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Old 02-18-2011, 06:13 PM
 
Location: Fishers, IN
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The question was, why has soccer never caught on in the United States, I answered it. It comes off as a pansy sport. You can name injuries, sure... but I can find people in tennis who have broken their legs or people swimming who dove to low and broke their neck. Soccer might require physical stamina, but to put it on equal grounds of "toughness" with hockey or football is absurd. Its just my opinion on why it hasn't taken on in USA, take it for what its worth.

And in the world cup, I agree.. Americans didn't cry on the ground like the other countries did. Maybe soccer gets that reputation because they don't see enough Americans and too many crying latinos or europeans?
So you think that soccer hasn't taken off in the U.S. because it doesn't come across as tough as hockey or football? Then how do you explain why baseball is much more popular in the U.S. than hockey?
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Old 02-18-2011, 06:26 PM
 
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The question was, why has soccer never caught on in the United States, I answered it. It comes off as a pansy sport. You can name injuries, sure... but I can find people in tennis who have broken their legs or people swimming who dove to low and broke their neck. Soccer might require physical stamina, but to put it on equal grounds of "toughness" with hockey or football is absurd. Its just my opinion on why it hasn't taken on in USA, take it for what its worth.

And in the world cup, I agree.. Americans didn't cry on the ground like the other countries did. Maybe soccer gets that reputation because they don't see enough Americans and too many crying latinos or europeans?
I played both competitive ice hockey and soccer in high school and both are equally tough sports. Hockey may look violent on tv with all of the body checking and open ice hits, but honestly 75 percent of the time you don't feel a damn thing when you are being slammed into the boards with all of the padding you have on. Plus, you get to go to the bench and sit down after a minute and a half or so. Some coaches even run line shifts for 50 seconds! As for soccer.... Soccer may look "wussy" on tv, but try being tackled while running full speed. Hitting the ground doesn't feel too good when you have nearly zero padding on. There are also a lot of violent collisions between players who are challenging for the ball. Concussions are also a SERIOUS problem in soccer, just ask Taylor Twellmann.
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Old 02-18-2011, 08:00 PM
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Location: Fort Worth
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So you think that soccer hasn't taken off in the U.S. because it doesn't come across as tough as hockey or football? Then how do you explain why baseball is much more popular in the U.S. than hockey?
Because hockey is Canadian?


In all honesty, you could question preference and taste and popularity all ya want. Wont get any TRUE answer.

People just like what they like and hate what they hate.
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Old 02-19-2011, 02:10 AM
 
Location: Scotland
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The question was, why has soccer never caught on in the United States, I answered it. It comes off as a pansy sport. You can name injuries, sure... but I can find people in tennis who have broken their legs or people swimming who dove to low and broke their neck. Soccer might require physical stamina, but to put it on equal grounds of "toughness" with hockey or football is absurd. Its just my opinion on why it hasn't taken on in USA, take it for what its worth.

And in the world cup, I agree.. Americans didn't cry on the ground like the other countries did. Maybe soccer gets that reputation because they don't see enough Americans and too many crying latinos or europeans?
you obviously dont know a thing about football
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Old 02-19-2011, 09:47 AM
 
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The question was, why has soccer never caught on in the United States, I answered it. It comes off as a pansy sport. You can name injuries, sure... but I can find people in tennis who have broken their legs or people swimming who dove to low and broke their neck. Soccer might require physical stamina, but to put it on equal grounds of "toughness" with hockey or football is absurd. Its just my opinion on why it hasn't taken on in USA, take it for what its worth.

And in the world cup, I agree.. Americans didn't cry on the ground like the other countries did. Maybe soccer gets that reputation because they don't see enough Americans and too many crying latinos or europeans?
I don't accept this notion that soccer hasn't made it cause it seems kind of pansy. Yea, all the fake diving doesn't help, but soccer has risk. Every sport does. Soccer is a sport that was created to emphasis skill, not just pure strength and speed. I can maybe see how Americans expect our athletes to be tough, and so we don't like all that fake diving or even if someone wanted to say soccer is boring to watch. But when you into acccount that boxing isn't for pansies and it's declining in America while Nascar is growing, I don't think it's the pansy factor. I think the biggest thing is that your traditional American isn't open-minded enough to realize that soccer can have a place in American sports.
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