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2002-04-30 04:57:08 PM  
american football involves gigantic men bending over while wearing tight spandex shorts
2002-04-30 04:57:47 PM  
Why does this have to turn into "American Football" sucks? Or Soccer is for wussies, or it is not called "Soccer" it is called "Football" and any American who thinks otherwise is oxygen deprived from having his head up his arse...

Etc, etc... I say, like what you like, leave everyone else alone. You are all the same; it is an excuse to drink with your buddies/mates and go wild. Nobody cares.
2002-04-30 04:58:20 PM  
NASAM- So I played linebacker, Soccer is still better. Football coaches are lame, the other players are lame, except for a few, and the whole sport is seriously one step closer to monkeys then the average human. I like to watch and I even play fantasy ball, but Soccer is a good game and perhaps you should play it before you knock it.
2002-04-30 04:58:41 PM  
I'm only 1/4 arab, i don't hate america as a political institution, i hate amerca as a land of arrogant, big-headed, short-sight losers like yourself.
2002-04-30 04:59:41 PM  
2002-04-30 04:59:53 PM  
Zaago - thanks for your contribution. stfu!!
2002-04-30 05:00:15 PM  
I am shortsighted because I hate soccer?

Guess what. i don't hate it.
I did not say anything bad about it.
I simply said it was dead in America.
Get over it.
2002-04-30 05:00:49 PM  
Smarter people to talk to...
2002-04-30 05:01:14 PM  
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2002-04-30 05:02:14 PM  
Ehdee... stfu?
2002-04-30 05:02:29 PM  
I'm sorry I can't come into work today. Last night I ate some Ex-Lax and took some Prozac. I can't get off the john this morning, but I feel real good about it.
2002-04-30 05:02:42 PM  
Ehdee... stfu?

This is really not the place for it, but I have a stiffy for you, too.

2002-04-30 05:04:22 PM  
Fishbowl: I played soccer for one year when I was about 7. I couldn't stand it. What's to like? You run too much, never score, don't get to hit anybody, and very little strategy.
2002-04-30 05:06:34 PM  
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2002-04-30 05:07:19 PM  
Having played football (American), soccer, and lacrosse, I must rate them in that order, from least fun to most fun. I like soccer a lot, don't get me wrong, but the smashing in lacrosse adds that little something.

My only World Cup story- I was in Ecuador when teh US hosted the Cup, riding on a bus in the middle of absolutely nowhere (that's somewhere between Nowhere In Particular and The assEnd of Anywhere), surrounded by campesinos and their farm animals. They're all listening to the US playing Colombia on a radio. My Spanish, while okay, wasn't up to following sports announcers over teh rumble of the bus and the yells of teh passengers. All of a sudden, the whole bus erupted into the loudest cacophany of yelling, squaking, oinking, and crowing I've ever heard. I feared for my life, especially when everyone started crowding around asking if I was an American. Fortunately, they were happy that the US won, because Colombia had beat Ecuador in teh qualifiers, keeping them out of the Cup, and Ecuador hates Colombia. I was well treated the remainder of that trip.
That is all.
2002-04-30 05:07:51 PM  
Fishbowl I was watching ESPN the other day waiting for the hockey highlights and they were showing some baseball crap and they showed this fat black dude swinging the bat and when he swung you could see the rolls of fat jiggling in his mid section. But that wasn't the funny part, the funny part was when they showed him running from third to home. The guy almost had a heart attack by running a very short distance. So these farking baseball fans make fun of soccer when the baseball playing "athletes" can't run for 10 seconds without dying?

The one thing I want to see this year is England beat the living crap out of Argentina, damn I hate those bastards.
2002-04-30 05:08:45 PM  
was it mo vaughn
2002-04-30 05:10:05 PM  
Being able to run a lot makes you an athlete? Oh wtf do I know, I play golf now.
2002-04-30 05:12:22 PM  
Better watch out. You're going to offend the Bowling athletes next.
2002-04-30 05:12:23 PM  
Thanks, Zaago
2002-04-30 05:15:10 PM  
Curling. A real man's sport.
2002-04-30 05:18:49 PM  
The worlds number 1 sport............ america surrenders!
Seriously good luck to the u.s.a. and England team in the world cup.
2002-04-30 05:24:17 PM  
before i die i want to be in a soccer riot. and see an eclipse. so many dreams
2002-04-30 05:25:48 PM  
you should, it's fun, and i'm sure an eclipse is cool also
2002-04-30 05:30:41 PM  
Soccer is just boring. In any "good" game, a total of about 4 goals are scored. 4 goals for an entire farking 90 minute game! And if I ever watch I game, it has to be in spanish just for that one guy that screams:

Thats still doesnt make up for the amount of boredom your forced to go through though.

Basketball is fun to watch. The only reason other countries dont bother to play it is cause all the bad ass players are here in the US.

Same with football. NFL UK... PUUULEASE!

With soccer, size ISNT that important. All you need to do is play with a damn soccer ball as soon as you begin to walk.

But you want a real sport? Try speedball. Just wait until paintball players get the respect they deserve.
2002-04-30 05:30:46 PM  
hes not an athlete because he cant run, he is an athelete because he can it
2002-04-30 05:39:20 PM  
Soccer rocks. Watching NFL is for daft coonts, and I would cut my own wrists to get out of watching a farking baseball game. The number of people on this board who reflexively bash soccer is just more data supporting my theory that 98.4% of all people are dumbasses. Anyone who says that soccer has no strategy obviously doesn't understand the game.

