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    Posted June 19, 2010 by
    Boynton Beach, Florida
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    The Deal with Soccer


    Many years ago, I tried to get into it. I think the problem for us Americans is that we want a big score like a big war--as long as we're winning. Soccer is not about scoring. It seems to be about the athletic conditioning, positioning on the field, "passing", strategy, and of course defense. The clock runs for a total of 90 minutes divided into two halves. Someone once explained to me that the "tension" of the sport is the momentous (and maybe only) goal of the game. Basically, there are a limited number of scores: 1-0, 1-1, 2-0, 2-1, 2-2. I guess 3-1 is a blowout.

    It's a huge field with a large goal, but it's news if a team puts up three goals. It would like a major league baseball scoring over 10 runs or an NFL team 50 points. At least in the NHL, in between the fighting and goon play, a pair of teams might run up a 7-6 or 6-5 score. The NBA just keeps getting uglier. The Lakers took the title 83-79. In game six, they held the Celtics to 67 points. We used to score that in our YMHA recreation leagues. College basketball these days is a more elegant game. I miss the NBA of decades past where teams routinely ran up 120 or 130 points. The NBA player ran and looked like a track star. Today they're muscle bound and defenders act like muggers in an alleyway.

    Well, in soccer, if you're interested in goals and scoring, don't blink. Hell, if they took away the goalie, there wouldn't be that much scoring. There are plenty of 0-0 ties. But they get one point in the standings for that right?

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