Did anyone in the U.S. really care about the World Cup?

Now that the team from the United States has been eliminated from play, I think it’s OK to come out and say this publicly: Who in this part of the world really gives a rodent’s posterior about the World Cup soccer tournament? I don’t, and I’m relatively confident in saying that neither does anyone else who will read this column.

Here’s a chance to prove me wrong. If you, or anyone else you know, is a diehard fan of professional soccer, please e-mail me and tell me why. If I receive any well-written responses about why you actually are a fan of the sport, I would like to print them in this column next week. I’m not going to use the ones that say, “You are a complete moron, you just don’t understand the game!” I think I do understand the game. I still don’t like it.

Most people I know think soccer is a great game for their kids to play. They run around and get exercise. Beyond that, I don’t know why anyone would choose to be a fan of professional soccer. From the limited amount of times I’ve accidentally seen a televised game, the play has been anything but compelling. I’m not motivated to watch teams run back and forth and then back and forth again kicking a ball around.

There are two main things I find wrong with the sport. No. 1, a tremendous amount of effort is spent for very little reward. The games are typically very low scoring, why bother? No. 2, don’t even get me started about a sport in which it is illegal for a player to use his or her hands. Who came up with that stupid rule?

Let’s leave this sport (on a professional level) to the Third World countries. We here in the United States have better games to be fans of, such as the WNBA.

Doug Halberstadt is a local resident and is track announcer at Rockford Speedway. He can be reached via e-mail at Dougster61@aol.com.

From the June 28-July 4, 2006, issue

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