Thursday, June 24, 2010
Why are American Sporting-Teams so Fucking Useless?
Why is it, that by-in-large American sports-fans are so insular?
Why don’t American sporting teams take pride in representing their country – is it because no one back home gives a rats-arse even if they do well?
More importantly why are American sports teams, with their vast financial resources, so fucking useless?
Whilst most of the planet is embracing The (one true) Football World-Cup, the whole scope of tournament has typically escaped vast tracts of America.
The easy, glib answer to this is of course ‘Football (ooops ‘soccer’) is not a big sport in ‘the states’ even though in reality there’s 18 million players, and it’s the largest participant sport for kids.
By the way neither is football it a ‘big sport’ in New Zealand, but yet the whole country still gets behind its team.
Now go & ask yourself - "what are the ‘big team sports’ in America?"
Well there’s basketball, which it has to be said is a global sport, and with all those NBA players, billions of bucks floating around, surely the U.S should clean-up at every international tournament they turn-up at?
Boy, have I got news for you - the current world-champions are Spain and the tournament before that it was Yugoslavia. The U.S hasn’t been World Champs at basketball for 18 years!
Ice-Hockey, now that’s a popular team-sport in North America.
It goes without saying The U.S must be competitive at The World Ice Hockey Tournament - right?
No, they have performed abysmally and last made a final fifty years ago!
What say Volleyball, another global sport, popular in American schools and colleges?
In the sixty years, no American team (men’s or women’s) has even made the finals at a World Champs.
So what other global team sports do Americans play to any great degree?
Sorry I can’t for the life of me think of any?
Baseball does have a World Championships – but it’s similar to running a so-called World Series - played amongst such a small gene-pool to be unworthy of the mantle ‘World’.
Don’t even suggest American Football – probably one of the worlds least played sport when it comes to countries who participate. Is there even a American Football team as such?
So the only conclusion one can make is Americans don’t care about World Championships and their athletes, teams aren’t interested in succeeding on the world sporting stage at events every-other country takes seriously
They are too interested playing amongst themselves.
What do you call playing with yourself again?
PS: From Saturday on I’m taking a sabbatical for 10 days to catch-up on some things on the home-front. Comments will be cleared when I get other projects finished.