Open thread: Blogger can’t believe he’s posting an open thread for a soccer match

posted at 3:21 pm on July 1, 2014 by Allahpundit

I don’t mean to be that guy, the U.S. sports fan who watches the World Cup faithfully out of blind nationalism while wracked with guilt that he’s being un-American by taking an interest in the foreign game.

But I am that guy, so here’s your I’m-not-interested-but-really-I-kind-of-am ambivalent open thread. If true-conservative-in-chief Ted Cruz can hop on the bandwagon, there must be room for us RINOs, no?

4 p.m. ET on ESPN, U.S. versus Belgium in the Round of 16. If Team USA loses, they’re done. If they win, they’ll advance for the second time in team history to the quarterfinals, where they’ll be dismantled by Lionel Messi and Argentina. The stakes, clearly, are high. Belgium is slightly favored, but if I’m not mistaken the U.S. has been the underdog in all three of its matches so far. Results: They beat Ghana on a late goal, very nearly beat Portugal before another late goal left them with a draw, and then lost 1-0 to Germany. One of their key strikers, Jozy Altidore, is available for today’s match after being injured in the opener. He might play or might not. At a minimum, I assume, he’ll be subbed in during the second half if the U.S. is behind.

Given the amount of Latino interest in the Cup and the inevitability of demographic change, it’s a cinch that soccer really will become more popular in the U.S. — gradually. If we’re destined to play a bigger role in the sport, though, can I float my half-assed once-every-four-years recommendation for how to make it a tad more America-friendly? Dump the stupid penalty kicks shootout at the end and play the game the way John Wayne would play it, with the two sides running themselves to the point of puke-inducing exhaustion in extra time until somebody scores. Watching Brazil and Chile shoot it out the other day was like watching the Heat and Thunder go to overtime in game seven of the finals and then having LeBron and Durant play “horse” to decide the championship. Exciting! — and almost completely disconnected from everything that’s gone before it. If international fans insist on some stupid competition of set-pieces to settle the match, at least make it a battle of corner kicks instead of penalty kicks. The corner kick is a facet of the game itself and involves the entire team, so it better reflects the side’s overall skill set. If the defense clears the ball over the midfield line then they get to try a corner kick, and if they don’t score the other team gets another crack. Continue that way, one and one, until one side scores and the other doesn’t. Not as good as sudden death but better than penalty kicks, no?

You’ll know soccer has made it in America when the tackles have gotten hard enough to force guys to wear helmets and a goal from 25 yards out counts for two points. USA! USA!


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Wake me when the shootouts start. Do the shooters have seconds?

NotCoach on July 1, 2014 at 4:35 PM

OK, I channel surfed and made a sandwich. I missed the last 20 minutes. What did I miss?

trubble on July 1, 2014 at 4:35 PM

The East German judge robbed the last diver.

NotCoach on July 1, 2014 at 4:36 PM

I disagree. Additionally, like Rob Lowe’s character says in the minor-league hockey movie “Youngblood”: “Here’s to hockey – the only professional sport where a middle-sized white boy can still compete”.

bofh on July 1, 2014 at 4:32 PM

Baseball. The little guy can still be a superstar in baseball.

ConstantineXI on July 1, 2014 at 4:36 PM

OK, I channel surfed and made a sandwich. I missed the last 20 minutes. What did I miss?

trubble on July 1, 2014 at 4:35 PM

Since it’s still 0-0 (apparently), it appears you haven’t missed a thing that will have any ramification to the end result. Kind of like missing an Obama press conference.

chuckfinlay on July 1, 2014 at 4:37 PM

MichaelGabriel on July 1, 2014 at 4:35 PM

Sorry for the broken link.

Guess Hotair doesn’t want to upset the Debbie Downers.

MichaelGabriel on July 1, 2014 at 4:38 PM

Czech rugby ad nails soccer pretty accurately.

