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Why Americans Hate Football

Postby mrtz » Thu Nov 15, 2007 3:53 pm

Hello all.

I'm writing an essay for my Rhetoric class wherein we have to over analyze something and say what it means to American culture. Naturally, I picked football and why there is a lack of importance and genuine dislike to American fans. I'm still in the process of brainstorming, but so far I've come up with a few reasons... (Task is we have to mythologize our chosen topic and come up with some absurd ideas, but back them up) I'm thinking of saying that for Americans, soccer stands for four things that Americans dislike:

a) Absence of direct big business (not much room for commercials leads to advertising agencies here in America to pull out leads to networks not showing it leads to Americans not seeing enough of it and therefore thinking that it isn't worth watching)

b) Immigrants (can be seen on the diversity of the teams. Clubs actually spend good money to get foreign talent to play fr them, whereas Americans want to see one of their own being a superstar. Immigrants therefore become a threat especially since countries like Mexico are generally better at football than the US)

c) Homosexuals (As football is mostly regarded as a "girly sport" as compared to high impact, high velocity sports like American Football and Basketball, and sports that show manliness with tobacco chewing and trash talking like Baseball. Events of "diving" in soccer does not help with the image either)

d) Initiative or lack thereof (Throughout history, Americans have been known for taking initiative and being in constant movement looking to get results in the quickest way possible. Soccer is seen as a more defensive sport and rather than sending a message of "let's make something happen," soccer is mostly seen as a sport that tries to "prevent something from happening." Also, soccer can be seen by Americans as indecisive as a match can end in a draw whereas sports like Basketball and American Football and Baseball have rules that prevent these from happening)


Again, I need to over-analyze and if some of my ideas seem far-fetched, then that's the reason why.

Any thoughts or things that could be added?[/b]
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Postby Big Jono » Thu Nov 15, 2007 4:16 pm

The already established sports such as baseball and NFL have such longstanding traditions and support thru generations that their fans will not move on even in part to another sport such as football.
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I'm still amazed they call their big baseball tournament the World Series when only americans play in it.
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Postby yeek » Thu Nov 15, 2007 8:24 pm

I don't really get this. So you're supposed to come up with absurd reasons why Americans hate football?
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