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2014-06-26 01:44:45 AM
Population + proximity.
 
2014-06-26 03:39:33 AM
Disposable income
 
2014-06-26 03:44:00 AM
Boredom.
 
2014-06-26 03:45:46 AM
Racists on the prowl.
 
2014-06-26 03:52:40 AM
It's hard to out-consume the USA.
 
2014-06-26 03:58:18 AM
It's freaking Brazil. There have probably been tens of thousands of orgies already.
 
2014-06-26 04:19:19 AM
This is true for just about everything. Americans are everywhere.
 
2014-06-26 04:20:38 AM

dameron: Population + proximity.


Sure, but I don't think that America was he top ticket buyer in the couple of times the World Cup was in Mexico (1970 and 1986).
 
2014-06-26 04:23:28 AM
I'm a moron, the US didn't qualify for the Mexican World Cups. We'll see how popular soccer is when they play in Russia I guess. Then again, I wouldn't go to Russia even if it was free.
 
2014-06-26 04:30:55 AM
The average American... Not so smart.

Just saying.
 
2014-06-26 04:36:05 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: The average American... Not so smart.

Just saying.


Then leave the USA. Nobody's going to miss you.
 
2014-06-26 04:37:08 AM

Land_of_the_Magic_Dragon: AverageAmericanGuy: The average American... Not so smart.

Just saying.

Then leave the USA. Nobody's going to miss you.


Strike a nerve, bro?
 
2014-06-26 04:40:16 AM

Land_of_the_Magic_Dragon: AverageAmericanGuy: The average American... Not so smart.

Just saying.

Then leave the USA. Nobody's going to miss you.


Of course they aren't going to notice. Those morons are all down in Brazil watching kickball.
 
2014-06-26 04:40:35 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: The average American... Not so smart.

Just saying.


The average human is not so smart.
 
2014-06-26 04:42:36 AM

TheJoe03: AverageAmericanGuy: The average American... Not so smart.

Just saying.

The average human is not so smart.


It's all relative. Like Argentina. Those farkers are all related.

Shallow gene pool.
 
2014-06-26 04:45:21 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: Land_of_the_Magic_Dragon: AverageAmericanGuy: The average American... Not so smart.

Just saying.

Then leave the USA. Nobody's going to miss you.

Of course they aren't going to notice. Those morons are all down in Brazil watching kickball.


If the average American is a moron wouldn't that make you one? Your clearly states your an Average American Guy. If you don't enjoy soccer that's fine but come in here talking smack on American.
 
2014-06-26 04:47:39 AM

Land_of_the_Magic_Dragon: AverageAmericanGuy: Land_of_the_Magic_Dragon: AverageAmericanGuy: The average American... Not so smart.

Just saying.

Then leave the USA. Nobody's going to miss you.

Of course they aren't going to notice. Those morons are all down in Brazil watching kickball.

If the average American is a moron wouldn't that make you one? Your clearly states your an Average American Guy. If you don't enjoy soccer that's fine but come in here talking smack on American.


Don't try to rationalize it all at once. You'll probably hurt yourself.
 
2014-06-26 04:48:48 AM

Land_of_the_Magic_Dragon: AverageAmericanGuy: The average American... Not so smart.

Just saying.

Then leave the USA. Nobody's going to miss you.


Trying to improve the average?
 
2014-06-26 04:53:11 AM

Land_of_the_Magic_Dragon: AverageAmericanGuy: Land_of_the_Magic_Dragon: AverageAmericanGuy: The average American... Not so smart.

Just saying.

Then leave the USA. Nobody's going to miss you.

Of course they aren't going to notice. Those morons are all down in Brazil watching kickball.

If the average American is a moron wouldn't that make you one? Your clearly states your an Average American Guy. If you don't enjoy soccer that's fine but come in here talking smack on American.


Talking smack on Americans ain't going to fly. Is what I meant to say. Should have hit preview.
 
2014-06-26 04:56:09 AM
Despite the fact that football is still not a popular sport in the US, people will support the nation no matter what sports it is. USA will face Germany in a group decider and the nation, as one, will be supporting the team to make history in the world cup
 
2014-06-26 04:59:17 AM

jillthornton: Despite the fact that football is still not a popular sport in the US, people will support the nation no matter what sports it is. USA will face Germany in a group decider and the nation, as one, will be supporting the team to make history in the world cup


LOL. OK.
 
