Posts Tagged ‘soccer’

Which is more socialist? Professional Soccer or the NBA

July 10, 2010

I was reading over some previews for the World Cup final game and realised that the Spanish National team is made up almost entirely of two club teams. At one time, 7 players on the Spanish side play on Barcelona during the season. Now, look at the current Miami Heat roster and you have three guys who could play for the American national basketball team. The problem is that Miami currently has 5 players currently signed on the team with no cap space to fill out the roster with even a second tier player (their 4th and 5th best players are Mario Chalmers and Kenny Hasbrouk). (more…)

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Why do people who don’t like soccer have to create some political reason to do so?

July 7, 2010

Forget about the fact that this guy doesn’t link to anyone that actually fulfills his stereotype. I’m sure some people would argue about the great diversity that exists in soccer over and against that of American sports, but that would be stupid because anyone with eyes knows that American sports are very very diverse. Nevertheless, this guy doesn’t actually link to those straw men, so let’s forget he didn’t.

Instead, I’m going to argue why I love the World Cup rather than why I think he’s wrong for trying to argue something I, as someone who probably fits his stereotype in other ways, never disputed. (more…)

One more thing about the stupidity of Marc Thiessen

July 3, 2010

I know that his post on soccer as socialist sport might have been done tongue in cheek, but unless he was writing satire a la Colbert–that is, over the top neoconservatism done in order to unmask the stupidity of neoconservatism–he failed at producing anything humorous. There has to be some logic or truth to what you’re saying for it to work as satire. Socialists don’t use their hands is such complete idiocy that he only makes himself look like a stupid torture advocate. (more…)

If there was any doubt that Marc Thiessen is unable to think critically, we have more proof

July 2, 2010

Actually, I really just want to call him a fucking moron, but that would be rude.

Anyway, here is an article that he wrote for a think tank, which makes me wonder what people do at think tanks. I would love a job at a think tank since I’m positive I’m a better thinker than this numbnuts. (more…)

France Surrenders, or the question of European Football hegemony

June 22, 2010

France is pretty much toast. England, we’ll find out tomorrow. Spain and Germany have been inconsistent. Portugal may be great, but it’s hard to tell. Meanwhile, Latin America looks fantastic, with Uruguay, Mexico, Argentina, and probably Paraguay, Brazil, and Chile moving on. Poor Honduras was unfortunately stuck playing Chile and Spain. (more…)

Football/Soccer Team Logos Inaccurate

June 22, 2010

I googled “Uruguay Mexico Tie” since I couldn’t figure out why either team would want to try given that they could advance with only an extra point a piece leaving France out of the knockout stage. This article explains why Mexico might actually try to win. Uruguay will probably still advance with a loss, but they would have to play Argentina. Mexico would have to play Argentina if they tie. Their point differential is a bit better than France’s, so either team would still likely advance even if they tried to beat each other. Whatever the case, don’t bet on a tie unless you get better odds than 4-5 since it’s likely they will collude in some way–Mexico might rest players but let the subs try.

But this is all beside the point. On the site that explained why Mexico might actually try in the game there is a picture of all the teams’ logos. I can’t save it as a picture so you’ll just have to go yourself. The thing I noticed is that the several teams that have a football on the logo have one with the traditional white hexagons and black pentagons: (more…)

Reason #12 for why Soccer will not become a major American Sport any time soon

June 16, 2010

The box scores are crap. Sports fans are kind of geeky in the states. We don’t beat people up for wearing the jersey of our rivals. We argue with them about why their team isn’t any good with statistics. (more…)

One of the more curious things about Virginia’s Confederate History Month

April 12, 2010

As a Southerner, myself, I can understand the fascination with the Confederacy more than those people who hail from the North, I suppose. But I find it interesting that people in the South like to consistently bring up the fact that they are losers. My favorite scene in “A Fish Called Wanda” is when John Cleese is prodding Kevin Kline while waste deep in a barrel of oil. Kline says that the U.S. has never lost a war and Cleese brings up Vietnam. Kline claims it was a tie.

The fact is that Americans don’t like losers and tend to downplay our own losing. I think one of the reasons soccer will never truly take off is that the national team doesn’t win and they won’t win until soccer takes off. It’s a catch-22 that does not bode well for the beautiful game in the USA.

To show how little we like losing, note that the only president in living memory that I can think of that won the national election after having previously lost it is Richard Nixon (others had lost primaries only to come back and win the whole thing, but that’s a bit different). In Nixon’s case, where he lost to JFK in 1960 and then won in 1968, is a special case since LBJ decided not to run, RFK was killed, and George Wallace ran as a third party candidate which skewed the final results. Otherwise, losers don’t fare well in the proudest country in the world. (more…)