Jun 122010
 

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It wasn’t a ‘beautiful’ goal…but Clint Dempsey’s goal – and Robert Green’s mistake – drew the United States into a 1-1 tie Saturday in Rustenburg, South Africa.

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And Friday’s opening goal of the 2010 World Cup soccer tournament.

The United States men’s national team tied England today 1-1 in both teams’ World Cup opener (AP story from Sports Illustrated’s website).

I’m sure every one of you have succumbed to the fever πŸ™‚

Seriously…are you interested in the World Cup, or at least in the U.S. team? If so, what are your thoughts on the tournament, and how the U.S. will do? If you don’t care or don’t like soccer, why not?

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  1. Do i get a first?! πŸ˜€
    perhaps on a down note though…

    normally wouldnt have commented here; although,
    you asked: “If you don’t care or don’t like soccer, why not? ”

    I just dont understand the time/money investment into sports
    and obsessions people have with them…
    So, someone can run fast, hit a ball into a net, over the park, able to dodge better.
    Sports used to be recreation, and now its a profession,,, in other word; work and big business. Oftentimes the pressures placed upon it is great, and its sad to see parents pressing and encouraging their children to live for such lifestyles…

    There is much, much training, discipline and focus involved in becoming a world class athlete.

    I wonder, in like fashion as Michael did on the other thread about Abbey, If such dreaming, ambition and focus; if such discipline and training were applied to our lives as Christians, in our walk with God, how much different might the world be around us? And How much for the Glory of God…

    oddly enough though,
    The time, money, discipline, obsession people expend and devote themselves to in sports (and entertainment), the training and playing is applauded to those and by those in the sports world
    But try to encourage Christians to invest that kind of time, money, discipline diligence, training, focus to the exclusion of most other endeavors, as sports figures do, and see what kind of reaction you get.

    well, Im sure someone who shares my thoughts on this will be able to state it more eloquently,
    those who take exception to my position, Please share the value of such things as world cup soccer… because I really dont see the value to the extent it is elevated.
    and by the time i finish typing this and submit,,, hopefully someone else will be 1st πŸ˜€

  2. this was on the other thread.
    Thought it might fit nicely to the discussion here;

    Another Voice says:
    June 11, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    A word about athletics. Let us not forget that the Bible actually uses the athlete as an object lesson for us. There is much we can learn about discipline, dedication, hard work and the like from the superior athlete. Not just my opinion. God’s word says so.

  3. Hi,

    Here in Greece they go nuts over “futball” and this year since Greece is actually in the event they are especially fired up. There won’t be any “national strikes” today as most of the shops are closing early. Its kinda cool to see.

    Since the Mets have a night game I’ll probably watch tonight. If England wins the cell phone shuts off I’ll be like a ghost around here for a couple of days :-).

    Phil

  4. I like what Colbert said about World Cup that it would be nice to see the USA beat England for BP’s oil mess up. Other than that, I just don’t care. I didn’t grow up on soccer which may be one reason I just can’t get into it. The times I’ve tried to watch it was boring. The field is too big which can lead to less action. It actually makes it less appealing to me that so many people go nuts over the sport.

    Maybe I will try to watch a little….I dunno.

  5. Michael,

    Is this your way of getting a day off? πŸ˜‰

  6. Dave R.,
    This was posted by BrianD. However, after the last few days’ threads, I think Michael deserves a day off anyway!

    As far as soccer, never played it, never watched it, don’t really care about it. I don’t have anything against it, I’m just not interested.

  7. We are watching. I have three nephews who are strong soccer players, and when I graduated high school I had a friend who played for the team USA….so have always had some interest. I have a good friend from South Africa who has got us pumped up. She posted a great video from South Africa about their team….Bafana Bafana means “the boys”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMK2RWM7HXo

    We would love to see the US win, but actually I’d love to see South Africa do well, especially with Mandela losing his granddaughter in a car accident after the opening concert.

    We would be watching the game today but have to go to a wedding, which is rather brutal for a 9 year old πŸ˜‰

  8. “I just dont understand the time/money investment into sports…

    Character, teamwork, fitness, achievement

    http://www.hulu.com/friday-night-lights?fromsearch=google&gclid=CJaA98zpmqICFSNO5woduA8ZyQ

  9. Just disinterested in soccer.

    Since it’s such an international affair shouldn’t the ODMs be railing against as part of the new world order?

