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Sorry. Just felt I had to get that one off my chest.
It's ok, James. It was yesterday. No more Super Bowl for a whole year.
Would you rather discuss the cricket? I thought not.
Which one? There are XLVI of these you know.
No problem. The FA cup is a bore to us too. All English "football" affects us like this.
It's not as exciting as cricket, but what is?
Wait, what? I was just about to place my bet. See you in New Orleans, James.
Well said, now what is your impression of the Wall game ?
I read a similar sentiment in the Telegraph today, and I think it's unfortunate -- particularly this part: "People only feign an interest in American sports to show off. It's like the jock's version of speaking a foreign language – knowing all the rules to a non-native game. In other words, a philistine’s effort to look cultured. And not only is it ostentatious, it's downright unpatriotic."
This is exactly what many Americans say about soccer, and I think it's silly.
Look, I have as much disdain as the next guy for that insufferable, elitist, false cosmopolitanism. But following another nation's passions can actually help to build a natural affinity for its people.
I grew up watching football, basketball, and baseball like every other American kid. When the U.S. made a big splash at the 2002 World Cup I took note and began casually following the careers of our better soccer players. When they landed in England, I began cheering for their teams. Now that I occasionally tune it to watch teams like Everton, Tottenham, and Fulham, I find that I like England more than I did before. That's a good thing.
I'm with you. What good is a Super Bowl without the Packers?
I'm an American, and I don't care for football and don't watch the Super Bowl.
Also, my cholesterol is too low. Nor do I care for apple pie.
So much for my presidential bid.
On Soccer: I like it as much as sports I like -- baseball for example -- it's a passing interest I don't mind watching while doing something else like reading or cleaning house. The only part that annoys me are the people who insist on calling it "Football" in American conversation and look down on those of us scratching our heads in confusion because Football season is over.
Get thee hence, infidel.
Food for thought: There was less scoring in the Super Bowl than in the game between Manchester United and Chelsea yesterday. Goals in soccer are just worth less points.
Although the Super Bowl, despite it's low scoring, did not end in a draw. So advantage to American sports, I guess.
It's okay. Only seven months til we get to watch the Packers again!
I was born in Romania, we emigrated here in 1992. As a kid I grew up watching no American Sports because my parents had no interest in any of them. Thus I have come to enjoy sports in adulthood thanks to my friends and roommates who are sports fans. It's ok not to like Football James, or not care about the Superbowl...it is in many ways over hyped. If you do happen to like sports though I suggest you give Football a try, it took me a while to appreciate what is exciting and interesting about it, as compared to Hockey or Soccer. Really I find I enjoy watching most sports...there is something fascinating about all of them if you watch them long enough.
I would hope James has not given into the modern British disease of genuflecting to chav culture and does not follow soccer. It is a sad indictment of British society to compare the relative coverage of soccer and rugby in the Times of a generation ago and today. Harrumph.
I imagine that American football is as impenetrible to a Brit as cricket is to an average American, but at least it is subject to a reasonable time limit, which limits the drinking somewhat.
Oh... am I supposed to stop drinking now?
I don't care for dance club music. Whew, I'm glad I got that off my chest; I feel better now.
Dubstep yes, football no?
I don't even know where to begin. It's like you're from a completely different place.
Much as I respect and admire The Wall Game as an important part of our history, I would hope most fellow Brits would agree that Mornington Crescent is the greatest game ever invented.
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