Why I quit hating soccer.....besides the soccer moms!

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Put those NHL players on the offensive line and see if they can stand up after the first play.
I could just see an NHL player taking on JJ Watt or Fletcher Cox in a 1v1 pass rush drill lol
 

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I'd think the hockey players would stand a better chance than the soccer players.
Yeah they would put up a much better fight. Soccer players would fall to the ground clutching their knees feigning injury lol
Hockey brawlers are tough and proud. Just not big/strong enough to match up with 6-5” 250-400lb football players
 

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I think hockey is my favorite sport to watch. It's non stop movement from start to finish.
In each period, yes, but 20 min breaks between periods.
Love hockey, too.
 

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I was watching an episode of COPS a long time ago, and this cop is chasing some guy on foot down the streets. The guy is putting up a pretty good run, but the cop is running along right behind and sometimes right next to the guy and telling him something like... Dude. I run marathons. I can keep this up for hours. I mean hours and hours. You're never gonna get way from me. I can do this all night. Just give up. I see you're getting tired. I can hear you breathing hard. Common man. Don't do this to yourself. Just stop. :ROFLMAO:

Dude finally gives up and the cop is hardly winded. The cop put him in cuffs and patted him on the back and thanked him for stopping. The dude was defeated. He let him catch his breath and asked if he needed an ambulance.

It was one of my favorite episodes
 

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In each period, yes, but 20 min breaks between periods.
Love hockey, too.
Gotta do the Zamboni thing. The guy at Notre Dame driving the Zamboni used to throw candy over the walls to the kids. My mother in-law used to play clarinet in the city alumni band. They'd play ND hockey games, and I knew a security guard at the rink, so we'd get in free. Wife and I would take our kid when she was a baby to watch grandma play in the band, but the kid would watch the hockey game. :ROFLMAO:
 

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I was watching an episode of COPS a long time ago, and this cop is chasing some guy on foot down the streets. The guy is putting up a pretty good run, but the cop is running along right behind and sometimes right next to the guy and telling him something like... Dude. I run marathons. I can keep this up for hours. I mean hours and hours. You're never gonna get way from me. I can do this all night. Just give up. I see you're getting tired. I can hear you breathing hard. Common man. Don't do this to yourself. Just stop. :ROFLMAO:

Dude finally gives up and the cop is hardly winded. The cop put him in cuffs and patted him on the back and thanked him for stopping. The dude was defeated. He let him catch his breath and asked if he needed an ambulance.

It was one of my favorite episodes
Little off topic, but yeah, uh cool story.
 

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I was watching an episode of COPS a long time ago, and this cop is chasing some guy on foot down the streets. The guy is putting up a pretty good run, but the cop is running along right behind and sometimes right next to the guy and telling him something like... Dude. I run marathons. I can keep this up for hours. I mean hours and hours. You're never gonna get way from me. I can do this all night. Just give up. I see you're getting tired. I can hear you breathing hard. Common man. Don't do this to yourself. Just stop. :ROFLMAO:

Dude finally gives up and the cop is hardly winded. The cop put him in cuffs and patted him on the back and thanked him for stopping. The dude was defeated. He let him catch his breath and asked if he needed an ambulance.

It was one of my favorite episodes
Not bad, when you consider the Officer is carrying about 15 lbs. of equipment and armor. I've seen an Officer catch up to an offender and pull out the taser. It's amazing how fast a fleeing suspect will stop when tased. It's like somebody pulled the parking brake.
 

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Not bad, when you consider the Officer is carrying about 15 lbs. of equipment and armor. I've seen an Officer catch up to an offender and pull out the taser. It's amazing how fast a fleeing suspect will stop when tased. It's like somebody pulled the parking brake.
Kinda makes you appreciate NFL players doing what they do with 15+ lbs of equipment on. Soccer players run around in silk pajamas
 

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Wow! What a bunch of Monday morning quarterbacking by guys with more opinions than brains. having played high level college football at a school that also had an elite hockey team and being over 300 lbs and running a 4.8 40 (but that is the best I ever did and I sure couldn't do it now), I can personally tell you many of the defensemen on the hockey team would be great offensive or defensive linemen - they sure wouldn't fold. And after having said all of that and never getting into soccer until I was almost 40 I can tell you that soccer is a much more elegant sport that requires not a bunch of specialists although there is always room for a few - but a lot of generalists that have to have extreme conditioning and be constantly thinking with the team and communicating and not just executing. Soccer is much more exciting game to play and watch but it also takes a lot of understanding of the game to appreciate it. It takes some refinement to appreciate and not just numbers a simple benchpress or 40 yd time.

Golf is not one for me. It is the ultimate in focus and concentration and perfection of technique and I find it way to frustrating. When I want to relax I need something that takes my min off of whatever else and golf doesn't do that because it isn't physical enough.