Slab Bulkhead on July 1, 2014 at 4:40 PM

Boring… Boring!!!

No wonder they riot all the time in the stands.

ConstantineXI on July 1, 2014 at 4:40 PM

How much stoppage time?

+23 minutes of stoppage time?

sentinelrules on July 1, 2014 at 4:41 PM

Slab Bulkhead on July 1, 2014 at 4:40 PM

LOL!

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on July 1, 2014 at 4:42 PM

funny how most of the critics here are enthralled by cars driving around in circles for hours at a time.

everdiso on July 1, 2014 at 4:42 PM

Wake me when the shootouts start. Do the shooters have seconds?

NotCoach on July 1, 2014 at 4:35 PM

We’d be lucky to make it to shootouts. If it happens it’ll be around 6:30pm ET

El_Terrible on July 1, 2014 at 4:43 PM

OK, I channel surfed and made a sandwich. I missed the last 20 minutes. What did I miss?

trubble on July 1, 2014 at 4:35 PM

I thought Coulter’s column was pretty definitive on this subject.

Nothing.

talkingpoints on July 1, 2014 at 4:43 PM

If this is the most popular sport in every country in the world not called “United States of America” it’s no wonder no one else has put a man on the Moon.

ConstantineXI on July 1, 2014 at 4:44 PM

the winner in all of this is probably Ann Coulter, who trolled all of us and got to hit the snooze button for the umpteenth time on her 15 minutes of fame alarm clock in the process

wearyexclusive on July 1, 2014 at 4:44 PM

Corner for the US! I smell a goal coming

El_Terrible on July 1, 2014 at 4:44 PM

funny how most of the critics here are enthralled by cars driving around in circles for hours at a time.

everdiso on July 1, 2014 at 4:42 PM

Yes. It’s called “a race”. There are all sorts of them. This has nothing to do with soccer, which prohibits any use of the hands, only lets you use your head to hit a ball, and resides a few rungs down on the evolutionary ladder. Watching races of powerful machines, or humans or anything else is infinitely more interesting. But, it’s not for you, anyway. You should stick to soccer and professional apple bobbing. That’s more your speed.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on July 1, 2014 at 4:46 PM

This match could use a naked Kat Dennings on the field.

sentinelrules on July 1, 2014 at 4:47 PM

funny how most of the critics here are enthralled by cars driving around in circles for hours at a time.

everdiso on July 1, 2014 at 4:42 PM

I don’t find that entertaining either, but at least it’s not as boring as soccer.

ConstantineXI on July 1, 2014 at 4:47 PM

USA USA USA!!!

The US has held the Giant Belgium Waffle scoreless in the first half!

El_Terrible on July 1, 2014 at 4:48 PM

Although, I DO like this!

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bre46VgCcAER5FG.jpg

katy the mean old lady on July 1, 2014 at 4:49 PM

How will they have time to show all the highlights during half time?

trubble on July 1, 2014 at 4:49 PM

This match could use a naked Kat Dennings on the field.

sentinelrules on July 1, 2014 at 4:47 PM

You could say that about anything. “This SOTU could use a naked Kat Dennings on the podium”

El_Terrible on July 1, 2014 at 4:49 PM

I’m not a big racing guy but going to races is quite a spectacle.

Slab Bulkhead on July 1, 2014 at 4:49 PM

This match could use a naked Kat Dennings on the field.

sentinelrules on July 1, 2014 at 4:47 PM

Since this is soccer, which isn’t popular above age 14 in the United States, I doubt they could get her to run naked down the field.

But I bet they could afford Moochelle. (throws up into garbage can…)

ConstantineXI on July 1, 2014 at 4:50 PM

You should stick to soccer and professional apple bobbing. That’s more your speed.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on July 1, 2014 at 4:46 PM

“Hey, that’s a funny looking apple!”
*everdisco

VegasRick on July 1, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Agreed, the Penalty Kick shootouts are total crap – but they replaced something worse.

