Well everyone loves soccer, it's a constant topic. Chris' can't walk into a restaurant without a bunch of people watching it. If he hangs out with a group of friends at least one of them is going to be an avid soccer fan.<quoted text>
I'd have to say that the metaphor doesn't quite work since we can all touch - and therefore measure - soccer.
But it's not clear to me that Chris hates soccer, that he so reviles it, he spends every waking moment letting that dominate his thinking. It sort of sounds like he just doesn't want to include it in his life and we're pestering him. I mean, what kind of friends are we that he feels so pressured, he needs to find a bunch of people to stand up to us?
On top of that they honestly believe that to not like soccer denotes that there must be something wrong with him. Some are sympathetic, trying to "help" Chris like soccer while some are downright abusive, telling him that there must be something morally wrong with him.
However, Chris doesn't understand that by starting a conversation about soccer he is inviting it more and more. Furthermore, Chris doesn't try to meet people where they are or give convincing arguments, he just doesn't want to see anything having to do with soccer ever because he doesn't like it and he doesn't understand why everyone else does.
So, everyone's divided, it becomes Chris talking about the game in Mexico where fans murdered a ref and put his head on a pike in center field. Or the riots that have occurred after some soccer games. He rehashes this stuff over and over again. He will not believe that soccer is a way for the world to come together.
He finds the nationalism behind it appalling and is quick to point out that the only reason I am rooting for USA and the other guy is rooting for Germany is because we were born there.
He goes on and on in such a way that others start to feel threatened that it might be possible that soccer might be taken away.
Suddenly more and more people don't like soccer, they're still a huge minority but they are so vocal that people become a little nervous to talk about soccer in public, lest they offend those that hate it. Soon you have people threatening lawsuits that soccer paraphernalia is up in places it has been for decades.
etc... etc... I'm running out of gas on this analogy I think you get the point.