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How much effort does it take to get you interested in soccer?

As a nation, I guess you're more impressed by catching things with your hands. Especially with gloves! 

Posted - November 15, 2023


  • 10520
    It'd take less effort to move Mt. Everest halfway around the world using a teaspoon than it would to get me to get interested in soccer.
      November 15, 2023 5:08 PM MST

  • 1452
    I already did - it used to be in Mexico.

    Edit: That's why they called it Monte Verest. This post was edited by Danilo_G at November 16, 2023 11:08 PM MST
      November 15, 2023 5:11 PM MST

  • 44393 grand daughter is a goal keeper. Still not that interesting.
      November 15, 2023 7:13 PM MST

  • 1452
    Lots of ways to make it fun. Show her this. 

      November 16, 2023 12:27 PM MST

  • 44393
      November 16, 2023 2:34 PM MST

  • 23212
    Omg!  :)

    (and I'm happy to say I didn't need the slow motion close-up images - - I saw it the first time, ha.)
      November 16, 2023 7:42 PM MST

  • 1452
    Hang on - I've got something else for you, Welby... The once-favourite practice within a sport that until recently had no openly gay players: communal baths.
      November 17, 2023 11:40 AM MST

  • 23212
    Very interesting! :)

    I wonder if any of them started to do synchronized swimming. Ha.
      November 17, 2023 6:19 PM MST

  • 23212
    And I failed to mention the detail in my other post but I wondered if anyone of them did synchronized swimming in the communal tubs.

    I admit many of the images seem straight from gay male porn. (Pun intended,)


      November 19, 2023 2:36 PM MST

  • 1452
    Hehe, I think I once heard someone make a joke like "not drinking beer was gay, but chasing naked men to spank them with your towel -- eh, just one of the lads."
      November 19, 2023 6:04 PM MST

  • 7782
    No matter how much time is invested in getting me to like soccer, it just isn't going to happen. Soccer is up there with golf for me.
      November 15, 2023 7:20 PM MST

  • 13269
    The best games are, in order:

    1. Baseball, hands down 
    2. American football 
    3. Men’s ice hockey - NCAA (college)
    4. Men’s ice hockey - professional

    For me, men’s soccer and women’s soccer rank somewhere below men’s basketball, lacrosse, women’s ice hockey, and women’s basketball, and maybe above track and field.

    I have watched and covered as a sportswriter enough of all of the above to know that nothing will change my rankings.
      November 15, 2023 7:39 PM MST

  • 23212

    I'm not much of a sports watcher in all ways of any sport. 

    But friends of mine have a son who plays soccer and I much enjoyed watching the games. He was about 18 or 19 when I watched.

    The most fascinating sport for me to watch is synchronized swimming. And at the university I attended in my undergrad years,  I was the first male in the university's history to take the synchronized swimming class. it remains the most difficult and challenging physical endeavor I've yet experienced. 
      November 15, 2023 7:49 PM MST

  • 1452
    I'd turn synchronized swimming into dopey drowning real quick. 

    Let's meet in the middle: water polo! You'd be surprised how popular it can be in a landlocked country.
      November 16, 2023 12:40 PM MST

  • 23212
    That sport is interesting to me, too. Yes.

    (Standing at the side of the pool. the teacher for the synchronized swimming class could dive head first into the pool and she could keep her legs in the air and then travel across the pool upside down, keeping her legs above the water as she traveled.)
      November 16, 2023 7:47 PM MST

  • 1452
    That is absolutely incredible... My dad once did that too, but he got hit on the head by a watermill.
      November 17, 2023 11:27 AM MST

  • 23212

    (Hope he's okay, though.)
      November 17, 2023 6:21 PM MST

  • 5453

    Right now, MLS is in the playoffs (the semifinals are next) which I haven’t been following because Minnesota United’s season ended.  They failed to qualify, but if they were in the playoffs, I’d still be interested.  So, qualifying for the playoffs would’ve been the extra effort required to keep me paying attention.  

    Right now the Vikings, the Timberwolves and the Wild are all in their regular seasons so that’s what’s been getting my attention in the sports world.

      November 15, 2023 8:39 PM MST

  • 1452
    Wow, you're like that "go sports!" girl, if she liked Minnesota more than broccoli. I can respect that.
      November 16, 2023 12:47 PM MST

  • 5453
    This was a thought-provoking question so it inspired me to do a social experiment.  I sent people in my social circle a short message basically asking them to name their professional sports teams.

    My results aren’t in any way scientific but I think they show soccer isn’t as unpopular here as you might think.

    Anyway, eight people from Colorado answered me and nine people from my area (South Dakota and Minnesota) answered me.

    All eight people named their NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL teams.

    Seven out of eight named their MLS team.

    Zero out of eight named their major league lacrosse or rugby teams.

    Nine out of nine named their NFL, NBA and MLB teams.

    Seven out of nine correctly named their NHL team and two named the wrong city’s NHL team.  That should super-embarrassing for anybody from Minnesota.

    Three out of nine named their MLS team.

    One out of nine could name their WNBA team.

    Zero out of nine could name their major league frisbee team.

    So, there are sports here that are even more unknown than soccer based on my really small sample. This post was edited by Livvie at November 17, 2023 3:59 PM MST
      November 16, 2023 1:54 PM MST

  • 1452
    I take it back - you're more like... Dian Fossey? 

    Fascinating findings. So, for MLS, 7/8 in Colorado, but 3/9 in Minnesota. Seems the Colorado Rapids are an older team; does that explain the difference?

    I'd like to know how you made fun of the two who got the wrong city's NHL team.
      November 16, 2023 2:13 PM MST

  • 5453
    I sent this message out last night and pretty much everyone who was going to answer already answered me this morning.  I actually thought I had a pretty good response.

    I don’t have any theories as to why the people from Colorado I asked knew the Rapids were their MLS team but fewer people from Minnesota that I asked knew the United were their MLS team.

    I haven’t notified those two that the Red Wings aren’t our NHL team.  I’m still lmao at that one.  There is a city in Minnesota named Red Wing, or maybe they just thought that Detroit was in northwestern Minnesota, about a 45 minute drive from Fargo.
      November 16, 2023 2:26 PM MST

  • 33152
    Maybe they misunderstood you question and were naming the team they cheer for not necessarily the local team. 
      November 17, 2023 4:52 AM MST

  • 5453
    Here’s how I worded it:

    I’m conducting a social experiment!  This should only take a few minutes.  If you’re in SD or MN, please tell me the names of as many of the major league sports teams in Minnesota you can. (MLB, NFL, NHL, NBA, WNBA, MLS, AUDL, PUL)  If you don’t know one, just skip it and don’t look it up.
    If you’re in CO, please tell me the names of as many of the major league sports teams in Colorado as you can. (MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL, MLS, NLL, SRA). If you don’t know one, just skip it and don’t look it up.
      November 18, 2023 9:40 PM MST