the western shore
June 13, 2006
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Time for Americans to put away their party hats and stop feigning interest in the sport of soccer and get back to their daily lives. While the World Cup barely registers for many Americans, there is always a handful that grasp onto this event and decide for whatever reason (perhaps some sort of misguided patriotism) to throw their full fledged support behind it, even if they have little or no interest in the actual sport itself. While I myself fit in that latter category, I do not pretend to be interested in the World Cup, or soccer in general. I never liked the sport, never played it, and have never had any interest in watching it.
I’m not anti-scocer. It’s just not for me, along with golf, tennis, and car racing. While I do not care for the sport, I do get annoyed by the “fans” that pop up out of the wood work to jump on the bandwagon. I think it takes away from the real fans who have invested a lot of time and devotion to their team. The same thing happens in every sport. The baseball team here in town, the Cleveland Indians, sold out nearly 500 games over the course of six seasons when their new stadium opened and they were one of the best teams in baseball. However, when they started losing, the attendance dropped nearly in half as the fairweather fans disappeared and it was back to just being the “real” fans for the most part.
So soccer fans, go enjoy your World Cup. Hopefully you’re not a USA fan, because it doesn’t sound like they’re gonna do much this time around. But if you’re a fan of the sport, it doesn’t much matter who is playing, right?