Yesterday, Matthew Yglesia’s political blog took a brief and (as usual) dubious detour into the Americans-don’t-like-soccer-why-is-that-oh-yes-they-do-oh-no-they-don’t-it’s-because-of-the-low-scoring-well-actually-are-other-sports-really-so-different-I-hate-the-diving-I-don’t-like-nil-nil-draws-but-actually-nil-nil-draws-can be-quite-compelling-et-cetera-ad-nauseum debate. Eleven Devils made its customary ill-advised and instantly regretted foray into the comment stream, which at this point in World History is like watching people argue about whether the Earth circles the Sun…or, is that just what They want you to think? Still, the blog comments did include this incredible explanation of football’s enduring appeal:
Why soccer becomes so popular that even Presidents and Kings come and support their teams play? You will certainly see them at major tournaments. these are my comments…As a show, soccer has a lot of handsome and well balanced body and very-rich players-celebs (thats why a lot of girls watch soccer ). The soccer players are like our common neighbors, tall or short, but with strong, energetic, cute or handsome appearances.
TV coverage has a strong effect. We can see acrobatic and dramatic slow motions, we can see their fine faces closely. It is an entertainment show.
That’s all that give soccer the number one sport around the world excepting Americans who call their no-foot ball as football and basketball full of giants .. ops sorry.