SI.com – Writers – Adam Hofstetter: American’s don’t care about World Cup – Wednesday May 31, 2006 2:51PM
Gee, thanks for lumping America into the "we hate the rest of the world; we are better than you" bucket. It's headlines like this that help make the rest of the world hate us, and I can't blame them.
Much of the rest of the world is fanatical about soccer, like we are about the NFL, baseball and college sports. But putting the words "don't care" in the title sets me off. It's the tone that is set. Most Americans care more about other sports, but please don't say we don't care. Besides, while the percentage may be small, there is a significant amount of American's who more than care.
"Show me a soccer mom who's watching the World Cup and I'll show you a ticked-off woman who thought Grey's Anatomy would be on." Um, would this be the same mom who was excited at first when she thought Monday Night Football was going away, only to be disappointed to find it just changed channels? Yeah it is.
Sure, soccer is one of the least popular sports American's watch, and hence it is not on TV because networks need to make money. I get that… I already blogged about it. "Judge Judy" would get better ratings because veiwers are sitting at home on the couch, not out playing soccer.