Why Soccer Is UnAmerican

Landon Donovan vs Algeria

The face of US Soccer, Landon Donovan, controversially excluded from the US National Team for Brazil’s World Cup 2014.

As self-proclaimed experts in all things UnAmerican, we thought disinfonauts should be given the chance to consider whether association football (known as soccer in the US) is, indeed, UnAmerican as claimed by Stephen H. Webb at Politico:

Sports are a reflection of national character and aspirations, and it is no coincidence, I think, that soccer has had a hard time catching on in the United States. Simply put, soccer—call it “football” if you must—is a tragic game, and thus it cuts deeply against the grain of the American ethos. Americans are an optimistic people. We like scoring too much to enjoy a game that is more about preventing success than achieving it.

Soccer is like watching a bunch of Sisyphuses competing against each other by trying to roll the same rock up a hill—without using their hands, of course. And there’s a big guy on top of the hill just waiting to kick the rock all the way back to the bottom. Let’s remember that in the original myth, Sisyphus was being punished; there was no break in the action, and no flopping either.

To the American mind, the only time games are supposed to be tragic are when we lose in a sport we love in the international arena. A real sport, like hockey. Otherwise, Americans should be able to make progress in any game, overcoming obstacles, changing rules, buying the best players. That has not happened in soccer because the design of that game has old-world values written all over it: Individuals should not try to stand out from the crowds, one group should not have too many advantages over another, drawing attention to yourself is distasteful, and so on. The tools of your trade shouldn’t be too splashy, either—why use your hands when your feet will do?

Although Americans love games that highlight individual performances—and the more the better—soccer seems designed to minimize their frequency. How many times during a baseball, (real) football or basketball game does someone do something that is utterly transcendent in its expression of skill and strength? Many times. Such moments of beauty are the main reason we find sports so attractive.

In soccer, however, these performances are more like an accident than a natural part of the so-called beautiful game. Fans keep their expectations so low that they are actually surprised, really surprised, when someone kicks the ball in an inhumanly perfect manner. And if the perfect kick does not go in the goal, well, that’s not surprising at all. Soccer thus appeals to the pessimist, the person who wagers that it is better to avoid disappointment than to demand too much joy. In other words, foreigners…

[continues at at Politico]

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  • thisbliss

    What a crock. Each to their own its just a game. I don’t know what games he’s been watching but ‘soccer’ is a lot more interesting than he’s making out – but then I guess when you approach something with a preconceived filter…

  • davakins

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      • davakins

        Soccer doesn’t require as much equipment,

  • Liam_McGonagle

    The things that I find most offensive about soccer:

    1. Too aerobic. When’s the last time you saw a 300 lb soccer player?

    2. Too little opportunity for life threatening injury.

    Also, David Icke aside, when’s the last time you heard about a tragically brain addled ex-soccer player going on a rampage?

    • https://twitter.com/anti_euclidean ÿ

      ¡Sweet burn!

    • https://twitter.com/anti_euclidean ÿ

      Hmmm… disqus be foolin’

  • emperorreagan

    I’ve never watched any sport and thought anything was a “transcendent moment”. Maybe I don’t drink and yell enough?

    • Liam_McGonagle

      I’m not a shouty guy, either. Maybe it’s a low testosterone thing. I enjoy my jar well enough, but it gets exhausting to drink too much.

      I think our solution would be cocaine.

      • emperorreagan

        I’ve never found a sweet spot in BAC between:
        why am I sitting here with all of these assholes trying to watch this thing and why aren’t they paying attention when I want to talk about what bullshit austrian economics is
        and
        laughing like a maniac, running down the street flipping trash cans and doomed to wake up the next day to find I’ve flipped all of my furniture and a morning spent under the cursed sun looking for the clothing I discarded into my neighbor’s shrubbery.

        Maybe cocaine is the answer to finding that sweet spot!

      • https://twitter.com/anti_euclidean ÿ

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    • https://twitter.com/anti_euclidean ÿ

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  • リカルド 忍者の心

    I am not an ‘United Statian’ (‘Americans’ are everyone born from Patagonia to Greenland, and Yankees are a tribe of Native Americans), and Mr. Webb’s article is the best example I have ever seen of how the US society is so pathetic (after the fact of calling ‘football’ a sport that is most played with the hands, which I’d better call ‘gay rugby’).