In the golden-oldie days, tied elimination matches were settled with a coin flip.

Not a coin flip to get the ball, mind you, but a coin flip to decide the winner.

Yikes!

JohnD13 on July 1, 2014 at 4:50 PM

funny how most of the critics here are enthralled by cars driving around in circles for hours at a time.

everdiso on July 1, 2014 at 4:42 PM

I know right? Talk about snooze material. You don’t have to turn it on until the last couple laps.

Hillarys Cankles on July 1, 2014 at 4:51 PM

If they win, they’ll advance for the second time in team history to the quarterfinals, where they’ll be dismantled by Lionel Messi and Argentina.

Actually in the first world cup, 1930 in Uruguay, the USA came third…

mnjg on July 1, 2014 at 4:51 PM

I’m not a big racing guy but going to races is quite a spectacle.

Slab Bulkhead on July 1, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Horse racing! Flats, trotters, love ‘em!

katy the mean old lady on July 1, 2014 at 4:51 PM

“Hey, that’s a funny looking apple!”
*everdisco

VegasRick on July 1, 2014 at 4:50 PM

ROFLMAO!

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on July 1, 2014 at 4:51 PM

GO GO USA!!!!!!!!!!

El_Terrible on July 1, 2014 at 4:51 PM

I’ll say one thing, when these guys fall down or get tripped, they sure whine and cry more than my 10 year old.

Nutstuyu on July 1, 2014 at 4:54 PM

Boring… Boring!!!

No wonder they riot all the time in the stands.

ConstantineXI on July 1, 2014 at 4:40 PM

It reminds me of that classic old Simpsons episode. The “riot” in the stands is caused by people pushing and shoving to be the first ones out of the stadium so they don’t get stuck in traffic.

alchemist19 on July 1, 2014 at 4:54 PM

funny how most of the critics here are enthralled by cars driving around in circles for hours at a time.
 
everdiso on July 1, 2014 at 4:42 PM

 
They’re racists.

rogerb on July 1, 2014 at 4:54 PM

Btw…all you ‘get off my lawn’ curmudgeons may be surprised to realize that there are millions of born-and-bred, right-wing Americans that will not only be cheering on the USMNT today, but also *gasp* like soccer.

You don’t have to like it, too, but to try and politicize it and ignorantly bash it like Coulter did is beyond silly and close-minded.

jjraines on July 1, 2014 at 3:49 PM

Pretty much. It’s kind of sad how laughable that article was and how many people here have defended it. Losing faith in my conservatives here.

Hillarys Cankles on July 1, 2014 at 4:54 PM

Yes. It’s called “a race”. There are all sorts of them. This has nothing to do with soccer, which prohibits any use of the hands, only lets you use your head to hit a ball, and resides a few rungs down on the evolutionary ladder. Watching races of powerful machines, or humans or anything else is infinitely more interesting. But, it’s not for you, anyway. You should stick to soccer and professional apple bobbing. That’s more your speed.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on July 1, 2014 at 4:46 PM

…and here comes a left turn….and now…wiat for it….ANOTHEr left turn.

…..wait, OMG its time to TURN LEFT AGAIN!

everdiso on July 1, 2014 at 4:55 PM

ROFLMAO!

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on July 1, 2014 at 4:51 PM

I bet he missed the joke…………..

VegasRick on July 1, 2014 at 4:56 PM

Losing faith in my conservatives here.

Hillarys Cankles on July 1, 2014 at 4:54 PM

striking how silly their logic and anger looks when its put in proper perspective, eh?

these are the same arguments and anger used in all their political arguments. No difference whatsoever.

everdiso on July 1, 2014 at 4:56 PM

funny how most of the critics here are enthralled by cars driving around in circles for hours at a time.

everdiso on July 1, 2014 at 4:42 PM

Yeah, Formula 1 was started in Europe and horse racing used to be the ‘sport of kings,’ but let’s pretend Europeans don’t like racing.

