Is American football “hate” of soccer overblown?
One of the comments on my piece helped shed some light on the issue for me. In fact, the comment suggested that it is not in fact American football haters, but bitter soccer fans, that are at the center of the problem.
I admit it, as I re-read my article, I did come across sounding pretty damned sanctimonious. I can see how my tone might illicit some negative reaction, but that’s ok, as I said in my response, I can take my medicine.
I still stand behind my statement however. I don’t think there are enough soccer writers in the States to even create a “bitter” atmosphere. In fact, I’ll point you to some mainstream soccer bashing of late - take a look at this relatively lame article on ESPN Page 2 listing the biggest “bandwagons” in American sport. Of course, they take a potshot at soccer.
Another more anecdotal piece of data I’ll offer, is that on many a sports thread, particularly my old haunt, fark, the most trolled sport is soccer. Now it may be the case that fark is not a good statistical indicator of the greater population, in which case the problem resides with my perception and not, as my commentator suggests, with American football fans and sports writers. Here’s hoping that I’m wrong!