    How much bullshit written in such a few lines!!! Football is a pessimistic game? Highlights of individual performences are accidents in football? That makes me laugh a lot!

    Each 4 years, as the World Cup is held, there are always articles written by arrogant US journalists, with lots of absurds in it, trying to put down the world’s most highlighted sport event (all the rest of the world stops to watch the World Cup, that doesn’t happen with any other sport, not even with the Olympics), JUST BECAUSE THE UNITED STATIANS CAN’T MANAGE TO BE SKILLFULL IN IT.

    I wonder if these journalist would have that attitude if the US had a tradition on going further in the competition and fighting for the championship. That’s pure envy!

    But, if you really don’t like football (the real one) like everyone else in the planet, please ask NASA to move you to the Moon, Mars or any further place, ‘CAUSE THE EARTH BELONGS TO HUMANS!

    • Damian Caligula

      Haha gay rugby! Touchdown in the end zone, whose gonna be the tight end, time to smack each other on the ass and play a song from Queen. I hate it, I’d rather watch Curling.

      • Kragnorak

        As a United Statian, I always found American handfootball boring with all the time outs, 60-man teams where giant padded men getting subbed out at the first sign of fatigue or strain, etc. Then I saw Australian rules foothandball on TV once and was like “That’s the way it SHOULD be!” Men that are not whiny overpaid brats hoofing it down the field with blood streaming from a thigh wound because they don’t want to be a man down on the field! Hell yeah! American foothandpigskinball is great for fat guys that want to feel tough and faux tribal as they root for some semblance of self-esteem in their chosen city though… It also has a lot of strategy on the coaching/quarterbacking end so it’s good for video game sims and fantasy football…

  • aaron

    Lol this made me laugh. It shows the dilusional thoughts of the average American.

    • Gjallarbru

      I’m not sure there is a refusal but more an incapacity to acknowledge the possibility of another view. It would seem that the entire American culture manages to basically self-mindwash into accepting a number of odd beliefs. I have yet to understand the mechanism. What I know for sure is that it leaves only so few individuals capable of seeing the world in a clear fashion.

      The best example was when renamed “french fries”, as that was seen as really egregious to the French people. The French didn’t even invent fries. Only Americans could have thought that up, or even thought it meant anything to France.

      So I think Americans, as a culture, can’t escape their self-induced cultural blindfolds.

      • BuzzCoastin

        pommes frites predate French fries
        the more interesting use or disuse of words
        was the change from The United States
        to Duh Homeland

        yes, aMerkins will find it hard to escape their programming

      • Damian Caligula

        I went to a restaurant in Arizona where they had changed the name to freedom fries on the menu, but they still had French toast.

        • Gjallarbru

          There’s some consistency for ya…

          Funny thing is, in French toast is called “pain doré” or “golden bread”. Even the French don’t call it “French”. Then again, fries are just “patates frites” (fried patatoes) or just “frites” for short.

        • misinformation

          Don’t forget that sauerkraut became “Liberty Cabbage” during WWI.

          Rumor has it that what USAers called “German Toast”, became “French Toast” during WWI, as well but that’s a claim that’s apparently a little more dubious.

          • Damian Caligula

            Interesting, never heard of liberty cabbage.

      • Echar Lailoken

        Canadian culture, on the other hand spends so much time talking about how they are so much better than America that they are blind to what’s happening in their country. Also that French fry deal was mostly a puffed up media stunt.

        • Gjallarbru

          Now that’s truly American. Canadians joke about how much better we are, we don’t tend to believe it. At least, that’s my experience of it. And no we aren’t blind to what’s happening here, which is strangely influenced by what happens in the US.

          • Echar Lailoken

            Ever Canadian I have ever met always has to talk trash on America. It’s as Canadian as Tim Hortons, and poutine. Just the other day I watched a clip of CA news about a mass shooting there.

            I give the talking head respect for pointing out that the media exacerbates the the occurrences, but she had to point out how much worse America is about it. Don’t get me wrong, I typically love the Canadians I encounter. So many are just really neat people, but at the same time.

            The comment you made about American culture is not what I experience, and I would know. I was born in America. I don’t think we are number 1, in fact I know we behind the curve on a lot of things, that frankly, are really embarrassing. Take Ted Cruz, a Canadian that has become a US politician. He’s an embarrassment. He just got rid of his dual citizenship.

            But hey, all countries and their leaders have their problems.

