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Thu Jun 14, 2018, 01:10 PM

I'm ready to get flamed. Here we go:

Do you know why so many Europeans play soccer?

So they don't have to watch it.

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Reply I'm ready to get flamed. Here we go: (Original post)
mac56 Jun 14 OP
Freethinker65 Jun 14 #1
N_E_1 for Tennis Jun 14 #2
lillypaddle Jun 15 #30
N_E_1 for Tennis Jun 15 #32
lillypaddle Jun 15 #33
TimeSnowDemos Jun 14 #3
LisaM Jun 14 #4
brooklynite Jun 14 #5
awesomerwb1 Jun 14 #10
John Fante Jun 14 #27
Ron Obvious Jun 14 #6
mac56 Jun 14 #7
Ron Obvious Jun 14 #9
awesomerwb1 Jun 14 #11
LanternWaste Jun 14 #14
NightWatcher Jun 14 #8
awesomerwb1 Jun 14 #12
DFW Jun 14 #21
geardaddy Jun 14 #22
braddy Jun 14 #13
Gidney N Cloyd Jun 14 #15
Ernesto Jun 14 #16
Dyedinthewoolliberal Jun 14 #17
FSogol Jun 14 #19
Ferrets are Cool Jun 14 #26
sarge43 Jun 19 #35
Floyd R. Turbo Jun 14 #18
DFW Jun 14 #20
geardaddy Jun 14 #23
Floyd R. Turbo Jun 15 #31
geardaddy Jun 18 #34
BlueTsunami2018 Jun 14 #24
Awsi Dooger Jun 14 #25
mac56 Jun 14 #28
John Fante Jun 14 #29

Response to mac56 (Original post)

Thu Jun 14, 2018, 01:15 PM

1. I feel the same about watching most sports

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Response to mac56 (Original post)

Thu Jun 14, 2018, 01:16 PM

2. I'd rather watch curling. And I do.

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Response to N_E_1 for Tennis (Reply #2)

Fri Jun 15, 2018, 03:17 PM

30. I keep forgetting what curling is

That's okay, I'll just forget again.

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Response to lillypaddle (Reply #30)

Fri Jun 15, 2018, 05:42 PM

32. Well if all you're going to do is forget...

It’s a game featuring hair-dos and rock throwing played on a long strip of ice.

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Response to N_E_1 for Tennis (Reply #32)

Fri Jun 15, 2018, 10:33 PM

33. Oh c'mon

really? LOL

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Response to mac56 (Original post)

Thu Jun 14, 2018, 01:17 PM

3. err

 

You still watch it while playing it... and it's not just Europeans... it's everyone but the US*

*15M Americans play soccer

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Response to mac56 (Original post)

Thu Jun 14, 2018, 01:20 PM

4. I couldn't get into it, until I found a team that took my fancy.

A lot of my friends are EPL fans, and they were having a lot of fun watching, so I determined that I had to find a team. Eventually, I found one I wanted to root for (Tottenham Hotspur), and it became far, far more interesting.

I knew that this would be the case after, years ago, watching Ireland play Italy in an Irish pub. Having a team really makes all the difference in the world.

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Response to mac56 (Original post)

Thu Jun 14, 2018, 01:28 PM

5. In football, the game keeps going...

...as opposed to "American" football where the players have to take a break after every 30 seconds of "action".

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Response to brooklynite (Reply #5)

Thu Jun 14, 2018, 01:50 PM

10. It' more like 6 seconds of action

and then wait 40 or 45 seconds until they're finished drinking water, getting oxygen and lining up AGAIN.

NFL is made for tv. You watch a play for 6 seconds and then 40-45 seconds of replays from every angle.

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Response to brooklynite (Reply #5)

Thu Jun 14, 2018, 11:19 PM

27. There are breaks in soccer too. Most sane sports

Would stop the clock in these scenarios, but not soccer!

Free kicks
Penalties
Ball goes out of bounds
Substitutions
(mostly fake) injuries

Plus there is a TON of dead time even as the clock is ticking. Two teams kicking the ball around in midfield isn't exciting.

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Response to mac56 (Original post)

Thu Jun 14, 2018, 01:30 PM

6. Single most popular sport in the world and growing

Nothing else comes close. These sort of US jokes grew stale decades ago.

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Response to Ron Obvious (Reply #6)

Thu Jun 14, 2018, 01:41 PM

7. McDonald's is the single most popular restaurant in the world

and growing.

So your point....?

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Response to mac56 (Reply #7)

Thu Jun 14, 2018, 01:48 PM

9. Yeah, people must just be watching cause it's cheap, fast and convenient.

That's it.

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Response to Ron Obvious (Reply #9)

Thu Jun 14, 2018, 01:50 PM

11. Hahaha

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Response to mac56 (Reply #7)

Thu Jun 14, 2018, 02:14 PM

14. I'd imagine the point is

"So your point....?"

