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World Cup soccer: A thrill a minute

Posted on: July 10, 2011 3:19 pm
Edited on: July 10, 2011 3:25 pm
 
It's fashionable to bash soccer in this country. We mostly hate it. Don't get it. Stick our noses in the air. We're soccer snobs. And most Americans only hate soccer because much of the rest of the world likes it. Well, if you didn't like the penalty kick orgasm that was the United States' victory over Brazil on Sunday, you are not only soccer phobic, you don't have a freaking pulse. You're the walking dead.

That was, so far, the best moment in sports in the past year. It was better than watching LeBron James get punk'd or the World Series or even the Green Bay-Pittsburgh Super Bowl. In fact, I've covered about 15 Super Bowls, and this game was more exciting than some 90 percent of the ones I've seen.

There is no grand statement here about how soccer will take more of a foothold now thanks to the excitement of what the U.S. women are doing. We've heard that before, and it never happened. But that's not the point.

What we're seeing now is just enjoyable, brilliant sport -- athletes at the top of their game, taking on the world, and winning with both skill and heart. It's what we want our athletes to do, and they're doing it fearlessly and breathlessly.

The U.S. performance is knocking the wind out of everyone who watches. If you're not seeing this, you're missing a gem. You're missing something that's been better than any sporting event we've seen in America this year.
Category: Soccer
Tags: World Cup
 
Comments

Since: Nov 15, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2011 10:14 pm
 

World Cup soccer: A thrill a minute

He said Super Bowl XLII AND Cincy vs Pitt game.  Those are two different games.



Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: July 11, 2011 6:18 pm
 

World Cup soccer: A thrill a minute

2009 Cincy Bearcats - Pitt Panthers game.


Um..what super bowl is that?


jbreitung
Since: Jan 4, 2009
Posted on: July 11, 2011 8:21 am
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Since: Aug 7, 2009
Posted on: July 11, 2011 12:06 am
 

World Cup soccer: A thrill a minute

Did you watch this game? I have only seen two football games more xciting. SuperBowl XLII and the 2009 Cincy Bearcats - Pitt Panthers game.



Since: Nov 8, 2006
Posted on: July 10, 2011 9:20 pm
 

World Cup soccer: A thrill a minute

I don't think you're going far enough.  It's the greatest moment in the history of sports.
Soccer bashing?  Ever since the men's team did nothing in the last World Cup, yet it was
still all we heard about - I'd say I've had more than enough of soccer coverage to last me
a lifetime.  The Bruins just won their first Cup in 40 years not too long ago, and I'm not 
even a Bruins fan.  I'll take that, thanks... 



Since: May 26, 2011
Posted on: July 10, 2011 9:20 pm
 

World Cup soccer: A thrill a minute

@bugsy

- Crying.  Honestly.  So much crying.  You'll never see an NHL player cry even after his face has been exploded by a puck, stick, or fist.
whining, diving, all around cry baby sidney crosby begs to differ




Since: Jul 10, 2011
Posted on: July 10, 2011 9:07 pm
 

World Cup soccer: A thrill a minute

Spare us SNOB! Noone is begging you to watch or be a fan of soccer. Whats it like to know everything jerk?



Since: Mar 1, 2009
Posted on: July 10, 2011 9:01 pm
 

World Cup soccer: A thrill a minute

I think you are right.  I am a recent(2-3 years) fan of Soccer, and I can't get enough of it.  What makes this great is the fact that they are representing our country.  This match had so many different factors flying around, it is truly hard to explain to a non-soccer fan how epic this match was.  I hope soccer gets a bit more of a foothold here in the USA, but I am not holding my breath.  I am just going to enjoy, and the match today...was the absolute best sports moment in the last couple of years(to me, anyway). 

LVS



Since: May 26, 2011
Posted on: July 10, 2011 8:59 pm
 

World Cup soccer: A thrill a minute

Like any "thrilling" WNBA game, this was as thrilling as a game can be between two teams that would lose badly to the national U15 boys team or a decent varsity high school team. 



Since: Oct 1, 2007
Posted on: July 10, 2011 8:19 pm
 

World Cup soccer: A thrill a minute

For the low scoring comments... Isn't the best baseball game a 1-0 pitchers duel to a real baseball fan??? Get real buddy


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