            And, of course you would blame Canada’s problems on America. Basically, don’t buy the hype your country casts. I don’t buy mine.

          • Gjallarbru

            I know what you mean. I can’t say I ever had any serious problems interacting with Americans. And being a French Quebecer, I would be the last to say Canada is freakin’ perfect, far from it.

            As for the US influencing Canada, if you think it doesn’t happen regularly, you’re deluded. It would be surprising that our biggest economic partner, and actors within, don’t try to get things to go their way. Much of our policies also mimic US leadership in many sectors of politics. I sometime see Canada as the US little brother. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t blame the US for that, I blame a Canada that bends over with its pants down.

            Just one point of real contention, poutine is not Canadian, it’s Quebecer. The fact that the rest of Canada sort of adopted it doesn’t change a thing ;).

          • Echar Lailoken

            I blame a Canada that bends over with its pants down.

            That was point I was going for. :)

            No offense against poutine, I would like very much to have the authentic experience. Also peameal bacon. Honestly, the culture you see from American media is a lie. Also, much of what you read about online about American culture is likely polarized clickbait. I’ll tell you this, I wish we had socialized health care. I haven’t been to the doctor in years.

          • Gjallarbru

            Well, socialized health care ain’t exactly perfect either. You’re in and out of the office quick, so they slide the next guy’s card just as quick. It’s rather difficult to get attention, and that’s if you have a “family doctor”. Waiting rooms in hospitals have waiting periods of at least a couple of hours unless your bleeding profusely. I guess it is still better than no doctor at all…

          • https://twitter.com/anti_euclidean ÿ

            I guess it is still better than no doctor at all…

            ^This^

            If I didn’t have an amazing GP, I would not have any access to a medical professional due to lack of funds. I think I am 5 copays behind now?

          • Echar Lailoken

            I’ve heard that, Australian socialized healthcare has it’s hurdles as well.

          • misinformation

            It’s a lot easier to collectivize over 350 million people than to be accurate, though.

          • Echar Lailoken

            Well yeah. Had he focused in on the religious literalists, he could have been more accurate. However they are in his country and all around the world. The thing is, America is teeming with different cultures. I suspect it’s this way all around the world.

    • Alex Plasko

      Believing that this article speaks for American views is just as ignorant as the article itself.

      • aaron

        Maybe in your opinion. The actual context of the article like football and other sports being “more american” than soccer is not what I was pointing out. It is absolutely an American view to think we are better than everyone and our ways are the best or only way that is ok and the ameria is number one bullshit that I hear on a regular basis.

        • Alex Plasko

          Correct, this is my opinion. And the opinion of most of my circle of friends & family. An overarching statement about 300 million + people is fundamentally flawed. But you are entitled to your opinion, I just disagree with it wholeheartedly.

          • aaron

            Lol. Well your issue is assuming. You foolishly assume I some how meant every person in thr country feels that way. I obviously dont feel that way and know people who dont but MAJORITY of the country does and your are dilusional if you think they dont.

          • Alex Plasko

            My bad, I didn’t realize you were so intimate with the opinions of the majority of 300 million people. I will defer to your expertise and role as spokesman for an entire country.

    • Liam_McGonagle

      That’s the flip side of utopianism.

      Might not be your particular brand, but you have to admit that each of the primary founding cultures was profoundly utopian in their own way. Religious commune or feudal paradise, there was a genuine commitment to an ideal there.

      Even if it came at the cost of hostility indifference to developments in the rest of the world.

  • misinformation

    “Wy has soccer had such a hard time catching on in the United States?” How about, why start out your article with the fallacy of the neglected aspect? Undoubtedly, more people, of all ages play soccer than any other sport in the U.S.

    Why isn’t it as popular at the professional level? Every other country’s best athletes play soccer (for the most part), not so in the U.S. It’s also acceptable in most other countries to begin grooming their best talent in their teenage years, which often means less time in school – also not acceptable in the U.S. If these two aspects changed, soccer’s professional popularity would change dramatically.

  • Juan

    If it is “unamerican,” that must be why I like it.
    Not a sports fan or a nationalist, at all, but I do enjoy the spectical of the World Cup every four years.
    Go, Colombia!

    • https://twitter.com/anti_euclidean ÿ

      Ah, I wish for simpler times, when FIFA didn’t expose the hypocrisy of the global economy.

      Are the Italian leagues / national team still exposed as one of the most corrupt in the sport? If so, I will continue to back them.

