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Ann Coulter Doesn’t Get Football

Yeah this kind of needs to be done.

It is no secret that I love football. I grew up watching it. I am rather irritated that I cannot see the matches at the moment and that England managed to go out with a whimper rather than a bang. It’s no secret that I was a Manchester City fan during the Roller Coaster Era where sublime football strode hand in hand with shockingly bad football. You didn’t follow City for glory back then.

You followed it because just once. When all the stars aligned… City would be perfection.

So it is rather amusing that Ann Coulter’s taken on football. What’s rather amusing is her points seem awfully similar to an email I got a few weeks ago.

If more “Americans” are watching soccer today, it’s only because of the demographic switch effected by Teddy Kennedy’s 1965 immigration law. I promise you: No American whose great-grandfather was born here is watching soccer. One can only hope that, in addition to learning English, these new Americans will drop their soccer fetish with time.

Yes because Brits and Aussies don’t play football at all. The UK does not have a major football League widely considered to be one of the highest grade leagues in the world along side Spain, Italy, Germany and France’s leagues.

And real Americans only play Lacrosse and Ice Hockey.

In fact? The only game where you shouldn’t use your hands that should be allowed in America should be the Mayan Ball Game. That’s properly American. At the end you can sacrifice the winners to Ann Coulter’s gods… Ronald McDonald.

I’ve held off on writing about soccer for a decade — or about the length of the average soccer game — so as not to offend anyone. But enough is enough. Any growing interest in soccer can only be a sign of the nation’s moral decay.

Because basketball and baseball and American football are filled with paragons of virtue.

• Individual achievement is not a big factor in soccer. In a real sport, players fumble passes, throw bricks and drop fly balls — all in front of a crowd. When baseball players strike out, they’re standing alone at the plate. But there’s also individual glory in home runs, touchdowns and slam-dunks.

I…

What fucking football do you watch? You do know there is a man called Maradonna? And this man is still considered a GOD in football. There is a Pele and people today STILL consider them to be the greatest. Guess what? There is a tiny man called Lionel Messi whose footwork and skill have made Barcelona the powerhouse that they are. To claim football is not about individuals is to show a gross ignorance about the sport. A sport that can truly be considered global.

Your argument is that football players don’t make as many mistakes. That’s true. It’s because football is a pretty punishing sport for mistakes. Mistakes have BIG repercussions. And it is possible to cover for mistakes with skills. Risky Plays cn be covered with the basics of the game.

See Mrs. Coulter, I don’t think you understand sport. You seem to laud heroes! But you forget that they are team games. And it is often hard to remember that. And it is often to the great misfortune of those who forget.

Let us take Lionel Messi for example. A one man wrecking machine of La Liga defences. He plays an interesting role. It is called a “false nine”. You don’t get to see it that often. He basically is a free reign striker. His job? Is to fall away from the goal. This sounds counter intuitive but it causes one of two things. Either he gets the ball…. Or the defenders have to drop deep to mark him. This opens up a gap in the defence that a midfielder can surge into and score from Messi’s pass. Messi need not score goals, he creates them simply by motion and movement and assists.

Individual glory in football is something intangible. Any dumb buffoon can hammer goals in. But the real class of a striker is not the number of goals he scores but HOW and WHEN he comes through. A great striker is one who comes through in a clinch. One who doesn’t run riot against inferior defences but one who can hammer through solid ones. He may score less than the goal glut of other strikers but what is important is when he does it. Oldham United may not put up a fight but scoring against AC Milan or Juventus? That’s an achievement despite the goals being the “same value”.

And I am aware of basketball. I watched in the glory days of Jordan. There was someone who was less remembered on the team and more remembered for stupid hair and friendships with Korean Dictators. Dennis Rodman. See? Dennis was an excellent player. He knew his role. His job? Was to play defence. Everyone loved Jordan, many loved Pippen but no one liked the dumbass with the stupid hair. Except the stats are clear. Without his defence there would be no offence. His defence built the foundation for the offence. No one wants to be the goalkeeper or the defender or the midfielder. We all want to be the strikers. Because they get the glory. But football? We glorify goalkeepers and defenders. We can see the beauty in the timing of a tackle or the response of a goalkeeper’s save. Of a man diving full length to tap a ball inches wide.

But you won’t see it with kids. For the same reason you don’t see little leaguers hit all that many home runs or slam dunks. Because it is a product of years of training.

