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Old 10-09-2012, 06:43 PM   #71 (permalink)
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So you are reinforcing the stereotype that Americans are completely oblivious to what's happening outside of the states?

Politically they pay more attention. Sports wise not so much. Politics and world events are given coverage. Foreign sports are not. Less popular sports are not. It is easier for me to find a high school football game on tv than a premier league soccer game. It's a direct result of supply and demand. Americans don't care about soccer so it doesn't get airtime.

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.

Knowing who Beckham is and having watched him play is two very different things. He is actually better known to most Americans as the guy married to a Spice Girl and - yes - she is more famous here.


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?
I think I've heard that name before but I couldn't tell you where.

I think you all seriously do not understand the lack of exposure Americans have to soccer. To most of the world it is the biggest, best sport, If you asked most Americans I think they would say that football is. Maybe baseball.
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Old 10-09-2012, 06:45 PM   #72 (permalink)
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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.
How about you go **** yourself? I spoke of hearing people say it and obviously they do or we wouldn't be having this ******* conversation for the 5th or 6th time this year on this very board because of someone associated with mma said it!
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Old 10-09-2012, 06:48 PM   #73 (permalink)
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How about you go **** yourself? I spoke of hearing people say it and obviously they do or we wouldn't be having this ******* conversation for the 5th or 6th time this year on this very board because of someone associated with mma said it!
Aside from Tex, obviously.

No videos. No audio. Not a single other poster backing you up. And yet you want me to take your opinion as an accurate representation of the American people?

Have you any idea how ridiculous you sound?
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There's only one way to clear this up. Can all of the other Americans viewing this thread post whether or not they are aware that football is the biggest sport in the world, or do you guys really believe that the sports exclusive to your country are the biggest.

I find it extremely hard to believe that Americans don't know how big football is on a global level.

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I'm pretty sure like 1% of Americans would say Baseball is the world's biggest sport. Considering that it's only really big in America, it's a pretty unlikley answer. You're making Americans out to be more stupid than they are (yes, Ive got the jokes too, but Im one infraction too many as it is).

Regardless, right this second, in total across the world, football is the biggest sport in the world. It might not be the most popular in YOUR country, but if you have any sort of cultural awareness you will know how big it is. I dont watch handegg because it's one guy throwing a ball to another, then he gets tackled and the whole thing restarts. That doesnt mean that Im not aware of how popular the NFL is.

EDIT: Grapple, rephrase to just "soccer" in general. English football seems like you're referring to the premiership alone.
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I'm pretty sure like 1% of Americans would say Baseball is the world's biggest sport. Considering that it's only really big in America, it's a pretty unlikley answer. You're making Americans out to be more stupid than they are (yes, Ive got the jokes too, but Im one infraction too many as it is).

Regardless, right this second, in total across the world, football is the biggest sport in the world. It might not be the most popular in YOUR country, but if you have any sort of cultural awareness you will know how big it is. I dont watch handegg because it's one guy throwing a ball to another, then he gets tackled and the whole thing restarts. That doesnt mean that Im not aware of how popular the NFL is.

EDIT: Grapple, rephrase to just "soccer" in general. English football seems like you're referring to the premiership alone.
Well put and far more politely too. Not bad for a northern gorilla.
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Right, just what I was thinking. The NFL isn't hardly ever broadcast over here in the UK, hardly any one really watches it, yet as a country, we're all well aware of how popular the NFL is in America. People just know these things, y'know. People aren't that ignorant towards other cultures.

Edit: I'm not calling it soccer because the correct name is football. I hate that term man.
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Right, just what I was thinking. The NFL isn't hardly ever broadcast over here in the UK, hardly any one really watches it, yet as a country, we're all well aware of how popular the NFL is in America. People just know these things, y'know. People aren't that ignorant towards other cultures.

Edit: I'm not calling it soccer because the correct name is football. I hate that term man.
I meant don't call it "English football" because it seems like you're only referring to the premiership.



For the record, how ironic is it that it's Beckham in the picture?
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This is my last post in this thread.

Foreigners trying to tell me how my country that I have lived in all of my life sees their sports is ignorant in the extreme. You literally have no ******* clue what you are talking about. You have no experience or exposure upon which to base this. I do. I have a lifetime of experience in the culture being discussed and dealing with it's sports fans.

Do you want to know why their aren't other Americans really posting in this thread? Because they don't care about Teixeira saying this and because they know that the soccer fans will come in bitching and moaning about how ridiculous it is.

My original point in this thread - which Soojookoo and GrappleRetarded so gracefully missed in their hyperbole and fan rage - was just this: a fighter thought his sport was going to be bigger in one country than soccer. So what? Every athlete thinks their sport is the best. If you don't you shouldn't be playing.
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