Aarghhh!! Is anybody else sick of the world cup yet....and it hasn't even started!!!

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Am I only the person in the world who doesn't like football and is completely and utterly bored of the world cup already?

I am not going to switch my TV for at least a month.

Wake me up when it's finished

Gary
  • Profile picture of the author TLTheLiberator
    I have no idea what the draw of soccer is.

    I guess it's something you have to grow up with.

    I guess I could enjoy a game if I were there to see it live.

    I saw a world cup game in person when it was last in the USA at RFK stadium.

    The Swiss verses the Saudis with the Saudis wining 1 nil.

    It was a big eating and drinking party!

    But there are not enough exciting moments in a soccer game on TV to hold my interest.

    - Seems like 50% of the games are both teams simply fighting over who has control of the ball.

    - Another 50 percent is a team trying to work the ball into scoring position...

    If I recall correctly, there are only about 10-15 exciting times in a soccer game.

    Not enough for me over a 90 minute period.


    Americans get our sports excitement every 40 seconds at the most.

    - Football has a 40 second clock between each play:

    - Baseball, the pitcher must throw the ball every 30 seconds or so:

    - Basketball has a 24 second clock before someone must shoot the ball:

    So American fans are always on the edge of our seats with anticipation because we know something is going to happen real soon.

    - I also have grown accustomed to the "your turn/my turn" aspect of American sports where it's very clear as to who's on offense and who's on defense.

    But I guess it's all about what you've grown up with.


    I hope folks enjoy the World Cup.

    I'll try to watch the championship game even if The USA is not in it.


    TL


    Ps. They could use some cheerleaders also.
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    • Profile picture of the author noodle2005
      Originally Posted by TLTheLiberator View Post



      If I recall correctly, there are only about 10-15 exciting times in a soccer game.

      Not enough for me over a 90 minute period.


      Americans get our sports excitement every 40 seconds at the most.

      - Football has a 40 second clock between each play:

      - Baseball, the pitcher must throw the ball every 30 seconds or so:

      - Basketball has a 24 second clock before someone must shoot the ball:

      So American fans are always on the edge of our seats with anticipation because we know something is going to happen real soon.
      Ah but you see, this is where most soccer fans and well, people who are not american, will disagree with what you're saying.

      To most people outside of the USA, American sports are too stop start. Like American football, down, set, hut hut then 7 or 8 times out of ten, everybody just falls over (you know what i mean) and everything stops.

      But, like you say, i guess its just how you are raised and what you are introduced to as a youngster
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      • Profile picture of the author Kurt
        Originally Posted by noodle2005 View Post

        To most people outside of the USA, American sports are too stop start. Like American football, down, set, hut hut then 7 or 8 times out of ten, everybody just falls over (you know what i mean) and everything stops.
        I drove a taxi in the US for many years a while back and probably knew more immigrants than most Americans.

        Every immigrant I know that was a sports fan before they came here, grew to really like American football. It is a game that you have to know pretty well before it becomes interesting. It's the closest a sport will come to being a "war game" and battles are fought over owning territory and is probably more of a coaches game than others, as there is a lot of practice and studying of plays.


        They were all still big soccer fans, but all did become fans of our football. And a lot of this is because our football is the perfect betting game because of the point spread. You can't really "give points" in soccer like you do in football.
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      Originally Posted by TLTheLiberator View Post

      I have no idea what the draw of soccer is.
      ....

      - Seems like 50% of the games are both teams simply fighting over who has control of the ball.

      - Another 50 percent is a team trying to work the ball into scoring position...

      If I recall correctly, there are only about 10-15 exciting times in a soccer game.

      Not enough for me over a 90 minute period.


      Americans get our sports excitement every 40 seconds at the most.

      - Football has a 40 second clock between each play:

      - Baseball, the pitcher must throw the ball every 30 seconds or so:

      - Basketball has a 24 second clock before someone must shoot the ball:


      Ps. They could use some cheerleaders also.