In soccer, the blame is dispersed and almost no one scores anyway. There are no heroes, no losers, no accountability, and no child’s fragile self-esteem is bruised. There’s a reason perpetually alarmed women are called “soccer moms,” not “football moms.”

Maybe in ‘Merica (which is a land Coulter lives in) there are no heroes. But here is the thing? I know the USA’s women’s team is actually good because the USA takes women’s soccer more seriously than we do. It’s changing with the Premier League teams fielding women’s football teams and professionalising them but it is decades behind the main Premier League.

Rather amusing but Little League to my knowledge doesn’t encourage the hero/loser/accountability thing because 10 year old kids are pretty cruel. Ah…

Mrs. Coulter is the sort of person who takes kids sports too seriously. The parent who harasses the referee, the parent who harasses the players. The one who takes it too far.

Do they even have MVPs in soccer? Everyone just runs up and down the field and, every once in a while, a ball accidentally goes in. That’s when we’re supposed to go wild. I’m already asleep.

Yes. It’s called Man of the Match. We also have awards for Most goals scored per year, Best under 21s, Best player and individual positions too. I mean seriously? Next you will be talking about whether cricket has hat tricks.

• Liberal moms like soccer because it’s a sport in which athletic talent finds so little expression that girls can play with boys. No serious sport is co-ed, even at the kindergarten level.

Er… Have you ever played a full football match? The 90 minutes malarky?

You can end up running around 8 to 10 Km. In a series of short sprints. A premier league match has players running up to 18 Km. It is adorable that you think it isn’t a physical sport. It is PURE physicality. It’s not the pace of basketball played over 90 minutes with only one break but it is close to it. You have to be a sprinter and a long distance runner to play.

No serious sport is co-ed. Because at a young age most girls are the same size and power as boys and so physical sports don’t need differentiation. As kids mature and undergo puberty boys get more physically powerful so have different sports.

• No other “sport” ends in as many scoreless ties as soccer. This was an actual marquee sign by the freeway in Long Beach, California, about a World Cup game last week: “2nd period, 11 minutes left, score: 0:0.” Two hours later, another World Cup game was on the same screen: “1st period, 8 minutes left, score: 0:0.” If Michael Jackson had treated his chronic insomnia with a tape of Argentina vs. Brazil instead of Propofol, he’d still be alive, although bored.

Even in football, by which I mean football, there are very few scoreless ties — and it’s a lot harder to score when a half-dozen 300-pound bruisers are trying to crush you.

You must be a bloody idiot if you think Brazil and Argentina play boring football. There is a reason why their commentators are so excited. It’s because they are synonymous with the “beautiful” game. The slick passes and tricks and high risk/reward play.

I understand listening to Ann Coulter over anything is stupid but frankly? I figure people could actually get a laugh out of this.

• The prospect of either personal humiliation or major injury is required to count as a sport. Most sports are sublimated warfare. As Lady Thatcher reportedly said after Germany had beaten England in some major soccer game: Don’t worry. After all, twice in this century we beat them at their national game.

Baseball and basketball present a constant threat of personal disgrace. In hockey, there are three or four fights a game — and it’s not a stroll on beach to be on ice with a puck flying around at 100 miles per hour. After a football game, ambulances carry off the wounded. After a soccer game, every player gets a ribbon and a juice box.

Aww… Didums. The injuries in football are frankly terrifying. The reason why the sport has such strict no contact rules is that football had such a violent past that it had to be reduced to make the game more accessible. Have you considered giving up all pretence of enjoying sports and just go watch MMA which is just two guys beating the snot out each other?

This is like saying you watch car races in the hope someone is injured.

• You can’t use your hands in soccer. (Thus eliminating the danger of having to catch a fly ball.) What sets man apart from the lesser beasts, besides a soul, is that we have opposable thumbs. Our hands can hold things. Here’s a great idea: Let’s create a game where you’re not allowed to use them!

What separates us from the lesser beasts is our brains. By that logic the only real sport is Chess.

• I resent the force-fed aspect of soccer. The same people trying to push soccer on Americans are the ones demanding that we love HBO’s “Girls,” light-rail, Beyonce and Hillary Clinton. The number of New York Times articles claiming soccer is “catching on” is exceeded only by the ones pretending women’s basketball is fascinating.

I note that we don’t have to be endlessly told how exciting football is.

Actually? Football is a good way to keep fit because it is cheap to play compared to American Football. It’s games are quick and high octane so you don’t need to spend ages playing and it is good cardio.

