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(Edmonton Sun)   With worst record in NASL and attendance well under 2,000 a game, FC Edmonton fires coaches to save money. In related news, Canadians sometimes pay attention to soccer when not watching NHL hockey, junior hockey, or minor hockey   (edmontonsun.com) divider line 19
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2012-09-29 03:32:36 AM
Canadians are pretty much only good at ice sports.
 
2012-09-29 03:38:33 AM
But... why? They have real football up there. It may not be as good as the NFL, but it's still a thousand times better than European grass diving.
 
2012-09-29 03:39:32 AM

Olympic Trolling Judge: But... why? They have real football up there. It may not be as good as the NFL, but it's still a thousand times better than European grass diving.


In response to subby's claim that "Canadians sometimes pay attention to soccer," I should note.
 
2012-09-29 04:53:52 AM

Olympic Trolling Judge: But... why? They have real football up there. It may not be as good as the NFL, but it's still a thousand times better than European grass diving.


Are you talking about that quaint little sport where the fans see a whole eleven minutes of action in a three hour match, between all the advertisements? The one where only one player out of 22 has to have any kind of technical ability whatsoever?

You Americans are seriously still watching that rubbish? That's absolutely adorable. No, seriously, I think that's just super. You go, girl.

PS I love the way that the winners of your little Superb Owl thingy are called "World Champions" of a sport that nobody else even plays. That's special.

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2012-09-29 04:59:20 AM

Trapper439: You Americans are seriously still watching that rubbish?


Way better than soccer.
 
2012-09-29 07:44:44 AM
In Canadian soccer, do you also get a point for kicking the ball over the goal?
 
2012-09-29 08:01:38 AM

Trapper439: Are you talking about that quaint little sport where the fans see a whole eleven minutes of action in a three hour match, between all the advertisements? The one where only one player out of 22 has to have any kind of technical ability whatsoever?

You Americans are seriously still watching that rubbish? That's absolutely adorable. No, seriously, I think that's just super. You go, girl.

PS I love the way that the winners of your little Superb Owl thingy are called "World Champions" of a sport that nobody else even plays. That's special.



Both forms of football descended from the same common ancestor. In the United States both rugby football (aka American Football) and association football (aka Soccer or Football though the latter is probably incorrect given the fact that there are multiple football types) were popular and represented by professional leagues.

Then, in the late 1920's and early 1930's the European assholes that run FIFA decided to meddle in a squabble between team owners of the ASL and the USFA resulting in "outlaw" and "sanctioned" leagues creating all sorts of disruptions in play and financial stress which, when combined with the onset of the Great Depression and the growing hostility towards foreign meddling in internal affairs, essentially destroyed the professional tier of Association Football in the United States.
 
2012-09-29 08:23:45 AM

Trapper439: Olympic Trolling Judge: But... why? They have real football up there. It may not be as good as the NFL, but it's still a thousand times better than European grass diving.

Are you talking about that quaint little sport where the fans see a whole eleven minutes of action in a three hour match, between all the advertisements? The one where only one player out of 22 has to have any kind of technical ability whatsoever?

You Americans are seriously still watching that rubbish? That's absolutely adorable. No, seriously, I think that's just super. You go, girl.

PS I love the way that the winners of your little Superb Owl thingy are called "World Champions" of a sport that nobody else even plays. That's special.

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Oh yes, Footie the sport of racism, colonialism and genocide.
Why don't you throw some bananas at a NFL player and see what happens.
 
2012-09-29 09:42:34 AM

JK47: ... rugby football (aka American Football)


What the fark are you talking about? I'm not sure that you really understand what "aka" means. Rugby is not the same thing as American Football. It's a lot older for one thing, and it's played by a lot more countries. You could just as easily have said "...rounders (aka baseball)" if you wanted to make a nonsensical point.

Komplex: Oh yes, Footie the sport of racism, colonialism and genocide.
Why don't you throw some bananas at a NFL player and see what happens.


Soccer is responsible for genocide, racism and colonlialism now? Yeah, I'm gonna need a citation on that. If soccer is intrinsically bigoted then why is it played in every country on Earth? Why is it the most popular sport in the world?

If American Football was even a tenth as good as its fans apparently think it is, then surely it would have caught on in other places than Canada by now... How'd that "NFL Europe" thingy work out for ya, anyway?

Oh, I remember now, it failed utterly because nobody gave a shiat.
 
2012-09-29 10:29:50 AM
FC Edmonton's just mad, because, in their first season in the NASL, the San Antonio Scorpions laid the stomp and whipsong over the rest of the league.

Fear not, though- in a few years, the Scorps will get promoted to MLS, and the rest of the NASL will once again have a fighting chance.
 
2012-09-29 10:42:46 AM
Soccer vs football debates are boring. The world's most popular sport vs the world's by far most lucrative pro sport league. Neither sport is going away anytime soon.

But I say, a pox on both houses. I just want hockey back.
 
2012-09-29 10:55:15 AM
I was all set to make a post bemaoning the unrealistic expectations for soccer in Edmonton.