      • Juan

        I don’t know how corrupt they are but they look pretty badass, especially compared to the Brits, who look like they have a stick shoved so far up their collective ass, that they can hardly move.

        • https://twitter.com/anti_euclidean ÿ

          Italians Do It Better

          the Brits, who look like they have a stick shoved so far up their collective ass

          That’s an apt assessment of the sum totality that is Britain, I think it’s fair to say. Though at this point, the stick may have a stick up it’s ass.

          • Juan

            Lol:)

  • erik smit

    I know next to nothing about soccer, but that guy knows even less than me. No one should stand out from the crowd? Well, that’s not soccer. Famous soccer players are all big egomaniacs. They start out as nice guys but after a few years of world fame they become terrible (except Balotelli, he was like that from the beginning).

    But well, it is hard to score in football. Okay, soccer. You can win with just one goal. Maybe Americans don’t like things that are hard to achieve. Or they don’t have a 90 minute attention span.

    But well, let the Americans enjoy big guys carrying a big egg over a numbered line, with a break every five seconds, while the rest of the world enjoys real football. Why not?

    • Kragnorak

      You can win hockey with just one goal too. My theory is that the camera is usually panned out on TV to get a view of the field, and Americans are used to seeing everyone’s faces and sweat beads up close, so they don’t make that human connection to the game…

  • BuzzCoastin

    interesting theory
    which breaks down when the hooligans roit
    after any big football match

  • Andrew

    If Webb truly believes what he’s written here, I feel sorry for him.

  • happypedro

    This article (and the viewpoint it expresses) is absurdly inane and dangerously ridiculous on so many levels.

    “America” is not ONE thing, nor is anything written in stone that America will always be the same — who made Stephen Webb the arbiter of all things “American”?

    (And clearly it doesn´t cross Webb´s mind for a second the fact that “American” also applies to countries other than the USA, but let´s put that aside for now).

    Looking at how “America” is currently PROGRAMMED to be – pathologically sociopathic – Webb is indeed “right,” in a sense. Americans are programmed to think competition is good.

    Yet if you look at all the available research in psychology, sociology, biology, education, and other fields from over the past 90 years (poured over brilliantly in Alfie Kohn´s book No Contest: The Case Against Competition) the evidence is abundantly clear that competition is deeply pathological.

    Why? –> Because in competitions most people lose (only one team gets to the Super Bowl or World Cup, only a handful of people become CEOs, or get rich, or become the president, which is why we have such huge income disparities [worse than Bangladesh and Ethiopia!] in the U.S.A.), and success is attained to the degree one can screw over (“beat,” “destroy,” “crush,” “business is war,” etc) others.

    But even putting aside all the available research, just use common sense: Imagine parents telling their children, “Each day, those of you who win the competition will get love and food. Those who lose, won´t get love or food. But you should be optimistic.”

    Clearly, competition is a recipe for disaster. It is deeply pathological — which is why our society is so messed up, because we have based it in competition. In this sense, competition IS very much “American,” as it is currently programmed to be. The “optimism” that Stephen Webb writes of is, then, the “optimism” of sociopaths, not the natural optimism of everyday people.

    Clearly, Webb has done little to no research on competition and cooperation — does he even know the work of David and Roger Johnson? Cooperation, as the research shows, is deeply human — we help each other every day, we collaborate, we share, etc. Where there are very specific contexts (such as severe scarcity), competition can arise naturally, but a drop of water does not make an ocean. This is why the “elites” like that basic equation of “Scarcity = Dependency = Control.”

    But the flip side of that equation is “Abundance = Choice = Freedom.” The “elite” don´t want us to have abundance, to grow our own food, generate our own electricity, help each other out and share (share food, share ideas, share anything) because that cuts into profit and diminishes control. And those “elite” interests (who are fueled by this sociopathic competitive mode of viewing existence) own the media, and thus promote ideas and ways of looking at the world such as Stephen Webb does in this article. People are naturally averse to war (they want peace), which is why things like propaganda (be afraid of terrorist attacks which happen less often than shark bites or lightning strikes!), and the draft are necessary to get people to go off to war.

    Soccer is competitive, yes, but apparently it´s not competitive ENOUGH for Webb — in order for any sport to be “American” in Webb´s view it must be as pathological as possible, like in football” (where players can barely move from all their severe health problems when they are 40 years old after slamming into each other for years), or boxing (where people mash each other´s brains into incoherent pulp), or “a real sport, like hockey” (where people beat the hell out of each other over an icy landscape).