The reason it is being pushed is because the current model of High School sports results in an elite class of people who play sport and the rest don’t really get to play anything. The cheapness of football allows you to play anywhere. Football’s home is on the pitch, but it’s heart has always been in street football. The beautiful game’s home may be Wembley but from the Favelas of Brazil to the Inner City Grime of Glasgow to the desert of the Middle East, football can be played on anything.

• It’s foreign. In fact, that’s the precise reason the Times is constantly hectoring Americans to love soccer. One group of sports fans with whom soccer is not “catching on” at all, is African-Americans. They remain distinctly unimpressed by the fact that the French like it.

The French also invented mayonnaise but lots of Americans like that. They also kind of named every single damn thing about warfare such as ambush, camouflage and enfilade and other vaguely military sounding words and Ann Coulter seems to like going to war just fine. Fine… Surprise Attack, Hidey Paint and Freedom Maneuver (Freedom from Cover that is).

• Soccer is like the metric system, which liberals also adore because it’s European. Naturally, the metric system emerged from the French Revolution, during the brief intervals when they weren’t committing mass murder by guillotine.

Despite being subjected to Chinese-style brainwashing in the public schools to use centimeters and Celsius, ask any American for the temperature, and he’ll say something like “70 degrees.” Ask how far Boston is from New York City, he’ll say it’s about 200 miles.

Liberals get angry and tell us that the metric system is more “rational” than the measurements everyone understands. This is ridiculous. An inch is the width of a man’s thumb, a foot the length of his foot, a yard the length of his belt. That’s easy to visualize. How do you visualize 147.2 centimeters?

Wait what? This is just a rant about the Metric System. Okay….

There is no rational reason to defend Imperial measurements. All of it is stupid and we may as well measure things in “30 paces of Madonna” for all the sense it makes. Do you realise how useless calculations become when we start doing serious calculations using highly unscientific rough measures that don’t make any sense in how they integrate with each other. About is for Imperial Measurements. Precise is for SI.

And it is rational if you use science. What is a Newton per Meter Square (or a pascal?) A force of Newtons over a Square Meter. Working stuff out in PSI is just fucking insane because neither of the units (Pound and Inch) scale by  the same amount while “10s” is simply a case of moving decimal point. The SI unit doesn’t need defending because the Imperial units are clunky, hard to explain in terms of anything except the width of a man’s thumb rather than 1 Kg being the mass of 1 Litre of water….

• Soccer is not “catching on.” Headlines this week proclaimed “Record U.S. ratings for World Cup,” and we had to hear — again about the “growing popularity of soccer in the United States.”

The USA-Portugal game was the blockbuster match, garnering 18.2 million viewers on ESPN. This beat the second-most watched soccer game ever: The 1999 Women’s World Cup final (USA vs. China) on ABC. (In soccer, the women’s games are as thrilling as the men’s.)

Which doesn’t mean anything. It just means that fewer people are interested in Soccer. It’s not a competition. Liking football doesn’t mean American Football is shit.

Run-of-the-mill, regular-season Sunday Night Football games average more than 20 million viewers; NFL playoff games get 30 to 40 million viewers; and this year’s Super Bowl had 111.5 million viewers.

Yes, but that’s like saying we shouldn’t watch any other sports apart from popular ones. And frankly?

The 2011 World Cup had nearly 500 million live viewers. Your event is rather small time.

Remember when the media tried to foist British soccer star David Beckham and his permanently camera-ready wife on us a few years ago? Their arrival in America was heralded with 24-7 news coverage. That lasted about two days. Ratings tanked. No one cared.

No one cares about David Beckham in the UK either. The guy hasn’t played Tier I football for nearly a decade. It’s like being excited about Maradonna going to play for your football team. Chances are? He isn’t. And he won’t be relevant today.

If more “Americans” are watching soccer today, it’s only because of the demographic switch effected by Teddy Kennedy’s 1965 immigration law. I promise you: No American whose great-grandfather was born here is watching soccer. One can only hope that, in addition to learning English, these new Americans will drop their soccer fetish with time.

Yes. It’s those dirty dirty foreigners.

Does Ann Coulter know that English is a foreign language to the USA? And that it comes from the people who the founding fathers sought freedom from? That every time she speaks she pays homage to the Crown? Someone tell her. Maybe her brain will explode and sparks will fall out of her ears.

So far she’s gone on a ramble to punch football for no real reason apart from “Ann Coulter doesn’t like anything foreign people like and that the USA is not great at. It’s not so fun losing at a sport everyone plays properly!” that and a random rant about SI units….

