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There are 6 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Jun 6, 2010, titled The Mailbox: Soccer takes a few kicks from guilt-ridden uncle | The.... In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

Mr. Stein: It's nice to see that there are others who find soccer a bit yawn-inspiring. I think the last sentence in your reply best made the point: "Soccer is an equalizer; anybody can play it." It does even the playing field, I suppose.

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“The One, The True”

Since: Dec 09

Creation

#1 Jun 6, 2010
Why do people feel the need to trash soccer? If you don't like it, that's fine but billions of people around the world like it. It's a simple sport that anybody can learn to play but at the highest level it requires tremendous skill and stamina. You don't have to be a rippling ball of muscle to excel, nor do you have to be seven feet tall but that doesn't mean you can hop off the couch and do well.
World Cup Fan

Columbus, OH

#3 Jun 6, 2010
I bet I'd find football pretty boring too if my only exposure to it was watching 5 year olds play it, poorly.(And what Stein means by "anyone can play" is that you don't have to be a genetic freak. You don't have to be lucky enough to be 6'8" or 250 lbs to play. It's a skill-based sport, and the best player in Major League Soccer - who plays for the Crew - is 5'8". Not that there isn't room for big guys - the Crew also have a 6'5" player - but there's a lot more room for smaller players than in other sports... if you've got the skill.)

I don't understand why people feel the need to bash the sport. You don't like it? Fine, don't watch. But you don't need to disparage the sport (or indirectly insult the billions of people who do like it). Maybe those billions know something you don't. Personally, I would challenge the "haters" to come out to one of the many places showing the USA-England game publicly (Crew Stadium, Fado @ Easton, and Claddagh on Front Street immediately come to mind) on Saturday afternoon and see if the experience changes your attitude. I can't imagine watching a USA World Cup match at Crew Stadium and coming away "bored", regardless of the result of the match.

“The One, The True”

Since: Dec 09

Creation

#4 Jun 6, 2010
World Cup Fan wrote:
I bet I'd find football pretty boring too if my only exposure to it was watching 5 year olds play it, poorly.(And what Stein means by "anyone can play" is that you don't have to be a genetic freak. You don't have to be lucky enough to be 6'8" or 250 lbs to play. It's a skill-based sport, and the best player in Major League Soccer - who plays for the Crew - is 5'8". Not that there isn't room for big guys - the Crew also have a 6'5" player - but there's a lot more room for smaller players than in other sports... if you've got the skill.)
I don't understand why people feel the need to bash the sport. You don't like it? Fine, don't watch. But you don't need to disparage the sport (or indirectly insult the billions of people who do like it). Maybe those billions know something you don't. Personally, I would challenge the "haters" to come out to one of the many places showing the USA-England game publicly (Crew Stadium, Fado @ Easton, and Claddagh on Front Street immediately come to mind) on Saturday afternoon and see if the experience changes your attitude. I can't imagine watching a USA World Cup match at Crew Stadium and coming away "bored", regardless of the result of the match.
Football is exceptionally boring as a live action sport. Take away the replays and highlights of other games you see during a regular broadcast and the vast majority of the elapsed time (that's the 60 minutes you have on the clock) is spent standing in the huddle. You only have about 11 minutes of action in a football game.

I'm not saying that to denigrate the sport of football, I love the game but if you don't have a solid understanding of the game it's pretty confusing.
Franklin County

AOL

#5 Jun 6, 2010
Rebecca Hines has a good point. Tiger Woods is not what we want to be "above the fold" in our newspaper. Ask yourself this question. Your neighbor seems like a good guy, a successful businessman, carpenter, steelworker...what ever; and then you find out that he really is a lying, cheating, adulterous phony with many affairs. The charade of the good, upstanding family man and husband has been exposed. Do you really want a man like that "highlighted" through out the community?
Rebecca is misguided

Columbus, OH

#7 Jun 6, 2010
Rebecca,
Judge not yet ye be judged, who are you to tell Tiger to lay down the tools of his trade?

“The One, The True”

Since: Dec 09

Creation

#8 Jun 7, 2010
Franklin County wrote:
Rebecca Hines has a good point. Tiger Woods is not what we want to be "above the fold" in our newspaper. Ask yourself this question. Your neighbor seems like a good guy, a successful businessman, carpenter, steelworker...what ever; and then you find out that he really is a lying, cheating, adulterous phony with many affairs. The charade of the good, upstanding family man and husband has been exposed. Do you really want a man like that "highlighted" through out the community?
The difference is that Tiger never once lied to us. We created that image for him. Go back and look. He was always robotic. People decided to think of him as a wholesome guy. I always thought he was a selfish jerk. I wasn't surprised that he cheated on his wife. He didn't disappoint me because I never had any expectations of him.

The way I see it, people who criticize Tiger for his problems are saying a lot more about themselves than they are of him.

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