    “American” for Webb, then, is this pathological, violent, sociopathic, war-like mode of competition – with the “optimism” that you can “beat” or “crush” or “destroy” or “trample” or “annihilate” your opponent and rise to the narcissistic ego-trip of being on “top.” Never mind the fact that… “Wealth and poverty are not just juxtaposed, they are in a close dynamic relationship. Wealth creates poverty and relies on it for its own continued existence. Without slaves and serfs, how would the master and lord live in the style to which they are accustomed? Without the working poor, how would the leisurely rich make do? Were there no underprivileged, who wold be privileged?”… I´m on “top,” baby! Woohoo!

    That´s why Webb wrote this controversial article – to get people arguing, fighting over whether football or soccer is more “American.” It gets him published, continues the bad ideas the “elite” interests desire, and gets hits on the Politico website.

    Well, Webb is an “American,” and so are those Americans who like soccer, or who don´t like competitive sports at all, or those don´t need to beat down or destroy their opponents (which in Webb´s world are everywhere) to feel optimistic.
    A great many of us (in fact, probably most of us, deep in our hearts) feel far more optimistic when helping each other, sharing, caring, and loving. Of course, since we are far too programmed in the competitive mindset, many will scoff at such positive healthy terminology, just as Webb scoffs at Soccer´s slightly less competitive (and less violent) way of interacting. But we have a deep cultural problem here that goes WAY beyond sports – this article by Webb simply expresses a symptom of the disease: the sociopathy of basing society on the pathology that is competition.

    No, Webb is not the arbiter of all things “American.” He is simply voicing the perspective of those “elite” interests who benefit from this mentality. Why don´t we see the “elites” (the research of Princeton professor Martin Gilens and Northwestern professor Benjamin Page shows the USA has become an oligarchy) calling for the elimination of all inheritance, so that they, too, can “pull themselves up by their own bootstraps”?

    As Dr. Michael Parenti puts it: “The problem with capitalism is that it best rewards the worst part of us: the ruthless, competitive, conniving, opportunistic, acquisitive drives, giving little reward and often much punishment–or at least much handicap–to honesty, compassion, fair play, many forms of hard work, love of justice, and a concern for those in need.”

    Same goes for all competitive interactions, including sports. Sports are merely a mirror of our societal values.

    So the real question is not “Which is more American, football or soccer?” but: “What kind of America do we truly want to be?”

    • Juan

      Very well expressed. Couldn’t have said it better myself.

      • Kragnorak

        For someone that doesn’t like competition, it’s hard to compete with all that text…

  • Echar Lailoken

    This pretty much sums it up for me, except I don’t fake like I am into sports. I’ll be the first to admit that they bore me.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=msN7HNncHik

    • 1plakat

      i can dig you not liking sports, movies bore me, I sleep every time no matter the tittle. I like tv series but no movies for some reason.

      • Echar Lailoken

        Understood.

  • https://twitter.com/anti_euclidean ÿ

    A cultural imperialist hit piece on top of one of the most corrupt displays of “global gamesmanship” to date?

    That does sound like Politico’s type of thing…

  • 1plakat

    The truth is, and I have pondered this a whole lot. Soccer is the most popular world wide, its all over the place, cant escape it. Its not that its unamerican, the disdain from Americans towards soccer is due to the fact that there are many other sports here, like umm Hockey (love it), and NFL football (which is more than just a sport, its a chess match) baseball, b-ball, etc and these don’t get much love worldwide. In reality, Americans hate soccer snobs, not soccer. Once these other sports gain popularity with the rest of the world , the hate will cease and soccer will be accepted, as it is cross training for all these other sports. Brazil is already organizing an NFL football league with these same soccer clubs that dominate the country as they are sports clubs and deal with many other modalities. I think its an awesome thing, because Plus sized people are really discriminated in Brazil as everyone is image conscious to the extreme. Plus, indoor soccer, is pretty big in the USA amateur sports scene, huge with kids and females, in which the USA has elite players contending world wide. As always, women know best, but don’t tell my mom that. These explanations, involving racism or socioeconomic factors are hyperbolic and misguided.

