|Originally posted by ant:
American sport is like eating a bag of crisps, hand in, eat. hand in, eat. If someone's not scoring something every 20 seconds, peoples' eyes glaze over. I find basketball one of the most mind-numbingly boring things to watch (but quite good to play).
I agree that professional basketball, with each team scoring 100+ points a game, is a total drag to watch, but fun to play. But that is the only sport with such high scores, and not representative of US sports in general. Last night's Stanley Cup hockey game concluded just before 2 am (triple overtime) with only a 3-2 final score, and it was spectacular.
Once again, I have seen a few fantastic football matches, most that ended with 1-0 final scores, and they were interesting because there were many scoring chances (not necessarily GOALS). But my unscientific poll concludes that they are the exception: there are TOO MANY PLAYERS ON THE FIELD and that keeps the teams from developing an interesting attack strategy in most cases. The ball stays stuck at midfield, and the American populace heads, Homer Simpson-like, to the refrigerator for Duff beer.
Another interesting question is why baseball is so popular among us Yanks, because it has LOOOONG stretches where absolutely nothing happens, just like in football.
And actually, there are a lot of World Cup fans here too. My entire office is consumed with it. But I live in New York, and we have a closer connection to the old country
than the rest of the continent, so that may explain this phenomenon.