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Agreed that linemen could not. Agreed that soccer players are athletes. But, yes most baseball players could play soccer as well as Nfl skill players, and nba guards. Elite athletes can play soccer. NO soccer player could play in the nfl, nba, or mlb.
Normally I like your posts, but your ignorance is showing here.
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I came up in the 80's playing in high school, college and after when it wasn't cool, and I miss it completely. I watch it all the time, and was getting up at 3am to watch our last World Cup games (complete with standing hand over heart for the national anthem). In the early days of cable tv, I could only watch soccer on UniVision and still watched. I can usually watch a game not even knowing who the teams are or having a rooting interest.
As for the faking, it bothers me too. I think it's more common in Europe - most American players I've seen don't do it.
Tre - I agree that soccer players mostly couldn't play football, baseball, etc, but it does happen (Ndamukong Suh for one). I disagree that anyone can play soccer, mostly because the footwork required is not as easy as it looks and takes a long time to develop.
This post was edited by Vol70 12 months ago
I really think you're overly-discounting the "kicking the ball" aspect of the equation. It's pretty impressive to watch someone run at a dead sprint while being pursued by a defender, kick a ball at a 90-degree angle across their body and bend it so it lands right on the foot of another guy running at a dead sprint, and then see him place the ball out of the air into whichever corner of the net he chooses.
That's a lot more than just "kicking a ball".
I mean, you have to admit that it goes a lot deeper than just being able to run and kick a ball, right?
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I see your point. When the moments in soccer happen, they are big. A lot of people like it and that's cool. I just don't want to sit through the other stuff.
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Haha! Ouch, bro. Take it easy. I'm just saying that elite nfl players would be more successful making a transition to soccer than soccer players playing nfl. I'm not saying soccer players are not athletes. At all.
Pretty sure you've just described most NBA games (flopping and flailing, but with less defense or strategy), waiting on that clutch game winning three that'll make SportsCenter..
I refuse to admit defeat on this one
Agreed. I shouldn't say ANY players could play soccer. The elite skill players could play soccer. But, elite soccer players couldn't play in the nfl, nba, or mlb.
This post was edited by TreBonez 12 months ago
like i said, sorry.......didnt mean any harm
Wasn't trying to be a dick, sorry. There is just a huge difference between the sport they were suited for and the sport they train their whole lives for. Who's to say christiano ronoldo wouldn't make a great running back or wideout if he had been training for that his whole life? The guy is a freak, no two ways around it.
Just watch this poetry in motion.... Go ahead haters.
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And the "suited for" comment was more of a joke.
any athletic person can play soccer well........
any athletic person can play basketball, baseball football well
not every athletic person can play golf well
Don't forget the NYG double flopping to slow down the offense last year. That was classic.
sorry feel asleep there....
what did I miss?
Ha, no worries, brotha! Just messing with ya. Very true on the training part. He could have been. Soccer players ARE athletes! I know that.
Actually, Ndamukong Suh played soccer first (and was supposedly very good). Not sure that it means as much here since that was in high school, and his family is notoriously good as soccer players.
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This is just a ridiculous statement. But whatever. Seems like you are not budging on this thought.
I could watch David Becham make awesome free kicks for hours.
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And as far as athletes crossing over sports, Michael Jordan proved being elite in sport doesn't mean you can hack it at another sport.
Hockey's great. I didn't grow up watching it, but I went to my first Avalanche game a couple of years ago and loved it. I spent the first period leaning back and drinking beer. The second period had me on the edge of my seat, and in the third period I was in the aisle high-fiving strangers. It was great.
Here's the way I think about it.....what if in football there was an extra guy on each defense who got to stand on the goal line. If he tackled the offensive player on a scoring attempt, his team got the ball back. There would be a lot less points put on the board, but everything else that happened on the field, 99% of the game, would be identical. That would lower the score a lot, but it wouldn't change everything else you got to see go on. That's how I think about soccer. There's a keeper who can stop a lot of points from going on the board, but it's still great action to watch an offense work it's way into a shooting position and then take the shot. Those are still meaningful and action-packed plays to watch, even though they don't result in a goal.
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