Where do they hold the Monaco Grand Prix and the 24 Hours of Le Mans? Those are in Alabama, right?

Good Solid B-Plus on July 1, 2014 at 4:57 PM

…and here comes a left turn….and now…wiat for it….ANOTHEr left turn.

…..wait, OMG its time to TURN LEFT AGAIN!

everdiso on July 1, 2014 at 4:55 PM

Remember when golf was not a sport and racist?

Then came Tiger Woods.

sentinelrules on July 1, 2014 at 4:57 PM

Pretty much. It’s kind of sad how laughable that article was and how many people here have defended it. Losing faith in my conservatives here.

Hillarys Cankles on July 1, 2014 at 4:54 PM

The only way I can think of to make soccer watchable to an American male would be to have teams of Kate Uptons running around bra-less for 3 hours.

ConstantineXI on July 1, 2014 at 4:57 PM

…and here comes a left turn….and now…wiat for it….ANOTHEr left turn.

…..wait, OMG its time to TURN LEFT AGAIN!

everdiso on July 1, 2014 at 4:55 PM

Story of your life?

katy the mean old lady on July 1, 2014 at 4:57 PM

I remember a local kids’ soccer league was debating whether or not to continue keeping score a few years back.

My question was, “What difference does it make?”

It’s “halftime” and 0-0. Who could have foreseen?

There are no timeouts in soccer – what is coach going to say? “Remember not to use your hands” or “Their goal is THAT way” maybe?

First Obama, now this. Welcome to Metrosexual America.

Adjoran on July 1, 2014 at 4:57 PM

ROFLMAO!

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on July 1, 2014 at 4:51 PM

I bet he missed the joke…………..

VegasRick on July 1, 2014 at 4:56 PM

Fer sher.

katy the mean old lady on July 1, 2014 at 4:58 PM

…and here comes a left turn….and now…wiat for it….ANOTHEr left turn.

…..wait, OMG its time to TURN LEFT AGAIN!

everdiso on July 1, 2014 at 4:55 PM

Man, you really get excited about your boy in the White House…………..

VegasRick on July 1, 2014 at 4:58 PM

Oh, AP, look what you’ve done.

The beautiful game meets the ugly Hot Gassers. So strange. You know you can like and understand more than one sport, right?

Fallon on July 1, 2014 at 4:31 PM

Of course, if you don’t have a Pickwickian definition of the word “sport” in the first place…

ebrown2 on July 1, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Man, you really get excited about your boy in the White House…………..

VegasRick on July 1, 2014 at 4:58 PM

you just inspired another Ann Coulter article!

“Nascar = the ultimate left-turning sport that conservatives should hate”

everdiso on July 1, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Of course, if you don’t have a Pickwickian definition of the word “sport” in the first place…

ebrown2 on July 1, 2014 at 5:00 PM

If soccer is a sport so is tiddlywinks. Which would probably be more watchable on TV…

ConstantineXI on July 1, 2014 at 5:01 PM

They’re racists.

rogerb on July 1, 2014 at 4:54 PM

Ha!

alchemist19 on July 1, 2014 at 5:01 PM

Phew, we’ve held off the Belgium team for the first half. Now, we need to be able to mount an effective offensive so our defense doesn’t have to work so hard.

One of the many things I love about soccer is the wonderful bodies on these guys. I may be of a certain age, but I can still get warm all over looking at these guys. I would much prefer to look at fit soccer athletes than overweight football athletes. Awesome physiques in this sport. ;)

KickandSwimMom on July 1, 2014 at 5:01 PM

you just inspired another Ann Coulter article!

“Nascar = the ultimate left-turning sport that conservatives should hate”

everdiso on July 1, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Put Obama in a NASCAR car.