2014-06-26 05:00:04 AM

jillthornton: Despite the fact that football is still not a popular sport in the US, people will support the nation no matter what sports it is. USA will face Germany in a group decider and the nation, as one, will be supporting the team to make history in the world cup


That's a solid point but it's not like anyone here cares about the rugby World Cup, and my wiki research indicates we actually qualified for the last one.
 
2014-06-26 06:21:30 AM

Intelligent_Donkey: Disposable income


This and the comment above you is the reason, we waste money in the USA at a record clip, its why the economy still teeters on the edge.
 
2014-06-26 06:42:12 AM
It doesn't hurt that Brazil in a nice vacation spot. I doubt that you'll see this many Americans heading to Russia in four years.
 
2014-06-26 06:55:23 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: The average American... Not so smart.

Just saying.


Your name and this comment = synergy.
 
2014-06-26 07:00:32 AM

TheJoe03: dameron: Population + proximity.

Sure, but I don't think that America was he top ticket buyer in the couple of times the World Cup was in Mexico (1970 and 1986).


Going to a sporting event didn't used to be a big status symbol or lifetime goal so much either, except among twelve-year olds.

I love sports, but it all keeps getting sillier as the money gets bigger.
 
2014-06-26 07:06:40 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: The average American... Not so smart.

Just saying.


I know you're just having fun but this is a great opportunity to break this out.

imgs.xkcd.com
 
2014-06-26 07:34:06 AM
Tickets sold is a dumb metric. Americans like to root for their homelands. Of the people I know who bought tickets, 66% are diehard fans of other countries and that's who they went to support.
 
2014-06-26 07:59:13 AM

HaywoodJablonski: Tickets sold is a dumb metric. Americans like to root for their homelands. Of the people I know who bought tickets, 66% are diehard fans of other countries and that's who they went to support.


No way I'm cheering for the slack ass English.

USA USA USA

/it's been pissing down rain for hours in Recife, get ready for slip'n'slide fun times.
 
2014-06-26 07:59:56 AM
Yep, craptons of Americans go to Brazil (and pretty much every big event), yet FIFA awards the WC to Qatar when in 2022 it will be close to 30 years since the WC was held in the US.  Wasn't the 1994 WC a big success for FIFA, and for soccer in the US in general?  A little respect would be nice.
 
2014-06-26 08:02:40 AM
Teenage tranny hookers
 
2014-06-26 08:04:32 AM

HaywoodJablonski: Tickets sold is a dumb metric. Americans like to root for their homelands. Of the people I know who bought tickets, 66% are diehard fans of other countries and that's who they went to support.


I know a couple of people who went because their immigrant parents were going to watch a game or two of the homeland heritage. So, yeah, since the US is such a weird melting pot of immigrants I wouldn't be surprised if a not-so-small percentage of American tickets are actually recently arrived "World Cup traitor fans".

jillthornton: Despite the fact that football is still not a popular sport in the US, people will support the nation no matter what sports it is.


Unless you are a Republican, at which point you will actively root against Americans winning (see, the 2016 Olympic bid).
 
2014-06-26 08:05:08 AM

Crewmannumber6: Teenage tranny hookers


No one cares what's in your search history
 
2014-06-26 08:13:11 AM

Krustofsky: Yep, craptons of Americans go to Brazil (and pretty much every big event), yet FIFA awards the WC to Qatar when in 2022 it will be close to 30 years since the WC was held in the US.  Wasn't the 1994 WC a big success for FIFA, and for soccer in the US in general?  A little respect would be nice.


FIFA measures success by how large their bank account grows from all the bribes.  They really don't care what happens to the World Cup after the checks clear.
 
2014-06-26 08:21:11 AM

jillthornton: Despite the fact that football is still not a popular sport in the US, people will support the nation no matter what sports it is. USA will face Germany in a group decider and the nation, as one, will be supporting the team to make history in the world cup


What history? They've made it to the knockout stage before, last Cup even I'm pretty sure.
 
2014-06-26 08:27:02 AM
Muntari and Boateng have been sent home by Ghana.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/28035928
 
2014-06-26 08:27:08 AM
It is stupid to use tickets sold as some sort of metric of soccer fandom. The US is huge and wealthy. Even if only 15% of our population is crazy enough about soccer and rich enough to travel to Brazil, we're going to beat out countries like England in tickets sold where like 65 or 75% of their fans are that crazy. Certainly doesn't mean soccer is more popular here than England.

