Makes sense why most don't like soccer here.
Makes sense why most don't like soccer here.
I think I'd be totally cool with never hearing that "Why do Americans call their sport football when they don't use their feet or a ball!" joke as long as I live.
what's annoying about that is that when American Football originated, the name made a lot more sense because it resembled something closer to rugby than modern football, and there was a lot more kicking involved. The game evolved so slowly over the years there was never any one point where it made sense to change the name.
One of the things that I like most, if not the most, is the stress to be creative and the spontaneous nature of play. Other than set plays, there are no predetermined plays. Yeah, there is strategy and tactics, but there is no set play where CB plays the ball to the RB to the DCM to the ACM to the LM to the RF for a goal. That not only sounds dumb but it is also next to impossible to execute as a play.
America invented both jazz and the advertising jingle.
A fitting joke today, but historically, football had a lot more to do with kicking the ball. WHent he sport was young and named, it used to be that the field goal was worth all the points, and running the ball was just an attempt to make the field goal easier. If you coud score a touchdown, you were rewarded with an extra point for getting it as close as you possibly could for attempting the field goal.
A little later on, they decided since scoring a touchdown was a lot harder than kicking a field goal, it should be worth more. Scoring changed a little bit after that, but IIRC by the end of the 1930's, the scoring was put in place that is still used to this day. I'm too lazy to check Wikipedia and confirm the time frame right now.
Not to mention the fact that the term "football" was used in the 1800s for games played on foot, as opposed to on a horse (like polo). In that sense, our football is properly named when it was invented.
...love Cleese. He did a brilliant eulogy for himself that I'm not sure is available online any longer, but it was great.
His eulogy for compatriot Graham Chapman was incredible, too.
and the Brits have no problem with the full name of rugby (i.e. "rugby football"), which is American football's closest cousin besides Canadian football (but that's a whole different thread)
that said, i'm a linguist by trade, and i still can't figure out how we got from "association football" to "soccer". it's a bit like when ZA was added to the Scrabble dictionary a few years back and everyone went "wtf?"
[seven syllables? Dude, badmitten can't even get fans with three!]
[But no, it has a c, not an sh!]
[ew. Can we not end with a hard consonant sound?]
[horray. I wonder what John Cleese will think of it...]
thank you kind sir for sharing...
...and thanks for sharing again.
blessed are the internets...
Blessed are the cheese makers.
Also true is that rugby, soccer, and football all evolved together at around the same time - between the 1850s and 1880s.
Absolutely ridiculous to say that football players don't think - pre snap reads make a huge impact on how a play is run. Also ridiculous to say downs, distance and scrimmage - all of which were invented in the 1880s - were made for commercial jingles. That's like saying baseball is broken into 9 innings for commercial jingles.
Finally, the word "soccer" was invented by English journalists to distinguish it from "rugby football." I still like Monty Python movies, but this is a stupid rant.
EDIT: This was meant in reply to SwordDancer's post on how football is a word to distinguish games play on foot from games like polo.
is, you know, exciting and you can't condense the entire "highlight" package from a match into a 15-second video clip as is usually the case for soccer.
Thank you, Ghana, for knocking the U.S. out of World Cup and allowing us to get back to REAL sports.
The thing is soccer you can't for most games, but any highlight you watch now is only the goals 15 seconds. True soccer highlights show attempts at goal. Since they are just as important as a fan to watch.
It would be like a football games highlights showing only the 2 touchdowns in the game, and not showing the other great plays like the 35 yard run that made it first and goal, or the interception that stopped a drive.
Does it kill you inside to know that 5.7 billion people think the entire breadth and history of Michigan football is irrelevant and, dare I say it, not a "REAL" sport?
I've played soccer my whole life and I love the sport but to even suggest that it has more strategy than football is laughable. The beauty of the sport is how simple it is. It's played on a big field with 2 goals. You have 11 players per team and the team with the most goals wins. It's basically a giant game of pinball. The ball goes up the field and then it comes back down. The coach decides who is playing, what style they will play (4-4-2 vs. 4-3-3, etc.), and who gets substituted into the game. That's all the strategy that is involved
I'm guessing your teams didn't win too many matches.
Never, ever get into coaching.
What an asshole.
John Cleese probably agrees with you
(for example, watch the self-eulogy above)
Edit: for the record, I'm a huge Python fan, so don't take this the wrong way
The great thing about Python is they never said "don't take this the wrong way," but rather preferred to sit back and watch the negs until someone got it.
And proves I'm not nearly as funny as the Python guys.
Or maybe they did say it and your one of them just trying to confuse us Americans, you blimey bastard with your Spanish Inquisition and pet store antics.
the thing is, American football started as football (only scoring by kicking over the uprights) but then it was deemed too boring so body-crushing blows and scantly clad women were introduced.
"Too boring" was also the reason why afternoon teas was replaced by the American version: the three martini lunch.
I think you mean BZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ.