TS - You love American football, don't you?! You've clearly given this a lot of thought, and have constructed some seemingly sound arguments. Your passion is admirable, but it almost seems that deep down you suffer from an inferiority complex for your chosen sport. Why not 'live and let live'? For every cogent point made, the other side can come back and with an equally convincing counterargument. There is nothing inherent in the game that prevents Americans from loving soccer. We've embraced any number of arguably 'boring' sports and become passionate about them, not because they have 'discernible action' or 'quantifiable stats', but because as kids we grew up playing them and watching/following a glamorous professional league w/ big name stars. Do you think the rest of the world is so stupid as to love a 'boring, low scoring game that ____ (fill in your favorite criticisms)? Soccer will never catch on in the U.S. until there is a sustained pro league w/ superstars for the kids/fans to look up to. That is what the NASL was trying to accomplish in the 70's, and what the MLS is trying to do now. They've got a long, hard row to hoe, but soccer's popularity in the U.S. has come a long way in one generation. Football and soccer are very different games with different appeals. Arguing so vehemently that one is 'better' than the other is kind of silly when you think about it. Remember, they're both just kids' games being played by overpaid men. I am a basketfull of inferiority complexes, and thats the most American thing of all! To be honest, I sort of like watching soccer with other people, and I enjoyed playing it. I'm just trying to make the point (repeatedly and without much success) that soccer is not the be-all and end all of pro sports, and that American Football, while not perfect, is a lot more interesting game than people (who don't watch it and understand it) give it credit for. Plus, I'm the smartest man alive, so therefore my favorite game must be the best one ever. End of story.