America Fails at World Cup - Ghana Defeats SuperpowerThe June 30, 2010, By Rodney Eriksen
At every World Cup, in which the United States invariably loses, the press asks if this is the World Cup in which American will finally embrace football, or soccer as it is known in the local colloquial. ;
And, sadly, the answer is always no. There are several reasons why the Land of the Free never got invested in football. A recent American Commentator recently said that he finally knew the reason, and it was, in the main, impatience. Americans cannot get emotionally involved in game in which there are few scores, few wins, and little of the minute by minute excitement Americans crave.
Americans seem to find offence with the very fact that there is something called an offence. In American football, when a player is knocked to the ground, he gets up and does it to someone else. Not so for “civilized” football. Kick as hard as you can, but keep things polite, please! In addition, football fans agree that the refereeing in the games is awful, and push the idea of instant replay. However, FIFA has already said that it would not consider instant replay as of now, since it would undermine the authority of the referees.
Plus, Americans are known for making games up, and are in fact the world leaders in the field. But when American football broke off from”soccer” in the 1860s, the rules were changed so that players actually got more of a chance to score goals. It seemed more fun to hold the ball with the hands, and to tackle anyone carrying the ball. As a result, American football has a higher level of scoring. Americans like their kicks in large quantities, and if football games ended with no scores, the NFL could never fill stadiums.
Americans are calling for reforms to the game, but the rest of the world is simply not listening. Far reaching reforms to soccer to make it more like football is seen as sacrilegious, and perhaps that is why soccer never caught on in America. They simply cannot help thinking of ways to make it more interesting as they watch it. And this is the nation that brought us the “ever thrilling” baseball.