      Lol, lots of good points here. as far as baseball, for me it doesn tmatter how often the pitcher throws the ball, the entire game is boring nonetheless. I could NOT watch basseball on TV unless its some sort of championship game and all of my friends are into it.
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    • Profile picture of the author HomeBizConcepts
      Originally Posted by TLTheLiberator View Post

      I have no idea what the draw of soccer is.

      I guess it's something you have to grow up with.

      I guess I could enjoy a game if I were there to see it live.

      I saw a world cup game in person when it was last in the USA at RFK stadium.

      The Swiss verses the Saudis with the Saudis wining 1 nil.

      It was a big eating and drinking party!

      But there are not enough exciting moments in a soccer game on TV to hold my interest.

      - Seems like 50% of the games are both teams simply fighting over who has control of the ball.

      - Another 50 percent is a team trying to work the ball into scoring position...

      If I recall correctly, there are only about 10-15 exciting times in a soccer game.

      Not enough for me over a 90 minute period.


      Americans get our sports excitement every 40 seconds at the most.

      - Football has a 40 second clock between each play:

      - Baseball, the pitcher must throw the ball every 30 seconds or so:

      - Basketball has a 24 second clock before someone must shoot the ball:

      So American fans are always on the edge of our seats with anticipation because we know something is going to happen real soon.

      - I also have grown accustomed to the "your turn/my turn" aspect of American sports where it's very clear as to who's on offense and who's on defense.

      But I guess it's all about what you've grown up with.


      I hope folks enjoy the World Cup.

      I'll try to watch the championship game even if The USA is not in it.


      TL


      Ps. They could use some cheerleaders also.
      Absolutely hilarious about the cheerleaders! I agree
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      • Profile picture of the author TimPhelan
        Shakira was hot in the pre tournament special and I liked the Black Eyed Peas also. I don't remember seeing a special like that before for the World Cup.
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  • Profile picture of the author scattermouse
    Every four years, I get magically transformed into a 3 year old.

    I bounce up and down, I can't sleep because I'm excited, and I want to talk about football all of the time.

    Seriously, I can't wait. I love the World Cup.

    TL, the way to really get football is to play it yourself. That way you'll understand what the players are trying to do. Still, it seems like Americans play and watch enough sports without bringing in another one

    Couldn't agree more about the cheerleaders.

    Did I mention I love the World Cup? I'm glad it's only every four years, because I won't get a single thing done during the next six weeks, I'll just be glued to the telly watching every minute.

    I do occasionally have sympathy for those that don't like football, but then I remember there's a World Cup on, and then I forget about them.

    Best of all, it seems like there's a half decent chance we'll make it to the semis, before our inevitable penalty knock out.
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    • Profile picture of the author TLTheLiberator
      Originally Posted by Ewan Cormack View Post

      Every four years, I get magically transformed into a 3 year old.

      I bounce up and down, I can't sleep because I'm excited, and I want to talk about football all of the time.

      Seriously, I can't wait. I love the World Cup.

      TL, the way to really get football is to play it yourself. That way you'll understand what the players are trying to do. Still, it seems like Americans play and watch enough sports without bringing in another one

      Couldn't agree more about the cheerleaders.

      Did I mention I love the World Cup? I'm glad it's only every four years, because I won't get a single thing done during the next six weeks, I'll just be glued to the telly watching every minute.

      I do occasionally have sympathy for those that don't like football, but then I remember there's a World Cup on, and then I forget about them.

      Best of all, it seems like there's a half decent chance we'll make it to the semis, before our inevitable penalty knock out.


      You said...

      TL, the way to really get football is to play it yourself.

      That way you'll understand what the players are trying to do.

      Still, it seems like Americans play and watch enough sports without bringing in another one


      I say...

      I'm too old to play soccer and they run way too much.

      Couldn't stand getting kicked in the shins.

