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Sunday, July 22, 2007Yea for Soccer!!!!
Christ has returned to Earth...and his name is David Beckham!!!
Or that's what the announcers on the ESPN telecast tonight would have us believe. I decided to watch the game tonight to see Beckham play. I don't like soccer, I think it's boring. But I have always liked David Beckham for some reason. Probably because he is pretty attractive. Although it is always weird when he starts talking because he sounds like some pansy British guy...which I suppose he is.
Anyway, he only played for 15 minutes because he is injured, but ESPN doesn't care! That showed his reactions to everything. They kept telling us how much he was into the match. Of course he was! He is a professional athlete! He cares who wins! They (almost) all do!
But the best part was when Beckham finally game onto the field...er, pitch...whatever. The announcer said something along the lines of:
This is a moment you will tell your grand kids about!! You will be able to tell them where you were when David Beckham debutedUmmm...no one is going to care by Thursday. David Beckham cannot "save" soccer in America. We just don't like it. There is nothing wrong with that...we just don't. As it ends up...they don't really like American Football in Brazil. That's OK with me. No problem at all.
There were a couple examples tonight of why we don't like soccer. First, people kept flopping like they got cut down by a snipers bullet when they got touched. Americans don't like wimps. If you get seriously hurt...go down. Otherwise, don't flop you jerk. Second, one of the announcers kept talking about how "unlucky" the Galaxy were. A player would pass the ball to the other team and he would say, "ooo...that was unlucky". NO. It wasn't unlucky. It was a bad pass. Don't make excuses. When the Reds bullpen gives up 8 runs in the 8th inning I don't talk about how "unlucky" they are. They are just terrible. blah...even the soccer announcers makes me mad. Third, nothing ever happens. They just run back and forth not scoring goals. Hey, if we won't watch hockey, where at least they fight and bleed and stuff, because nothing ever happens...we certainly aren't going to watch a bunch of crybabies run in circles.
Anyway...I am very excited to follow Beckham in his attempt to save soccer. I suspect it will fail miserably, but it should be interesting to see. My prediction is that he will go back to England in 5 years grumbling about how Americans hate soccer.
Check back in 5 years to see if my prediction was correct.