I love watching sports. I don't really play them, but I love watching them. I haven't really watched soccer (or football I think it's called too) that much though. Both my sons played a year of it when they were real young, before Ron switched them to baseball, but I don't think it's quite the same. Watching a huge clump of little kids run all over the field is cute as all get out, but I don't think position playing is done much at that age. And I have seen the movie Bend it Like Beckham a few times. That pretty much has been the extent of my soccer watching up until now. But with the games being played during the day here and therefore not interfering with baseball, and Ron not really wanting to watch The Y&R, we've been watching quite a bit of the world cup. Here are a few observations from a rookie watcher.
First off and most important - there are some really fine looking players!!!!. And best of all they aren't all weighed down by helmets and caps and other equipment that obstruct the view.
I know the soccer field is huge and to get the full effect the camera needs to be pulled back quite a bit, but still I miss seeing quite a bit of the close-up action. That's taking a bit of getting used too. And with so many of the soccer players being mighty fine - well *sigh* you just don't get to see that much of them really.
I love seeing the players come out holding hands with the children. That gets me every time in a real Hallmark kind of way.
It's taking a bit of getting used to only having one announcer. Every other sport I watch has a play by play guy and a colour commentator. I wish they had that in soccer too so we could get a bit more in touch with some of the players. Plus it doesn't really give the only announcer much of a break if he gets thirsty or something.
I think many of the players must take acting lessons too. It's kind of funny watching some of their rolling around in pain on the ground only to be right back in the thick of things a minute later or their over acts of innocence when they commit a foul. You did it! Millions of us saw you do it.
I really don't understand the red card, yellow card thing. Can any regular watchers explain how that works?
I admire the players for not actually touching the ball. If I played, I think I'd instinctively be using my hands.
It's really disappointing Canada doesn't have a team. Hopefully soccer will really take off here and maybe we might have a chance for the next world cup.
In the meantime I've been cheering for the US, Australia and England. That's not necessarily a good thing though since I think I'm the kiss of death for whatever team I cheer for. The only one left now of the ones I picked is England.
Speaking of England - half time (or whatever it's called) is over and the game's back on so off I go to watch.
Dang - I really am the kiss of death. Now I really feel bad for Karen S and all the rest of the English fans.