      I believe I have a good grasp of what the players are trying to do.

      They are trying to...

      Advance the ball to get it into scoring position and kick it through the opposing team's goal - without using their hands.

      I know it takes a lot of practice to do those things well.


      I'm aware of the short game verses the long game.


      I've played all the American sports very well.

      Baseball: Played organized until I was 16.

      Almost anyone can play until age 12 .( little league 9-12 )

      ...but after that you have to be pretty good to play what we call JD ( junior development ) ball - 13-16 years of age and even better to play on the high school teams.

      I was a short stop.

      I never started varsity in high school but was the starter on the Junior Varsity team for two years.

      Championships???

      Division Champ in little league.

      ( we had 4 divisions city wide - 2 east and 2 west )


      Lost in Eastern side of the city playoff to go to city finals.

      I cried like a baby and coach brought me some ice cream on the way home.

      JD league ( 13-16 years of age ) ...

      - a week after after losing the city championship, we won the city wide tournament of the best 8 teams.

      We played 3 games in one day and we beat the team that beat us for the normal city championship in the tournament championship game - revenge!

      But...

      Football was/is my favorite sport since I was/am a Quarter Back.


      I was a #1 draft pick in little league & started in the little league all star game.


      Didn't play football in high school due to distractions. ( don't want to talk about it!!!! )



      Basketball: I wasn't good enough to play organized after entering high school but I was decent.

      I can watch a hockey game on TV and have seen a couple games in person.




      It's too late for me and soccer.

      After what I've grown up with, I need to know something is going to happen soon or I can't watch the sport.

      Enjoy the World Cup!!

      Best of luck to your team unless you play the U.S.


      TL
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      • Profile picture of the author Aussie_Al
        Thats funny

        Even though I am an Aussie I lived 11 years in England the all my co-workers were into "football" so it def rubbed off on me

        Today I am wearing my England Jersey! haha

        Not sure if anyone has seen "Aussie Rules" before - but thats REAL football to me
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      • Profile picture of the author noodle2005
        Originally Posted by TLTheLiberator View Post

        Best of luck to your team unless you play the U.S.TL
        Englands first match is against the US
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  • Profile picture of the author ryanbiddulph
    I'm looking forward to it.

    Of course I don't have TV, so I haven't seen the endless promotions If I want to catch a game or two I'll head over to the parents' crib.

    Although not a soccer fan I feel that it carries a unique energy. The passion/obsession many countries have with football is something that we can't understand but can definitely experience.

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  • Profile picture of the author scattermouse
    They are trying to...

    Advance the ball to get it into scoring position and kick it through the opposing team's goal - without using their hands.
    True, but it's a little more complicated than that

    I think most sports work like that if you haven't grown up with them. I know very little about American football, so when I watch a game most of it passes me by because I can't follow what's going on.

    England are playing US on Saturday! I can't root for you in that game, but I will for the rest of the Cup. You guys should make it to the knockout rounds with that group, but you'll have tough games after that.

    Aussie Al, how well do you think the Aussies will do? Haven't watched their warm up games, but they've got a few quality players (Neil, Cahill, etc) so they should be OK.
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  • Profile picture of the author TLTheLiberator
    Is this correct???

    The Europeans like to play the long game and the South Americans like to play the short game.


    TL
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    • Profile picture of the author garyfromdurham
      Oh no!!

      You football lovers have hijacked my thread and turned it into a football appreciation society.

      Is there no refuge from football at all?? LOL

      It really does seem like I'm the only person in the whole wide world not interested in the world cup.

      Be off with you football lovers and leave me to suck my humbugs in peace

      Gary
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      • Profile picture of the author MikeAmbrosio
        Originally Posted by garyfromdurham View Post

        Oh no!!

        You football lovers have hijacked my thread and turned it into a football appreciation society.

        Is there no refuge from football at all?? LOL

        It really does seem like I'm the only person in the whole wide world not interested in the world cup.

