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Re:World Cup - 2014 2014/07/01 18:41:48 (permalink)
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Yes, I'm 'rooting' for the U.S. vs. Belgium, but I am perfectly content to hear the result and maybe see some highlights on Sports Center.
As three out of my four great grandfathers were born in the U.S., I had to share this.

She's Beautiful!


So was Secretariat.
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Re:World Cup - 2014 2014/07/07 14:22:49 (permalink)
Brazil v. Germany kicks off tomorrow at 4pm.
 
Sorry Neymar won't be in for Brazil, maybe Hulk will smash.
 
Very poor officiating IMO for the Brazil Columbia game.
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Re:World Cup - 2014 2014/07/10 11:47:57 (permalink)
Brasil gets stomped by Germany in la Maracana! 
Even though I don't care, I feel bad for Brasil.
 
Argentina vs. the Netherlands:
zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz  ... shoot-out!
 
Isn't that the equivalent to 'settling' a tied World Series with a round of "Home Run Derby" 
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Re:World Cup - 2014 2014/07/10 12:17:53 (permalink)
You would think they would make the overtime into a 'sudden death" situation.  Both teams exhausted, random flip of the coin for initial advantage.  And they might also see more concerted attempts to score if that was the case
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Re:World Cup - 2014 2014/07/13 09:03:05 (permalink)
zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz ... Is it over yet?  zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
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Re:World Cup - 2014 2014/07/14 02:16:07 (permalink)
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Yes, I'm 'rooting' for the U.S. vs. Belgium, but I am perfectly content to hear the result and maybe see some highlights on Sports Center.
As three out of my four great grandfathers were born in the U.S., I had to share this.

She's Beautiful!

So was Secretariat.

She's sexier than Secretariat!
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Re:World Cup - 2014 2014/07/14 07:06:37 (permalink)
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zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz ... Is it over yet?  zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Did someone force you to watch any of the games?
 
If one likes soccer, it was very good final.  If not, it was zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz, but I believe the channel could be changed.
 
And I agree 100% with your "home run derby" analogy.
 
 
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Re:World Cup - 2014 2014/07/14 08:41:07 (permalink)
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zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz ... Is it over yet?  zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Did someone force you to watch any of the games?
 
If one likes soccer, it was very good final.  If not, it was zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz, but I believe the channel could be changed.
 
And I agree 100% with your "home run derby" analogy.
 
 


The only soccer futbol game I ever saw in person was in 1985 in La Paz:  the national teams of Bolivia & Brasil.  It was truly an insane experience; Brasil was by far the better team, pushed the locals all over the field pitch.  But, in the second half the 12,000' altitude had the Brasilians running like their feet were in buckets.  Bolivia won the game match on an incredible bicycle kick past Brasil's incredibly gifted 6'4" 'All World' goalkeeper.  I have never heard a louder crowd in all my life; frankly, had I had an emotional investment in the Bolivian team it probably would have been the most thrilling live sporting event of my life.
 
Too bad that soccer, like hockey, is unwatchable on T.V.; absent a 'life & death' rooting interest, soccer on the telly is a snorefest. 
 
The only way Americans will watch soccer is if there ever occurs a once in a century 'U.S. v. World' match like hockey's 'Miracle on Ice'.  Then, after that match is over - as it did with hockey, interest in soccer will wane to its present level.  They'll make a frigging movie and that will be 'it' for soccer in the U.S.
 
And sports entrepreneurs know this.  The U.S. could buy a World Cup Championship, but what entrepreneur would contract for world class players for a quadrennial national 'All Star' team if nobody is going to watch the regular season games on T.V.? 
 
Conversely, American Football is far better on T.V. than it is in person with all those 'T.V. timeouts'; that's why the Cowboys started with the 'cheerleaders' and why Jerry Jones made such a huge investment in those monster screens in A.T.T. Stadium - together, they palliate the ennui of actually attending the game.
 
I'm not 'hating' on soccer, just telling it the way that it is.
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Re:World Cup - 2014 2014/07/14 08:57:20 (permalink)
Metroplex,
 
You pretty much nailed it. Soccer is better watching live. I also think they haven't figured out how to televise it to make it more interesting. If American football pulled back so you could see every wide receiver on the field during every play it too would be rather boring. Soccer has not figured out how to focus on the action. They have the cameras there but it is always in replay to see what happened.
 
In Minnesota hockey is big, was big before the Miracle on Ice, and remains big at every level of play. It is the dominant sport and best played sport in the state.
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Re:World Cup - 2014 2014/07/14 10:16:21 (permalink)
Then why is Mike Modano going into the Hockey HoF as a Dallas Star?
 
(Sorry, couldn't resist.)
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Re:World Cup - 2014 2014/07/14 13:24:09 (permalink)
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Then why is Mike Modano going into the Hockey HoF as a Dallas Star?
 
(Sorry, couldn't resist.)


Because some jerk Canadian owner (and former Tonka Bay neighbor, BTW) had a hissy fit and moved his team to Dallas. He didn't get his way with trying to get control of property that wasn't his, the old Met Center which is now Mall of America property, and was being taken to court for sexual harassment. He was a better fit in Dallas I guess.
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