    • Matt Staggs

      Where I live, soccer is incredibly popular among young people. We’ve got soccer fields everywhere. I think that there are some adult leagues, too. Not sure how a sport can be “un-American.” I don’t really care much for sports, in any case.

      • 1plakat

        what people say and what people do are two different things buddy.

  • Kronag

    what a load of crap! just cos the rest of the world plays football(soccer) and no one plays americas shit sports, this is an article of jealousy thats it! btw the rest of the world calls it football not fucking soccer!

  • Adam S.

    Oh really… then why have Americans declared a “Perfect Game” in baseball a game in which the pitcher keeps all the opposing batters from getting any hits, walks or runs?

  • Truth Teller

    Futebol is a perfect game for children. It requires almost no equipment. It has simple rules and the number of players can easily vary.

    How adults can be obsessed with the game is a mystery to me. After living in Brazil for over eleven years, all I have concluded is that, if Brazilians gave their roads as much attention and effort as they do futebol, the Germans would be coming here to learn how to build roads.

    Actually, I find all professional sports to be a huge scam. the “we have to support our team” idea is a huge farce. The teams are unually owned by wealthy men who are in it for the profit. They will buy and sell players or even move the entire team to a different market if it helps the profit picture. It’s not “our” team it’s “their” team. Your favorite star could be playing for the most hated “enemy” team next year.

  • Rus Archer

    unamerican > sports

  • Matt Staggs

    Basketball?

  • misinformation

    ‘USA World Cup 2014 fever shows popularity of soccer is growing.

    The US has brought more fans to Brazil than any other country and this may be
    a genuine tipping point’ -The Telegraph (of London)

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/teams/usa/10901944/USA-World-Cup-2014-fever-shows-popularity-of-soccer-is-growing.html

  • http://byronlevene.net/ Byron Levene

    I guess most people didn’t get the joke… This article was clearly written by a Brit pulling the piss.

  • Kragnorak

    Uhhh. TT said he was in Brazil and he’s spelling the word they use correctly. Nothing like ignorantly calling someone out on their ignorance!
    I agree with Truth Teller that team support is a joke. I would be MUCH more interested if teams had to recruit from their city/country rather than drafting players. For this reason Olympics and the World Cup are inherently more interesting than, say, the NBA where the Yankees purchase a bunch of players from other countries and states. How are they a New York team?!

    • misinformation

      Oh man, I thought your comment about the previous commenter being ignorant was spot on. But then you took it one step further by saying that the Yankees play in the NBA.

      Hopefully, my post didn’t get caught in the ignorant trap and I missed it somewhere.

      • Kragnorak

        LOL, good catch. I was spreading some misinformation myself it seems! I guess I was thinking the B stood for baseball?

  • misinformation

    Much of what you say, I agree with. Clearly though, the helmets in ‘American football’ are not offering much protection – they are offering the illusion of protection. Rugby players tackle more safely because their lack of a helmet keeps them aware of the danger. Further, there is a strong probability that most of the neurological damage to American football players, comes from the fact that they begin plays with their heads down and their necks ‘unbraced’ for contact.

  • Kragnorak

    That would have been a sick burn if you had gotten here in time, Stirling. But since Misinformation called me on the typo first and I admiited the feck-up you still come across like an a-hole that didn’t admit his own error.

    • Stirling Ross

      Hi Kragnorak. Obviously you possess a very low IQ, ya? You have the stupidest name I have ever heard and you have no idea what you are talking about. Are you a neanderthal?

      • Kragnorak

        I’m just curious because it’s been a few weeks. Have you figured out your original error yet? I look forward to your answer and will answer your question about be at that time.

  • Chris

    UnAmerican? No. Boring as hell? Yes. Just my opinion……..

  • Jim McGowan

    Association football is the hardest game to be good at. It’s much harder to control a ball with your feet whilst running than it is just to pick up a ball and run. Whilst some people are good at a lot of sports, in the UK, only people who are no good at football play other ball games. It was a game that’s been played since the middle ages here, long before America and its rugby, cricket and rounders derivatives like American football and baseball were a twinkle in Amerigo Vespucci’s eye. Mr Webb’s ancestors will have played football long before they crossed the pond to the mongrel melting pot (that’s just to offend him folks, not other Americans). I can understand why ‘Chris’ may find it boring. He doesn’t understand it. Probably prefers checkers to chess…

  • Kragnorak

    *ahem* futebol. Get it?

  • Kragnorak

    Ya, troll, ya.

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