I find it puzzling that someone would still have to explain and defend a sport our children love and play. We have a professional soccer league, and one of the teams in that league, the LA Galaxy, has one of the best players in the world (David Beckham). Our U.S. female team made us awfully proud in the 1990s (winning the world championship twice), and it is currently among the best in the world. In the Central and North America soccer world, the United States rules (something Mexico did for decades). We're exporting players now to professional leagues all over the world (England, Scotland, Spain, etc.) We are now one of the world's soccer powers. So tell me, what is wrong with that? Indeed, we are now participating with other countries for supremacy, not the phony "Wold Series" of baseball, where only two teams from the United States are allowed to participate. The world championship of baseball that took place in the United States in the spring of 2006 and in which teams from all over the world participated was the real thing. And guess what? We didn't win it. Japan did. And we had some of the best professionals playing for us!! Football is a sport played mainly in the United States, so of course the champion can declare itself "World Champion." Other countries in the world can't grow massive humans who end up incapacitated, their bodies nearly destroyed by the years of horrendous body contact. And basketball? Please, the NBA is now a veritable United Nations, with players from every continent participating. We are not dominating the Olympic and world tournaments like we did before. Argentina and other European countries now beat us regularly, at our own game! So please, let us be honest about ourselves. Yes, the world has caught up with us in sports, but that makes it much more fun, much more intriguing, much more interesting than watching us beat up on teams and thinking ourselves invincible. As for soccer, isn't wonderful that WE have caught up with the world, that WE can beat Mexico and Portugal and other soccer nations that before used to broom the floor with us? We are now respected in the world of soccer -- we are good at it because we now play that sport like everybody else. Rejoice!
posted by email@example.com at 12:24 PM on June 16
The comments posted by Mr. Crash Davis seem to reveal the real problem with Pete Rose. He has changed his story so many times. Now he says he did bet on his team. Soon, he'll change his story again and say that he bet against his team and so on. Pete, do us all a favor and just tell the whole story so that we can get on with the business of inducting you in baseball's Hall of Fame while holding up or noses.
posted by firstname.lastname@example.org at 06:34 PM on March 14
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