Action. Violence. Speed. Scoring. Athleticism. More Violence.
These are the common answers you get whenever you get into the debate of what Americans like in their sports. Most often this discussion comes up when a fan of soccer gets into a “You just wait, it’s growing” speech. “It’s the beautiful game. It has rhythm and grace” the soccer fan says. The immediate feedback from the non-believer is always predictable. “Soccer will never catch on here and be as big as baseball or basketball. It’s too slow. There isn’t enough scoring. And ugh all that diving!” And on and on we go.
However the one thing you never hear in these debates is what I believe is the actual answer to the question of “why not soccer?” and the same thing that leads to all of the “what is hockey?” jokes.
It isn’t ours.
It is a concept that seems so obvious and so fitting. We, as Americans, love everything American. There may be no better example (surely not in sports) than every 2 years for an Olympics – no one