Ann Coulter Is Right?

Ann Coulter Is Right to Fear the World Cup

Last week, Ann Coulter penned a column explaining why soccer is un-American. First, it’s collectivist. (“Individual achievement is not a big factor…blame is dispersed.”) Second, it’s effeminate. (“It’s a sport in which athletic talent finds so little expression that girls can play with boys.”) Third, it’s culturally elitist. (“The same people trying to push soccer on Americans are the ones demanding that we love HBO’s “Girls,” light-rail, Beyoncé and Hillary Clinton.”) Fourth, and most importantly, “It’s foreign…Soccer is like the metric system, which liberals also adore because it’s European.”

well, i tend to lean more conservative and i think this is bullshit.

6 Comments

  1. that’s funny b/c I lean more liberal and as much as it makes my stomach turn, I kind of agree with her. Soccer is a great game for average and below people. An entire village of poor kids with the most basic coordination and a ball can play the game at a reasonable level. Rules are simple, skills are basic. I could teach an alien to play soccer in about 10 minutes. That’s why its popular, because the average person on the globe is very average and very poor. Americans should expect more from sport than soccer. We shouldn’t be jumping up and down for a tie. We shouldn’t be jocking Tim Howard like he’s the Jim Thorp. Played great, but lost. Soccer isn’t a sport that will lift the US up. If it continues to grow in popularity, it will only accelerate our decline into mediocrity.

  2. Interesting point of view and so utterly unintelligent. I still think she’s just trying to piss people off.

    1. How is Basketball, American Football, Hockey etc. any less collectivist than Soccer?
    2. Yes, girls can play with boys. That doesn’t mean they can compete physically though. And the same is true for the above “US” sports.
    3. By simple definition, a sport which is by far the most popular and most played sport in the world, cannot be elitist. It may be considered that in the US, but that doesn’t make it true.
    4. I particularly love her reference to the fact that it’s “foreign” and the comparison to the metric system. I hope she realises that the US technically doesn’t have it’s own measurement system. It’s the imperial system, which is also “foreign”.

    How sad must it be if the only way to differentiate yourself from other people is to unequivocally refuse enjoy anything even remotely “European”.

    Simple minds have simple thoughts.

  3. @Guapo: damn dude, well said and now have me completely re-thinking it all…. hell, going back to re-read her original article now as a matter of fact.

    @Chris: nice break down, but i tend to agree with ya right off the bat when you said she’s probably just trying to piss people off… the world cup is going on, people are talking about it — so bam! she comes out with an article like that and the media/people/twitter picked up on it and it kind of went viral (which i’m sure made her day).

    at the end of the day, we already have a lot of sports… and even though i love watching the world cup matches when they come around every 4 years, i just can’t see it getting really popular over here — it’s going up against the NFL, baseball, basketball, and hockey after all…. not to mention others like nascar, golf, and tennis.

  4. It will get more popular but according to an old Dutch pro player who is working in US to help putting good football schools up it may take about 10 years or so. I think it also depends on the successes of Team USA, if they keep growing and performing great on tournaments americans will be prouder and prouder like they love to be proud :-)

    Just look at how many people watched the games this time compared to past cups.

    They did a great job!

  5. When I lived in the states I played football and baseball. (Probably would’ve played basketball if I were bigger, too.)
    Here in Germany, I play soccer. Coz’ everybody plays it. And because I like soccer. I’m German, so yeah. Sure, we have football teams and I was surprised to see a great number of baseball fields here in Berlin. But they are “minority” sports.
    It’s simply a cultural thing. We grow up with soccer, you grow up with football. It has nothing to do with how poor people are, or how stupid, or what color.
    And, guapo, since a stupid, poor, skilless alien who plays soccer can learn your baseball and basketball rules … ah whatever.

  6. I don’t view soccer as a simple sport, more of as a welcoming sport. The rules are pretty easy to learn and after that you’re set. This Ann Coulter is such an idiot for thinking like this. Soccer isn’t hugely catching on in the states because it is ingrained in our culture for there to be a winner. A tie is a tie and you just have to accept it when the day is done, and keep rooting for your team.

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