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Monday, June 12, 2006

World Cup Fever

The atmosphere around the office today is a bit like NCAA Tourney time. It's kind of fun. Unfortunately, the US already trails the Czech Republic 1-0 in the early going, and the US team appears to be struggling mightily.


  • You seriously work in an office where the World Cup is as big a deal as the NCAA Tournament? Did you get transferred to London without telling us?

    By Blogger MDS, at 11:27 AM  

  • There are only about 10 million Czechs, so they must spend most of their time playing soccer and hockey.

    By Blogger Scott H, at 2:14 PM  

  • There are quite a few foreign ex-pats, and some people who like soccer for no good reason, and they all sit in my general area.

    By Blogger PaulNoonan, at 2:20 PM  

  • Sounds like a fun atmosphere...Don't tell me what happens, I have it on DVR!!

    Oh, crap...never mind...I act as though I can't stay off of for more than 15 minutes.

    So much hype for nothing...Now my lone irrational loyalty lies with the Dutch. For no good reason other than I like saying "Ruud VanNistelrooy".

    By Anonymous mike, at 2:58 PM  

  • Being gimpy and all I watched Iran v. Mexico Sunday. I also watched golf. Golf usually puts me to sleep, but it was soccer that did the trick Sunday leaving me well rested for golf. Soccer is like basketball without a shot clock and legal goaltending.

    By Blogger Scott H, at 8:21 PM  

  • Pro basketball is about 37 times more boring (or boringer) than soccer. I admit soccer can be boring for stretches, when the possesion is mostly in the midfield and nobody attacks, but pro basketball could not be more sleep-inducing if it tried. At least with soccer you really need to wacth all 90 minutes, with basketball you need to watch the last 2 and you're fine.

    By Blogger Ace Cowboy, at 8:42 AM  

  • Amen Cowboy. I'm not the biggest soccer fanatic, but 90% of a pro basketbal game is completely pointless. Not enough scoring is a problem, but too much scoring is also a problem.

    By Blogger PaulNoonan, at 8:53 AM  

  • I agree. Pro basketball is the worst spectator sport ever. The fourth quarter usually starts with a score of like 75 to 76. To me, that ranslates to zero-zero. What a pointless 3/4 of a game. And just when you think it should start to get exciting, they call timeout every 5 seconds. Soccer is much more exciting. A goal in soccer means something.

    By Blogger DannyNoonan, at 9:44 AM  

  • Whatever, I'm an football (American) guy. I'm not going to argue that it isn't too easy to score in pro basketball, because it is.

    That's why Wisconsin Basketball under Dick Bennett was actually an improvement over what they usually played despite what all those idiot commentators said during the 2000 tourney. (I know that's college, but 2000 is still a peeve of mine.)

    Part of the problem w/ soccer is that I had no idea who anyone was. Soccer is much less boring than baseball though (which is the 2nd worst spectator sport after bowling) and has almost no stopping.

    By Blogger Scott H, at 10:32 AM  

  • I can't believe what I'm hearing Scott. Baseball is a boring spectator sport? Not a chance. Baseball is awesome. There's complicated strategy, suspense, excitement and lots of history and character.

    I'd rank spectator sports from best to worst like so:

    1)American Football (Pro)
    3)American Football (College)
    4)Summer Olympics
    7)Winter Olympics
    8)Hockey (College)
    10)Basketball (College)
    12)Track and field
    15)Those eating competitions
    16)Every other sport-tied
    17)Basketball (Pro)

    By Blogger DannyNoonan, at 10:46 AM  

  • cycling 5th but Nascar last? I suppose you can enjoy watching cylclists crash and enjoy it without feeling as guilty as when it happens in Nascar. still, ....

    By Anonymous Phil, at 12:18 PM  

  • One might argue that Nascar has the same downfall as basketball in that 90% of the 500 or so laps are useless (except to weed out faulty drivers and faulty equipment).

    The whole sport should be run in a 10 lap sprint. Not to lose fan interest you could run like...10 races a day. Each race cutting down 1/4 of the field until it's just a 1 on 1, 2 lap shootout.

    That would probably bump Nascar ahead of pro-basketball in the rankings for me.

    By Anonymous Mike, at 12:41 PM  

  • Cycling is better than nascar because:
    A)competitors are actual athletes
    B)complex strategy involved
    C)scenery; the course is usually not some lame oval
    D)fewer rednecks in attendance

    By Blogger DannyNoonan, at 3:18 PM  

  • I like your list. I made my own. I forgot Nascar was a “sport”. Nascar does have a lot of strategy though maybe even more than biking because you have to choose when to make pit stops.

    The problem with baseball for me is that it is slow and drawn out and I rarely follow it closely, so when I turn on a random game I don't know enough to know the strategy.

    Here's my list:
    1. American Football (Pro)
    2. American Football (College)
    3. Summer Olympics
    4. Basketball (College)
    5. Australian Rules Football
    6. Rugby
    7. Triathlon
    8. Track and field
    9. Winter Olympics
    10. Tennis
    11. Basketball (Pro)
    12. Soccer
    13. Cycling
    14. Golf
    15. Boxing
    16. Baseball /Hockey
    17. Nascar, Indy-Car, whatever*
    18. Women’s Basketball**
    29. Bowling

    * I forgot was a sport (but it is)
    ** Not really its own sport, but so bad I thought I'd single it out.

    By Blogger Scott H, at 10:07 AM  

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