I watched the first half and the last 10 minutes of the US-England soccer match. I enjoyed it, but mostly because I enjoy most sports and watching this match involved me sitting on my butt hiding out from my wife at a friend’s house instead of doing chores at home. I can see myself rooting for the USA this year, but I doubt I will ever get that excited about soccer (and if the networks don’t figure out how to filter out that obnoxious hum coming from all the blow horns, they are not going to capture much of an audience).
My question for the day is this: How big is the intersection of NASCAR fans and World Cup fans?
For many of us Americans used to watching football and basketball, we need a good excuse (like hiding out from chores) to watch soccer. No matter how many lectures we hear about how exciting it is even though there is almost no scoring, we just don’t get it. But compared to NASCAR, a World Cup soccer game is like overtime of a NBA finals game. They must sell prodigious amounts of alcohol at NASCAR events. How else could a sane person tolerate it (around and around and around and around)?
But maybe a genetic ability to watch really boring sports can overcome the sociocultural dissonance that would occur from being simultaneously a World Cup fan and a NASCAR fan? Has anyone met one?
I’ve always been afraid that if I start watching soccer, I’ll eventually lose my taste for beef, start buying organic vegetables, and have a sudden desire to visit countries that don’t have enough brains or electricity to put ice cubes in my Diet Coke. Soccer seems to be hugely popular with university professors, but I think very few of them actually watch soccer. They just fake it. They love soccer for the same reasons that they hate Dick Cheney.
I might say that they hate NASCAR for the same reasons. But, then, it could be because of the around, and around, and around, and around…