Soccer is getting bigger here. It's not big yet, but it will be eventually be the most popular sport once football kills itself and all the old people who watch baseball die off. As for hockey, well brown people don't watch it or play it so that certainly isn't getting any bigger. The NBA will never be the most popular sport because racism, check any NBA thread on Fark to see that.

Get over it haters. Soccer isn't going anywhere.
 
2014-06-26 08:27:41 AM

Jack Lambert's Missing Teeth: jillthornton: Despite the fact that football is still not a popular sport in the US, people will support the nation no matter what sports it is. USA will face Germany in a group decider and the nation, as one, will be supporting the team to make history in the world cup

What history? They've made it to the knockout stage before, last Cup even I'm pretty sure.


Well few thought we'd get out of such a difficult group, so it would mean a lot. We had an easy group in 2010 and getting out of the group this year would earn us a lot of respect internationally.
 
2014-06-26 08:33:43 AM

Bonzo_1116: HaywoodJablonski: Tickets sold is a dumb metric. Americans like to root for their homelands. Of the people I know who bought tickets, 66% are diehard fans of other countries and that's who they went to support.

No way I'm cheering for the slack ass English.

USA USA USA

/it's been pissing down rain for hours in Recife, get ready for slip'n'slide fun times.


I claim England, Italy, France and Germany in my ancestry. I usually have a rooting interest until at least the semis!
 
2014-06-26 08:37:12 AM

midpoint: Muntari and Boateng have been sent home by Ghana.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/28035928


Excellent. They're in shambles when we needed it most.
 
2014-06-26 08:44:05 AM

Land_of_the_Magic_Dragon: Talking smack on Americans ain't going to fly. Is what I meant to say. Should have hit preview.


I don't know, talking smack on Americans seems pretty popular in FARK. Heck,  oldfarthenry has a cottage industry built around it.
 
2014-06-26 08:55:14 AM
Despite not caring all that much for soccer, I'm sitting in my cubicle today wearing an American flag shirt I haven't worn since it was shot out of a cannon to me last 4th of July. You can't argue with that
 
2014-06-26 08:58:45 AM

HaywoodJablonski: midpoint: Muntari and Boateng have been sent home by Ghana.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/28035928

Excellent. They're in shambles when we needed it most.


Allowing Portugal to win by a significant margin?
 
2014-06-26 09:01:50 AM
so other than the obvious win, what's a win/loss/tie mean for the U.S. today?
 
2014-06-26 09:02:39 AM

midpoint: HaywoodJablonski: midpoint: Muntari and Boateng have been sent home by Ghana.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/28035928

Excellent. They're in shambles when we needed it most.

Allowing Portugal to win by a significant margin?


I'm not as concerned about that as I was for a Ghana 3-2 win. Portugal are on 3 days rest having played in Manaus. I doubt they have too much in the tank to romp today.
 
2014-06-26 09:12:31 AM

midpoint: HaywoodJablonski: midpoint: Muntari and Boateng have been sent home by Ghana.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/28035928

Excellent. They're in shambles when we needed it most.

Allowing Portugal to win by a significant margin?


How much does Portugal need to win by with an American loss? I'm assuming Ghana won't just roll over even if they're having issues.
 
2014-06-26 09:13:28 AM
There's a 5-goal differential, currently.
 
2014-06-26 09:18:33 AM

Mr_H: midpoint: HaywoodJablonski: midpoint: Muntari and Boateng have been sent home by Ghana.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/28035928

Excellent. They're in shambles when we needed it most.

Allowing Portugal to win by a significant margin?

How much does Portugal need to win by with an American loss? I'm assuming Ghana won't just roll over even if they're having issues.


Portugal Margin + German Margin needs to be > 4. If equal to 4, then Portugal goals scored in this game needs to be > 2 more than what USA scores today. If equal to 2, then US and Portugal will draw lots for advancement (ie: Germany wins 3-1, Portugal wins 3-1)
 
2014-06-26 09:21:12 AM
Sorry, that should be a 5 instead of a 4
 
2014-06-26 09:24:04 AM
I'll be on a flight for the entirety of today's game, most likely no wifi to watch it on the plane either. It's going to be really hard to "go dark" on communication to not see the score before I get home.

Would be wearing my American flag bandana but it was stolen from my luggage the last trip. Who the fark steals a dirty, 4 year old bandana and nothing else?
 
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