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Old 10-09-2012, 06:07 PM   #61 (permalink)
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Umm... no. If you have no exposure to something then there is no reason to know anything about it. Magic the Gathering tournaments get damn near as much time on ESPN as soccer does here. You don't understand. It's not that soccer isn't big here. Soccer is barely existent here. Soccer - here - is something that little kids play when they can't play the other sports.
That's not the point. Even though none of you are exposed to much football, you all know full well how massive it is around the globe. Is there a single american poster on here who doesn't know that on a global scale football is obscenely popular? Even if you do think it is completely dumb. Lets see a show of hands.
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That's not the point. Even though none of you are exposed to much football, you all know full well how massive it is around the globe. Is there a single american poster on here who doesn't know that on a global scale football is obscenely popular? Even if you do think it is completely dumb. Lets see a show of hands.
Actually most Americans don't know that. They have no exposure to it. When they see a piece about it on the news it is literally treated as some throw away story. Literally as if it is just that game the Brits like. That's how it is represented in American media. That is it's full attention.
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Actually most Americans don't know that. They have no exposure to it. When they see a piece about it on the news it is literally treated as some throw away story. Literally as if it is just that game the Brits like. That's how it is represented in American media. That is it's full attention.
Most Americans think the latter. They dont think much of Soccer but everyone is aware of, in particular, the impact football has had on Brazil. Hell they even made a Simpsons episode about it. You might not know much about it, but I've been to America aswell and they play a lot of English football on TV. Even as far up as Jay Z are big premiership fans. You might not watch it, and the majority of people won't talk about it (in the same way I wouldnt talk about basketball), but it's still a very big sport in America, shown by investments put into LA Galaxy and NY Red Bulls.
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Um... no it's not. Just because you can watch it on tv doesn't make it big here. No not everyone is aware of the impact soccer has had on Brazil. The only time the two are mentioned together is if there is a soccer riot.

I have lived around sports fan my whole life. I have lived in damn near every area of this country. I know more about how they see sports than you do. Soccer is not big here. The only soccer player these people know is Beckham and they've never seen him play the game.
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Actually most Americans don't know that. They have no exposure to it. When they see a piece about it on the news it is literally treated as some throw away story. Literally as if it is just that game the Brits like. That's how it is represented in American media. That is it's full attention.
So you are reinforcing the stereotype that Americans are completely oblivious to what's happening outside of the states?

Football isn't that popular in America, but not to the extreme like you say. David Beckham was a worldwide phenomenon and one of the worlds biggest celebs even before he left Man United to go play for LA Galaxy. If you ask people on the street in NY or LA, pretty much everyone of them is gonna know who David Beckham is, and that he is a footballer. Americans are aware of the sport, they just don't follow it or have that much of a connection to it. A lot of that is because USA hasn't got much to show for in the World Cup. The Americans like to cheer for their own, and there is certianly nothing wrong with that. If USA somehow or another go on a miracle run and reach the World Cup Final in two years time in Brazil, I'm betting the American people will turn in to watch.

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This is very interesting actually. I would think a good percentage of Americans would have heard the name Cristiano Ronaldo before, but I can't be sure. You don't reckon people would know him? If he walked on the streets in Manhattan no one would recognize him?
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So you are reinforcing the stereotype that Americans are completely oblivious to what's happening outside of the states?

Football isn't that popular in America, but not to the extreme like you say. David Beckham was a worldwide phenomenon and one of the worlds biggest celebs even before he left Man United to go play for LA Galaxy. If you ask people on the street in NY or LA, pretty much everyone of them is gonna know who David Beckham is, and that he is a footballer. Americans are aware of the sport, they just don't follow it or have that much of a connection to it. A lot of that is because USA hasn't got much to show for in the World Cup. The Americans like to cheer for their own, and there is certianly nothing wrong with that. If USA somehow or another go on a miracle run and reach the World Cup Final in two years time in Brazil, I'm betting the American people will turn in to watch.
Beckham played for Real Madrid before LA (arguabley bigger though)
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Actually most Americans don't know that. They have no exposure to it. When they see a piece about it on the news it is literally treated as some throw away story. Literally as if it is just that game the Brits like. That's how it is represented in American media. That is it's full attention.
So if you asked "most" Americans what the biggest sport in the world is, they would say?
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******* hell that's embarrasing. Of course he did. Number 23 he had back then, and long, blonde hair. Thanks for having my back.
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******* hell that's embarrasing. Of course he did. Number 23 he had back then, and long, blonde hair. Thanks for having my back.
Now he's just an idiot abroad
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I hear athletes all the time talk about how their sport will be the biggest in the world. From every sport... well except soccer because soccer players don't get time on television here. I've heard this same line from god damned tennis players and cyclists. Cyclists!
Just thought it was worth reposting. I'm still waiting for that single athlete telling us "their sport will be the biggest in the world". Seeing as it gets said all the time.

Last time I pulled you up on this, you negged me and said I have no clue. Either back up your shit or f*uck off. The end.
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