Ann’s just Ann. Angry Rants about Nothing. But Here’s the Thing?

Football’s great for the exercise. An hour long match is a whole bunch of calories. In keeping kids fit and healthy and fighting obesity? Football’s the way forward. The USA needs it as a sport among the kids and part of encouraging kids to play is to look at the best of the best playing at the World Cup and showing kids what the real game looks like to inspire them to try those kicks that bend and swerve.

Not trade the health of children for xenophobia.

Comments

  1. says

    I once did an essay for the radio about US sports, so take that Ann Pouter:
     
    If you happen, by some remote chance, to be an American listening to this, I think it would be kinder to you if you should have someone turn the radio off for you now, or at least stick their fingers in your ears and go “La la laaaa la la laaa la laa la la… ” for the next few minutes, because, you see, I’m …I’m about to demonstrate conclusively how you (you, who pride your selves on your virility, and on the the stern pioneer manliness of even your womenfolk, let alone your menfolk) are really a bunch of gentle, mild-mannered, timid whimps!
     
     
    Yes (and I really hope this doesn’t make you burst into tears) you do show every sign of being a nation of totally nerdy Clark Kents without even the benefit of all that secret-identity Nietzschean stuff to fall back on, and I’m not even thinking of the way that you all move so slowly and cautiously, and gently and mild-manneredly and timidly, that I’m forced when walking down the corridors at work or up at the local mall to shove you violently aside and out of my way (nor how easy it is to do that) nor that the same thing tends happen when I’m driving too! No! No! That may just possibly be something slightly wrong with me rather than you, so I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt there and concentrate instead on your sports, something that I have absolutely nothing to do with and know absolutely nothing about.
     
    Take football for example (even if it currently seems to be out of season for hunting it). And no, I don’t mean the beautiful game, but its don’t-think-much-of-yours-ish, slightly less attractive American sister. What we are talking about here is essentially rugger, you know Rugby Football, supposedly started at the English Public School of the same name and played around the world to this day with, for protection, perhaps a simple headband for the sweat and blood and—unless you are Welsh (great Rugby players the Welsh) AND planning to try out for the local chorus (great singers the Welsh, if rather flat) and as a soprano to boot—also a box (or to translate that into ‘Mer’can, a jock-strap).
     
    To play your slight variation on this simple, valiant, somewhat mud-soaked game what do you do? Well for a start you play on Astroturf so there ‘s not even any mud worth speaking of, then you go and strap on 20 or 30 or so pounds of padding and armour, and helmets and God knows what else—and then you can’t even just get on and play the bloody game, but every few seconds everyone stops and officials come on, possibly with ambulances, to drag the by now presumably utterly exhausted players off the field to put a new squad of fresh ones in, so that there seem to be hundreds of people on a team only a few of whom actually do anything at any given time. And then, then after all this effort and officialdom—do they go to the pub and sing rude songs like real men? (Especially Welshmen, though the singing is rather flat.) Of course not–I doubt the poor dears would even know what half the words mean! No, I’m sure they just go home for a nice cup of hot chocolate and an early night.
    Then take that very popular American game of netball. At least with netball the players do seem to put some effort in and often for the whole game and the netball players run and st…. sorry… Why am I saying ‘netball’ it’s ‘basketball’, basketball, that was silly of me, however that silly mistake was not too hard a mistake to make, and this is where we see your problem again, because netball is a game played in England that is surprisingly identical to basketball apart from the fact that (I think) they can’t run with the ball, oh yes—and that it is played exclusively by schoolgirls. And not very tall schoolgirls at that. So you see that the most virile game that I’m going to mention here today is still merely a girl’s game elsewhere.
     
    Then there is the National Pastime: the game that could, if you were man enough enough to enjoy hardly ever winning, be replaced by an actually interesting game like cricket, I refer, of course to Baseball. Now I won’t mock you for the way you don’t even invite others to what you then proudly call the World Series (I suppose in case they beat you), but I must point out that:
    a) like every other sport it was also invented in England, and
    b) under its eke-name of ’rounders’ it is still played in England, but only by the littlest and whimpiest of infants.
     