        Be off with you football lovers and leave me to suck my humbugs in peace

        Gary
        Gary,

        Not much of a fan myself

        I'm really a 2 sport guy - Baseball and Football. That's because those are the two sports I grew up with.

        I sometimes watch Basketball during the finals. Never watch hockey. I will watch Tennis and Golf on occasion.

        My biggest involvement in Soccer (Football) is when my kids play. Seems around here, that is the first sport we put our kids into. This is where they learn about teamwork, and get in a lot of running. There are so many kids in my area that play Soccer that I am surprised our High School does not have a team that competes. This is because by the time they hit 12 or so they have other interests, or they go in to the more popular sports (usually Baseball and Football).

        So yes. Much of the appeal is about where you grew up

        Mike
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  • Profile picture of the author Steve Ranger
    I. cannot. wait.

    In fact I don't think there's been much of a build up this year.

    And as I'm working from home I plan on watching every game
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    • Profile picture of the author garyfromdurham
      Originally Posted by Steve Ranger View Post


      In fact I don't think there's been much of a build up this year.
      *cough* *splutter*

      Not much of a build up????

      You should be here in the UK.....it's everywhere.

      I'm going to go camping in the Outer Hebrides for the next couple of months.

      Will somebody please come and get me when it's finished

      Gary
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      • Profile picture of the author Steve Ranger
        Originally Posted by garyfromdurham View Post

        Not much of a build up????

        You should be here in the UK.....it's everywhere.
        Ha ha I'm presently *in* the UK! Was more of a build up for the previous tournament 4 years ago - I guess that may of been because it was closer, I'm not sure!
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  • Profile picture of the author alistair
    Bored of the world cup? How can you be bored of the world cup? Is that a serious question? Hang on, you're not Scottish are you? Only kidding.
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  • Profile picture of the author whateverpedia
    Bring it on!!!!!

    The real reason behind its bigness (ahem) is it's the only sport that the whole world plays.

    FIFA has more member nations than the United Nations.
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  • Profile picture of the author Steve Ranger
    Have you seen the fun little argument the US and UK ambassadors have been having?

    World Cup: ambassadors steak wager on England v USA clash | World Cup - Times Online

    The Brits came back with one of the best come backs..

    Mr Longden proposed the terms of the wager: dinner at a Washington DC steakhouse if England triumphs; supper at a London pub on Ambassador Nigel Sheinwald’s dime if the US is the winner. Mr Breeden accepted, reminding Mr Longden of the outcome of last Anglo-American encounter at the World Cup: a 1-0 victory for the US in Brazil.

    Mr Longden would not be deterred. “You should know that the Ambassador takes his steak like American soccer victories — somewhat rare,” he retorted.

    One for the copy writers
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  • Profile picture of the author ydsimple
    I cant wait to watch playing USA with ENGLAND on Saturday. That should be awesome. Gonna go and get some beer ;-)
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  • Profile picture of the author jgand
    Love the world cup, its a wonderful competition, one of the many sports the world enjoys. If we win then it is exciting and fun.
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  • Profile picture of the author Pauline60
    Not a footie fan as such ( although do have a trophy for 5 a side) but usually follow the World Cup and European Cup. This time I just can't sem to get excited about it. Went to the gym instead of watching the match. Given the result I think I made the right choice.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jagged
      The more I watch soccer, the more I like it...only because I understand it more. I can appreciate all the work that goes into getting one goal....but the pace is too slow for me.....when they get the ball started at one side of the field.....I can literally get up...use the bathroom, get a beer, walk the dog, tell the kids a bedtime story...all before they work the ball to other end :rolleyes:

      The USA is a nation of instant gratification...we want the action Big...& we want the action now.....not to sit there for 90 minutes+ to see maybe 3 actual scoring attempts....