BTW - In youth sports participation soccer is #2 only to Basketball in the US.
 

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I think people who "dislike/hate" a sport are actually just jealous they don't have the abilities to do it....I enjoying playing and watching the ones I like and am fine with other people that enjoying watching and playing something else. To hate something you're not forced to do or watch is pretty silly to me.
 

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Wow! What a bunch of Monday morning quarterbacking by guys with more opinions than brains. having played high level college football at a school that also had an elite hockey team and being over 300 lbs and running a 4.8 40 (but that is the best I ever did and I sure couldn't do it now), I can personally tell you many of the defensemen on the hockey team would be great offensive or defensive linemen - they sure wouldn't fold. And after having said all of that and never getting into soccer until I was almost 40 I can tell you that soccer is a much more elegant sport that requires not a bunch of specialists although there is always room for a few - but a lot of generalists that have to have extreme conditioning and be constantly thinking with the team and communicating and not just executing. Soccer is much more exciting game to play and watch but it also takes a lot of understanding of the game to appreciate it. It takes some refinement to appreciate and not just numbers a simple benchpress or 40 yd time.

Golf is not one for me. It is the ultimate in focus and concentration and perfection of technique and I find it way to frustrating. When I want to relax I need something that takes my min off of whatever else and golf doesn't do that because it isn't physical enough.

BTW - In youth sports participation soccer is #2 only to Basketball in the US.
Get your soccer guy and I'll pick my football guy. We can expand to a dozen or do all the athletic events you want. I will conceed any run over 1/4 mile, maybe.
My NFL guy will win shuttle, 40yd , BP, military press, squat, broad jump, high jump, whatever.
Just for giggles, we can throw on some boxing gloves, wrestle, arm wrestle, climb ropes, etc. Again, I got money my NFL guy wins.
Theres guys playing in the NFL who have also had opportunities to also play in the NBA or MLB.

Like I said, I'm not a soccer hater, I just disagree with the other guys notion that soccer players are better athletes than NFL football players. I would probably also say that NBA players are better athletes than soccer players.
 

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opinion and observations...
Soccer players generally have to run for 45 minutes without stopping...
NFL defenses tend to get more worn down by the minute after they've been on the field for 10 minutes...

The last couple minutes of hockey games are usually awesome...

MLB players are the real wimps of the pro sports world...if all athletes were clowns...MLB players would be mimes...!

Pro golfers must stay in good physical condition...even minor injuries can limit their ability to make a living...

Basketball would be much more entertaining if they didn't stop the clock so much...forget stopping for fouls etc...just keep the clock running and at the end of the game only shoot fouls if there was an uneven number between the teams...
...having the last two minutes of a basketball game last 15-20 minutes is ridiculous...
 

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The most exciting sports event I have seen in the last 50 years (OU/Nebraska, 1970) was a hockey game between two teams of first and second graders...with maybe the one exception of my Grand daughter's first soccer game.
 

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I wrote off paying to watch pro sports when the kneeling started. I will come back once it’s banned and the players stand with the audience.
 

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I wrote off paying to watch pro sports when the kneeling started. I will come back once it’s banned and the players stand with the audience.

I’ve said this before, but I officiate lots of college tennis. There are many many many non-US kids playing college tennis. There is nothing like college sports in most other countries - so the opportunities are in the US.

At the DIII Championships, the National Anthem was played prior to the matches. Every single player stood up straight, took their hats off and placed them over their heart and looked at the flag until the anthem was complete.

The foreign kids are so happy to be here playing college tennis - they don’t want to be anywhere else.

It was fantastic.

MoKelly
 

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It's the padding, it weighs them down. Soccer players always stand.
Nah, they stood just a few years ago. It ain’t the body padding, it’s the padding between the ears that has them confused
 

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For the players it is a "work environment"...they should act accordingly...it's not a time or place to display personal political ideals or demonstrations...
That's not what the audience is there for and they should not have to put up with it...
 

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For the players it is a "work environment"...they should act accordingly...it's not a time or place to display personal political ideals or demonstrations...
That's not what the audience is there for and they should not have to put up with it...
You have a valid argument there; but I venture half of the audience disagrees with you.
 

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Last NFL game and NHL games I saw, the audience was overwhelmingly anti-kneeling and pro-national anthem. Many booed the players at the NFL game and loudly sang the national anthem. The hockey players did not kneel.
It was maybe 90-10 pro USA at the NFL game and 99-1 NHL if not 100% pro-USA
 

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I do not know how anybody can say there is systemic racism (there is always a few idiots) in US sports in current times. Americans certainly have no problem cheering for anyone on their team - whether they are black, hispanic, asian, eastern european, etc. it doesn't matter. The American born white guys are definitely a minority in a lot of sports but who cares. We go to watch the athletic contest and be entertained - not to be protested to.
 
 
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