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(Washington Post)   12 American soccer fans show up at airport to heckle Honduran team, find themselves outnumbered by 800 Honduran fans   (washingtonpost.com) divider line 33
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2001-08-31 08:23:21 AM
boobies: Project Mayhem, what an original name!
 
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2001-08-31 08:40:28 AM
do we really need to heckle Honduras?
they've got to know already, without us rubbing it in
 
2001-08-31 08:48:33 AM
hahahahahaha! this is just too funny. a dozen US soccer fans show up to heckle and they end up being heckled at by a mob of 800 Hondurans ;]
 
2001-08-31 09:01:52 AM
American soccer players should be heckled. Soccer is a second rate, third world sport for under developed countries. In the U.S. it is a sissy pants sport for girls.
 
2001-08-31 09:25:28 AM
and THIS is why soccor is not big in america... Most fans are morons and to stupid to find the games or the channls they are aired on.
 
2001-08-31 10:43:07 AM
Farkeater: Of course, American "football" is a tough macho game played by... er... girls in armour that stop every 30 seconds to get their breath back, isn't it?
 
2001-08-31 10:43:24 AM
Soccer sucks! All in agreement say "I"
 
2001-08-31 11:03:24 AM
Football (I refuse to call it "soccer") is the biggest sport in the world, and also, the best. It is the mother of all sports. Americans don't like it cause they suck at it.
 
2001-08-31 11:09:22 AM
Ill call it succer. All the lunatic fans that kill each other at the stadiums and cause nothing but trouble for other people, as this article proves. Its a lame sport, maybe ig the field wasnt the size of an airfield it might be interesting to watch, its just boring.
 
2001-08-31 11:12:08 AM
So, all 12 soccer fans in America showed up?
 
2001-08-31 11:23:49 AM
goatman,
yeah, but in soccer they don't hurl themselves at each other every thiry seconds.
 
2001-08-31 11:25:29 AM
if throwing bags or urine around are what avid soccer fans do for fun, count me out.
 
2001-08-31 11:28:11 AM
Soccer was great fun to play when I was a kid but to watch it really sucks!Any time an opposing player bumps into someone,even the slightest tap,they roll around on the grass like they're farking dying.Nine times out of ten they need to be carried off in a stretcher,sure its all for the benefit of the officials but it just seems American football players(and even more so Canadian Hockey players)have an unwritten code of leaving the playing area under their own power,if possible,no matter how hurt.Never showing weakness,playing hurt etc..etc.That being said the Aussie rules football players have to be the toughest s.o.b.'s on the planet,Ive never seen a sport that has waiting ambulances standing by on both sidelines.
 
2001-08-31 11:31:28 AM
Scraping / JimJones: You want to watch rugby, then. It's like American football, but without all the padding.

What gets me is that the Americans (Pop. 350 million) have to qualify against Honduras, Barbados, and Jamaica (Total population 3 + dog). It's not exactly a challenge, is it?
 
2001-08-31 11:43:28 AM
Mungo, I love rugby,Im not waving my stars and striped flag in a pissing contest or anything,I just think Soccer is pathetic to watch,besides these other countries cant afford to buy their children expensive equiptment growing up to play anything else.
 
2001-08-31 12:03:54 PM
Actually, the whole stretcher thing is supposed to discourage all the nancy-boy flopping around on the ground. IIRC, if a trainer is called onto the field, the player has to be taken off on a stretcher. Frankly, I think they ought to make them sit on the sidelines for 10 miutes if they have to get carried off. That would discourage diving.

Further musings on the topic of "Like anyone here cares"...

The other two teams left in our qualifying group are Mexico and Trinidad & Tobago. Canada already got their ass kicked in the first round. See YA!

Arguing population is stupid, on the order of saying that the US develops better hockey players than Canada or Eastern Europe because we have so many more people. Most of the other countries in our group have had pro leagues developing players for decades. The US had the NASL, but it folded ages ago. While it existed, was primarily another place for foreign players to earn a paycheck. The MLS, which actually has american players, has only been around for 5 years.