He would be peeing his pants at 20mph.

sentinelrules on July 1, 2014 at 5:01 PM

striking how silly their logic and anger looks when its put in proper perspective, eh?

these are the same arguments and anger used in all their political arguments. No difference whatsoever.

everdiso on July 1, 2014 at 4:56 PM

There were a couple people who would rather ROOT AGAINST THEIR COUNTRY than cheer for it, just because they politicize it. How unpatriotic for people who boast their pride in their country.

Hillarys Cankles on July 1, 2014 at 5:01 PM

…and here comes a left turn….and now…wiat for it….ANOTHEr left turn.

…..wait, OMG its time to TURN LEFT AGAIN!

everdiso on July 1, 2014 at 4:55 PM

So you’re basically conceding that soccer is more boring than the actual most popular sports in America, right?

It’s okay, you can continue to “enjoy” soccer out of knee-jerk anti-Americanism. We don’t expect any better from barnacles like you.

Good Solid B-Plus on July 1, 2014 at 5:01 PM

Yeah, Formula 1 was started in Europe and horse racing used to be the ‘sport of kings,’ but let’s pretend Europeans don’t like racing.

Where do they hold the Monaco Grand Prix and the 24 Hours of Le Mans? Those are in Alabama, right?

Good Solid B-Plus on July 1, 2014 at 4:57 PM

Formula 1 is set on dynamic, varied racecourses. Horse races are a one lap sprint.

only americans have “perfected” the sport into endless driving around in circles over and over and over again.

everdiso on July 1, 2014 at 5:02 PM

…and here comes a left turn….and now…wiat for it….ANOTHEr left turn.

…..wait, OMG its time to TURN LEFT AGAIN!

everdiso on July 1, 2014 at 4:55 PM

So?

Next time try to think up your own comment, though. Plagiarism is really the lowest sort of intellectual crime. Your head is better used to knock soccer balls around. Leave the opining to humans.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on July 1, 2014 at 5:02 PM

I would much prefer to look at fit soccer athletes than overweight football athletes

Because there are so many fat defensive backs, running backs, receivers and linebackers, right?

Slab Bulkhead on July 1, 2014 at 5:02 PM

You should stick to soccer and professional apple bobbing. That’s more your speed.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on July 1, 2014 at 4:46 PM

I don’t know why, but I find Womens Haptathlon appealing.

Can’t explain it.

Oh, I know, Amazons, wow.

MichaelGabriel on July 1, 2014 at 5:03 PM

KickandSwimMom on July 1, 2014 at 5:01 PM

Tennis. Just as boring, but some fyne behynds.

katy the mean old lady on July 1, 2014 at 5:03 PM

For anyone who missed it, btw.
 

gwelf on June 30, 2014 at 10:26 AM

 
No employer is forced to provide health insurance, dumdum.
 
They choose to offer it for the tax breaks.
 
everdiso on June 30, 2014 at 10:29 AM

rogerb on July 1, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Because there are so many fat defensive backs, running backs, receivers and linebackers, right?

Slab Bulkhead on July 1, 2014 at 5:02 PM

There are no fat cheerleaders for sure. My team, the Cleveland Browns don’t have them though.

ConstantineXI on July 1, 2014 at 5:03 PM

There were a couple people who would rather ROOT AGAINST THEIR COUNTRY than cheer for it, just because they politicize it. How unpatriotic for people who boast their pride in their country.

Hillarys Cankles on July 1, 2014 at 5:01 PM

Uh-huh. The vast majority of soccer fans in this country are leftist scum who have nothing good to say about the United States outside of their prissy sport.

Slab Bulkhead on July 1, 2014 at 5:04 PM

There were a couple people who would rather ROOT AGAINST THEIR COUNTRY than cheer for it, just because they politicize it. How unpatriotic for people who boast their pride in their country.

Hillarys Cankles on July 1, 2014 at 5:01 PM

modern day conservatism is largely just hate based reactionism nowadays, built entirely on labelling something hateable and pouring all your passion against it.

everdiso on July 1, 2014 at 5:04 PM

The only way I can think of to make soccer watchable to an American male would be to have teams of Kate Uptons running around bra-less for 3 hours.

