Originally Posted by Englandmj7
In the same token, Americans are mesmerized by football with an average play of roughly 5 seconds and after that, 30 seconds to one minute of standing around? My main quip with American sports is that there isn't enough action. Or how about watching 500 laps around a track for a couple hours?....I mean, some American sports are as dull as it gets and people still love them.
If you are not American, you have no idea what I'm talking about, but yes. American football has more "action" than soccer IMO. Why? Because the plays that happen all have a quantifiable result attached to them. The five seconds of action you talk about can move you 30 yards down the field and allow you a better chance of scoring, move you backwards, out of scoring range, or turn into a fumble or interception - thus giving the other team a scoring opportunity. The "constant action" of soccer is basically just kicking the ball for no reason, since a successfull pass, change in possession, or a failed pass, almost statistically NEVER results in a goal. Passing is not action.
Soccer is continual action, unless you are counting "action" as goals, which is a relatively flawed way to think of it. Hockey, for instance, is as action-packed as it gets, and most of the time, very few actual goals are scored. People appreciate the passing, the flow, the defense, the attempts, etc. That is what makes a sport. I don't thing "boringness" is why people don't watch it as much.
See above. Flawed as the attitude may be, that is what the US is about. Scoring. Get used to it. Hockey is also not a sport with a very large following in the US. BUT hockey also incorporates a bit of smacking about, and when one player collides with another player, they are really smacking into each other, not like in soccer where the collisions, trips, and etc are 99% acting.
If you don't think the boringness of watching televised soccer is why people in the US don't watch it, then you have no idea why sports fans in the US do anything. Soccer is boring to watch, and if you were to poll the majority of the US, 8 out of ten Americans would probably tell you the exact same thing.
Speaking of football, however, I did thoroughly enjoy the Lingerie Bowl: http://www.lingeriebowl.com/
Why isn't there a professional league for this? I know I would rather watch these chicks kicking each other's asses than seeing a 375 lb. sweaty man do the same. Is America inherently homosexual? Time will tell.......
Chicks kicking each other's asses is not football, and there ARE women's football leagues out there, where the girls can actually play. However, you are dealing with 280lb women instead of 375lb men, so its sort of a push. Homosexual or not, gladitorial events have been popular outside the US for a long time, and I don't see this ending anytime soon. Soccer = cross country skiing. American football = downhill skiing. Sorry. But downhill is just more fun to watch.