 year old group.

why don`t you enlighten us some more about our "deluded bubble" you seem to know so much about, make sure you check with mommy to see if you can stay up past your bed time first...
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Male 2,688
US citizens have been saying this for years... When did it become newspaper worthy?
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Male 1,195
"Finally, the truth about what Americans think about soccer comes out. Admit it!"

We`ve been "admitting" it for years, where have you been?
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Male 1,678
If the sport really was stupid then it would probably appeal to the majority of the New York Post`s target audience.
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Male 15,510
Typical American attitude
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Male 558
we knew the post wasn`t interested from the get-go... remember the 1-1 "victory" headline?
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Female 1,623
Poor baby!

also, I agree with gothmo 100%
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Male 2,159
So you didn`t get to the Quarter Finals either? Let`s be crappy together!! :D

Although our loss was worse than yours. But then we were playing Germany...
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Male 59
seems like american tree-branches really don`t like sour grape-eating babies. bad, bad branch!
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Male 316
sissyball
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Male 447
Yeah let`s change rugby to handegg while we`re at it. And baseball should be ballbat. And cricket should also be ballbat. Baskettball is now handball. And handball is also handball. Tennis is now rackettball. Golf is now ballclub. Thank God we have Europeans to correct our silly American mistakes.
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Male 12,365
[quote]most sports are stupid anyway -.- we over pay these people to kick/throw/hit a ball around.[/quote]

I think that`s the underlying reason for all the cheating. That and the fame.

If pretending to be tripped can result in adulation and millions of pounds, it`s hardly surprising that quite a few players will do it.
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Male 39
Tragedy?!?! I find that a solution! Who likes babies anyways? Go whoever is winning!
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Male 336
@kairobert hahaha handegg, i like it
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Male 575
Go Germany!
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Male 1,623
It`s not called Soccer. It`s called Football.

The former `American Football` has been changed to `Handegg`.
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Male 69
We have to give the world something they can beat us in.
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Male 25,416
calling photoshopped 100%
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Female 839
The headline kind of took the comedy out of that for me
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Male 104
Americans don`t like competition out of their own deluded bubble
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Male 45
All sports are a religion and stupid unless its 1 on 1 to the death haha
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Female 31
"and you can see where that sort of thinking has got us"

from where I`m standing, finally a fairer healthcare system
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Male 37,890
@hannahyak: "the majority of the world play and enjoy football"

You assume that if enough people want do it then it`s the smart thing to do. That is what the U.S. government is based on and you can see where that sort of thinking has got us.
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Female 31
Fair enough. Americans don`t like football. I don`t particularly either. But you can`t say that it is a "stupid sport", as the majority of the world play and enjoy football, which kind of speaks otherwise.
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Male 541
Come on now my fellow Americans, being hugely into a sport until your team is knocked out and then endlessly bitching about it is something the English specialize at. Let`s not lower ourselves to their level.
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Male 30
Whether it`s stupid or boring, I would watch soccer instead of football any day of the week. x:
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Male 2,034
I think most Americans don`t like soccer because the rest of the world is better at it.
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Male 9
@auburnjunky

As a subscriber to the New York Post I can vouch that this isn`t shopped.
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Female 477
photoshopped...
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Male 4,014
xReaper - any game where a ball can blatantly cross the goal line yet NOT count as a goal because the goalie just grabbed the ball and pretended it didn`t happen, with no recourse whatsoever, is a stupid sport for stupid people.

Any game where you can kick the ball bicycle style, lift yourself off the ground to see if it stayed in bounds, see that you kicked it out of bounds, THEN discover you are unable to move and have to have a stretcher remove you from the game, only to STAND UP once you reach the sidelines, ALL THE WHILE the clock runs while the other team is behind, is a stupid game for stupid people.

When even the announcers - who love the game - begin to comment on how much flopping / diving / intentional delaying fakery occurs in the game, its a stupid sport for stupid people.
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Male 10,339
`Shopped.
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Male 907
gothmo, agreed. I fail to see why guys splooge themselves every time "their team" (composed of people who may not necessarily even be from the region they represent) score a point.
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Male 943
no soccer is just boring
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Male 151
Let me sum it up:

America`s interest in soccer is only dependent upon whether or not the US team is winning. If the US is winning, then hell yes they love soccer. If not, meh.
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Male 6,694
ok.
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Male 208
@gothmo, I wouldn`t say sports are stupid, but the athletes really do get paid way too much. Especially when you consider that with the exception of a few players most of them could be replaced by anyone with a little bit of practice.
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Male 2,703
jeffbeau, the World Cup finals are July 11th (iirc)

US has been out since saturday`s lost to Ghana in extra time

England and Mexico are also out of the tourney
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Male 180
Other way around: U.S. sux at it because we hate it. It`s a 3rd world sport (the game is played in trash!).
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Male 180
When is the final game?

Will this ever end?

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Male 34
yeah , americans seem to hate soccer so much cuz they suck fcking balls at it.
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Male 149
poor baby!
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Female 1,324
most sports are stupid anyway -.- we over pay these people to kick/throw/hit a ball around.
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Male 1,620
Link: USA Loves Its Sour Grapes [Pic] [Rate Link] - Finally, the truth about what Americans think about soccer comes out. Admit it!
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