The wonderful John Cleese explains the differences between what Americans refer to as football, and what the rest of the world refers to as football.
Now arguments for terminology aside, I believe his observations about the American sport do have some relevance. I have noticed over the years, being a staunch fan of American football myself, that commercial breaks have increased in frequency for this sport.
That being said, I also feel the sport of soccer has some flaws as well. There seems to be a lot of obvious theatrics involved with various players trying to do their best to show how they were hit. I am sure this happens in the American version as well…but it seems so much more prevalent in the “world’s game”. My wife, Kelli, played some soccer in high school, and even she confessed that there were times where you would pull some antics in an attempt to pull favor with a referee.
In the end, I do not believe one sport is better or worse than the other. In point of fact they are two different sports, with different rules, and different ways of moving a ball. It doesn’t matter whether the ball is round, or oblong. It doesn’t matter whether the ball is kicked, thrown, or carried. In fact the only thing that these two games have in common at all are the often fanatical fans that doggedly support the sports.
- Comparing England’s Pub Culture and America’s Tailgating Rituals (epltalk.com)
- The Rise and Rise of the NFL in the UK (bleacherreport.com)
- What is a real man’s sport (respiratorytherapycave.blogspot.com)
- US Soccer: Growing in Stature or Retirement Home in the Sun? (bleacherreport.com)