But after reading the article...actually, this seems pretty reasonable and level-headed. They want to keep the club going, they realize they've got a small money base, so they've actualyl got a plan to try to keep up doing that. It's a gamble, going for long-term success on a shoestring budget, but it's certainly not a fire sale going on there.

Too far away to realistically plan on catching a game, but if they're still around next summer when I go back to visit family, if the dates work out I'll definitely try to get in to see a game.
 
2012-09-29 11:15:30 AM

Trapper439: JK47: ... rugby football (aka American Football)

What the fark are you talking about? I'm not sure that you really understand what "aka" means. Rugby is not the same thing as American Football. It's a lot older for one thing, and it's played by a lot more countries. You could just as easily have said "...rounders (aka baseball)" if you wanted to make a nonsensical point.

Komplex: Oh yes, Footie the sport of racism, colonialism and genocide.
Why don't you throw some bananas at a NFL player and see what happens.

Soccer is responsible for genocide, racism and colonlialism now? Yeah, I'm gonna need a citation on that. If soccer is intrinsically bigoted then why is it played in every country on Earth? Why is it the most popular sport in the world?

If American Football was even a tenth as good as its fans apparently think it is, then surely it would have caught on in other places than Canada by now... How'd that "NFL Europe" thingy work out for ya, anyway?

Oh, I remember now, it failed utterly because nobody gave a shiat.


American football is our own form of Rugby football. We started off just playing Rugby football, but got rid of the scrum in place of downs, after too many college kids were getting hurt.

Add the forward pass a few years later and taa daa!
 
2012-09-29 12:41:07 PM

Kurohone: I was all set to make a post bemaoning the unrealistic expectations for soccer in Edmonton.

But after reading the article...actually, this seems pretty reasonable and level-headed. They want to keep the club going, they realize they've got a small money base, so they've actualyl got a plan to try to keep up doing that. It's a gamble, going for long-term success on a shoestring budget, but it's certainly not a fire sale going on there.

Too far away to realistically plan on catching a game, but if they're still around next summer when I go back to visit family, if the dates work out I'll definitely try to get in to see a game.


The other thing is that they really don't have a proper stadium but there are talks to with the city to get a 10,000 seat soccer specific stadium. Hopefully they get one agreed to soon.
 
2012-09-29 03:06:43 PM
They probably should start noticing, given the match-fixing scandal they've got going on there.

(For non-soccer fans, match-fixing scandals in soccer are most common in the lower reaches of the sport, in places fixers don't think anyone's going to notice. They're not going to be able to fix Liverpool vs. Manchester United unnoticed, or even a Major League Soccer game, but they can slip in and fix a third-tier game in Finland. Or, apparently, Canada.)
 
2012-09-29 04:24:07 PM

Gosling: They probably should start noticing, given the match-fixing scandal they've got going on there.

(For non-soccer fans, match-fixing scandals in soccer are most common in the lower reaches of the sport, in places fixers don't think anyone's going to notice. They're not going to be able to fix Liverpool vs. Manchester United unnoticed, or even a Major League Soccer game, but they can slip in and fix a third-tier game in Finland. Or, apparently, Canada.)


The match fixing was in the CSL, an Ontario/Quebec league. The NASL is the US Division Two.
 
2012-09-29 10:00:37 PM

carnifex2005: Kurohone: I was all set to make a post bemaoning the unrealistic expectations for soccer in Edmonton.

But after reading the article...actually, this seems pretty reasonable and level-headed. They want to keep the club going, they realize they've got a small money base, so they've actualyl got a plan to try to keep up doing that. It's a gamble, going for long-term success on a shoestring budget, but it's certainly not a fire sale going on there.

Too far away to realistically plan on catching a game, but if they're still around next summer when I go back to visit family, if the dates work out I'll definitely try to get in to see a game.

The other thing is that they really don't have a proper stadium but there are talks to with the city to get a 10,000 seat soccer specific stadium. Hopefully they get one agreed to soon.


Wow. That....would be one of the biggest wastes of money ever.

Seriously, I like soccer, I'd love to see it in Edmonton...but a 10,000 seat stadium? No freaking way does that get filled up even remotely for 2nd tier North American soccer. Not in Edmonton. Hell, I dn't even think Saputo Stadium was 10,000 seats before MLS, and the Impact were a successful, established club.

It would make far more sense to turn the West Field at Foote into a proper soccer pitch with about 5,000 seats, rather than try to use the Field turf on the East field or Clarke. And rather than build a 10,000 seat soccer stadium, when the downtown arena is built (it will be), tear down Rexall and put a 10-12,000 seat hockey arena in its place for the Oil Kings and other junior hockey (AJHL, Midgets).
 
2012-09-30 07:21:58 PM
Hey Edmonton,

Orlando's mayor is looking to through a few dump trucks full of taxpayer money to build a professional soccer stadium.

Even though we don't have a team.

Yet.

Just saying ...
 
2012-09-30 07:23:59 PM

Party Like It's 1975: Hey Edmonton,

Orlando's mayor is looking to through a few dump trucks full of taxpayer money to build a professional soccer stadium.

Even though we don't have a team.

Yet.

Just saying ...

 

*throw*
 
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