On soccer

from the 7/7/14 National Review:

(O)ur nation’s inability to commit to soccer, like our rejection of the metric system, has long been a sore spot.  American football offers a more martially sophisticated version of soccer’s field strategy; basketball offers an even more intense blend of physicality and tactical shrewdness; baseball offers the hazy glow of a leisurely, low-scoring summer game.  And unlike soccer, these sports virtually never end in a tie.  Sports fandom is prone to chaos in every land, and we suspect the relatively high rates of violence and hooliganism around soccer may just be a function of the sport’s popularity and worldwide distribution . But maybe American sports fays (usually) behave better because our homegrown but diverse sports buffet is just more satisfying.

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