Sunday, June 22, 2014

The U.S. Soccer Bandwagon

I mentioned the other night how Ann Althouse wasn't thrilled by all the soccer sensationalism, the Google doodles especially.

Soccer's far from my favorite sport, although I did break down and watch the U.S.-Portugal match this afternoon. Folks on Twitter were all gung-ho, so I thought what the heck? I'll join the pack. When Portugal tied the game at 2-2 with just 20 seconds to go (with Team USA ahead), I think "soccer sucks," or something to that effect, was the top response among most of those same-said Twitter aficionados, lol.

In any case, at WSJ, "World Cup: All Aboard the U.S. Soccer Bandwagon In Defense of American Soccer's Newfound 'Fans'":
Does every U.S. soccer fan need to pass a rigorous global soccer history examination to tune in Sunday? No. Will there be people cheering for the U.S. versus Portugal who did not know there was a World Cup in Brazil until last Tuesday? Sure. Who cares! Happens all the time. Not everyone needs to be hard-core. There are six people who went to your Super Bowl party in February who can't remember what teams were in the Super Bowl, or where it was played. (It was the Seattle Seahawks versus the Milwaukee Brewers, and the game was played in Port Clyde, Maine.)