June 13, 2014

Fightin' Words: What about this Soccer stuff?


Regular frequenters of this fabulous column probably noticed a new guy is stepping into the sports opinion world. Fear not! Adam will return next week with more incendiary athletic commentary, but this week he is trying his luck at doubling his meager journalism bucks in Vegas. 

So you're stuck with me, and I couldn't be happier about this bit of kismet. 

The World Cup starts this week and if it weren't for my soccer loving Sports Editor, I honestly wouldn't have noticed. 

Maybe it's my inherent Americanism, but I just don't care about soccer. 

I get it. The rest of the world is gung hoe about kicking a ball around for three hours. For me, the rules just don't make sense. 

I don't get this extra time hoopla. No one seems to know how much extra time a game will get. It's arbitrary and is no way based on the score. 

Football, baseball, basketball; these sports have legitimized reasons for additional play. Soccer just seems to add it if the players spend too much time discussing David Beckham's relevance. 

Then there's the scoring system. 

I come from a world, where the team with the most points, runs or goals wins a match, and the one with the most matches wins a division. 

From what I understand this is not the case in Soccer. 

Wins grab a team three points in the standings and goals grab a team one point. 

What the heck is that? 

By my understanding, team A could have less wins than team B, but still place higher in a division due to goal imbalance. 

This seems monumentally unfair.

I just don't get it, but I do think the box at the bottom of the Sports page is pretty fancy.  

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