weis21 wrote: Hairyducked Idiot wrote:
i'd honestly rather go to the dentist than watch either of the sports where they quickly go back and forth 8000 times and score once every two hours
In terms of minutes you're sitting there watching it, soccer goals happen about the same frequency as touchdowns.
while this may be true, literally nothing about this post is going to convince someone like myself to watch soccer.
i don't outwardly hate on the sport, but i just don't like it. and that's ok.
in regards to the "in terms of minutes" part, though, that seems a little lackadaisical in describing the action. Football is a sport that importance is dictated by field position. 3rd and 10 from a team's own 15 isn't going to require the same attention/anticipation as 1st and goal. Not all snaps are equal based on score, field position, time remaining, etc. In soccer, (in my extremely self admitting uneducated opinion) it's pretty much just "try to stop a goal" vs. "try to score a goal". There's just less nuance (as far as I can tell - I rarely watch it).
First things first, people should like or not like what they want. Personally, I can't get into hockey outside of playoff overtimes, when I watch it seems like the goals are too much a function of what I'll call randomness, scraps in front of goal and aiming harder shots in the direction of the goal that a deflection or screen helps it through. I'm sure there's more to the planning than that, but I can't escape the feeling that teams have a lot less control in their scoring than I'd like to see.
That said, if you are interested or curious, one of the things that helped with my enjoyment of soccer was to see the play on the field as most similar to basketball. Without the ball, teams have the option to press high up the field to try to create dangerous turnovers, give up a lot of space to stay compact and avoid the opponent getting close to goal, and (this is where the analogy breaks down a bit) they can also stay deep to try to lure the other team with the ball forward and then attack via a fast break of sorts when they get it back. With the ball, there's a lot of choreographed movement without the absolute structure of say, Football plays, players move without the ball to help create space for others and moving the ball around helps create opportunities. In other words, if you really like Xs and Os stuff in other sports, there's plenty of that in soccer too, but it also has baseball's slow burn as a viewing experience so it's not gonna have universal appeal.