I’m stoked! I get excited about soccer every four years (and I hope to stay excited about it this time, after the Cup is done). AND, it looks like our boys might, just might, have their shit together.
So how about you, fellow Doper? Are you one of those Americans who regards soccer as the Kardashians of sports? Is it a plot to force globalization onto the sports fans of the Fruited Plain? Take it or leave it?
I am very excited!! Though I dread the seemingly on cue loudmouth traditional American sports fans who want to take time out of their day to proclaim that soccer sucks and is for girls and all the rest. Also, while I’m glad that new people take an interest in the sport, I’d like them to stay interested - it almost seems like they follow the World Cup (esp liberal intellectual types - of which I am one, so I’m not totally throwing stones ;)) because they feel they “have to”.
I’m less excited then the last couple. I spend a lot of time working with international contractors, and for the last two my team had Brazilians, Germans, Dutch, and English rabid fans. After several lead up months of shit talking and crazy bets, it was impossible not to get caught up in the excitement.
This time though at work I’m surrounded by Americans, Indians, Pakistanis, and Taiwanese, and I don’t think I’ve heard one word about it at all.
None of the poll statements capture how I feel. I’m mildly interested in all of the games, not just the US games. I’ll certainly watch the finals. But I’m not wildly excited, and soccer will never be more than my fourth favorite sport (after baseball, American football, and curling).
Yeah, same here. I’ll watch some of it, and I’d like to see the U.S. do well, but I’m realistic about our chances to even get out of the group stage, and the all flopping really bothers me. I would like to see the U.S. beat Ghana, after losing to them in the last two World Cups. If they can do that, it’ll be something positive to take from the tournament.
I don’t spare much time for club soccer these days but I ALWAYS make time for the World Cup. One of the drawbacks to having a job is that I can’t stay home and watch the tournament live. But with DVR and weekends I’ll watch as much as I can.
I’m going to get all excited remembering how much I’ve enjoyed watching some individual matches with Brasilian friends. Then some match will be completely ruined for me by a terrible officials call or decided by a penalty kick which should never have been awarded and I’ll stop watching soccer completely for a few months until I forget how annoyed I was.
What? That already happened in the first match? See you in a couple months.
I love everything about the World Cup – the way the teams express their nation’s character, the drama, the tension, the arguments about dodgy officiating – it’s all tremendously fun. I’ve instructed my friends, family, and coworkers to expect little from me for the next month.
Also: there’s no reason for Americans to not cheer for Team USA. The lads have earned our support.