WORLD CUP 2010 IS HERE ........Snore....

Submitted by James Burrill Angell on June 11th, 2010 at 4:27 PM

I know there are some loyal soccer fans out there (including HizMGoHonor Brian) but watching these first two World Cup games sum up the reason I just can't get into soccer even at its greatest and highest level.


TWO TIES. 0-0 and 1-1 and thats actually a big deal.

Its the only sport on Sportscenter where the "close ones" have to be utilized just to fill up the 30 second highlight reels.

I recognize it as interesting, the athletes as being absolutely world class and going to a live game is as unique experience in the sports world as it gets.

But the low scoring, the ties, the fact that ties are considered a good outcome for some teams (I can't remember which site I read it on CNN or ESPN but they were lauding South Africas tie as a really big deal). Its just not hard to understand why soccer hasn't picked up in this country the way it has in the rest of the world.


James Burrill Angell

June 11th, 2010 at 4:32 PM ^

If I really hated it I wouldn't have watched.

Its just like the headline. I was excited that it was world cup time. The best players playing for their countries etc.etc. (in theory as high a motivation to play your best as it gets) and after watching two games, I'm already reminded of the reasons that I don't watch soccer more often. Lots of action in the middle of the field with the occasional chance but rarely anything spectacular.


June 11th, 2010 at 4:32 PM ^

I enjoy excitment, build up, and the tension that goes with a close game. At any moment a beautiful play or goal can change everything. I love the drama that goes with it all. Some people simply cannot appreciate the beautiful game and I'm alright with that.


June 11th, 2010 at 4:40 PM ^

Are rare things not more exciting than the mundane everyday occurence? For instance, if perfect games were more common people would be more ambivalent towards them. Instead it's their rarity that gives them that much more credence over just a simple, wonderfully pitched game.


June 11th, 2010 at 4:32 PM ^

Not really a big soccer fan, but love the World Cup, Euro and the Champions league with the best of the best competing. It's still 100x better than any form of baseball. I will never understand someone who says soccer is boring, but loves America's so called past time


June 11th, 2010 at 4:36 PM ^

More exciting teams will play.

I like it all, but I can totally understand how a newcomer could be bored watching a game like the one I just saw. They won't all be like that.

His Dudeness

June 11th, 2010 at 4:39 PM ^

UGH. Please take time to learn the game and appreciate the defensive schemes before you clamor for high scoring "excitement."

It is like people who never watch baseball claiming it is boring. There is a hell of a lot that goes into these games if you watch with a decent attitude.


June 11th, 2010 at 5:36 PM ^

That's just it right there. It's easy to give up on something when you have no idea what you're watching.

Soccer might look like a simple sport where you just kick a ball around and end up with a low score, but there is much much more involved. Just like any other sport, there is strategy and a unique level of intensity.

If you really want to give it a chance I suggest continue watching and perhaps you will find what you are looking for. If not, then hey that's your perogative.

I personally have found both opening games to be very exciting and cannot wait till tomorrow when I can catch the next ones.


June 11th, 2010 at 4:37 PM ^

there are not the best teams in the world. Great teams? Yes. But you must remember that these players spend the majority of their time in various leagues around the world playing different styles with different teammates. The quality of play for these opening matches is naturally going to be mediocre under the circumstances of elevation, new teammates, new schemes, and from what I judged to be subpar fields (players slipping all over). I love the world cup and I hope that people remember this when watching the games in the coming weeks. 

STW P. Brabbs

June 11th, 2010 at 4:38 PM ^

As much as I love the rhythm and flow of a soccer match, even without goals, I find it frustrating to watch matches like Uruguay-France also, where a team is technically inferior but oh so organized in defense.   Much like I find it frustrating to watch some football games between two defensively stout teams and relatively inept offenses.

In both cases, I'd still rather be watching than doing a lot of other things. A relatively bad soccer/football game beats the hell out of a lot of other ways to spend time. 


June 11th, 2010 at 4:40 PM ^

people say that a 1-0 pitcher's duel or 0-0 hockey game is exciting but fail to see how a similar soccer score can be just as exciting and majestic

Yinka Double Dare

June 11th, 2010 at 4:42 PM ^

Frankly, if you watched the South Africa/Mexico game and weren't entertained, then you just don't like soccer.  That was a great game to watch.

France/Uruguay was rubbish.  Crazy Ray is running France into the ground.


June 11th, 2010 at 4:43 PM ^

If I randomly selected and NFL game to watch and it was Browns/Bills with a final score of 6-3 I might think the same thing about football.  

It helps if:

a)at least one of the teams are good

b)you have some emotion, positive or negative, regarding one of the teams


The game is really a lot like hockey.  It turns on a dime and can be absolutely gut-wrenching if you've got a stake in the game.  Then every once in a while, something absolutely sick/amazing happens. 

Pai Mei

June 11th, 2010 at 4:43 PM ^

Do people bitch like this about hockey or baseball?

Each soccer game is different and the WC level is so technical that todays games happen. Remember this is the group stage!

Kilgore Trout

June 11th, 2010 at 4:44 PM ^

I threw this into an older thread, but thought I'd ask again.  What happens if all six games in a group are ties?  I realize this is ridiculously unlikely, but how would they sort that out?


June 11th, 2010 at 4:57 PM ^

1.  Goals scored

2.  Points against just the other tied teams (worthless here)

3.  Goal differential against just the other tied teams (worthless again)

4.  Goals scored against just the other tied teams (worthless again)

5.  Drawing of lots by the Organising Committee for the FIFA World Cup.


June 11th, 2010 at 4:46 PM ^

I gotta agree with the poster on this one.  Don't think our dislike for soccer has anything to do with asserting one's manhood or sexuality.  That shit is just boring. 

I just disagreed with Brian.  Don't neg me bro!

burntorange wi…

June 11th, 2010 at 4:59 PM ^

but u just dont understand the game if u think this is boring. i think baseball is boring. LOTS of people will disagree with me. i dont understand the intricacies of baseball, i understand that. its probably a fun sport to watch. you obviously dont understand soccer if u thought that the south africa - mexico game was boring. the strike by the south african striker(not even gonna try to spell his name) was absolutely world class. the goalie had no shot. add that shot to the beautiful set up passes and THAT is wat soccer is all about.  if u lived basically anywhere other than the US/canada then odds are u would love soccer. for an american comparison to "exciting" watch the Seattle Sounders play at home. their fans are amazing and their team is great. 


June 11th, 2010 at 4:47 PM ^

A tie's only a big deal because of the lack of overtime at this point. If, in a football game, Eastern were to reach the end of regulation tied with Ohio State, I'm pretty sure this would be considered better for one team than for the other.


June 11th, 2010 at 4:52 PM ^

If you watched the South Africa goal live and then thought, "I don't really get why people love soccer," you probably aren't going to get it.  There's nothing wrong with that.  I don't love basketball or jai alai or badminton.