In my opinion soccer & football are boring. And i've both played and watched both (played football for St. Thomas More and Soccer as an after school activity waaaaaay back) Fun to play, not so much to watch.
I've had this argument with other people lots so I'm not going to go out of my way but I've played and watched both at high level. It is fun to play, it's the same idea as hockey, you pass the object around with teammates and try to put it past the goalie. Simple. I question why I find it almost as entertaining as hockey when I watch it considering things don't happen as fast. I've concluded that if you don't have a large understanding of the game it's not going to be that exciting. You have to realize how hard everything they are doing is. Since you've played you should appreciate how difficult it is to receive a pass under pressure. It's not like you are carrying around some stick in order to hit the ball around. While running you have use your other leg as a stick. It certainly requires great skill, when you understand that it's very interesting.
Also consider, probably more than half of the interest in hockey comes from watching such a great league. I mean if the Panthers are playing the Preds in an exhibition game i think even I would find that boring. Since a lot North Americans don't know much about soccer it follows that they would find it boring. In addition, we Canadians grow up with hockey, hockey, hockey. Even if you don't religiously follow it pretty much all Canadians understand it and can stand to watch a game here or there.
I would encourage the doubters (especially those who are adults) to put themselves in a soccer game situation once again with friends who play so they can truly appreciate what its all about. A lot different when you're out there in the midst of people that can run, pass, and shoot. Once you see it up close and even try to receive or make a simple pass your eyes will be opened.
nice link, bet you thought i wouldnt click on it...
the list has as follow:
#1 - soccer
#2 - cricket
#3 - field hockey
i should have stopped reading after soccer.
speaking of soccer, what a boring sport full of whining diver europeans. if you were waiting for a clever retort, sorry to disappoint you.
Your intelligence is obvious. It's a list of the most popular sports but you should have stopped reading because it wasn't a list of your favorite sports. Okay then.
Oh yeah, if you're brave enough to lace them up I guarantee you only one of us will rolling around on the ground whining.
The people who say soccer is boring should think about it more logically. What makes a sport boring or exciting? To me, it's action, not just scoring (otherwise basketball would be the most exciting sport in the world! they score 80+ points each! HOW EXCITING!).
If you understand soccer, you'll enjoy watching a great pass or a great tackle, and if you understand the game even more, you'd enjoy watching the movement of the players and how the team tries to control the field. And since it's a continuous game, if you're paying attention to all these, you'd literally be staring at the screen for the whole 90 min of the game and be happy that there is a 15min break in the middle!
I'd say the same about hockey, aside from the frequent commercial breaks (which I fast forward thanks to PVR!). If you're only interested in when the puck crosses the net, most nights you'll find hockey boring too! It's not about scoring, it's about the nice passes, the well timed hits, the power plays and penalty kills, the way the checking line shuts down the opposing team's #1 line.
I'd like to see you run for 30 mins straight and then get tackled hard... see if you can spring right back up and continue playing! Since soccer is a continuous game, the players have a hard to jumping right back into action when they were body checked or tackled to the ground.
And a lot of times when the uneducated think someone is embellishing it's simply the players trying to draw the attention of the ref to a foul that has been committed, which is perfectly fine in my view. The occasional time that a player is faking it should hopefully be fixed with technology as time goes by. And stop pretending like soccer is the only sport that has the occasional diver. We all here all the whining that the East coast guys do about our own Canucks. Usually it's just a bad reputation and idiots who follow whatever they're told like sheep.
You don't have to like the sport, but to badmouth it when you have zero idea what's going on is just immature.
These are a couple great points. I mean I could say hockey is just a bunch of dumb meatheads that keep shooting a stupid black disk around the boards and out of the rink. They're always falling down, pushing each other, tripping on their skates and running into the boards at full speed. Wow, just great.
They tell eveyone here in NA that soccer is boring and all you muppets just eat it up. At the end of the day its a non-stop sport, they play both sides of the ball, it's a contact game that requires great fitness, strength , and intelligence. It is probably the closet sport to hockey and you clowns just bad mouth it without knowing jack.
Those that criticize it because of the diving etc. just show how ignorant they are. That happens 20 times each shift in hockey but that's OK because they're wearing helments, shoulder pads, knee pads, and ball pads, and then they fall on a nice slippery surface. People don't jump up right away in soccer because any hit that makes you fall on the ground while running without padding hurts. Try running as fast as you can with hockey equipment on and then jump facefirst into a glide on the ice, now try that without the equipment in the park.
Edited by Dogbyte, 11 April 2013 - 01:52 PM.
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