There is a long list of big shot foreign players who have come to MLS and haven't been able to hack it, including more than one player from the Mexican national team. (Jorge Campos, I'm talkin' to you... don't forget you came home from the World Cup to sit on the bench in Chicago... Zach Thornton OWNS you.)

Give us a good 10-15 years for kids to grow up with MLS to shoot for and we'll own our Confederation.
 
2001-08-31 12:24:42 PM
I played soccer for 12 years of my life, and I have to say, it was one of the hardest sports I ever played. I don't know where ANYONE comes up with saying it's a sissy sport. You try running back and forth back and forth for over an hour. And don't even say they do that in american football. They run for 15 seconds, hit each other and thats it. It takes alot to play soccer. I get so annoyed sometimes with people like some of these guys. "Oh football is the greatest, soccer is for pussies" It aggravates me that just because they hit eachother in football, you think it's a more manly sport. Farkeater, I don't know what you are talking about a second rate sport. Soccer is one of the oldest sports, dating back to BC in many countries like, Egypt and China. Even here in america it dates back to the 1600's. So I don't know what your talking about, go watch football and masturbate to you "manly" jocks.
 
2001-08-31 12:33:21 PM
Ivania C. Bedoya
sound fake to you?
 
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2001-08-31 01:23:55 PM
I don't believe that soccer players run back and forth as much as you say. When I watch, it looks like the guy with the ball is doing the running with 1 or 2 defenders chacing him. The rest are kinda jogging. Not including the people who are out of the picture.

There is a potential for injury in both sports. Anytime you try to do something in a flat out run you could get hurt. But I believe American football is a bit tougher. Never in soccer does a player get intentionally blindsided by another with intent to kill or mame. I'm sure some soccer players throw a mean set of spikes, but we are talking 6'ft 150lbs man vs 6'8" 300lbs man who can run.

American Football is chess. If you don't understand the sport you are going to view it as "a bunch of guys hitting each other". Each play, there is no guessing what he is doing. Everyman has an assignment. Defense is complicated as well.

The thing I find frustating about soccer is the offsides rule. Oh he got in front of the ball and the player tried to pass it to him, lets take away what could be the most exciting play and make it a foul.

I think the reason hockey is so popular is because it is a lot like soccer, with sticks, skates, with more speed, intentional and legal hitting, low scoring tension games, and tons o' skill.
 
2001-08-31 03:10:32 PM
First off, I. Oh yes, succer is soooo much better than Football. Yeah, right. How many Football games have fans killed each other at in the history of the sport? I would say probably 10 at most. 10 people get murdered at succer matches every game it seem like. Succer is a third world sport.

If you caught the episode of the Simpsons where they go to the succer game, that is the epitome of what succer really is.
 
2001-08-31 03:26:51 PM
Americans don't like soccer because we never win. waaaaah. give me my ball, I wanna go home.
 
2001-08-31 03:48:58 PM
GregoryD, you make a good point. Just apply it to Fowtball (and I mean Soccer, not American Ball) and you have a Fowtball fans sentiments. Just watch some Bundesliga games and you will see tackles with bad intentions.

Why would the conduct of the fans be indicative of a sports quality? The small percentage of hooligans who hog all the media coverage give Fowtball a bad name.

Fowtball is the beautiful game. I have said it once and I will say it again. There is something trancendental about watching 22 men on a pristine pitch, living and dying by the movement of a small white ball.

If your view on Fowtball is based on watching 3 or 4 games your entire life, you are mistaken. I must admit that I have seen some pretty boring games. But I have also seen games where the skill and judgement of the players could only be described as beautiful. If I passed judgement on Football (American ball) after only watching 3 lousy games I would probably feel the same way.

Don't knock it, until you try it.
 
2001-08-31 03:57:47 PM
fvck all you cocksucking fagmonkeys who think soccer sucks!!!
fvck you all!!!
 
