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- Subject: non structural - sports and that other football
- From: akester(--nospam--at)cfl.rr.com
- Date: Tue, 20 Jun 2006 17:14:14 +0100
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It is such an intersting subject, I hope I can equally offend/amuse everyone here. I just have nothing structural to talk about at the moment. So you may want to delete now, it got a bit long on me even after editing. I am on a working vacation in Spain at the moment, staying with family. I live in Florida. I have a decent amount of stamps in my passport for my age. I was married to a foreigner, date foreigners, business partner is a foreigner, staying with foreigners, now I am a foreigner getting my residency in another country just because… Yo soy gringo... And the funny thing so far watching soccer in Spain is that though this country is in LOVE with futbol, because of a certain guy named Franco, they are NOT nationalistic. They do not have the pride in their red and yellow flag the way we do in the red, white and blue, or Brazil in their Green and Yellow. Their national anthem has no words so they made up a dirty song about Franco. Our state pride has nothing on their autonomous communities and their own culture, tradtion, and languages. But now all the talk, newspapers, and TV is about the team from ESPAÑA, not from Madrid or Cataluña or Pais Basco…. Sports, art, music, etc. are subjective. Not everyone likes the same thing, clearly. All my friends and business associates cannot convince me golf is an activity worthy of my time (even though it can involve beer drinking, I am told)- though there are more courses in Florida then anywhere. I would rather go surfing, or do yard work, or maybe finally finish tiling the bathroom….. I cannot stop watching Australian Rules Football since I got here, and have watched way too much World Cup, with teams that make me go look at a world map. Sports, art, food, music, etc. are part of the culture too, you cannot ignore that or separate it, nor would you want too. We have great differences even throughout the US in who enjoys what, where, and how. I barely kicked a soccer ball when I was a kid in Wisconsin, but I learned to ice skate when I could walk. I loved playing hockey, but cannot sit and watch a regular season NHL game. Lacrosse is now one of the fastest growing sports in the US. Beach volleyball is in the Olympic. Somewhere they play field hockey and water polo in college. I saw college bowling on TV the other day, women at that. The times they are a changin´. I (and many of my friends) actually prefer most college sports to pro (my exception being the Green Bay Packers). College football in the southeast is THE sport, just look at the size of the stadiums (bigger then the pros). And it is not because they are better athletes or better games; but because of the emotion, the link to the university, the link with friends, the pride I feel when I see those colors. I enjoy the culture of college sports. The great memories of 6 seasons of home games without a loss, but we had a TIE. OHHHH, the evil TIE!! You know college football not too long ago had these? And guess what? Life went on and we loved our sport nonetheless. That was one of the single greatest games I have ever seen, and because we were so far behind it felt like a win! I have lived most of my life 30 miles from the Daytona International Speedway, but have only been to one race (not the 500), and still could care less about NASCAR. Our country is at the tops with technology but we only have one Formula 1 race in our country, we prefer going in circles in less complicated machines. Maybe it is because you can bring beer to the races. Don´t mistake scoring with action, or lack thereof. No commercials or time outs and if you leave the game you don´t come back, or you sit injured off the field until you can run back on. A foul is called and the game resumes in seconds without a formal announcement via a microphone from the referee. The game barely stops, it more pauses. The players run miles, and are top notch athletes, they barely stop or walk the whole game. Yes, I have my problems with football too, especially the flopping and acting and general lack of intestinal fortitude (you don´t see rugby players crying so much.) Our kids play soccer and we think it is great exercise but don´t really get it, we think the ball is out when it touches the line and cannot come to terms with offsides (but we can understand what a nickel package is). Ever sit through a 21-14 American Football game and say how boring it was? Isn´t that really 3-2 ? How about a 7-3 game? No, a great defensive struggle it was…. Many Americans do not GET futbol, football, soccer- because we do not have a cultural heritage of the sport, we do not have the history, and we don´t have an emotional tie. We did not get up at 9am in college to drink beer for the big soccer match. We don´t remember where we were when Maradona or Péle scored THAT goal. We probably think Maradona is a typo for Madona. MLS is nice but it is in its infancy stages, and has nothing on the passion of the Euro leagues and their fanfare, and quality. Maybe it will one day, or maybe it will always just be a domestic training ground and AAA league for Europe. A great thing about the USA is there are lots of other sports at the pro and college level to choose from, so if World Cup is not your cup of tea, if not even for the drama of this event that happens just once every 4 years and involves countries from 6 continents (Australia qualified this year), change the darn channel! As far as lack of action or comparative scoring, truly think about that. How much real action is in a baseball game besides on the pitching mound and in the batters box? How much of American football is just strategy and planning for 5 second bursts? And nobody truly likes a tie, which is why in the next round there are NO ties in the World Cup. How about cheering for the good ole stars and stripes underdog team which shocked Italy with a TIE, labelled by some as one of our best 5 games of all time? If for nothing else, cheer for the fact that France is doing so poorly (wink wink France), the same way Scots cheer for whoever is playing England! Cheers, Andrew Kester, PE Lake Mary, FL, USA (c/o the Canary Islands) ******* ****** ******* ******** ******* ******* ******* *** * Read list FAQ at: http://www.seaint.org/list_FAQ.asp * * This email was sent to you via Structural Engineers * Association of Southern California (SEAOSC) server. To * subscribe (no fee) or UnSubscribe, please go to: * * http://www.seaint.org/sealist1.asp * * Questions to seaint-ad(--nospam--at)seaint.org. Remember, any email you * send to the list is public domain and may be re-posted * without your permission. Make sure you visit our web * site at: http://www.seaint.org ******* ****** ****** ****** ******* ****** ****** ********
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