Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
This comment is in response to all you've said here over and over.

You don't seem to understand this tournament, perhaps this sport, at all. This is a month long tournament, for one thing, with all that entails for both big and small national clubs.

It's the game itself which takes the spotlight. I just watched a very entertaining, hard-fought 0-0 between Cote d'Ivoire and Portugal. There was precision missing in both teams, and neither could finish... but there was always something just waiting to happen which captured football fans.

One thing amurkans forget is this game brings the pleasure of two halves of 45 continuous minutes (plus) without commercials.  it also means the athletes are truly that. One sees strategies develop, one analyzes the individual strengths and failures, the brilliant and the missed passes, the explosions of breakaway running. it doesn't always need to be capped by a Goal Orgasm.

Plus, if you watch on TV, you don't realize what an incredible, though beautiful game it is.  You stand 5 meters from a Bundesliga 3 match, or a top amateur match, and you feel the constant danger and explosive physical contact.  When you've got that in your blood, then you can judge what's up from TV. (It's amazing to me that anyone survives a real match, and i've done hundreds of hard slides into the 2nd baseman or shortstop.)

More goals? You've already got your hockey, which is a mix of sport and World Wrestling Federation entertainment. It's one thing for a wide receiver to juke a US football cornerback for 0.8 seconds, it's another to do it controlling a ball with your feet.  some of us get pleasure in watching that as well.

You've made your point, it sits well with some, but you really shouldn't criticize football until you've a real understanding of the sport.

There's far more to criticize about the effect of predatory capitalism on sports, than whether there's not enough scoring in the World Cup.

(PS.  This is the World Cup, which is different than the various national leagues, where the football is also different.  Remember, these guys may be tops, but they don't play together very often.
PPS.  This is the World Cup, not the world series, which includes one club from Canada among the amurkan ones. We even saw New Zealand stay alive by getting a tie point against Slovakia, where both scored their first World Cup goals ever. And if you don't believe the early morning streets in New Zealand aren't alive with revelry right now, you should go back to watching grown men fight with padding.)

(nothing personal, just discussing sports brings out a bit of testosterone.)

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin

by Crazy Horse on Tue Jun 15th, 2010 at 12:53:18 PM EST
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