    So
     
    Cheerio for now
    from
    Richard Howland-Bolton

    btw I got into trouble with the NRA over the end of that essay:
    And so a nice man from the NRA warned me off in the nicest terms:

    > In one of your recent “tirades” I stumbled across on the internet you ranted
    > about baseball being from rounders which is correct. However, rounders is not
    > played just by little schoolgirls but also by women of all ages in organised
    > leagues (there are mixed leagues also). In addition international matches are
    > played between England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland. In addition foreign tours
    > have been undertaken to the Caribbean, Toronto and Florida in the past.I am
    > sure you won’t correct your previous rant but you will now be better informed
    > if you get on to the subject another time.You can also see our website for
    > more knowledge.
    > Terry Woolhouse – National Rounders Association

  2. says

    No one wants to be the goalkeeper…

    I object! Well…OK…at first, I was sort of forced into playing the position because…yeah, no one else wanted to do it. And it was quite nerve racking at first. I love playing the position now! (I just wish I had a better midfield in front of me.) Just saying “no one” may be just a bit of a stretch. :)

  3. says

    But football? We glorify goalkeepers and defenders.

    Oh…you were using football terms for basketball positions in your earlier remark? OK, ignore my comment above, then!

  4. Alverant says

    Coulter is a conservative, a school of “thought” that holds the individual above all else and ignoring all the people who helped that individual get to the top. The closest they get to a team is in the military where those on top give orders and those under them are expected to instantly obey without thinking even if it means their deaths.

    Personally I think all professional sports are too corrupt to be worth my time. For example some duke or whatever in Qatar gave people in Fifa millions to have the games in his country. I hope I’m there when they lose their bid so I can see “My Qatar Gently Weeps”. (Beetles reference)

  5. ianeymeaney says

    Every time I think that Coulter could not top her own stupidity, she proves me wrong.

  6. sarah00 says

    I’ve nothing to add to a fantastic takedown of Ms Coulter’s stupidity (I don’t get football and dislike the way the entire country seems to go mad every world cup but even I can see she’s talking out of her arse) but I had to compliment you on the phrases “Surprise Attack, Hidey Paint and Freedom Maneuver”. They are brilliant and made me laugh a lot!

  7. smrnda says

    It’s easy to bash sports you don’t play and don’t understand. Yes, the unusual sports seems to be either boring or utterly chaotic, but it’s because you don’t know what’s going on and why anyone is doing anything. Knocking an unfamiliar sport is as philistine to me as bashing a book in a foreign language because you can’t read it.

  8. colnago80 says

    Ann Coulter is a grifter. Several years ago, one of her former gentleman friends said that she didn’t believe 90% of the crap that comes out of her mouth or her word processor.

    You mentioned Michael Jordan. In addition to being a great offensive player, he was also a great defensive player. It was often said that having him guard you was just as tough as you guarding him.

  9. says

    “No American whose great-grandfather was born here is watching soccer”

    I did a bit of research and it looks as though whatever that American is doing their great-grandpa was probably playing soccer!

    Apparently soccer was played here from the mid C19th and it was the stock market crash that did forthe professional game.

  10. Alverant says

    “No American whose great-grandfather was born here is watching soccer”
    Because they’re probably dead. Just saying.

    #7 Image if the playoffs for the NBA, NFL, MLB, and NHL were held once every for years all at once. That would be the best way for the USA to experience the excitement of the World Cup. We give far too much importance to professional sports IMHO.

  11. Alverant says

    ETA (because I forgot there is a great-grandfather who is alive in my family)
    Because they’re probably dead or sleeping in front of the TV. (Sorry Lawrence, I’ve seen you sleep too often during the games on Thanksgiving to think you’d watch the World Cup.)

  12. Jenora Feuer says

    And as I mentioned elsewhere this came up… does she not realize that the World Cup was HELD IN THE USA 20 years ago? And that year was the highest-attended World Cup on record?

  13. TGAP Dad says

    Let me preface by saying I really abhor Ann Coulter, and I cannot disagree with her enough on this topic as in all others. That said, let me just say that I find soccer/European football (and yes, I know it’s not limited to Europe, just go with it) fairly dull as a spectator sport, although not nearly as bad as golf, bowling, car racing and a host of others. And not for lack of trying – I gave it an honest chance and I just couldn’t bring myself to like it or think it exciting. I can certainly appreciate the amazing talents of the stars of the sport, with their dazzling footwork and accuracy with their shots. For my money give me (as I like to tease my friend-cum-expat now living in Germany) REAL football. And by that I mean college not pro, and only Michigan. All the others can sod off!

  14. anachronistes says

    I agree with Colnago80, Coulter simply wrote this for the majority of her audience who are all “hell yeah, baseball and (American) football and trucks and guns….” so she can continue to seem relevant and make money. I’m a resident of Pennsylvania and I find baseball, basketball, and (American) football completely boring. The only sports I’ll watch on TV, if one is on as I flip through channels, are soccer, hockey (because after coaching youth soccer I was able to understand the game), winter sports, and gymnastics.