  10. interesting contrast between the achievements of the participants and the behaviors of some fans… one is all about control and the other is all out of control…

  11. Soccer (or the “other” Football πŸ™‚ ) was huge at Master’s.

    Great to watch live…especially when you know the guys and gals. Great exercise…had a lot of fun scrimmaging with the girls and playing inter-mural type matches.

    Not a big follower after Master’s, though. Like American Football much much more. To each his own.

    Cheering the US Team and hope they play well.

    Would rather listen to a sermon, learn some Theology, have a discussion or go shooting (in balance with family time of course)…sports has gone way down on the list of priority… 8)

  12. Dang! Was hoping this was going to be a thread about celebrating the joy of having a good time with the rest of the world, everyone taking time out to have a little party with everyone else, having a bit of a laugh and good hearted rivilary…

    But nope…..

    Too bad really….good try BrianD.

  13. London…is this better?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ne7fPpxAnuM

    πŸ™‚ 8)

  14. London,

    I expected the less-than-hearty response to this thread. Nothing wrong with it, either.

    Just remember that the early Christians were working on their set pieces, not their free throws or curveballs, in the catacombs πŸ™‚

  15. “There’s a choice we’re making…we’re saving our own lives…”

    Interesting verse from the song…

  16. England vs USA…. IS a big deal… I figure a surprising game… 3-2 for the the people with the flag that no one recognizes.

    Realize this people England NOT the UK is playing us…this is kind of like playing California rather than the USA… those Brits cannot even play nice together.

    And here is LONDON waxing all liberal about good will and such… NO NO NO … this is war. And we want more of King George’s blood…

    Alas…the best athletes in the USA play other sports…we only send our kids with mothers who were afraid they would get hurt playing real sports to this exhibition.

    Anyway I am taking a couple hours off to watch these sissies go at it….

    Kill Kill Blood makes the Pitch Grow…

  17. Dude…this the one time war can be fun!!
    I’m soooo torn about which side to cheer for though. Gonna need therapy after this match!

  18. ok, i know , without trying to, that South Korea beat Greece and South Africa beat Mexico… is the US south of GB?

    party on soccer lovers – that hard ball hurts when you kick it with your shin and heaven only knows what it does to your brain πŸ˜†
    aaand did i hear that Adida (?) has provided them with a new softer soccer ball? and that some company in Belgium has created the turf out of plastic and real grass (rye?)… help, i’m caught in a soccer vortex of some sort and i can’t get away….

  19. Good MMA fight night tonight…

    Dread…ROTFLOL! πŸ™‚

  20. And yes…defo ENGLAND and not the UK.
    One of my favorite memories was being in Scotland during the last WC in a very, very crowded pub watching England vs Portgual. The Scots HATE the Brits and it was the biggest street party around after Portugal won that match.
    No doubt they’ll be rooting for the good old USA today…wish I was in that pub right now.

  21. remember BP!!! kill, kill kill the English _______ nah, that’s not right, is it?

  22. “Alas…the best athletes in the USA play other sports…we only send our kids with mothers who were afraid they would get hurt playing real sports to this exhibition.”

    Dread, that is changing…and will continue to change in the coming decades.

    And, if I may, soccer is as real of a sport as the NFL or MLB.

  23. … and now it’s time for my nap – what time does the game start πŸ™„

  24. International Football is the only game where people stand around while the clock is running. Then they all claim they are the toughest because they RUN FOR NINETY minutes… not even close.

  25. Kick me. England scored. 1-0 them.

  26. I think the English could beat us with one hand tied behind their back…. wait…. oh yeah … they don’t use those…. ok make it two…

  27. I think it will be 5-1 England

  28. Em- it’s a “match” not a “game” and it’s already on.
    How can you even THINK of sleeping right now?? 😯

  29. oh wait…was that prediction a bit too unpatriotic? πŸ˜‰

  30. I’ll bug out of the trash talk if you don’t mind…I don’t do well at it and I hear enough of it as is at work.

  31. Bye

  32. Where the heck did the “you must be serious at all times” vibe come from around here.
    What happened to just being able to have a laugh wit each other without it being labeled “trash talk” or “unspiritual”?

    holy cow people…lighten up a bit. There’s enough gloom in doom n the world already.

