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Why is size the definitive metric for athleticism? I agree 99% of soccer players would be pretty useless on a football field, but that doesn't say anything about athleticism. That just means they aren't suited to that sport.
I think you're underestimating their agility and ability to run at 95% of your maximum speed in bursts for an hour and a half.
This post was edited by Denver Vol 9 months ago
"When we step on that football field, everyone flips a switch. And it's on..." - Butch Jones
And we have to watch a ball being kicked back and forth, fake injuries, and no action in the meantime waiting for that "big" moment that rarely happens.
If football had the same offsides rule as soccer, where the offense has to stop and let the defense catch up, we would have been playing for a NC last year. I will never, ever understand getting penalized for out hustling your opponent.
BUTCH IS NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART. GO VOLS!
I'm not saying any of you guys should like watching the sport....I think there are plenty of reasons to not enjoy watching it. The diving makes it hard for me to palate, but I think it's interesting that some people feel they aren't even good athletes. I just don't see how you arrive at that conclusion.
Anybody can be athletic. Some just cant hack it real sports so, they play soccer, the sport they are suited for.
I cant say how I really feel in fear that someone might get offended.....
oh wait, i did say how I felt and someone got offended.....
Don't get my thread locked because of this. Just don't.
I get what you're saying about the potential game-deciding moments, but what percentage of those moments actually do change the game? Scoring is so infrequent, that those moments are just brief build-up, followed by disappointment. I'd rather watch a one-score basketball or football game where the odds of a winning play are much more 50/50 than a hockey or soccer game where that one final play has about a 3% chance of changing the outcome.
there are plenty of marathon runners who could play soccer if all it takes is endurance. and kicking a ball.....
it is just a useless sport that gets more people killed worldwide than chicago does on the homocide rate.....now that takes talent
lol sorry dude.......
The fake injuries kill me, too. I hate that aspect of how professionals play the game.
My point is that while there may only be a few goals, any time someone is in shooting range, there is great action that comes with the tension and possibility of a huge play. I guess, in comparison to basketball, the first ten minutes are as important as the last ten. You don't have to wait until the end of the game for really important moments. That's one of the upsides, in my opinion.
My second favorite sport behind football. I coach both and both my sons play football and soccer. It's a lot more physical than most think. Once you understand the sport it is fun to watch. I do agree international is better. Heading to Denver Saturday for the Rapids vs Galaxy. Want to see Landon Donovan play. Then next Thursday will be in Phoenix to watch Real Madrid vs LA Galaxy. Reynaldo vs Donovan.
did you see the LSU Clemson game at the chic fila bowl?
Les Miles is notorious for faking injuries
Sorry, VolsfaninSC. I had to delete a couple of your previous posts in this thread.
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I'd like to see some lineman try to hack it in soccer. Different sports call for different types of athleticism.
I mean you can't say with a straight face that the majority of baseball players are more athletic than soccer players.
If I had to guess, you just never played soccer which is fine. Soccer doesn't appeal to everyone and that is fine. But to say the sport is for people who aren't athletic enough for football, basketball, etc. is ignorant.
This post was edited by David Wooderson 9 months ago
I hate soccer. And I may even agree with your comments. But you crossed the line when you made the same comments about someone who disagreed with you. -1, sorry.
I wasn't offended. It was just too ironic of a statement for me to take your argument seriously.
Second only to UT football, and with crowds that sing, chant, jump and bounce in the stands for two hours straight - it's a really close second.
Personally, I think as a fan base, we could also learn something from the way USMNT fans belt out the Star Spangled Banner at the top of their lungs.
This post was edited by SouthernDCist 9 months ago
The offsides rule is in place to prevent the field from getting way too stretched out. If offenders are allowed to camp on near the goal they are attacking, defenders are forced to stay with them back there stretching the field out over a 120-yard long area. The game breaks down when players are spread that far apart. Offsides keeps the 22 players in a smaller vicinity, which makes it a better game in the midfield, instead of just having a few scattered guys there who would otherwise have to take the ball and dribble it 40 yards each time in transition.
I would agree with you on that, but I actually don't think there are that many scoring chances in soccer compared to other sports. Goals are not the only exciting plays in soccer or any other sport. Far from it.
I just think hockey is much more action-packed because it's a faster game played on a smaller surface, and the number of scoring chances in a hockey game usually at least doubles or triples the number of scoring chances in a typical soccer game. And hockey still has plenty of 1-0, 2-0 and 2-1 games, just like soccer.
Sorry man, didnt mean to insult you or you call you names
True. Your average soccer player is around 5'9 to 6', average build and weight, so about the same size as Wes Welker and most slot receivers, and wait for it, that also happens to be the general size of most DBs. Calvin Johnson is a freak of nature, but good position and break on the ball is the same way smaller DBs have always guarded him. David Beckham 10 years ago in his prime easily had the size and speed to have gotten the job done. If further examples of size are needed:
Cristiano Ronaldo: 6'1" 186lbs
Zlatan Ibrahimović: 6'5" 210lbs
Landon Donovan: 5'8" 165lbs
Wayne Ronney: 5'9" 175lbs
Wes Welker: 5'9" 185lbs
Justin Hunter: 6'4" 215lbs
Ed Reed: 5'11" 205lbs
Calvin Johnson: 6'4" 230lbs
The sizes aren't that different.
I went to a Sporting Kansas game in KC a few weeks ago and it was AWESOME. Ive only recently become a soccer "fan" but that game changed my whole outlook on the sport. FWIW there were over 20k fans there and the place was rocking. Did a great job of mimicking the Europeans with the singing and everything. Overall, an awesome experience. Plus I got to go out with the players afterwords which was an experience in and of itself. Highly recommended.
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