ConstantineXI on July 1, 2014 at 4:57 PM

That would still not be a sport but it would certainly be more appealing to me, personally speaking.

ebrown2 on July 1, 2014 at 5:04 PM

Uh-huh. The vast majority of soccer fans in this country are leftist scum who have nothing good to say about the United States outside of their prissy sport.

Slab Bulkhead on July 1, 2014 at 5:04 PM

like do you seriously believe this?

you are sick in the head.

everdiso on July 1, 2014 at 5:04 PM

The only way I can think of to make soccer watchable to an American male would be to have teams of Kate Uptons running around bra-less for 3 hours.
ConstantineXI on July 1, 2014 at 4:57 PM

Well we did have David Beckham for awhile, but I guess you’re just not ghey enough to appreciate that.

/

Nutstuyu on July 1, 2014 at 5:05 PM

Hipster logic:

Have you heard this band that just released a 250 press LP, they’re kind of underground so you probably haven’t, and let’s go see that new movie from the Basque director at the art house theater, it’s not mainstream enough to get a wide release, oh and there’s this little cafe that nobody knows about, they have the best Croque-monsieur, and btw I’m a soccer fan because it’s the most popular sport in the world and it’s stupid to not be a fan of something that over a billion people like.

Good Solid B-Plus on July 1, 2014 at 5:05 PM

Formula 1 is set on dynamic, varied racecourses. Horse races are a one lap sprint.
 
only americans have “perfected” the sport into endless driving around in circles over and over and over again.
 
everdiso on July 1, 2014 at 5:02 PM

 
Jeez. It’s pretty pathetic that you can’t even win this one.
 
http://hometracks.nascar.com/tracks/VIR

rogerb on July 1, 2014 at 5:05 PM

That would still not be a sport but it would certainly be more appealing to me, personally speaking.

ebrown2 on July 1, 2014 at 5:04 PM

You wouldn’t be watching the ball, and if any scoring happened no one would notice or care.

ConstantineXI on July 1, 2014 at 5:05 PM

modern day conservatism is largely just hate based reactionism nowadays, built entirely on labelling something hateable and pouring all your passion against it.

everdiso on July 1, 2014 at 5:04 PM

Yup.

All those conservatives hating the Redskins.

sentinelrules on July 1, 2014 at 5:05 PM

There are no fat cheerleaders for sure. My team, the Cleveland Browns don’t have them though.

ConstantineXI on July 1, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Have you not seen the Big Dawg.

RickB on July 1, 2014 at 5:05 PM

Oh noooooo’s – I missed the first half. I take it a bunch of little guys in shorts ran around for an hour kicking a ball one way and then the other and flopping on the ground crying like little girls whenever somebody touched them. Am I close?

DeweyWins on July 1, 2014 at 5:06 PM

Tennis. Just as boring, but some fyne behynds.

katy the mean old lady on July 1, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Hey Katy. I play tennis. Fun game, but no where need the physical exertion needed for soccer, but you are right–some fine bods. Also, tennis is by far more boring than soccer IMO. :) Game is starting – talk later!

KickandSwimMom on July 1, 2014 at 5:06 PM

yeah, the Giants don’t have cheerleaders either. I think the Browns, Lions, Packers, Giants and Steelers are the only ones who don’t have them – all the old-time NFL franchises.

Slab Bulkhead on July 1, 2014 at 5:06 PM

There were a couple people who would rather ROOT AGAINST THEIR COUNTRY than cheer for it, just because they politicize it. How unpatriotic for people who boast their pride in their country.

Hillarys Cankles on July 1, 2014 at 5:01 PM

The jackanapes on the Brazilian soccer field=America?

