December 21, 2011

Another win for the culture war

Football Is Better Than Soccer

In its energy and complexity, football captures the spirit of America better than any other cultural creation on this continent, and I don't mean because it features long breaks in which advertisers get to sell beer and treatments for erectile dysfunction. It sits at the intersection of pioneering aggression and impossibly complex strategic planning. It is a collision of Hobbes and Locke; violent, primal force tempered by the most complex set of rules, regulations, procedures and systems ever conceived in an athletic framework. Soccer is called the beautiful game. But football is chess, played with real pieces that try to knock each other's brains out. It doesn't get any more beautiful than that.

It's a thing of beauty when a European finally awakens to reality.   I love me some soccer but football is quintessentially American.


Posted by Duffy at December 21, 2011 01:16 PM | TrackBack

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Nah, soccer is better... sounds like some European is trying to make a move on an American girlfiend.... Any soccer player can play football, but a football player can't play even a full half of soccer...

Posted by: kavips at December 22, 2011 01:20 AM

Right. Sure. Let's put any soccer player in the world in football pads and see if he survives one preseason game.

Posted by: Duffy at December 22, 2011 11:28 AM