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Does the "far right" hate soccer?

by: Jay Stevens

Mon Jun 14, 2010 at 20:33:36 PM MST

Dave Zirn takes the World Cup and makes it political in his post on NPR, "why the far right hates soccer," which leads with this Glen Beck quote:

It doesn't matter how you try to sell it to us....It doesn't matter how many celebrities you get, it doesn't matter how many bars open early, it doesn't matter how many beer commercials they run, we don't want the World Cup, we don't like the World Cup, we don't like soccer, we want nothing to do with it.

I have to say, if there's a general antipathy for soccer on the right, I haven't seen it in 2010. Sure, in the past the game was cast as the sport of elitist suburban liberals (those "soccer moms," remember?), or as the foil for a True American's love of NASCAR, but the WC is about as popular this year as I've seen it. And here on LiTW, it was righty Craig Moore who wrote a WC diary, and fellow traveler Rusty Shackleford its first commenter.

I don't buy it. Not this year. And I think Beck's picked a loser to rouse the rabble with. (I'm sure he'll back track later.) The World Cup is sports nirvana, the Olympics and the NCAA basketball tournament rolled into one, but with higher stakes than either and more chance of upsets.

So whatever. F*ck you Zirn and Beck for trying to drive a political wedge into our fun.

Jay Stevens :: Does the "far right" hate soccer?
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I'm all for enjoying (0.00 / 0)
the World Cup and the opportunity it brings for people to come together. It gives us an opportunity to put the politics aside, cheer, and relate to one another in a way that we don't see the other as having one eye in the middle of their head. The world, our country, and all of us need these fleeting moments.  "Get your boots on!"

Not Robert Green's first goal-tending mistake... (0.00 / 0)
Check this out...

I am done here Jay (0.00 / 0)
The party is over.

I called Cowgirl out for her sleazy smear post.  I used no foul language and I did not swear. I tried to communicate to her what a real progressive, like James Conner, was like. A person who demonstrates respect, class and personal honor towards all while defining his progressive values. I called her out for her "guilt by association" bushwack, back shooting job on Travis. My comment was deleted.  This cannot be a one-way street.  

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I deleted it (0.00 / 0)
You resorted to name-calling. Find a better way to express your opinions, Craig. Refute the argument, say.

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I read your comment, (0.00 / 0)
And I must say that I saw nothing wrong with it. I thought it was appropriate.  I, too, thought it was a cheap shot. When I saw that a comment policy being instituted, I assumed that maybe it was designed to stop some of the endless threads of personal insults by a couple of folks that post here. And I thought that that would be a good thing.  You see, there are some folks on this site that do not like each other.  We get that.  We need not be endlessly reminded of that.  If someone insults you, it's best to ignore it and move on.  I personally come here to see the issues fleshed out, not personal fueds.  I really enjoy all points of view, including yours, Craig.  You see, there are some very, very smart well-informed folks that post here, and it's great fun to read.  I hope that it continues to be so.  

I think it's important to remember that issues are issues and people are NOT issues.  I have some very close friends and relatives who are rightwing nutjobs.  But we still talk.

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Cowgirl is the best writer here (0.00 / 0)
you all are criticizing her because you know it.  Cowgirl - take it as a complement.

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What Larry said (0.00 / 0)
I have no problem disagreeing with a post, or even getting angry with it, but you just came out and called her a coward. Instead, try attacking the logic of the argument, not the person behind it.

I've been deleting all kinds of comments from folks all over the political spectrum, so don't take it personally. Right now I'm being pretty aggressive.

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Hate Soccer? (0.00 / 0)

I don't hate it, but It's not something I would ever watch.

I like football, and baseball, much better.

Adam Carolla was on the B.S. Report... (0.00 / 0)
From the June 10th episode:

"I've put my finger on Soccer, I don't like the people that like soccer.  I don't mind soccer as much as the people that enjoy it....I don't like the liberal-progressive 'it's a non-contact, whatever'. "

My excitement in the World Cup has solely to do with American exceptionalism.  If we kick-ass, hellz yeah!

not a contact sport? (0.00 / 0)

Really, soccer is brutal.

I think the reason you righties hate soccer is because you have to be in shape to play it.

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Why Glenn Beck hates soccer (0.00 / 0)
is because it is a sport that the USA doesn't completely dominate.  We stand a good chance of being beaten by some little country he has never heard of.

For cryin' out loud, we could be beaten by Cote d'Ivoire which is small, African and kinda' French to boot!

Which is why I love it.  

But then, I've been accused of loving socialism because I supported health care reform.

There you have it.

PS: what is it with you boys and the endless threads about who was REALLY rude and who wasn't?  Shake it off and move on.

rudeness is just topical... (0.00 / 0)
I recently instituted a comment policy...we'll get over it in a few days.

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