Oh, brother.

ebrown2 on July 1, 2014 at 5:07 PM

Well we did have David Beckham for awhile, but I guess you’re just not ghey enough to appreciate that.

/

Nutstuyu on July 1, 2014 at 5:05 PM

I prefer girls. I’m normal.

(making a statement like that would probably get me fired in a year or two way things are going).

ConstantineXI on July 1, 2014 at 5:07 PM

Am I close?

DeweyWins on July 1, 2014 at 5:06 PM

The Algerian Muslim referee bit the Jewish American player.

sentinelrules on July 1, 2014 at 5:07 PM

like do you seriously believe this?

you are sick in the head.

everdiso on July 1, 2014 at 5:04 PM

Gee, who is more likely to be a soccer fan, the side that thinks America is exceptional or the side that thinks we should be more like all those fantastic European countries?

Obviously you think most NASCAR fans are Republicans, right? So you have no problem with the idea that sports and politics can be connected.

Good Solid B-Plus on July 1, 2014 at 5:08 PM

you just inspired another Ann Coulter article!

“Nascar = the ultimate left-turning sport that conservatives should hate”

everdiso on July 1, 2014 at 5:00 PM

This is part of the game in NASCAR.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwIQX1IVtps

This is part of the game in soccer.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ioyt2zzm530

I’m still rooting for the USA! though.

VegasRick on July 1, 2014 at 5:08 PM

Aren’t like half the US team members mercenaries who aren’t good enough to play for their own home countries, anyway?

Slab Bulkhead on July 1, 2014 at 5:08 PM

Good Solid B-Plus on July 1, 2014 at 5:05 PM

You forgot the beard and thick framed glasses.

Nutstuyu on July 1, 2014 at 5:08 PM

yeah, the Giants don’t have cheerleaders either. I think the Browns, Lions, Packers, Giants and Steelers are the only ones who don’t have them – all the old-time NFL franchises.
Slab Bulkhead on July 1, 2014 at 5:06 PM

Bears too. But we get area college cheerleaders at games, so at least they’re legal to ogle at.

Nutstuyu on July 1, 2014 at 5:10 PM

like do you seriously believe this?

you are sick in the head.

everdiso on July 1, 2014 at 5:04 PM

I’ll bet you’re a big Dave Zirin fan, aren’t you?

This is the world the left wanted – everything politicized to the nth degree, right? Well, at this point I am more than happy to play by those rules, sparky. This is the culture you dirtbags created – own it.

Slab Bulkhead on July 1, 2014 at 5:10 PM

Still 0-0 What a freaking surprise!

Raquel Pinkbullet on July 1, 2014 at 5:10 PM

There are no fat cheerleaders for sure. My team, the Cleveland Browns don’t have them though.

ConstantineXI on July 1, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Reds and Browns fan? You from Columbus, or just couldn’t stand to root for the Bungles?

Good Solid B-Plus on July 1, 2014 at 5:11 PM

Forgot the Bears, although they used to have cheerleaders when I wasa kid. Just looked it up – the only teams that have never had cheerleaders are the Giants, Lions and Browns. The Steelers, Packers and Bears have had them in the past but no longer do.

Slab Bulkhead on July 1, 2014 at 5:12 PM

Still 0-0 What a freaking surprise!

Raquel Pinkbullet on July 1, 2014 at 5:10 PM

The US is extremely lucky.

El_Terrible on July 1, 2014 at 5:12 PM

The lady with the glasses hopes to unseat Torontos Mayor Rob Ford.

Happy Birthday Canada!!!

BL@KBIRD on July 1, 2014 at 5:12 PM

Still 0-0 What a freaking surprise!
Raquel Pinkbullet on July 1, 2014 at 5:10 PM

It’s called Nil-Nil you American rube.

/

Nutstuyu on July 1, 2014 at 5:12 PM

modern day liberalism is largely just hate based reactionism nowadays, built entirely on labelling something hateable and pouring all your passion against it.

lester, it’s time for your violin lesson! on July 1, 2014 at 5:04 PM

Fixed.

