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50,000 people....sounds like a European high school soccer game!

Soccer to Europeans = football to small town Texas

Town where my wife grew up in Germany has only about 2500 residents and yet they have a 14,000 seat football stadium with lights and barely an empty seat even for rec league games.

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Fox got the CL rights this year. The matches are on FSC and FSN now, the final will be on FX.

50,000 people....sounds like a European high school soccer game!

Soccer to Europeans = football to small town Texas

Town where my wife grew up in Germany has only about 2500 residents and yet they have a 14,000 seat football stadium with lights and barely an empty seat even for rec league games.

http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,4243189,00.html

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2.) Too many people taking dives. I can't stand it. Say what you will, "oh, football players take dives too." But we can all agree that in soccer, taking a dive is much more prevalent, and they just try to sell it way too hard. They're laying on the pitch flailing around and screaming, and grabbing his leg and writhing in agony, you'd expect when he takes his hand away there's a compound fracture jutting out of his knee-highs. Then you see the replay and the other guy just tapped him on the shoulder, and the recipient of the love tap flings himself on the floor in response.

If you accept it as part of the game, it's really not a big deal. You're talking about something that factors in to less than 3% of a match. The EPL has instituted yellow cards for players caught taking a dive in order to reduce that part of the game. It's one of the sticking points detractors point to when they say they don't like the game, but in reality it's not really that big of a deal. It's like basketball players trying to draw a charge by falling down on contact.

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certainly happens in all sports, but ya, it is the worst in soccer.

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If you accept it as part of the game, it's really not a big deal. You're talking about something that factors in to less than 3% of a match. The EPL has instituted yellow cards for players caught taking a dive in order to reduce that part of the game. It's one of the sticking points detractors point to when they say they don't like the game, but in reality it's not really that big of a deal. It's like basketball players trying to draw a charge by falling down on contact.

But the basketball players get back up. It's not THAT soccer players take a dive, it's HOW they take a dive that I have a probelm with.

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I love soccer. I think it is fun to watch. In England it is huge. I read somewhere that when Manchester United added the stripe to the top of their jersies the BBC or something like that cut in from regular live programming to go to the live press conference announcing that THEY WERE ADDING A STRIPE TO THE FRONT OF THE JERSEY. That was it. No player signing, just the fact that a stripe was being added to the jersey.

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As a tot (ok tater tot) I played soccer and was quite good at it until I grew into a football/rugby body

So you must have quit soccer at 8 years of age like me?

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The idea that someone can say baseball is boring but soccer is exciting, cracks me the fug up.

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. If you're in Charlotte Jack's is a good spot.

the TVs now have big black smudges on them(not all). Oh, and you have to listen to the Jukebox.

that place cold be so much better if it were managed correctly. They cant seem to even get 5 different football games on 5 tv's within 20 feet of each other in a row.

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The idea that someone can say baseball is boring but soccer is exciting, cracks me the fug up.

Yep. Some of the best sporting events I have been to in my life have been MLB games. Game 5 of the 2003 World Series when Alex Gonzalez hit a walk-off homer off Weaver in the 12th to win it for the Marlins is numero uno. It was Roger's "last game" and the atmosphere was amazing. Every pitch means so much in playoff baseball. If you truly love baseball, game 1 of the season means as much as game 162. Great sport. Soccer, not so much IMO.

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The idea that someone can say baseball is boring but soccer is exciting, cracks me the fug up.

Because they aren't completely different or anything.

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i gotta say i have an eclectic sports taste. I like a lot of Euro Sports (F1, ProTour Cycling), as well as all the American mainstays.

Soccer wasnt easy. probably because my experience with soccer consisted of being drug to my little bothers games as a kid, and watching the US Team. Watching the world cup last time around was great. Watching the top Premier teams and La Liga teams is good too. Granted, i wont tune in to watch leagues that arent top tier, but at the top level of the sport i can appreciate. I also think there isnt as much diving and carting people off on stretchers as there use to be. I hated that and it turned me off.

I understand why people have a hard time watching bike racing. Its really hard to understand, or appreciate if you havent raced at all or climbed some of those mountains. You just cant understand what those guys can do physically, drugs or not.

I like F1 for the technical aspects of the sport and the strategy of pitting, tires, fuel. No you dont get as much side by side racing, but i truely believe those are the best drivers in the world. Not to say Jeff Gordon or Jimmy J couldnt compete with some time and the right car.

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