Soccer, aka futbol.
Regular readers know I’m NOT a sports fan. I have been known, however, to sometimes (glance up from my magazine/smartphone in my chair and) watch AMERICAN football, hockey, baseball, even (shudder) Pro-Am golf (to see Hollywood celebs out of their element). Usually, this happens because I’m downstairs (away from my own TV) and my roommate has the TV on.
Have you noticed this time the World Cup Soccer matches are not only lasting forever, but have been hyped much more?
What’s THAT about?
Of course, it wasn’t that many years ago that Americans didn’t play soccer. There were no youth soccer leagues or soccer moms. It was thought of as something foreign, not part of the American character. After all, we had real football.
But, money talk$.
And advertisers, knowing many soccer fans have developed in the United States (having been in youth leagues here) or moved here from traditional soccer countries. And now they drink soda and beer and eat Doritos like other good American sports fans.
My Coke Zero 24-pack now comes emblazoned with a soccer ball on it! So does my
American Belgian Budweiser beer.
And this soccer madness seems to be going on forever. Longer than the March Madness of basketball that messed up my Hopper’s recordings of shows I wanted to watch!
But now that the Americans lost in sudden death, shouldn’t we resume our regular programming? And change our packaging back to good ol’ American stuff?
On a more serious note, I see soccer as part of this international meddling, like trying to change American jurisprudence to Shariah, and using United Nations rules to
govern restrict or eliminate our Constitutional rights.
But, hey, it’s only a game, right?