  15. hatchetfish says

    (Disclaimer, have not read past this quote)
    “I promise you: No American whose great-grandfather was born here is watching soccer.”
    Oh take a hike Ann. My paternal/male line great^5 grandfather was born in England, fought with Washington and spent the winter in Valley Forge. And I could not give less of a crap about handegg, but have definitely been known to watch football. (Sorry Ann, they had the name first. “Handegg” is always available for your barbarian TBI-inducing gladiator game though.)

  16. FW says

    I too love football. I love it because it’s so simple and so complex at the same time. Anyone with a pair of legs can play it, but the true artists of football can make your heart sing.

    Did you see Ghana – Germany (group G)? Utterly beautiful game. That’s another reason I love the sport; it can genuinely surprise you. If the favourite has a bad day, anything can happen.

    Also, ugly footballers are rare. They tend to look good, with their sleek, hard bodies. Not like the hulking beasts of American football, and not like the cirkus freaks of basketball. (OK maybe that was harsh).

  17. FW says

    Also, you’ve been trolled. Ann Coulter doesn’t believe a fraction of the shit she says.

  18. Usernames are smart says

    So you see that the most virile game that I’m going to mention here today is still merely a girl’s game elsewhere.
    — richardelguru (#1)

    So, to insult a sport, you call it a “girl’s game”?

    Fuck.
    You.
    You fucking misogynist.

  19. mildlymagnificent says

    Thanks for that Holms.

    I was thinking of a different clip, but superior football needs to get an airing in these discussions.

  20. BobGee says

    @FW #17

    Yepp, that was a great match, Had everything that makes me love football so much :)

  21. AsqJames says

    Great piece Avi (as ever), I’d just like to add the following quote is particularly noteworthy as being diametrically opposed to reality (not that this makes it in any way unique amongst Coulter’s demented witterings).

    In soccer, the blame is dispersed and almost no one scores anyway.

    Just a few days before this rot was excreted onto the web the USA played Portugal. With 20 seconds to go they were leading 2-1. Michael Bradley lost possession of the ball in the centre circle and 6 touches later it was in the back of Tim Howard’s goal. Because of that one slip, the USA went from certain qualification from the group stage to needing either a draw or win against one of the favourites (Germany), or for the result of another game (Portugal vs. Ghana) to be in their favour.

    Bradley was absolutely slaughtered by many US soccer fans (and defended by others of course).

    That’s just one example. Most goals are some combination of one or more mistakes on the part of the defending team and skill/ability on the part of the attacking team. The balance of praise for the skill and criticism for the errors varies, but I’d estimate for at least 50% of goals scored the fans and analysts will pinpoint one or two players who made avoidable mistakes. When they happen in important games such mistakes/criticism can follow a player for years.

    And that’s before we talk about missing open goals, own goals or skying a spot-kick in a penalty shoot-out (I’m looking at you Chris Waddle, Stuart Pearce, David Batty & David Beckham).

    As for “almost no one scores”, how many of the seemingly hundreds of players on an NFL team score a touch down in an average season? I’m an Everton season ticket holder. Last season we had 20 players play in more than 2 games (including subs appearances, but not goalkeepers). 16 of those 20 scored at least one goal – that’s 80% of the outfield players!

    Again, one example (one club for one season), but aside from goalkeepers it’s a rare footballer who never gets his name on the scoresheet.

  22. sugarfrosted says

    Historically baseball did used to end in a tie all the time. The extra innings thing being a newer invention. It use to be if a game was tied at the end of nine innings it was called a draw. Leave it to Ann Coulter not to know about the history of “America’s Passtime.”

  23. sugarfrosted says

    Sorry for the double post. Some other points. She thinks a scoreless game makes soccer bad? Baseball has a type of game that is almost always one by a few pitches and very little scoring: The Perfect Game (Opposing team gets no hits and your team gets no error.)

    Also my great grandfather was born in the USA. Which is a bloody miracle considering how hard it was for his father to immigrate and was thought to be a degenerate to the Ann Coulter’s of his day. I would have been watching the world cup, if FIFA an it’s treatment of Brazil weren’ so detestable.

  24. DsylexicHippo says

    The whole point of her verbal vomit was that football/soccer is a “socialist” sport (and therefore as un-American as the Kenyan imposter) as opposed to her favorite gladiator sport with sumo wrestlers crashing against each other.

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