I'd imagine the point is that being the most popular sport in the world outweighs a mere joke in terms of both credibility and validity.

And now I'm off to grab a Big Mac and some fries. Just to piss off the pompous and the high-brow... and 'cause I like them.

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Response to mac56 (Original post)

Thu Jun 14, 2018, 01:46 PM

8. While we're at it. One of these is a football and one of these is a soccer ball.

The football is on the left while the soccer ball is on the right.




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Response to NightWatcher (Reply #8)

Thu Jun 14, 2018, 01:58 PM

12. That was the soccer ball from the 80s nt

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Response to NightWatcher (Reply #8)

Thu Jun 14, 2018, 05:09 PM

21. Not here in Europe

In Europe, the thing on the right is a football, and the thing on the left is a custom-painted M&M.

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Response to NightWatcher (Reply #8)

Thu Jun 14, 2018, 05:30 PM

22. Here's a list of the designs/styles of the match balls used during the World Cup

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Response to mac56 (Original post)

Thu Jun 14, 2018, 02:05 PM

13. Right on.

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Response to mac56 (Original post)

Thu Jun 14, 2018, 02:37 PM

15. There's only one sport that matters.

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Response to Gidney N Cloyd (Reply #15)

Thu Jun 14, 2018, 03:07 PM

16. Works for me! n-t

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Response to Gidney N Cloyd (Reply #15)

Thu Jun 14, 2018, 03:09 PM

17. A post I can agree with!

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Response to Gidney N Cloyd (Reply #15)

Thu Jun 14, 2018, 04:33 PM

19. +1 n/t

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Response to Gidney N Cloyd (Reply #15)

Thu Jun 14, 2018, 10:32 PM

26. So YOU are the one.

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Response to Gidney N Cloyd (Reply #15)

Tue Jun 19, 2018, 01:27 PM

35. Yes. n/t

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Response to mac56 (Original post)

Thu Jun 14, 2018, 03:13 PM

18. Ba dum tsssssssh!

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Response to mac56 (Original post)

Thu Jun 14, 2018, 05:07 PM

20. I always tell my friends in Spain that they live in the "Three P" land

When they ask what in the world I mean, I explain that every time the Spanish national soccer team plays somewhere, thousands of fans travel to the game to cheer their country on, yelling "Panya, Panya Panya!" It always gets a laugh out of them because that is indeed exactly what they shout. What they are really shouting, of course, is "España, España, España," but it never comes out that way when shouted very rapidly three times in a row.

Now that the European championships are underway, my wife is very relieved. Her mom is quite ill, and her mom's town is only reachable by car. The hospital she is in is really lousy, with disinterested, absent doctors. Earlier this week, my wife heard her mom's breathing sounding very rough, and she demanded the hospital check for pneumonia. They didn't want to, but my wife is a social worker used to dealing with disinterested doctors and agencies, and didn't take no for an answer. They finally checked, and whaddaya know, her mom had pneumonia. She drives up there and back now about twice a week. I hate, it because the autobahn network in our area is clogged with a lot of trucks from Eastern Europe, and those guys are overworked, over-tired, and often drunk. Driving that route is just plain dangerous. A few years ago, a truck demolished her car (while she was standing still!), and she was almost killed inside it. But for the moment, she is relieved, because all roads in Germany are only about two thirds as clogged as usual. Why? Because so many people are home watching soccer games!

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Response to mac56 (Original post)

Thu Jun 14, 2018, 05:36 PM

23. Personally, I'd rather watch football (soccer) than American football

And I'd rather watch Rugby Union than either.

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Response to geardaddy (Reply #23)

Fri Jun 15, 2018, 03:29 PM

31. Six Nations!

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Response to Floyd R. Turbo (Reply #31)

Mon Jun 18, 2018, 10:07 AM

34. Yes!

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Response to mac56 (Original post)

Thu Jun 14, 2018, 08:36 PM

24. Heh.

They gang brawl at the games so there’s something interesting to do while drinking.

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Response to mac56 (Original post)

Thu Jun 14, 2018, 10:25 PM

25. Predictable contributions from baseball fans

Always the most laughably defensive and paranoid whenever this type of topic shows up.

As soon as I saw the topic I knew darn well there would be a branch from scared baseball fans.

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Response to Awsi Dooger (Reply #25)

Thu Jun 14, 2018, 11:24 PM

28. Predictable contributions from kickball fans

If I wanted to watch people knock themselves out for 90 minutes without ever scoring --

I'd bring my friends to the bar.

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Response to mac56 (Original post)

Thu Jun 14, 2018, 11:24 PM

29. Soccer is the only sport where it's a tied game in overtime

and you're bored out of your mind watching. The fact that the score is usually 0-0 in this scenario doesn't help matters.

Give me basketball anyday.

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