I’m trying to be open-minded and cosmopolitan about the World Cup. This hilarious and wildly offensive post from The Other McCain makes my attempt very difficult. Some snips:
… In an American context, avid soccer fandom is almost exclusively located among two groups of people (a) foreigners — God bless ‘em — and (b) pretentious yuppie snobs.
Which is to say, conservatives don’t hate soccer because we hate brown people. We hate soccer because we hate liberals.
American liberals love soccer not merely because it allows them to engage in displays of their imagined superiority — “Look at me! I’m a sophisticated cosmopolitan!” — but also because it’s usually the only sport they’ve ever actually played.
… Soccer is a great sport for sheltered wienie kids, so long as they are in a league where all the other kids are sheltered wienies, too — as is the case in the vanilla cul-de-sac suburban cocoon community where these kids grow up. Why? Because youth soccer requires no athletic ability.
… Go watch 7- or 8-year-olds play youth-league soccer somewhere in an upscale American suburb and what do you see? Twenty dorky white kids running around willy-nilly while the two kids with anything approaching genuine athletic aptitude score all the goals.
In America, if you’re too clumsy for baseball, too short for basketball and too weak for football, soccer is your game.
OK, I’m surpassing Fair Use limits and have to stop.