Saturday, June 12, 2010

Memo to the Sports Department: Nobody cares about the World Cup

It kind of annoyed me last week when my issue of Sports Illustrated arrived and devoted so much space to World Cup Soccer.

It is the most popular world sport? Probably. But Americans are not part of that world.

Yes, you may argue that most kids play soccer. The reason for this is not the love of the game; rather, it is a clever ruse by parents seeking to wear out their children by having them run in circles for hours rather than destroy the house. If kids actually still played sandlot baseball and football as I did growing up, children today wouldn't be playing soccer.

I'm always amazed at some sports journalists attempts to "make" Americans like soccer. Yes, I can see the thrill of spending an afternoon watching a game that ends in a nothing-nothing tie. As football coaches used to say before overtime was instituted, "A tie is like kissing your sister."

Please, don't try to make me like the sports version of brussels sprouts. Stop wasting valuable air time on the World Cup. I've been a sports nut my whole life, as have most of my friends, and I don't know a single person interested in this event.

I'm sorry, but a sport in which you have to hit something with your head instead of your hands just doesn't make any sense. And maybe that's why soccer fans like the sport.... they've been hit in the head too much.

4 comments:

Adv said...

Amen. Preach on Grape.

Katie said...

I usually think you're spot on, but not this time. Sorry, Grape. I am very much a sports fan, though not at all a soccer fan, and I read Sports Illustrated's World Cup preview cover to cover. I would much rather see sports journalists give a little bit of time to the World Cup than rumors about which overpaid sports stars are cheating on their wives/girlfriends!

-The Grape said...

Oh, come on, Katie... those Tiger Woods headlines were so much fun!

Katie said...

Ok Grape, I'll give you the Tiger Woods headlines - for the first couple weeks! I was referring more to the likes of Ben Roethlisberger.