2001-08-31 04:14:58 PM
Nice, another typical American I hate soccer because I'm too much of a moron to understand the sport thread. A nation calling baseball it's national passtime shouldn't be making fun of other sports.

Like many people have said, Americans will never understand futbol, because they can never understand what passion is. Hell I've seen American sport fans, all they care about is getting enough beer and nachos to fill their gut and wasting a few hours at a park. Most of them don't even give a shiat about how their team does, as long as their stomachs are full it doesn't matter.

It's time that the Americans pull their heads out of their collective asses and realize what they're actually missing. You'll have that chance next year, instead of blindly hating the sport, why don't you sit down and catch a few quality games, see how different teams play, try to understand why certain things happen on the pitch. And pay close attention to the fans, that's what real fans look like. But then again knowing the xenophobic nature of this country, that'll never happen. Because for this to happend you'll have to admit that others are better at something than you.

BTW stop using the stupid soccer fans are hooligans excuse, the only reason why you know about the hooliganism is because that's all they spoon feed you about the game. They'll show you a soccer riot, but they'll never show a beautiful goal.

I'm done ranting, thank you.
 
2001-08-31 04:20:10 PM
Shogo Yahagi, the reason why most big name players from the outside tank in the MLS is because they're past their prime. A Hristo Stoichkov at his prime looked way different than he does know. I'm pretty sure if you bring some of the best Euro players in to the league, they'll tear it apart.

Mungo, actually qualifying for the Americans has always been a challenge. In soccer it doesn't matter how big or rich your country is, that's why a country like Brazil can be a powerhouse and the US and minnow.
 
2001-08-31 05:58:31 PM
One thing I've realy never understood about soccer (and granted, I'm american) is the way that americans are _supposed_ to love it. I mean, every time a conversation comes up about it, we're told "its the most popular sport in the world blah blah blah". Ok, I get it. People in other countries like it, but we don't. Why do we have to?
 
2001-08-31 06:08:32 PM
Not liking it is fine, but saying it's shiat and a third world sport without a good reason isn't.
 
2001-08-31 06:17:22 PM
Hrm...just out of curiosity, what would be good reason to call it that? 0-)
 
2001-08-31 06:49:00 PM
i played soccer. it gets dirty. getting kicked in the balls with cleats, having a member of the opposing team jump kick a ball into your face, being stepped on, slide tackled, ball tripped...

it just seemed like everyone was spiking each other in the nuts with cleats and finding new, legal ways to cause cruel injuries to one another.

as for soccer hooligans... i just don't understand why they need to kill one another. i suppose when you get a bunch of depraved, toothless, drunk, poor, nearly retarded-due-to-lack-of-schooling people together there is bound to be violence. i don't care... let them all kill each other.

:)
 
2001-08-31 07:42:21 PM
Farkeater: don't try and tell me that American football is any better than soccer though. I mean, what sort of pussies wear that much armour, simply to catch, throw and kick a ball? Give me Aussie rules or rugby anyday.
 
2001-08-31 08:43:15 PM
Again this comparison with soccer to american football.Why? they are two different sports with the same name.American Football players have generally 30% more size and mass,it is a different type of athletism,short bursts of power at maximum intensity as opposed to Soccer that relies more on speed,agility and quickness.If you ever played the game and stared into the eyes of a 330 pound defensive tackle you would know that "armor and padding" is what keeps you from breaking your neck when you have to smash into very big people head on.
 
2001-08-31 09:57:29 PM
Crucible how about - I don't like it because I don't understand it? Or it doesn't appeal to me? I don't like baseball or American footbal, because those sports don't appeal to me, therefore I don't find them interesting. I've tried to get into them, but I just can't. Still I don't call them third world or idiotic.

I follow soccer and hockey because I like seeing speed, athleticism, team work and everything else involved with those two sports, including the nationalistic passions that they may stir.

I think the comparison is because Euros feel that American football or baseball are THE American sports, so if you're going to attack our game then we're going to attack yours :)
 
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