  33. London, thanks for the admonition…I’m on a real sensitive streak right now and I’m having to battle through it.

    I certainly don’t begrudge Dread his opinion…even if I disagree, kiddingly or otherwise πŸ™‚

    I’m also occupied with other things, which cuts down on my participation here today.

    That said…Dempsey’s goal was a gift…the keeper clearly made a mistake…but as I have never seen a football team ask to take back a touchdown because the free safety got caught looking, I’ll take the gift from the English πŸ˜‰

  34. “And here is LONDON waxing all liberal about good will and such…”

    When is London NOT waxing all liberal about something?!!!! :mrgreen:

  35. Don’t anybody go and give me a hard time about that last comment. London knows I love her, in a conservative, platonic, sort of way. πŸ™‚

  36. Dread…you are cracking me up! πŸ˜†

  37. Oh…sorry…this isn’t the Night Crew is it? πŸ˜‰

  38. Cap’t – I have no idea why people keep calling me “liberal” all the time. :mrgreen:

  39. BrianD- no worries.
    People are just having a laugh.

  40. 1-1 USA wins

  41. πŸ˜†

  42. I would have rather seen the US win, but I’ll take a draw.

  43. Michael, if you’re monitoring this, if the Mexicans really are coming, perhaps you need to learn to speak soccer – er, futbol.

    Happy to do my part πŸ™‚

  44. Whew…no therapy for me then! No guilt that my cheering for one team caused the other to lose! πŸ˜‰

  45. congratulations to BrianD on his #43 (that’s some good trash talk, kid) πŸ˜†

  46. and i concur with those who think the ‘draw’ is great … since we’re all “under the circumstances” right now – BP and all

  47. Grendal,

    the link wont stream outside of the US,,, so I cant watch it,and even if it did, it would probably take hours to download… evidently my link is not so good
    Im surmising its a clip of a TV show?

    Yes character building, fitness, achievement are all well and good.
    But how does it help the spectators?
    are they building character, teamwork,
    are they getting fit and making milestone accomplishments?

    I know, I know… does it always have to serve a purpose?
    I get the idea…
    relax. have fun…

  48. Friday Night Lights
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friday_Night_Lights_%28TV_series%29
    DVDs of the series are available thru Netflix

    purpose?
    fun πŸ’‘

    “help the spectators”???
    do we have to measure the net benefit to spectators to justify the existence of SPORTS? πŸ™„

    “Are they getting fit and making milestone accomplishments?”
    Have you ever hiked up to nosebleed seats after parking in the far lot? 😯

    fitness?
    pass the beer and hot dogs discuss fitness some other time :mrgreen:

    “does it always have to serve a purpose?”
    not for me 😎

  49. Captain Kevin,
    BRING BACK THE NIGHT CREW! 😈

  50. though I never played soccer (too old before it became popular) I’ve attended more soccer games than all the other sports piled together. I really enjoy watching the games and am always impressed by the skill level of the game. It is a great international sport, one which the US ought to continue to develop strong teams. It is one of few sports where tiny, third world nations can compete on equal footing with nations that used to “own” them. Few sports moments are sweeter than a goal like South Africa’s score yesterday.

    nite crew? Waxing nostalgic, huh?

  51. 😈 cool! Thanks G for the new face thingy!

  52. …I’m going to name him Bob.

  53. FWIW from an old lady who only knows what she reads in the newspaper – the soccer ball in use in these games is a “new and improved” one and goal keepers have said that they don’t like it (it behaves unpredictably – whatever that means in soccereze) but then… both ends of the field were using the same ball, eh?

  54. Em, it means that when the ball is in the air you’re not totally sure where it’s going to go. So if you’re a goalkeeper, and a striker takes a shot that you think you can step over and grab, well, with this ball the trajectory of the shot may just be out of your reach.

    You are right, they play with the same ball, and commentators have made note of this.

  55. Thank you, fill. Someone else gets it!

  56. My kid is a goalkeeper. And it definitely is not easy to hold onto the ball, no matter what the design is.

    But she sure would not be playing any other position, either. πŸ™‚ Go USA!

  57. I played soccer and coach my kids. It is a great game.

    I watched the game off and on tonight, forcing my kids to watch a few minutes with me.

    Go USA!

  58. Night Crew??!
    What are you guys nuts?
    Hoppy is a sick, old guy…he wouldn’t be able to keep up with us.
    Oh wait….he never could keep up anyway huh?! :mrgreen:

    If there’s a crew…I’m in!

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