Here are a few observations I have made about the sport the rest of the world calls football. They are fairly random so feel free to add your own bullet points. My list may grow throughout the day.
- exchange of jerseys — at the end of every game, the players that sweated it out swap jerseys with members of the other team. It’s an awesome sportmanship measure.
- no cheerleaders — yes, this is a positive as you don’t have sit next to some sweaty drunk freak yelling at the top of his lungs at a hottie half his age. One less distraction.
- "how a tie can be a win?" — I hear some criticize soccer because many of the games result in a draw. A tie can be a win. For example, during one of the games I watched this weekend, the team had to play a man short for half the game. The game remained scoreless and the team from Trinidad and Tobago went nuts, acting like they had won the World Cup. It was so cool to witness and definitely a mental victory for them and defeat for the heavily favored Swedes.
- lack of scoring isn’t a bad thing — this sort of ties in to the bullet point above. Since it’s so difficult to score, the anticipation of scoring is heightened. Hmm, this is sounding like a comparison between soccer and sex.
- no interruptions during a match — awww, perhaps the best part about watching soccer is that there are no commercial interruptions. The game clock runs for 45 minutes twice, add in a bit of stoppage time, and it’s over. None of that pesky basketball shit where the final two two minutes of a game can take 15 minutes.
- inexpensive sport to play — the only out of pocket expense is perhaps a pair of cleats, and shinguards. You can play soccer pretty much anywhere with any clothing. I wish I could say the same thing about triathlons, but let’s face it… triathlons aren’t for everyone because they are hella expensive. Soccer is so popular because anyone of any income, it’s definitely not an elitist sport.
- fitness level — you won’t see any 250 pound soccer players like you do on the football or baseball field. Soccer players are fit mother fuckers. No bellies spilling out over their baseball belts. I don’t recall every seeing a player with an oxygen mask over their face on the sideline.
- weather — you play soccer no matter what Mother Nature is feeling like. Although maybe it should be cancelled during thunderstorms. I absolutely love playing soccer in the rain. Yes, this is how you know I’m a Seattle native.
- hair — whether it’s a mullet, spikey, short, or non-existent… soccer hair seems to always look well coiffed. You can’t have a bad hair day as a soccer player. This does include female soccer players as well.