Oh, and I just did a Google search using the keywords “hate george bush”; I got 14 million plus results, and they’re all links to liberal sites.

F-

Del Dolemonte on July 1, 2014 at 5:12 PM

Still 0-0 What a freaking surprise!

Raquel Pinkbullet on July 1, 2014 at 5:10 PM

Apparently we’re both unpatriotic now, too.

“Can’t I support the players and not the game?”

/s

ebrown2 on July 1, 2014 at 5:13 PM

Reds and Browns fan? You from Columbus, or just couldn’t stand to root for the Bungles?

Good Solid B-Plus on July 1, 2014 at 5:11 PM

Maybe he couldn’t stand to root for the Indians. That’s hardly unusual :)

Slab Bulkhead on July 1, 2014 at 5:13 PM

Still 0-0 What a freaking surprise!

Raquel Pinkbullet on July 1, 2014 at 5:10 PM

The US is extremely lucky.

El_Terrible on July 1, 2014 at 5:12 PM

If it’s one thing a soccer “player” can’t do is SCORE.

Raquel Pinkbullet on July 1, 2014 at 5:14 PM

modern day conservatism is largely just hate based reactionism nowadays, built entirely on labelling something hateable and pouring all your passion against it.

everdiso on July 1, 2014 at 5:04 PM

I love watching soccer AND this is pure liberal projection (aka crap).

Fallon on July 1, 2014 at 5:14 PM

There were a couple people who would rather ROOT AGAINST THEIR COUNTRY than cheer for it, just because they politicize it. How unpatriotic for people who boast their pride in their country.

Hillarys Cankles on July 1, 2014 at 5:01 PM

I don’t root for or against anyone in soccer. I couldn’t care less. But you have some real problems if you think that some athletic team thrown together is “the country” and demands that citizens blindly root for it out of “patriotism” of some weird sort. That’s a silly, tribalistic Eurotrash sort of notion that we in America have long had little interest in. We don’t really field “national teams” and our government has nothing to do with any of these teams. If you want to root for one or two of them, go ahead, but don’t think you’re being a patriot by doing so. The fortunes of some athletic team have nothing to do with the country. The dipsh!t Euros and commie nations used to get all of their sense of worth out of their “national teams”. We didn’t. yes, Americans enjoyed the Olympics, but we never took any of it as seriously as the rest of the world does. We used amateurs on their own dimes while the rest of the world had to stuff their “national teams” (which were truly national teams) with professionals. We didn’t care.

Your asinine claim that anyone who roots against the “American” World Boot soccer team is being unpatriotic is beyond ridiculous. And it shows that you really have no concept of what patriotism is. It isn’t a plaything. It’s a serious issue that has to do with our actual nation and how it’s structured and governed. Not some moronic soccer team and some joke competition.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on July 1, 2014 at 5:14 PM

Belgium has the US on the ropes. The goal feels like its coming

El_Terrible on July 1, 2014 at 5:15 PM

Belgium is attacking hard. USA hasn’t broken yet.

Mallard T. Drake on July 1, 2014 at 5:15 PM

The Group Stage games were for the most part pretty good but these Round of 16 matches have been universally dreadful.

Rocks on July 1, 2014 at 5:15 PM

Maybe he couldn’t stand to root for the Indians. That’s hardly unusual :)

Slab Bulkhead on July 1, 2014 at 5:13 PM

Indians have had a lot better run since 1990, just couldn’t quite seal the deal. I don’t care if people pick and choose teams from within their state, as long as they stick with them.

Good Solid B-Plus on July 1, 2014 at 5:16 PM

“Can’t I support the players and not the game?”

/s

ebrown2 on July 1, 2014 at 5:13 PM

everdisco is a big athletic supporter.

VegasRick on July 1, 2014 at 5:17 PM

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