COMMENTARY | Ann Coulter relates all of the reasons that soccer, which the rest of the world insists on calling football, is not really a sport. It is certainly not a sport that Americans should be interested in. Fortunately, despite World Cup mania, most are not.
To be sure some people are taking an interest because the American team actually won a game and, despite playing to a tie in one subsequent game and losing another (to the Germans!) have advanced in the tournament. In a real sport the American team would already be on its way home, with fans consoling them with a we’ll get them next year.
Coulter thinks that the sudden interest in a “sport” that features people running around a field kicking around a ball has to be with demographic changes in Americas, an obvious slap against too many soccer loving illegal aliens. As much as we might deplore our broken immigration policy, I’m not sure that we can blame it on soccer. Some of the best major league baseball players hail from Latin America. In that there is hope yet for assimilation.
My prediction is that unless the American team actually wins, the surge in interest in soccer in the United States will decline back to dormancy. The only reason we allow kids to play the so-called “sport” is not, as Coulter suggests, that it lacks individual achievement, but because too many parents are under the mistaken belief that it is safer than other sports. Actually concussions, either by “heading” the ball or by colliding with other players, are a real problem in soccer. It can lead to neurological problems.
In the meantime, soccer mania, if it can be called that, is just another annoying thing that has to be waited out, like the Obama presidency and the fact that no one has been back to the moon in over 40 years.
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