      Why is it played every 4 years? Why not every year like most other sporting events....the superbowl, world series, stanley cup, indianappolos / daytona 500 & so on...
      I think it would peak the interest of many more americans if it was....
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  • Profile picture of the author artwebster
    No, Gary, you are not the only one.

    With British clubs paying obscene amounts of money to players that they can't even afford, it is much more interesting to read the pink sheets if you really want to look at something football related.
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    • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
      My daughter is getting ready to watch today's World Cup match as I am
      writing this. She couldn't wait to get home to see it.

      I couldn't care less.

      Same country and home brought up in and yet we are so different in this
      respect.

      I don't know what it is that makes somebody like or not like soccer.

      I can take it or leave it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jagged
    It's a generation thing Steve....soccer was non-existant when we were growing up, not one of my friends moms could be classified as a soccer mom. In school, a soccer ball was used for dodge ball exclusively. Our generation just doesn't understand the game....thus the lack of interest...

    In todays world...being a soccer mom is actually a way of life. Soccer fields are popping up where baseball fields once stood. It's next to impossible to find any kid under 18 yo who hasn't played organized soccer of some sort, either at school or at the local parks. It will surpass little league basball if it hasn't already...
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      Originally Posted by Jagged View Post

      It's a generation thing Steve....soccer was non-existant when we were growing up, not one of my friends moms could be classified as a soccer mom. In school, a soccer ball was used for dodge ball exclusively. Our generation just doesn't understand the game....thus the lack of interest...

      In todays world...being a soccer mom is actually a way of life. Soccer fields are popping up where baseball fields once stood. It's next to impossible to find any kid under 18 yo who hasn't played organized soccer of some sort, either at school or at the local parks. It will surpass little league basball if it hasn't already...
      Yes, American kids do all play soccer. Then they all quit by the time they are teenagers and play another sport or activity.

      Despite all these kids playing soccer, even indoor lacrosse gets higher TV ratings than our "major league" soccer, IMO because lacrosse is simply a better game both to watch and play.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sumit Menon
    I wish I had a "I'm not watching the FIFA World Cup. Get Over It!" pic to put on Facebook.
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    • Profile picture of the author noodle2005
      Originally Posted by Sumit Menon View Post

      I wish I had a "I'm not watching the FIFA World Cup. Get Over It!" pic to put on Facebook.
      After reading some of your other world cup / football / soccer related posts it seems to me that it's you who needs to "get over it"
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  • Profile picture of the author Mike Wright
    Originally Posted by garyfromdurham View Post

    Am I only the person in the world who doesn't like football and is completely and utterly bored of the world cup already?

    I am not going to switch my TV for at least a month.

    Wake me up when it's finished

    Gary
    Now is the summer of our discontent,
    with TV made tedious by endless coverage, highlights
    and "expert analysis" trashing any decent programs... aaaargh.

    Any one nearby who starts burning meat (aka BBQ) or gets
    some of those vuvuzela things on the go .... then I will be
    out in the garden building my new shed with a load of noisy
    powertools and big hammers.
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  • Profile picture of the author HomeBizConcepts
    I said this on a different thread, but the constant sound of the horns blowing drives me crazy. Sounds like a swarm of killer bees are approaching. Took me all of five minutes to change the channel. ARRRGH!
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  • Profile picture of the author JBorhez
    I don't consider myself a HUGE fan but I do enjoy watching the games and somewhat 'getting into it'.

    It's definitely a cultural and/or generational phenomenon.
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  • Profile picture of the author Brian Swinburne
    I am. I haven't watched a single game yet and do not intend to (even though NZ play tonight). I can't stand soccer or football or whatever you call it. How good can a game be if they cant even agree on the name!!
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  • Profile picture of the author DejanM
    Europeans call it football, while in the US it's called soccer as far as I know. So we agree on the name.

    Otherwise I've watched the UK-US game and it was the 2nd game I've watched on TV. In short - not really into it.
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