I am going to watch thelast two games (matches?) (spats?) of the World Cup, but I do think that Robert Weintraub has a point about the difficulty of becoming a football (there, I said it) fan:
This country’s soccer snobs—and I count myself among them—are a persnickety lot. They lament that most of the USA doesn’t give a whit about the beautiful game but bridle at attempts to invite in nonloyalists by, say, explaining the meaning of a yellow card. Our little tribe is like the fans of an up-and-coming rock band. We want them to be successful, but when they break big, we resent the hordes of newbies who weren’t cool enough to be there at the beginning. ESPN’s biggest mistake here was underestimating the wrath of the soccer purist by choosing a baseball guy. O’Brien never got a fair hearing. Hell hath no fury like a footy supporter taken for granted.
Incidentally, did anyone notice that the Padres are still in first place? 🙂