Gut Rumbles

October 12, 2005

a dangerous game?

I've always thought soccer was a boring game, with a lot of running around on the field and not much happening. I MUCH prefer American football. I've even called soccer a pussy game.

Evidently, you can still get killed playing soccer. I think something like this is a one in a billion chance, but you know what I've said before about that expiration date stamped on your ass.

When your time is up, it's up.

Bejus. 17 years old and killed by a soccer ball. That just ain't right.


'Soccer' players aren't the ones dressed head to toe in protective gear. Plus they actually run around for 90 minutes non-stop (half-time not included) whereas American footballers take hours to play 60 minutes, the 'plays' last seconds at a time and they use loads of different players - maximum in 'soccer' is 14 (11 starters + 3 subs).

Posted by: Twenty Major on October 12, 2005 12:09 PM

Soccer is not just a boring game. It's the more boring game of all time. Give me a rippin' tiddlywinks battle before making me sit through a soccer game. It's clearly a sport designed to sell alcohol, as everyone in the stadium badly wants to dull their minds.

I'm surprised more people don't break their necks when stopping the balls with their bare heads. That's just plain stupid.

Posted by: GEAH on October 12, 2005 12:10 PM

Happens more often than you would expect. When I was @ 10 (25 now), I was at my sister's tournament in Columbus. A goalie on another field was diving to cover a loose ball, and got kicked in the throat. They tried to do a tracheotomy (sp?) right there on the field, but she died. I also heard a story from another Ohio tournament where a striker tried to head a cross and ended up nailing the post and crushing his skull, but I didn't witness that one. The pros act like pansies on occasion, but the sport itself is actually quite violent at times, and as someone else noted you wear almost no pads.

Posted by: JR on October 12, 2005 12:18 PM

Have you ever watched Australian Rules football? A very rough game which makes no sense to me.

Posted by: JPC on October 12, 2005 12:44 PM

From that Jersey oracle Bruce Springsteen,
"Everything dies baby thats a fact,
but maybe everything that dies someday comes back."
Write it, live it.

Posted by: Terry on October 12, 2005 02:43 PM

Amazing, soccer is the most popular game in the world played in virtually every country on earth and Americans still say that a game invented for television and played virtually nowhere other than N America is better. But heck, Americans aren't arrogant are they?

Posted by: Dave on October 12, 2005 04:21 PM

I'd rather watch grass grow than sit through a soccer match.

And Dave, because the rest of the world adores soccer is reason enough for me to despise it.

Posted by: rightisright on October 12, 2005 04:36 PM

I used to think soccer (futbal) was boring til I started watching and learning the rules. It's a very fun game to watch. It's very physical also. My son's 14 and has broken 3 bones in 2 separate incidents. Last year had to have screws in his ankle after a soccer match. Folks who don't take the time to watch and learn won't ever grow. By the way, Baseball is the most boring game in the world. 7 guys standing around on a field waiting for a ball to come their way, another 2 playing catch while one guy with a stick tries to swat the ball. BORING. Not enough action.

Posted by: Michelle on October 12, 2005 05:22 PM

" ...a game invented for television..."

Only an idiot would type something as goofy as that.

American football was invented in the late 19th century. It is an offshoot of English Rugby and was invented when an Ivy league organization called the IFA (Intercollegiate Football Association) formalized their rules back in 1880. It most definately predates the electronic age.

Sports is a subjective enjoyment. Some like football, some like soccer, some like both, some like neither. Just because a game is American doesn't make it bad.

Personally, I too think soccer as a spectator sport is boring as hell. But it is fun to play. That doesn't make it bad. It just means it's not my cup-o-tea.

And that doesn't make me arrogant either. It just means I have different preferences in entertainment than you.

Posted by: Roy on October 12, 2005 09:52 PM

...and one of the really nice things about America is that if you like Football, you can watch it to your hearts content. And If you like futball, you can watch that too, because we have both here in the good ole USA. Hell, if you like Rugby and live near a college, you can find that too.

Just about any sport played on the planet can be found somewhere in this country. Now THAT'S arrogance..... NOT!

Posted by: Roy on October 12, 2005 10:00 PM

I know I've said this before here, but when I was in school something similar happened. I kicked the ball right into a kid's chest and his heart stopped.

It's terrrible, but accidents like this are really not uncommon. Like Rob says, when it's your time, it's your time.

Posted by: Terry on October 13, 2005 09:02 AM

Roy, sensible answers to a slightly tongue in cheek comment by me, rightisright - well it doesn't really need me to comment on him/her!

Posted by: Dave on October 13, 2005 11:05 AM

The main problem America has with soccer is that nothing happens. Second problem is that it takes 90 minutes for nothing to happen...

American football is based on (and is a substitute for war) Soccer is based on... um... kicking a ball away from each other. (While dressed in little girlie shorts)

The only thing that soccer is good for is when you get a story like the one a few weeks back, when a soccer referee pulled out a gun and shot one of the coaches. Those are good for a laugh.

Posted by: Ruth on October 13, 2005 12:01 PM

Ah Ruth is still at her moronic best I see, now let me think - 'girlie shorts' versus crash helmets, padding and god knows what else? I think that I know who the girls are. Lets see American footballers play 80 minutes non stop rugby against the world champions, England. That's world champions as in champions of the world, not like say Football/baseball world champions who are champions of N America and do Japan get involved, not sure?

Posted by: Dave on October 13, 2005 02:24 PM

Hey Ruth,

Maybe they riot because at the end of the game they're saying "Is that all there is?!?"

Your comments about girlie shorts reminded me of something funny.

I was showing my daughter my old high school yearbook. (1972.) She took one look at the photos of the boys basketball team and said "ewww - boys in hotpants".

I rolled.

Posted by: Roy on October 14, 2005 12:00 AM
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