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RE: 2006 FIFA World Cup: Who Cares?

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I guess your grandson's experience is similar to mine.  My dad told me I was playing soccer, and that was it.  I discovered baseball, played a T-shirt league during the summer mornings, but I had soccer practice in the afternoons, and games and tournaments just about every weekend.  It never stopped.  Once my dad let up and said okay to baseball, a game he doesn't understand, he saw that I enjoyed it SO much more than soccer.
I was a lot better in baseball, and nepotism was not such a big thing than on the soccer team...
Again, with soccer, you get the world's worst actors running around, and if we, the spectators, are lucky, we'll see a total of 10 shots on goal.  Don't blink.  Then, there are own-goals, and referees that aren't quite going along with the program, and the fans who go to extremes and actually carry out violence...??? 
Soccer in the US will not take off as a spectator sport, not with the "entertain me now" attitude that most sports fans have.
But, do enjoy the Artists Formerly known as the San Jose Earthquakes, or the Houston 1836, or whatever moniker they've conjured up...  They won't be around for much longer...

"Polhemus, Bill" <BPolhemus(--nospam--at)> wrote:

From: David Topete [mailto:davetopete(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Wednesday, June 14, 2006 11:02 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: RE: 2006 FIFA World Cup: Who Cares?
Disclaimer 2:   My dad forced me to play soccer when I was 8, I played for 6 years, and never liked it one bit.

FWIW: I do like soccerâ??but as Stan Caldwell said, I think in the U.S. soccer will always be a â??participation sport,â?? not a spectator sport, on the same level as softball or volleyball, fwiw.
I had my son in soccer when he was a kidâ??heâ??s now 28 years old. He enjoyed it very much and played competitively in high school. Now, my two grandsons ages 5 & 6 are playing. Itâ??s a great game for kids, gives them massive opportunities to run off all that energy, and come home tired (and less likely to run around in the house).
I very much enjoy watching â??ourâ?? football (American football to you from beyond our shores), whether at the high school, collegiate or professional level. For years, I was kind of a â??football onlyâ?? guy, as is typical here in the South.
But once I got REALLY involved as a spectator of baseball, I was mesmerized.
Lately, my six year old grandson, for some reason I have no clue concerning, has become a big, big Houston Astros fan. He insists we watch the game EVERY NIGHT. He has picked up on how itâ??s scored, what is meant by balls and strikes, some of the positions, even some rudiments of strategy. This kid is hooked. Weâ??ve now bought him and his brother their first mitts, a nice â??Houston Astros Louisville Sluggerâ?? aluminum T-ball bat and a tee, and it is inevitable that the kid is going to be out on the field when â??fall baseballâ?? begins with the next school year.
I want him to continue with soccer, but right now I can tell you which one heâ??d rather play. This was HIS idea, not ours. We introduced him to soccer, but he has introduced himself to baseball, and he canâ??t get enough.

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