We took the kids to see all 4 of the 1999 Womens' World Cup matches in Chicago. Soldier Field was completely sold out, completely full, and absolutely rocking the entire time.

I also got to see the Chicago Fire win their second U.S. Open Cup. Not the same scale, but very cool, nonetheless.
2002-04-30 05:45:08 PM  
Ehdee - I usually don't agree with Poms, but this time you get my vote, mate. Give in to the Yanks. At least FIFA has the decency to invite other countries to the World Cup. Not like anything in the USA, where World Series or anything with the word 'World' in it means, USA, USA, USA and of course USA. And their sports, Baseball, American

Galatasaray - See you in Istanbul for the next riot...hehehe
2002-04-30 05:47:25 PM  
why is this
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I don't think it's some unwritten rule of the world cup that a website gives out fake doctors notes, but then again, i don't know that much about soccer.
2002-04-30 05:50:35 PM  
I recently saw an interview with Jeanette Lee, Professional Pool Player. She thinks that she is an athlete.
Many people believe NASCAR drivers are athletes.
Soccer(International Football) players are certainly athletes. I certainly don't doubt that.
90+ minutes running up and down that field takes a lot out of someone.
I love playing soccer, I just don't find it enjoyable to watch on TV.
2002-04-30 05:54:28 PM  
When you saw the Women's World Cup games in Chicago, and Soldier Field was packed, what percentage of those people attending were American?
Just Curious.
I am not saying that as an attack, I just know that I have been to a Chicago Fire game and it has a decidedly Hispanic feel.
2002-04-30 06:00:20 PM  
So has anyone found the link yet?
2002-04-30 06:21:17 PM  
2002-04-30 06:34:07 PM  
Hts666 -- I would agree about the Argentina thing, but my boss if Argentinian and he might kill me if I trash his team. I will say that Maradona is a little biatch.

I think that with every sport it is about going to the game. Soccer games held anywhere but the US, are awesome the dedication of the fans is unreal. So unreal infact that they get drunk and fight. Could a US city imagine not selling alcohol in LA 24 hrs before a game, to keep the roit factor down? Doubt it.
2002-04-30 06:54:33 PM  
Fishbowl, I don't know about going to the game thing. I've never been to an actual game, having lived away from the futbol countries most of my life (MLS is not futbol), but I just grew up with the game. I remember watching France (no, I'm not French) games with my uncles, cheering for Michele Platini and Jean Tigana. I think to enjoy soccer and similarly, hockey, you have to be a very knowlegeable fan. I don't think those two sports are very accessible to the casual fan just flipping through the channels. Most of the comments here are about not enough scoring and nil/nil games. But I've seen nil/nil games that were freaking masterpieces of futbol. You have to understand the game to be able to understand why a no scoring game can be considred beautiful and exciting. But instead of opening up to the game and trying to learn it and therefore enjoy it, most Americans just bash it. Most likely because the American team is not too good at it and because it's considered a "foreign" sport.

There's was a very xenophobic, anti-futobl article in SI last year, that I think pretty much mirrored the stance of most American fans. I'll try to post it if I find it.
2002-04-30 07:04:18 PM  
I should use the fake doctor's note to get out of exams...
2002-04-30 07:34:24 PM  
Hts666 - I have been at a few games. I was lucky enough to go the 1990 world cup in Italy and it was awesome. I was a bit young at the time but I will never forget the energy of the crowd. They had all these crazy songs and dances that were just farking hilarious. The Brits would make bomber noises when they played a team that they had bombed in WWII. It was nuts. I even got to see a bit of a riot, but the Italians take no shiat. I also have been to a few games in Los Angeles. It was the Mexican national team vs the US team. The crowd was rooting for Mexico, it was strange. But in the end the US won and when they scored they would taunt the crowd. That is why they moved the games to Ohio.
2002-04-30 07:36:35 PM  
Man, I'll give 10 years of my life to be able to watch a game in Italy, now those are REAL fans. Hopefully I'll have enough money for the next Cup in Germany. That should also be fun.
2002-04-30 09:06:41 PM  
Football is the best damn sport, baseball and basketball sucks and american fagball (pu$$ies rugby) sucks even more. i am right and i am always right. that is all.
2002-04-30 10:39:29 PM  
Anyone else remember when soccer came to Springfield on The Simpsons? And the riot that ensued because everyone was so farking bored?

That was right on the money.
2002-05-01 08:24:01 AM  
Ehdee-Soccer is the same in America as football in...well, the rest of the world. We have a team in Columbus, the Crew, and they played Newcastle not too long ago (whipped their ass as I recall) but my point is they're obviously playing the same sport if they can compete with one another.
2002-05-01 11:32:39 AM  
ZombieWolf: It was a pretty good mix. We sat in the cheap seats, and hence with a lot of the international crowd. It was cool. Not only were we close to the supporters' bands, but my kids learned to cheer in Japanese. The expensive seats had a large proportion of the burb-dwelling mini-van set.

I usually sit in the cheap seats for the Fire games (it's a three hour drive, so I don't hit that many. I was rooting for the Arlington stadium deal, because it would be 15 minutes from my in-laws.) and there is an international feel, which is, IMHO, a good thing. We usually try to get seats close to the Barnburners, and my kids and I sing through most of the match.

There was one time where we got a really cheap upgrade to the more expensive seats, and we sat behind a couple of loudmouth yuppie families talking on their cell phones and letting their kids act like little shiats through the whole game. The dads watched the game, while the rest of their family just annoyed everyone around them. Assholes. I haven't tried the more expenisve seats since.

Did you go to the home opener?
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