This smacks of “AMERICA FFUCK YEAH!”
You are not the best in the world in all sporting fields. If anything American coaches are seen as lazy when compared to eastern european, Russian and Chinese methods.
Your disdain for football (you call soccer) is also noted but the mens game is very lucrative and is watched by pretty much the entire world, apart from you so once again its Americans being up their own epic ass cracks.
Your college programs are the elite but dont forget that there are better foreign athletes and coaches out there.[/quote]
And the only reason soccer is so widespread is because England has a long, horrific colonial past and soccer is the one enduring legacy from that which isn’t completely negative in connotation.
Soccer’s worldwide popularity is really just evidence of a cruel, domineering history for most European countries. It’s like saying that the blues are so great because so many people listen to them all around the world. That’s all great, but the African Diaspora, due largely to institutionalized slavery, is why it’s so popular worldwide, so let’s employ a little perspective here. The same applies to soccer.
Football isn’t popular worldwide because the U.S. does not have a colonial history that rivals Europe and thus had no chance to force that down the throats of subjugated populations all over the world like the Europeans did with soccer. Baseball is so popular worldwide as a testament to the goodwill America has spread around the globe in comparison to the colonialists of European history. Baseball has been popular in Japan since the 1890’s and it’s been spread further through goodwill tours of current and former major leaguers.
Soccer hasn’t become popular here because Americans have an innate sense of independence. We shed the colonial yoke of Europe long before any other major colony and we adjusted well to freedom, which can’t be said for literally any other major English or Spanish colonies, other than Canada. And guess what two countries don’t like soccer? America and Canada, and I don’t think that’s a coincidence.
Then how do you explain its popularity in Europe and South America? (The only continents anyone really cares about when it comes to football by the way)
And shush about their horrific past when you have a horrific present.[/quote]
What do you mean how do you explain its popularity in Europe and South America? I just DID. It’s popular in Europe because that’s where it’s from. It was popular all over the world in some form or another and then while the British were enslaving entire swaths of both hemispheres they decided to kill two birds with one stone and force all the people they subjugated to play under one set of rules, theirs. And thus we have soccer. It’s popular in South America because Europeans colonized the area, Herodotus.
It is NOT popular in America for who knows what reason. But I think there is a strong correlation between that fact and the fact that the U.S. had the independence of thought to free itself from underneath the European jackboot and had the further wherewithal to make an unprecedented successful transition to sovereignty. In short, it shouldn’t be lost on anyone that soccer is popular in countries that have struggled with freedom or who have dark, venal colonial pasts. America doesn’t like soccer because it’s an old relic from the past that reminds of those pissant Europeans who thought they could subjugate us just like they did to everyone else for most of the 18th and 19th centuries.
As for America’s present, you suffer from a serious case of poor perspective. Whenever a disaster strikes some shithole country in the middle of the Pacific basin or wherever, what country shows up first for the rescue/reconstruction effort? What country donates more money, both privately and through its govt, to poor countries like this? What country spends more on aid to poor countries than the top five biggest soccer countries in the world? Who sent their Marines to Haiti after the earthquake there and who sent a shitload of humanitarian groups to Japan after the tsunami? The U.S. of A., that’s who. So while we’re busy wiping the ass of every other country on this globe I’d appreciate if you withheld your commentary about how we’re doing when you learn how to wipe your own ass first.