Soccer in  my  personal opinion requires a lot more of everything than
almost any other sport, and with all due respect to foot ball fans, there
is no comparison between the two in terms of the physical and mental
demands-- soccer wins  easily; foot ball-- the players get to take all
sorts of breaks. soccer-- you run the whole time, 45 minute? halves and
don't have the benefit of protective padding like our football players do.
if you can't crawl off the field due to an injury, they will stop the game
long enough to get you out of the way, and then it's back to the game :)

 while it is true that normal size people can play soccer- for example, i
was chief bench warmer on my college team- to make any headway in the
sport, you have to be good. the rest of the world plays soccer like we play
baseball-- they are crazy about it. a few months ago we had a demonstration
womanes game (I think) here in Seattle-- people flew in from Europe by the
1000's to see the game, and it was not even a league game !

if you really want to drive dull nails into your head-- well, that's your
choice, but personally, I find soccer a lot more fun to watch than baseball
or football. instead of nails, try flaming bamboo splinters under your
fingernails :)

just my opinion.

Bob Taylor




>From: "John W. Redelfs" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
>
>I don't feel the way you do about football, soccer and baseball.
>Professional football in this country cannot be played by
>ordinary people.  They have to be giants.  It is the same way
>with basketball: the best players are virtually freaks.  But
>normal sized people can play soccer.
>----------
>Exactly my point.  Soccer is a wimpy sport that anyone can play.
>Well, almost anyone.  I'm so wimpy I probably couldn't play it.
>----------
>As for baseball, well... when my kids all got stuck out in right
>field while the coaches kid got to be pitcher I learned that
>baseball, softball actually, wasn't much of a sport except for a
>favored few.  When I put my kids in soccer they all got to play
>their guts out every minute that they were in good enough shape
>to play.
>----------
>Grampa Bill never let any of us kids play sports.  He thought
>that we wouldn't study if we were playing.  I guess I showed him.
>I didn't study anyway.  :-)
>
>At the time I wasn't too concerned about not playing sports, but
>now I wish I had done something.  I will admit that those who
>play soccer seem to have a good time.  I personally don't see how
>you can call it "shooting" when the kicked ball goes no where
>near the goal.  So I will grant you a point on soccer perhaps
>being a fun game to play.  But I think I would rather drive dull
>nails into my temples than to have to sit through watching a
>soccer match.
>
>Cousin Bill
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