June 09, 2006
by: jovial_cynic
Too bad the US isn't more excited about the World Cup. I think most the people in my office don't even know a game is happening right now between Germany and Costa Rica. That's very strange, considering the rest of the planet is going crazy over the game. And sure -- it's just game, but for the most part, it's a global game, and you'd think that you'd have more people from the US excited about it.

I'm not sure where it starts... does the media not push the World Cup because it fears loss of revenue due to America's general lack of interest in the sport, or do Americans not get excited about the sport because it isn't plastered all over television?

Wheeler (whom I hope will eventually get an actual blog up and running) suggests that the general media is to blame, because American media is short sighted. They only put stuff out that they assume will make them money today. I guess that makes sense -- instead of building up a lot of momentum and turning the World Cup into a cash-cow for advertisers, they'd rather make safe bets on the home grown stuff.

It's odd, really. Culturally, America has really isolated itself from the rest of the world. The world has Indy racing; America has Nascar. The world has soccer; America has football. The world uses the metric system; America uses inches, gallons, and pounds.

Is it arrogance? Is it stubbornness? I dunno. It is weird that my citizenship resides in a nation that really isn't that interested in the events that are going on in the rest of the world.

UPDATE: Germany beat Costa Rica - 4:2
np category: personal


Luke said:
I will forever hate that code thing...HATE IT!!!!!!!!!! AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

I don't watch soccer (aka futbol) because I think it boring. I've tried a number of times but when you have a game that only scores a high of around 4 points I get bored. Same with hockey. Come to think of it I think watching sports is a waste of time unless it's live; for some reason that's entertaining to me but TV isn't.

June 09, 2006

jovial_cynic said:
I'll get the code to change around for you. I just haven't needed to do it yet.

Anyhow, we can agree that the game isn't *objectively* boring -- otherwise, the rest of the world wouldn't find it entertaining either. Is there something about American culture that makes most Americans uninterested in low-scoring games?

June 09, 2006

luke said:
Well all sports are subjective. Like I said I think sports are generally a waste of time but clearly most men worship sports it seems. American culture probably has something to do with not liking high scoring games. Maybe not, watching, for hours, a game in which all you see are turn over after turn over isn't that exciting to me.
June 10, 2006

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